New Guest Post for AJN: Balancing Nurse and Home Life During the Holidays

My latest blog post for American Journal of Nursing is up. The contrasts between the nursing world and home life are often felt most acutely during the holidays, and moving between both worlds can be disorienting. "I feel at times as though I live in some other world that is not entirely my home nor … Continue reading New Guest Post for AJN: Balancing Nurse and Home Life During the Holidays

A Plea from a Pediatric ICU Nurse in Response to the Saugus High School Shooting

Preventable traumas are the hardest for us to see as pediatric ICU nurses. Gunshot wounds, permanent disabilities and deaths from senseless violence, child abuse because of a broken system letting cases fall through the cracks, car accidents from DUIs resulting in kids being the innocent victims. I have come face to face with all of … Continue reading A Plea from a Pediatric ICU Nurse in Response to the Saugus High School Shooting

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

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

New AJN Post: Strong Nursing Management Empowers the Why

My latest blog post for American Journal of Nursing brings light to the incredible nursing management that I and my colleagues are so fortunate to work under. We realize this is not the culture for all nurses, but my hope in writing the article is that it would inspire many nurse managers to consider the … Continue reading New AJN Post: Strong Nursing Management Empowers the Why

TED-Ed Lesson on “How Grief Can Enable Nurses to Endure” now available!

For all nurse educators, managers, leaders, bookclub facilitators, or bedside nurses looking for a guided way to talk about work-related grief with other nurses: I have created a new TED-Ed lesson based on my original TEDxTalk, "How Grief Can Enable Nurses to Endure." It includes some introductory prompts allowing for people to share about their work-related … Continue reading TED-Ed Lesson on “How Grief Can Enable Nurses to Endure” now available!

Keynote Speech to RN Residency New Grad Nurses: The Best and Most Vital Thing You Can Give Your Patients

I had the privilege of delivering the keynote speech to our hospital's recent cohort of RN Residency New Graduate Nurses as they have completed orientation and will now be working independently in their respective units. One of the things I was most excited about was the opportunity to also briefly address the many friends and … Continue reading Keynote Speech to RN Residency New Grad Nurses: The Best and Most Vital Thing You Can Give Your Patients