The Power of Nurses

The World Health Organization designation of 2020 Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife has taken a back seat to the sensational political news alerts that fill our lives as if nothing else is important. This post is just a reminder that nurses still are on the front lines of COVID-19 and make a difference in ourContinue reading “The Power of Nurses”

The Tale of Two Clinics

Reflections in the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing had an essay by Mark Darby RN, ARNP: The Way of Johnson Tower. Johnson Tower, a public housing building, sounded very much like the Senior Clinic I worked in and wrote about in my book: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers.Continue reading “The Tale of Two Clinics”

Are Nurses Losing Ground?

I wrote the following blog on February 10, 2013. I can’t believe I was the only one. In my last post I referenced The Truth About Nursing blog in which we are asked to write to two journalists who did not mention nurses in their article in Businessweek about Hillary Clinton’s hospitalization. The story readContinue reading “Are Nurses Losing Ground?”

Leaving Our Legacy

I have been thinking for a long time about the fact that we older nurses are dying off. We will take with us our memories of nursing history. I have always loved to hear from other seasoned nurses about how they size up their nursing careers as they look back. What was important at theContinue reading “Leaving Our Legacy”

Nurses of a Certain Age

Excepted from Off the Charts, May 31, 2017   AJN Facebook Readers on Influences, Public Attitudes to Nursing, Practices of Yesterday by Betsy Todd, MPH, RN, CIC  What do you remember from early in your career that would never be seen or done today? We “nurses of a certain age” remember!—and we’re amazed at howContinue reading “Nurses of a Certain Age”

The Gray Area of Nursing: Being Uncertain of One’s “Moral Role.”

Here’s a great example how one nurse saved a patient’s life. Speaking Up to Save a Life by Diane Szulecki, Associate Editor American Journal of Nursing October 2016 – Volume 116 – Issue 10 – p 68–69     Abstract   A nurse’s advocacy alters the path of a patient with locked-in syndrome. On aContinue reading “The Gray Area of Nursing: Being Uncertain of One’s “Moral Role.””

Patients Change Us: A Formative Nursing Experience — Off the Charts

From boliston, via Flickr Many years ago, I was given the greatest gift by a patient who had no idea he would change my life and define my professional outlook as a nurse. While not every nurse will be fortunate enough to have such an explicit experience of the effect of the care they provide… viaContinue reading “Patients Change Us: A Formative Nursing Experience — Off the Charts”