I’m putting off making a pumpkin pie for our Christmas dinner to share my delight upon reading Theresa Brown’s Op Ed piece, Looking for a Place to Die, in the New York Times this past Thursday. It’s a sad story but it shows how one nurse can make a difference.
If you doubt the significance of seeing a nurse’s by-line in such a prestigious newspaper, read about how nurses are nearly invisible when doctors write about health care. And check out my friend, Lois Roelofs’ blog, What do nurses really do?, that clued me into The Truth About Nursing, an organization founded by a nurse, Sandy Summers.
Here’s hoping that 2012 will be the year nurses are no longer invisible in the mass media.
Now back to that Pumpkin pie.
Hey, thanks for the link. This is an issue, as you know, dear to my heart. Or shall I say flaming in my heart! It was informative to read the comments/reactions to Brown’s piece–each from a unique perspective. One smacked to me of paternalism, and I had to move on.
There were certainly a lot of hot button issues being pushed. Dialogue is always good. And to think a nurse initiated this discussion. From the NYT’s op ed page, yet.
You continue to shine such a compassionate light on troubling circumstances. Keep it up, dear friend. I know you carry deep memories, possibly even wounds from the past, but we followers of your thoughts benefit in many ways. You are a voice for change.