Tribute to those behind my UCLA SON Distinguished Alumni Award

Back at the end of April, I was honored to receive the UCLA School of Nursing 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, Nightingale Nurse at the SON's 70th Anniversary Gala. Much of me is still in disbelief as I see and admire so many other nurses from whom I have so much … Continue reading Tribute to those behind my UCLA SON Distinguished Alumni Award

AJN’s Nurses Week 2019 collection of favorite articles

There are certain patient cases that never leave you as a nurse. They are the experiences that hold - and shape - the indescribable art of nursing as you learn how to read significant cues, listen to the unspoken, and hold another's heart while also holding your own as it comes undone. American Journal of … Continue reading AJN’s Nurses Week 2019 collection of favorite articles

When an Over-responsible Caregiver Learns a Life Lesson from a 5 Year Old

I have in recent weeks come up against my limits at times of what I can give to others and accomplish in the course of a day, and it hasn’t always been a graceful acceptance of those limits. I have instead resented them, and then learned the harder way to heed them and their inherent … Continue reading When an Over-responsible Caregiver Learns a Life Lesson from a 5 Year Old

Speaker Spotlight for 6th National Nursing Ethics Conference

I literally could not stop shaking when I received the email invitation to be the closing speaker for the 6th National Nursing Ethics Conference next year at UCLA. It is one of the most powerful and in-depth nursing conferences when we consider some of the core heart issues that nurses wrestle with as we are immersed … Continue reading Speaker Spotlight for 6th National Nursing Ethics Conference

How a Patient’s Family Heals a Nurse in this Era of Medicine

(Author’s note: Permission has been granted by all parties involved, including the patient's family, to share medical details that may make this patient identifiable.) One of the things that feels most unfair about pediatric ICU nursing is that with critically ill children, you don’t get the comfort of being able to look back and say … Continue reading How a Patient’s Family Heals a Nurse in this Era of Medicine

The Deeper Thank-You Every Nurse Needs

When I say to fellow nurses during Nurses Week, “Thank you for everything you do,” what I am saying is thank you for: Of course all the close attention you pay to your patients, safe med administration, the turning, the bathing, lifting, oral care, eye care, skin care, wound care; The hand-holding, teaching, empathizing, listening, … Continue reading The Deeper Thank-You Every Nurse Needs