Where Am I Going With My Blog? Here Is the Answer

Throughout my long nursing career, I have felt nurses were mostly invisible. So, from the beginning of my first post eleven years ago, I have stressed that nurses:

  • Were rarely recognized as making a difference in the health care delivery system
  • Have had little input into the policies that affected their practice
  • Were seldom sought out by the media to evaluate current medical events
  • Authored few articles in newspapers or magazines or on social media
  • Published few general interest books about the nursing profession
  • Were relatively invisible compared to the attention physicians received

Since the onset of Covid, this has all changed. Nurses have been in the spotlight showing their skill, knowledge, and dedication. The public is now paying attention as nurses speak out about their experiences and what they need to improve patient outcomes. Nurses are stepping into leadership positions that directly improve health care delivery on local and national levels. Nurses are finally being seen and heard. My most recent posts have documented this groundswell.

Without a doubt, there still is a great need to improve the American health care delivery system in general and the support of the nursing profession in particular.

I will always be a nurse. I’ll continue to use my blog to feature stories of other nurses, especially of older nurses. Soon, my cohort and I will be gone and who will remember the “olden days of nursing?”

I’ll continue to report on nursing issues along with other topics that relate to my current life, such as growing older, confronting ageism, writing, creativity, and of course, food.

Please join me for the ride.

By Marianna Crane

After a long career in nursing--I was one of the first certified gerontological nurse practitioners--I am now a writer. My writings center around patients I have had over the years that continue to haunt my memory unless I record their stories. In addition, I write about growing older, confronting ageism, creativity and food. My memoir, "Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers" is available where ever books are sold.

3 comments

  1. I was a respiratory therapist for about 15 years before burnout and the crumbling of the healthcare system made the job psychologically unsustainable for me. Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and deserve recognition and respect. I worked with a lot of really talented nurses throughout my career and I sincerely hope we can find a way to repair the system and make it better for the people who work in and depend on it.

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    1. Thanks Ben for visiting my blog and commenting on my post. Sounds like you experienced first hand how dysfunctional our health care system is. May more people recognize that greed rather than empathy drives the system.

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