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”

Nursing Students Provide Insights into the Pandemic

The media mainly focuses on the nurses and doctors who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rarely do we hear what nursing students are experiencing.  Below is a repost from the Setonian, the official undergraduate newspaper of Seton Hall University. ********************************** Seton Hall nursing students and faculty provide unique insights into pandemic Posted By AlexanderContinue reading “Nursing Students Provide Insights into the Pandemic”

Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing

Originally posted on NurseManifest:
We are excited to announce a series of web discussions “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing” starting on September 12th, and every week through October 10th! This initiative is in part an outgrowth of our 2018 Nursing Activism Think Tank and inspired by recent spotlights on the killing of Black Americans…

Olden Days of Nursing: Dialysis

I still remember the teenager but not his name or how long he had been getting peritoneal dialysis (PD). I recall him walking between his parents down the long hospital corridor. He was going home to die. A father with small children had preempted the teenager’s spot on the dialysis unit. Restricting patients was necessaryContinue reading “Olden Days of Nursing: Dialysis”

The Story Behind the Message

I first posted “The Story Behind the Message” in 2017 before my memoir was published. Now as I work on my second book, this post remains as relevant to me as ever. Writing for me doesn’t get easier, Molly. ******************************************** Rearranging my bookcase, I came across a book with the following inscription: This is theContinue reading “The Story Behind the Message”

Ramblings on Expanding Nursing Practice

    I asked Martha Barry who worked with me at the Erie Family Health Centers in the early 80s, to remind me if the Certified Nurse Midwives delivered babies.  Here’s what she said: The model for the Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) when I arrived was outpatient care only. The CNM did all of theContinue reading “Ramblings on Expanding Nursing Practice”

Media In-Depth Look at Nurses

Sandy and Harry Summers review in their June 2020 The Truth About Nursing Blog a story that appeared in the Washington Post. I am always happy to see another example of the media covering nurses and nursing issues. And this time the authors talk about “what nurses actually do!” However, it’s sad that it has taken a pandemicContinue reading “Media In-Depth Look at Nurses”

Time to Take a Break

I want to revisit a time that made me happy. I invite you to look back to a moment that brought you joy, too. Find what you can to feed your soul and rejuvenate your body so you can participate in finding the solutions to our current troubles. Take a break in this time ofContinue reading “Time to Take a Break”

Home Visits Can Be Fraught With Danger

As I write my second book, which is about the home visits I have made over the years, I am resurrecting memories from my mind and the pages of my journals. Today’s post shows a time when I didn’t use common sense and how home visits can be fraught with danger.  One day in earlyContinue reading “Home Visits Can Be Fraught With Danger”