What Would Flo Think?

The last day of Nurses Week ends today on Florence Nightingale’s Birthday: May 12. Would Flo be surprised that a special day, May 6, had been dedicated to nurses in 1982, and in 1990, that day grew into a full week that ended on her birthday? Would she be pleased that the World Health OrganizationContinue reading “What Would Flo Think?”

Nurses are nuts or do they just need “secretaries?”

          Anthony Langley contacted me to ask if he could send me a copy of his book to review and possibly discuss on my Blog. I am always happy to support a fellow nurse who takes the plunge and writes a book about nursing, so I said sure.      Continue reading “Nurses are nuts or do they just need “secretaries?””

NURSES REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  Reblogged from 07/22/2012 in recognition of 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife: Betsy, a writer friend, emailed me the story she had read in our workshop since I had to miss the class. She knows I hang on every episode of her life in Ireland where her second child was born and sheContinue reading “NURSES REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

A Nurse Tells it Like it Is

A nurse has called attention to our dysfunctional health care system in the OP-ED section of the New York Times. (Our Jury-Rigged Health Care System by Teresa Brown, New York Times, September 6, 2019) Brown has hit a nerve as evidenced by the 969 comments to date supporting her stance. Her article discusses how nurses (andContinue reading “A Nurse Tells it Like it Is”

How PTSD is hurting nursing

I came upon this post on KevinMD.com, written by a nurse. I am pleased that a physician has provided a vehicle for nurses to tell their stories and, in this case, share the heavy toll that working in a hospital setting can have on nurses.  How PTSD is hurting nursing ANNE NAULTY, RN | POLICY | MAY 22, 2019Continue reading “How PTSD is hurting nursing”

A Long Overdue Thank You

I had finally decided to clean out my office closet. I started with the stuffed cardboard file box. The first thing I reached for was a frayed manila envelope. The stack of typed pages spilled out onto the floor. After I read the first two sheets—an early attempt at documenting my nursing life—I knew IContinue reading “A Long Overdue Thank You”

Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  In the April 2019 AARP Bulletinthere is an article discussing the restrictive laws in North Carolina that control Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.* North Carolina is where I now live. While I no longer practice as a nurse practitioner, I’m always on the lookout for the latest restrictions or advances in APRN practice. And IContinue reading “Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses”

Back to where it started: Chicago

I flew into cold, snowy Chicago last week to discuss my book at the main facility of Erie Family Health Centers. This felt like a dream as I stood behind the lectern gazing at the audience that, believe it or not, included a few familiar faces from some thirty years ago. I had been invitedContinue reading “Back to where it started: Chicago”

Patron of Nursing

Barbara Jonas, 84, collector of art and patron of nursing, died on October 23, in Manhattan.  I had never heard of her. But the heading of her obituary in the New York Times on November 9th grabbed my attention. She was a patron of nursing along with her husband, Donald Jonas. In 2016, the couple sold offContinue reading “Patron of Nursing”

The Perks of Serving on the Board

  I have served on the Family Patient Advisory Council at my local hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina since it’s inception a little over two years ago. I became the first Chair and now I am the Senior Chair. This last week, the hospital funded my travel to Chicago to attend the Patient Experience ConferenceContinue reading “The Perks of Serving on the Board”