Cardiac Advances Versus Patient Benefit: A Moral Dilemma

My story, Closing the Door, recently published in Stories That Need to be Told: A Tulip Tree Anthology, tells of the emergence some fifty years ago of cardiac catheterization, artificial heart valves and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how I, as a young nurse, had to make sense of the advancement of technology versus patient benefit. This … Continue reading Cardiac Advances Versus Patient Benefit: A Moral Dilemma

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

The Surreal Hospital Experience

My husband was discharged from the hospital following two heart valve replacements, and a week later was readmitted with a side effect of the surgery that occurs ten percent of the time. He was taken to his room directly from the ER. I hadn’t the foresight to bring along my coloring book and pencils—mindless relaxing … Continue reading The Surreal Hospital Experience

Unconventional Nursing

This Post from 2012--written by my fellow nursing classmate, Ruth Donoghue--describes an episode occurring in the early '90s. Early ‘90’s December NAKED IN THE DELIVERY ROOM Nursery in a Catholic hospital where 5,000 babies pass through in a year The call comes via unit secretary A nurse is requested as soon as possible to pick … Continue reading Unconventional Nursing


I couldn't pass up sharing this article in Consumer Reports about nurse practitioners and physician assistants especially since I just registered with my new provider, a nurse practitioner a week ago. She and a physician assistant cover for each other. Best of both worlds. Check the comments, which are so positive. When a nurse is … Continue reading WHEN A NURSE IS AS GOOD AS A DOCTOR


Last week, I attended the second and last part of the TeamStepps workshop. In another post (“Was I Dreaming?”) I described the first workshop and my surprise at how the doctors willingly and enthusiastically participated in the dialogue and group activities. What would I find this time around? TeamStepps is a program that promotes teamwork … Continue reading WAS I DREAMING? PART TWO