I’ve been a nurse for over forty years. In 1981 I became a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. A couple of years later I was one of the first NP’s to be certified as a Gerontological NP, not by exam but by submitting a case study. My patient was one of the last World War I veterans.
Now as I enjoy sleeping late and controlling my own schedule, I do what I like. And my greatest passion is writing. What else to write about but my past experiences as a nurse and nurse practitioner in the various health care environments where I worked. I want to share the stories of patients I cared for and who taught me more than any textbook. I’ll also chime in on the craft of writing, getting older and the current status of the health care system.
Throughout my career I’ve felt we nurses don’t get the appreciation we deserve. One of the reasons for this is that we rarely inform the public about what we do. Once, I solicited stories from hospital nurses about what they did that made a difference in a patient’s life. I planned to put the stories in a brochure to distribute during National Nurses Week. I received minimal submissions. The most common reason I heard from the staff nurses for not sharing their stories was I don’t want to write about what I do. It’s too much like boasting.
My goal for this blog is to encourage nurses to boast.