I found the best advice for writing in the time of Covid-19 in BREVITY’S Nonfiction Blog, Wednesday March 18, 2020. Written by Brenda Ridley I am reblogging here: Ten Tips for Writing While Quarantined by Dinty W. Moore by Brenda Ridley Assuming that you are up and about during the COVID-19 pandemic, you could … Continue reading Best Tips for Writing in the Time of a Pandemic
This originally appeared on 08/12/2012. The Weirdest Home Visit is one of many stories that didn’t make it into the first book. I am considering it for inclusion in my second book.
When I worked in the home care program at a VA hospital in Illinois, medical students sometimes came along with us nurse practitioners while we made our visits. I enjoyed showing them the reality of delivering care in the patient’s home—where we were guests—the subtle line between suggestion and decree, education and instruction, doing for the patient and letting the patient do for himself.
One afternoon, when I had a female medical student riding with me, I had trouble finding the house. In the day of no cell phones or GPS’s, I stopped at a gas station to call the patient’s wife. Was I being paranoid when she sounded like she was being deliberately unclear?
We finally drove down the well-manicured block in a rather upscale neighborhood. One house in the middle of the block was “protected” by a row of stately cypresses or if cypresses trees don’t grow in…
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I have been without my computer for four days so I didn’t work on today’s post. I didn’t have a computer to track any other posts that I could reblog. I didn’t want to scratch out a new post longhand. Maybe I could’ve been more aggressive or use my I Phone to pick up the … Continue reading Computer Crash
I look back on 2018 with wonder and gratitude. My book is finally published. I feel such a sense of accomplishment. I don’t credit this achievement to talent, genius or education as you can see from my most favorite quote below: Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing … Continue reading Persistence and Determination
I am following a physician’s blog: Suneel Dhand. Reading his post for the first time, I had a gut feeling I would like this guy. I think he represents a new and steadily growing wave of physicians who are becoming more aware of the effects that good communication has on patient outcomes and improvement in … Continue reading The Physician Supports the Nurse
Reblogged from Off the Charts, August 16, 2018 by Tarra Midgette, RN, is a nurse in an emergency department in North Carolina. I love this post and wanted to share it with you because Tarra Midgette so poignantly describes her inner thoughts and feelings as she goes about her not routine day in an ED. No … Continue reading A Day in the Emergency Room for a Nurse Who Loves Her Job
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― Joseph Campbell I didn’t plan to write a book but that’s what happened. I had always wanted to be a writer and, even as I worked as a Nurse Practitioner, I took … Continue reading Letting Go of the Life We Plan
I'm now taking watercolor classes, struggling to create something that I can be proud of but mostly learning how to be humble and not compare myself with my fellow classmates. As hard as I try to enjoy the journey and not focus on the end result, I still strive to have my finished product an … Continue reading Why Your Imperfections Make You Perfect
First, I am excited that there are 100 best nursing blogs. Wow. Great job nurses! And I am pleased that my blog, Nursing Stories, has been included in this group. And, yes, I am boasting. Nursing Stories Nursing Stories is a heartfelt blog about one woman’s experiences in nursing. Marianna Crane, the blogger, has been … Continue reading Nursing Stories in the Top 100 Best Nursing Blogs
Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor, writes in the Off the Charts blog on the variety of nurse bloggers: