Articles by Ellen LaDieu

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Ellen LaDieu is a Faculty Program Director at Excelsior College. She currently holds a BS and MS in Nursing and has been recognized as a Certified Nurse Educator by NLN. Ellen is a certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and board certified by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHN-BC) with prior experience in medical surgical nursing, critical care nursing, emergency nursing, home health care and education.
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Taking time for yourself is essential. As a nurse, you need to: care for yourself; protect yourself from stressors; assist your patients, staff, and/or students; be a role model for clients, colleagues, and personal contacts; and help create a healthy nation. When I consider self-care, I am reminded of the analogy one hears when the …

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As a registered nurse, you have the potential to run into conflict every day in various ways, such as with a patient/client, a patient’s/client’s family, a fellow RN, a supervisor, an employee reporting to you, an ordering health care provider (HCP), interprofessional team members, and even yourself. As RNs, our role is one carried out …

Caring, motivation, persistence, expert knowledge, and the ability to translate knowledge into action are vital qualities that successful nurses use each day in their profession. Caring is essential for a nurse and a client to interact and help each other. (You’ll notice I did not say “for the nurse to help the patient.”) Jean Watson, …