Nurses are nuts or do they just need “secretaries?”

          Anthony Langley contacted me to ask if he could send me a copy of his book to review and possibly discuss on my Blog. I am always happy to support a fellow nurse who takes the plunge and writes a book about nursing, so I said sure.      Continue reading “Nurses are nuts or do they just need “secretaries?””

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION DATE: THREE WEEKS

This past week I promoted my book. Monday, after a class I attended on public speaking, I collared a woman who had also attended the lecture as she exited the ladies room. “How will you use the information?” I asked. She told me she had planned to start a class for widows on ways toContinue reading “COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION DATE: THREE WEEKS”

Countdown to Publication Date: Four Weeks

My book: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers is due to be published on November 6, Election Day. Now isn’t that a bummer? In spite of the competition for attention, I plan to get an announcement out a couple of days before via Blog, Facebook and Twitter. Maybe folks will enjoy aContinue reading “Countdown to Publication Date: Four Weeks”

Nightingale Tales

My new project involves interviewing my classmates from nursing school. We “older nurses” are dying off. Who will be around to tell our stories? As I gear up to start this project, I’m educating myself in the art of interviewing. In the meantime, a serendipitous thing happened. Lynn Dow, RN, wrote about her long careerContinue reading “Nightingale Tales”

Don’t Question the Doctor

My friend Lois and I were talking on the phone the other day. We both graduated from diploma nursing schools in the early 60s. It was a time when the nurse was considered the “handmaiden” of the physician. We played the Doctor-Nurse Game* and even stood up when a doctor entered a room. Feeling powerlessContinue reading “Don’t Question the Doctor”

FEAR OF TREES–REVISITED

I am taking a break from writing about nursing… The devastation Hurricane Sandy caused this past week on the east coast has reinforced my fear of trees. I have resurrected a column I wrote that appeared in the Chapel Hill News on June 27, 2007. LIVING IN THE FOREST WITH MY FEAR OF TREES MyContinue reading “FEAR OF TREES–REVISITED”