Chicago, Friendship, Health Care Services, Nostalgia, 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 Conference… Continue reading The Perks of Serving on the Board

Memoir, Nostalgia, Nursing Stories

The Old Faded Picture

Recently rummaging around in my office closet for my watercolor materials, I came across an old envelope with a faded 5 X 7 picture inside. Years ago I had planned to frame it. Obviously, I forgot all about it. Most of what is stored in the closet fits into the category: out of sight, out… Continue reading The Old Faded Picture

Friendship, Nostalgia, nurses of a certain age, Nursing, Nursing reunion, Nursing Stories, Saint Peter's School of Nursing, Successful Aging, Writing the Book

Nurse at the Switchboard

Ten of us from a class of 44 traveled to Cape May, New Jersey to attend our 55th nursing reunion. We first met as young Catholic teens in the late ’50s enrolled in the diploma program at Saint Peter’s School of Nursing in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Hard to believe we are now in our… Continue reading Nurse at the Switchboard

American Journal of Nursing, Nostalgia, nurses of a certain age, Nursing, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories

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 how… Continue reading Nurses of a Certain Age

Nostalgia, Nursing, Nursing in the 60s, student nurse

What is a Student Nurse?

Carol Ann, a friend of mine from nursing school, recently came to visit. She and her husband live in California. They cruised the Panama Canal over Christmas, drove to see friends in Clearwater, Florida, toured both Savannah and Charleston and traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to stay with us for a few days. Immediately, we… Continue reading What is a Student Nurse?

Christmas, Family, My Dad, Nostalgia, Nursing Stories

Dad and the Bride Doll

  My father, a complicated man, was the oldest son of 10 children. His parents came to America from Naples, Italy via Ellis Island at the turn of the century, and settled down in Jersey City, New Jersey. He left school in the sixth grade to pick up bits of coal from the railroad tracks,… Continue reading Dad and the Bride Doll

Cooking, Lasagna, Nostalgia, Nursing Stories, Thanksgiving

Happy Lasagna Day

  My husband and I are spending Thanksgiving alone—by choice. We had been invited out but graciously declined. After having three sets of houseguests in six weeks, we are happy to be alone. By the way, the house has never been cleaner. And we broke from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner—we are having lasagna. I love… Continue reading Happy Lasagna Day