Breaking Down the Natural Barrier of Fear

I have been a nurse for more than 40 years. Several years ago when my husband Trip suffered a terrible injury, I became aware of the difference in the perception of healthcare providers. Not having practiced at the bedside for more than 20 years, I was suddenly on the “other side” of care. I became aware of those who encourage and promote healing, and those … Read more

The Divine Call of a Nurse

April is fast approaching and, too often it brings turbulent storms. When I hear about unstable weather such as hurricanes and tornados, I remember the stories I heard while working years ago in Alabama. I was coaching and speaking at a large hospital, and the staff had just suffered the wounds that come from a tornado in their surrounding counties. The stories I heard were … Read more

Stay on Course and Never Give Up Trying

Sometimes in nursing, we may have this wonderful thing we want to do for the good of mankind, the nursing assistants or our department managers. It may be to create a class of study, hold an informational conference, create a particular workbook or hold a retreat on compassion fatigue . . . and for some reason it just doesn’t seem to work out. “Why Lord … Read more