This past week I promoted my book. Monday, after a class I attended on public speaking, I collared a woman who had also attended the lecture as she exited the ladies room. “How will you use the information?” I asked. She told me she had planned to start a class for widows on ways to … Continue reading COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION DATE: THREE WEEKS
My book: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers is due to be published on November 6, Election Day. Now isn’t that a bummer? In spite of the competition for attention, I plan to get an announcement out a couple of days before via Blog, Facebook and Twitter. Maybe folks will enjoy a … Continue reading Countdown to Publication Date: Four Weeks
Lynn Dow posted this on her Blog: Stories from My Life as a Nurse. From time to time I plan to publish a post about an older nurse and his/her experiences that will add a richer appreciation of the evolution of our current practice. I hope you enjoy Lynn's story. Mr. T. came from … Continue reading MAGGOT MAGIC – HOW MAGGOTS SAVED A LEG
My book, Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic, received a positive Kirkus Review. A good review a best seller does not make. I have been busy, along with my publicist, lining up ways to promote the book. I find none of this easy. In retrospect, writing the book may have been the easy part. “In this … Continue reading Kirkus Review
I am following a physician’s blog: Suneel Dhand. Reading his post for the first time, I had a gut feeling I would like this guy. I think he represents a new and steadily growing wave of physicians who are becoming more aware of the effects that good communication has on patient outcomes and improvement in … Continue reading The Physician Supports the Nurse
Reblogged from Off the Charts, August 16, 2018 by Tarra Midgette, RN, is a nurse in an emergency department in North Carolina. I love this post and wanted to share it with you because Tarra Midgette so poignantly describes her inner thoughts and feelings as she goes about her not routine day in an ED. No … Continue reading A Day in the Emergency Room for a Nurse Who Loves Her Job
I wanted to post an upbeat aspect of aging after my last one focused on death. While we can’t deny that the ultimate conclusion of aging is death, there are many diversions along the aging journey that turn out to be a surprise and delight. I, for example, would never have predicted that after I … Continue reading New Love in Old Age
Making applesauce sort of represents living life to the fullest. I think prayer is sometimes about asking God to let us do what we can and enjoy ourselves. Picking apples and making applesauce has made me do that. —Marv Roelofs I called Marv soon after he received the diagnosis of Stage IV Small Cell … Continue reading Marv Roelofs and Apple Sauce
Over the years, my husband, Ernie, and I have taken one grandchild on a trip during the summer break. The oldest grandson went to NYC with us when he was 11 years old. This past June we took the middle grandson, now 14, to see the Big Apple over a long weekend. My son and … Continue reading New York City Memories
I am happy to see Josephine Ensign acknowledged by Nursemanifest. Ensign is an NP and her book, “Catching Homelessness,” tells not only about those without social supports but the role of the NP in helping those who fall through the cracks. The barriers we NPs face by the medical establishment is clearly documented in the story of her experience. She has also been helpful to me in developing my own nurse practitioner memoir.
Her book has been awarded the AJN 2017 Best Book of the Year in the Creative Works category. Congratulations, Josephine.
Inspiration for Activism!
- Worked for three decades as a family nurse practitioner providing primary health care to homeless adolescents and adults in large urban areas on both coasts of the U.S.
- Focuses her work on increasing understanding of the lives of marginalized populations, and developing ways to increase their access to effective health care programs.
- Uses personal stories to highlight important public policy issues within an emancipatory framework.
- Her essays have appeared in The Sun, The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Pulse, Silk Road, The Intima, The Examined Life Journal, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine, and the nonfiction anthology “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse“, edited by Lee Gutkind.
- Her first book “Catching Homelessness: A Nurses Story of Falling thought the Safety Net,” provides a piercing look at the homelessness industry, nursing, and our country’s health care safety…
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