Are You Asking the Right Questions?

While recently speaking at a nursing conference, the speaker before me was trying to make the point that nurses don’t support each other. One more sweeping generalization to put a negative thought in everyone’s head and start off the conference on the right note! She asked for a show of hands asking, “Who has ever had… [Continue..]

No More “Problems”

I was recently listening to an audio recording of a live lecture by Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now. He stated that there are no problems in life, only situations that need to be dealt with. And, he added, there will always be situations that need to be dealt with. His inference is that these occurrences are… [Continue..]

Have we lost our ability (and our sensitivity) to communicate in healthcare?

While recently accompanying a man who had just been admitted to the hospital, the nurse looked at his wife and asked, “Are you his P-O-A?” We all (including me) looked dumbfounded so she repeated the question a little louder. I finally spoke up and said, “You’ll have to tell us what “P-O-A” stands for. She… [Continue..]

Nursing Connections

I recently spoke at a small local event. After everyone had left, I remained, gathering my materials. The lovely server who had taken care of us all evening (she even packed my dinner for me to go) was there cleaning off the tables. She was so pleasant and with a great smile. Something compelled me… [Continue..]

Entrepreneurship -The Road Less Traveled

When I started my education business 22 years ago, I had a dream and vision – to launch a public seminar for nurses and take it on the road. I couldn’t possibly have known where that road would lead me – and what a difference it would make for me – personally and professionally. Certainly,… [Continue..]

Open Up to Life

In order to grow, you have to be willing to be vulnerable. You don’t have to like it. You just have to allow it to happen. Vulnerability opens you up to life.

Do the Best You Can

Life is a series of ups and downs. There will always be days, weeks, and years when things are particularly difficult. During those times, realize that you can’t do everything you’d like to do or do them the way you’d like. You simply have to do the best you can, get someone to help, or… [Continue..]

Nursing: More Than a Gentle Touch

Much is often made of the caring nature of nurses with frequent references to a kind word, a gentle touch, or a reassuring smile. And while those gestures convey caring and comfort, that is only part of the science-based, complex and often life-saving care provided by nurses. Nursing has its own body of research, theory… [Continue..]

Poetry Power

When I was a young woman, my mother gave me a now classic book titled “Poems That Touch the Heart” (A.L. Alexander). It is a compilation of poems and essays from various artists. It has given me countless hours of reading pleasure and continues to do so today. When’s the last time you read a book… [Continue..]

What are you looking for?

Before I got into business, some women were quick to tell me how competitive and cut throat other women business owners were. I even had another nurse entrepreneur tell me that non-nurse business owners didn’t take nurses seriously in the business world. Yet from the first moment I put myself out there as a nurse… [Continue..]