New AJN blog post: Integrating Strong Emotions as a Developing Nurse

If you were sitting in front of a classroom of nursing students, full of idealism and motivation about their future career, what would you tell them? "We want to present the reality of nursing to these students, not to shatter their idealism, but to push them towards meaningful self-awareness from the start of their nursing … Continue reading New AJN blog post: Integrating Strong Emotions as a Developing Nurse

Bringing the Voice of Nurses to the TED/TEDx Table – and how you can help

I love hearing people’s stories about their lives – their work, their family, their experiences of joy and of sorrow. Hearing the stories helps break down my misconceptions and false assumptions. The stories give me a deeper appreciation for life experiences that are far removed from my own. They teach me more about the depth … Continue reading Bringing the Voice of Nurses to the TED/TEDx Table – and how you can help

On Being a Christian Mother and a Pediatric ICU Nurse

There may be no greater revealers of my deepest wrestling with my humanity than the roles of both a mother and a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse. Everyone says becoming a parent changes you, and it does, in countless indescribable ways. Every healthcare professional says being close to sickness and death changes you, and … Continue reading On Being a Christian Mother and a Pediatric ICU Nurse

Guest Post for American Journal of Nursing: Learning New Skills of Supporting One Another as Nurses

Life post-TEDx Talk is slowly returning to a more reasonable pace, which means I finally have more time to start writing again. This latest guest blog post for the American Journal of Nursing is about an issue I have been wrestling with for awhile: Why do we nurses still seem to have a hard time … Continue reading Guest Post for American Journal of Nursing: Learning New Skills of Supporting One Another as Nurses

Livestream link for my TEDx Talk: How Grief Enables Me to Endure as a Nurse

**UPDATE**: The livestream link is no longer active. To view the TEDx Talk, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SasMjDCSyR4&t=1s *************************** It's been way too quiet on this blog, but that's because I've been working on my biggest project to date - preparing my TEDx Talk entitled "How Grief Enables Me to Endure as a Nurse." The Talk … Continue reading Livestream link for my TEDx Talk: How Grief Enables Me to Endure as a Nurse

When Brokenness Transforms Nursing: Guest Post for American Journal of Nursing

The tendency for nurses, I feel, is to depend primarily on our sense of internal strength, resilience and coping to be effective in this profession. But is it possible for the nurse to find the inner recognition of his/her own brokenness as a transformative gift to strengthen his/her nursing practice? My latest guest post for … Continue reading When Brokenness Transforms Nursing: Guest Post for American Journal of Nursing