Moving forward…

Change is the only constant thing in life

My life has seen many of them, both online and IRL (in real life). Even if I had to get knocked down a few times and repeat the lesson several more times, I’ve learned from change. My career has taken many twists and turns. I can confidently admit that I did not plan to be here, but I couldn’t be happier.

My online life as an “O.G.” nurse blogger has walked a similar path. I love to tell stories. I get excited to share the lessons I’ve learned over the years. I’m honored to share the emotions I’ve experienced, the happiness I’ve enjoyed and confidently pass on what pain, loss, and death has taught me to the new class of nurses. With each passing year, I learn a little bit more about myself, adjust my sails and keep moving forward.

Well… it’s time to adjust my sails again.

As you may have noticed… this blog has been a bit empty.

[Did anyone else hear the echo when reading this post?]

Life has kept me busy with other ventures and projects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s been a good kind of busy.

In 2017:

  • Guest speaker for an LPN class
  • Guest speaker for an RN class
  • Created my first webinar
  • Co-hosted TWO podcasts with a new one on the way
  • Guest speaker at a national nursing conference
  • Attended TWO national nursing conferences
  • Met numerous fans IRL
  • Finally met almost a dozen of long-time online nurse friends IRL (a 10-year wait)
  • Co-founded a new online resource website for new NPs
  • Grew professionally on multiple levels
  • Mentored, taught and trained more students and new Advanced Practice Providers
  • Enjoyed our first summer in our new dream house

Yes, it was a busy year. So my lil’ blog has taken a back seat to… well pretty much everything else. I had aspirations of turning my blog into a ‘business’, had been mentored by numerous successful entrepreneurs on how to monetize and “make money” from my blog. I had created a plan and checked it twice. I knew that content on my blog is content that I own, versus content that I share on social websites.

But a plan is only as good as the delivery. A plan doesn’t really find much success if it just stays on paper. And my plan never got off the ground. I simply just didn’t  have the time.

Every time you say YES to something, you are saying NO to something else.

I have been subconsciously saying “no” to this blog for pretty much the entirety of 2017. It holds a special place in my heart, and I don’t want to walk away from it. I’ve been blogging on MyStrongMedicine for almost my entire blogging career in some capacity. But, the writing is on the wall (heh heh, pun intended).

I created this blog to build a community. And through a series of unplanned events, I have accomplished my goal… just not here.

I’ve created a solid community on Facebook with my Facebook fan page (even though I can neglect it too). I’ll continue posting my thoughts and sharing all-things nursing.

 

I’m a video blogger these days, so I keep doing videos. All of my videos, regardless of where they are created will live on my  YouTube channel.

 

I thought I’d sit my traditional blogging with the Facebook Notes on my fan page…

but the engagement was almost non-existent. Ironically I’ve been doing a lot of ‘micro-blogging’ on my Instagram, you really should check it out.

#TBT I WANTED TO QUIT Nursing school does not prepare you for the “real-world” of nursing. Every nurse knows this. And if you’re a nursing student, sorry to break the news to you. Things are going to get real hard. Like really hard. * Starting that first job is like stepping on the belt-driven automated sidewalk you see at airports. Those pseudo-sidewalks in the middle of airport terminals that whisk you along the endless terminal walkways so that you can rest your weary feet while dragging your luggage across the 10-mile trek from one terminal to the next. * You see the automated sidewalk up ahead. You position your luggage in such a way for you to step on the belt safely without tripping over your feet or your luggage. You time your strides to step onto the belt without a loss in tempo, but like everyone else you stutter step your way to the beginning of the belt because you never truly can time it just right. * You take that first step thinking you know exactly how fast that belt is going, and when your foot lands on the belt you realize just how wrong you were. * WTF. You get such a jolt in your leg that you feel like you’ve been jarred right outta your skin. Your luggage runs over your feet, or you trip over it. You try to maintain your composure, but you usually have to hang onto the damn side rail for dear life to center yourself. * When I started my first nursing job, I wanted to quit. I didn’t think I was cut out for this profession. I said the phrase, “They didn’t teach us that in school” so many times it became some ridiculous mantra. Everything moves so fucking fast? When did that happen? This was nothing like nursing school clinicals? I don’t remember having this claustrophobic fear of killing people during my last clinical? * Everything moved faster. Med passes, doctors orders, phone calls, admissions, discharges, transporting patients, ECG, IVs, communication barriers, the call bells and the exhaustion. Jesus, the exhaustion. Nobody told me this job would be so damn tiring. * But you adjust your sails. You center yourself. You hang onto the side rail. You learn how to pick yourself up. You take another step forward. You just keep moving.

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Ironically the “Hey, Sean…” vlog series I’ve been doing the past year has really caught on, so I created an entire website (blog) where all my answers live, aptly titled Hey Sean :

 

Last, but certainly not least, I created a Patreon page. With your help I can expand and create even cooler stuff. If you enjoy my work and want to support me creating new and exciting content, check me out and donate: https://www.patreon.com/seanpdent

Thanks for being a part of my world, Tribe. And as always… check your own pulse first.

**Updated: May 3, 2018**


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-Sean

Aggressive and Unprofessional Behavior | Nurse Bullying Part 1

This is the first in a series of videos where I address bullying in nursing and the lateral violence we experience in our workplace.

What happens when that provider throws a tantrum? Screams from across the room? Raises their voice in an unprofessional manner?

Here are my thoughts:

  1. Recognize the politics involved.
  2. Be informed and armed with knowledge when you confront them. Don’t use personal opinions.
  3. Were all parties aware of their actions? Was it on purpose?
  4. Is this a singular occurrence? Or a repeated behavior?
  5. How is this behavior affecting patient care?
  6. How is this behavior affecting team dynamics?

Check out the video below. While you’re there I hope you’ll subscribe to my YouTube channel:

Don’t forget to share the video! If ya like what ya see…. tell someone. Hell, tell someone if ya don’t like it.

As always, thanks for watching and thanks for sharing. I love hearing from everyone.


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A nurse mentor: when do you start looking?

Every successful nurse has a mentor.

Someone to confide in. Someone you trust with important professional decisions regarding your career.
This mentor is often your preceptor, but I would encourage you to find a mentor who is not your preceptor.

Experience is a tough teacher, she gives the test first and the lesson afterward. We all need help at some point in our careers. You should find a learned and experienced nurse who can offer you the sage advice you need to help guide you along your path.

Do you have a mentor? If not, now is the time to find one.

Check out the video below. While you’re there I hope you’ll subscribe to my YouTube channel:

Don’t forget to share the video! If ya like what ya see…. tell someone. Hell, tell someone if ya don’t like it.

As always, thanks for watching and thanks for sharing. I love hearing from everyone.


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-Sean