About Greg

Hello and Welcome!

My name is Greg Mercer, MSN. For contact information, CLICK.

GRC head shot 2-11-12 at 1.36 PM_edited-1-copyI’m an experienced Psychiatric Nurse and Educator. I’m an adjunct professor, have taught NCLEX prep with Kaplan. I train Nurses and others in MALS, CPR, and GRC. I came to nursing by an unusual path: unique, actually. I’ve also experienced serious depression in the past, which has deeply informed my practice and teaching. Experience is the best teacher of all, don’t you think?

Wait a minute. I mentioned teaching GRC. You way well wonder what that is – not surprising, as it’s rather new. “GRC” stands for Golden Rule Care, a training program I created for nurses that makes work easier and more efficient and fun. I’m working on a book about it; in the meantime, I offer related tips and tools in this blog’s Care Tips category.

I hope to offer more formal lectures and training sessions, and eventually integrate GRC ideas into Academic curricula, maybe even an independent school, analogous to CPI or AHA training programs.


That all said, thanks so much for your attention to my blog and other work!


Have no doubt: with the right tools, we can begin to make the world a better place, every day. A better place for us, and for everyone else too.


  1. Dear Greg,

    Just a quick note to let you know I love what you are doing here. Keep up the good work.

    Are you familiar with the work of Suzanne Gordon? She is a journalist and tireless advocate for nurses. Her latest book describes the potential benefits of re-designing the medical team in a similar way that airlines have formed a new, more democratic culture and drastically improved safety as a result. Highly recommended.

    I look forward to learning more with you in the future.

    Thanks again for your work.
    @ccziv on Twitter

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  2. Hello I am not a nurse but I play one on TV. Just kiddin’, I just had to say that one of my very first posts was about nurses. One of my best friends is a nurse. and now I have a nurse following my blog. Full circle I think 🙂

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      1. I does seem a mark of success, doesn’t it? If you make such a mild impact as to offend no one, you do no more than support the status quo, endorse it and fight progress. Change threatens people, especially the worst people, those vampires sucking the blood of humanity As-Is. Thanks – Greg


  3. Hi, Greg, thanks for following my art blog and I think you what you are doing is great and I wish I could work in the mental health field (or maybe just get some therapy). My friend went into nursing and was interested in mental health as she has a family history of problems. I will tell her about your site. Wishing you the best.

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  4. Much thanks to you for following Nursing Tutorials by Rophem. I am happy to read your comment as well. Happy to be a nurse who is also hoping and planning to make the world a better place for all. Thank you.

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  5. Glad I found your blog. As I am involved with an association related to Alzheimer’s disease that focuses on training of care takers on how to deal with Alzheimer’s affected patients, I’m always on the look out for tools that would help us design programs. I find your writings tremendously benefiting in exploring related tips and tools. Its great to connect with someone that contributes to make this world a better place in anyway possible. Respects!!!

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    1. Thanks! I started out in dementia work on an inpatient unit specializing in folks too dangerous to stay where they lived. I found that mostly, they lived where their caregivers were the problem: no idea how to handle fokks with dementia. I offer train in that area: it’s where Big Red Carpet got started.


    2. I started nursing out on a dementia unit: inpatient psych for folks too dangerous for their current living arrangements. I found that the people around theses folks were likely the main problem. They were often really nice and quite harmless with us, and always manageable without restraints or aggressive sedation. The skills involved aren’t provided in health care education, sadly. I loved that work, and enjoy teaching others, because what works is often a lot of fun! – Greg
      Oh – Thanks for your embarrasslingly nice comments! 🙂 – Greg


  6. Thanks so much, I’m glad to hear some little progress has been made. Ironically, even from a completely selfish perspective, which I’ve learned to speak to as it’s a rather common thread in the human cloth, even then one STILL has every reason to learn and practice sound people skills. A large Harvard study, for instance, found that like/dislike for a physician exerted a stronger effect on the odds of malpracitice litigation than did presence/absense of any actual malpractice deserving litigation. Powerful stuff, pointing to painless ways to improve as a clinician and human being AND sharply reduce malpractice pain & costs. Yet folks still “don’t have time for this soft stuff”! No time to save tons of cash, your reputation, your happiness, and your soul? Really? What ever happened to evidence-based medicine? As always, some folks will learn and thrive, while most will muddle along: their lives won’t improve and will often get far worse: bitterness, shorter and less healthy life, lots of time & money spent with attorneys, etc., etc. So it goes. You can bring a horse to water, but you can’t give it a clue unless it agrees! Keep on plugiging and growing my friend: you’re worth it.


  7. It is encouraging that medical schools are now offering SOME limited training in this area. I’d like to think that my children are better skilled as young adults than I was due to the shift in elementary and secondary education to include these soft skills. It is critical that the learning be ongoing though or people become tainted…my opinion from years of working as a nurse in various healthcare settings. I will be interested to see how this rolls our for you as you proceed.


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