Saturday, June 6, 2015

The nursing shortage and the doctor shortage are two very different things

Monday, March 31, 2014

Patient satisfaction with primary health-care services in Kuwait

The study aims to evaluate patient satisfaction with respect to primary health-care services in Kuwait.A total of 245 patients completed  General Practice Assessment Questionnaire post consultation version 2.0. Two statistically significant differences of patients' satisfaction with sex and level of education were found. Overall satisfaction was higher among men than women (P = 0.002), and it was also higher among those with university degree of education than the other levels of education (P = 0.049). We also found statistically significant differences of patients' responses over sex for three themes, namely: satisfaction with receptionists, satisfaction with access and satisfaction with communication; and over the age for one theme: satisfaction with access. There was no statistically significant differences of patients' responses over nationality for all themes. Satisfaction is a multifactorial and no one factor alone could provide satisfaction with primary health services in Kuwait.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nurses, Are You Afraid of Failure?


Dr. Margaret Paul

Failure! Nurses, what do you feel when you think about failure? Inadequate? Unworthy? Unlovable? It is so sad that you might have learned to link failure to your value as a person and as a nurse.

Keep in mind that nursing is all about attitude. It's how you view your failures as opportunities to become a better nurse that will help you succeed. Most people who are successful in their work and their relationships have experienced many failures along their road to success. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric bulb, is often quoted regarding failure:

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

"I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."

"Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure."

If Edison has been afraid of failure, or believed that failure meant he was inadequate, he would never have invented the light bulb!

In order to achieve success in any area of your nursing career, you need to redefine failure. Instead of seeing failure as an indication of your inadequacy or lack of worth, you need to see failure as a stepping-stone to success. Some of the most financially successful people experienced repeated failures.

Walt Disney was a high school drop out who suffered bankruptcy and repeated financial and business disasters.

Milton Hershey, chocolate maker and founder of the famous Hershey Foods Corp., found success only after filing for bankruptcy for his first four candy companies.

Henry Ford filed for bankruptcy for the first car company he started. He didn't succeed until he started his third company, Ford Motor Company.

After P.T. Barnum, American showman, went bankrupt, he joined forces with circus operator James A. Bailey to found Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth.

Quaker Oats went bankrupt three times, as did Wrigley from Wrigley's Gum. Pepsi-Cola went bankrupt twice. Other famous companies that also went bankrupt are Birds Eye Frozen Foods, Borden's, and Aunt Jemima.

Albert Einstein did poorly in elementary school, and he failed his first college entrance exam at Zurich Polytechnic.

Winston Churchill had a lifetime of defeats and setbacks before becoming prime minister of England at age 62. All of his greatest accomplishments and contributions came when he was a senior citizen.

Sir Laurence Olivier, one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, tripped over the door sill and fell headfirst into the floodlights the very first time he had ever set foot on the professional stage!

Woody Allen flunked motion picture production at New York University and the City College of New York and failed English at N.Y.U.

Astronaut Ed Gibson flunked first and fourth grades.

Lucille Ball was once dismissed from drama school for being too quiet and shy. (Source:

If these successful people had been afraid of failure, they would never have offered the world their talents. They were able to go on to success because they saw failure as a learning opportunity rather than as an indication of their inadequacy.

Are you ready to change your concept of failure, nurses? Are you ready to let go of worrying about what failure says about you and just learn from it? Are you ready to free your soul to do what you really
want to do?

If the fear of failure is stopping you from doing what you really want to do, I want to encourage you to change your concept of failure. I want to encourage you to let go of your old way of seeing failure and start to envision failures as learning nursing opportunities on the way to success. Just as Thomas Edison did, I encourage you to see every failure as a step forward!

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is a best-selling author of 8 books, relationship expert, and co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding® process - featured on Oprah, and recommended by actress Lindsay Wagner and singer Alanis Morissette. Are you are ready to heal your pain and discover your joy? Click here for a FREE Inner Bonding course: and visit our website at for more articles and help. Phone and Skype Sessions Available. Join the thousands we have already helped and visit us now!

To Create Nursing's Future, Today's RNs Must Look To Great Leaders of The Past

 by Donna Cardillo, RN, MA

On May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, we once again will commemorate Florence Nightingale's birthday. It's a good time to reflect on her attributes and attitudes and the actions she used to ignite the evolution of nursing more than 150 years ago.

Nightingale was tough and outspoken. She was an excellent communicator, persuasive and effective in making her point. She was well educated, socially savvy, politically active and an adept networker. Nightingale was fiercely passionate about her work and the value of nursing, and used the power of her connections to move nursing forward. She didn't blame anyone for the social barriers she encountered nor did she try to figure out why they existed. She just broke through them and kept right on going. Nightingale did groundbreaking research and revolutionized not just nursing care but healthcare as a whole. She had vision, determination, confidence and a strong sense of self.

To keep the nursing profession strong, today's RNs must embody these traits. Unfortunately, I hear some nurses complain that no one respects us, that we don't have any power and that we are our own worst enemies. They focus on what they perceive as nurses' and nursing's weaknesses. We need to stop complaining and fully embrace Nightingale's qualities to make nursing a force with which to be reckoned.

Why is this so important now? With inevitable healthcare reform, the Institute of Medicine's report on nursing's future and the nation's changing demographics and healthcare needs, nurses are poised to take on an even bigger and more significant role in healthcare. This may be one of the greatest opportunities we've ever had to be healthcare leaders.

It may seem daunting to be a force of change. Think of the great changers like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Nightingale. Change wasn't granted to them; they grabbed it using their social and political skills, their passion and their steadfast belief in their mission.

So what would happen if nurses dug down deep and tapped into our personal power and strength? What if we channeled Nightingale and all of the other strong, empowered, determined nurses who came before us such as Mary Breckinridge, Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail, Clara Louise Maass, Luther Christman and Mary Eliza Mahoney? They fought obstacles and prejudices, and in spite of great odds, found ways to make remarkable strides and leave their marks on the world. Each forged his or her own path to accomplish what needed to be done for the greater good. This is our legacy. We owe it to our nursing predecessors and ourselves to live up to their ideals.

Take this chance to revive the pioneering spirit of our nursing forebearers. Create a new nursing reality with new roles and new healthcare models that will generate a healthier future for the planet.

Let's use Nurses Week to channel Nightingale's power, passion and pride in nursing and put it into practice. Look out world, here come the nurses!

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