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

Breast cancer, DCIS, Death & Dying, Nurses, Nursing Stories

Twenty Years After the Cancer Diagnosis.

Next Sunday, November 5th, will be the 20th anniversary of my mastectomy. Afterward, my surgeon draped her arm over my shoulders and said I was “cured” as she escorted me out of her office on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C. Each November 5th , I would make a big deal of the anniversary date of… Continue reading Twenty Years After the Cancer Diagnosis.

AGING, Geriatrics, Memoir, Nursing Stories

Out of the Blue (aka Mr. Foley)

My story was published in Pulse: Stories from the Heart of Medicine on August 18, 2017 Out of the Blue Friday, 18 August 2017 Marianna Crane ~ As I sit in the exam room waiting for my first patient of the afternoon, the phone rings. It rings four more times before I realize that Amanda… Continue reading Out of the Blue (aka Mr. Foley)

American Journal of Nursing, Death & Dying, hospice, nurses of a certain age, Nursing, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories

Leaving Our Legacy

I have been thinking for a long time about the fact that we older nurses are dying off. We will take with us our memories of nursing history. I have always loved to hear from other seasoned nurses about how they size up their nursing careers as they look back. What was important at the… Continue reading Leaving Our Legacy

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

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