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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“Nurses give hope through their stories.” I heard this from Lee Woodruff who spoke about her role as caregiver for her husband. A roadside bomb in Iraq had wounded Bob Woodruff, a news reporter. His wife spoke on the last day of the Beryl Conference that I attended in Chicago two weeks ago. Ms.… Continue reading Nurses Give Hope Through Stories
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