Thank You For Saying Thank You

Recently while traveling, I enjoyed breakfast at a chain restaurant. Several tables were occupied, and I noticed only one server doing all the front-end work: taking orders and processing payments. Other customers slowly trickled in, and she seemed to keep up with it all with grace, style, and even humor. When she brought my food,… [Continue..]

Try Stepping Forward Boldly

The older we get, the more risk-averse we become. Our fears magnify and we have a tendency to pull back from life. But pulling back and avoiding things we’re afraid of only magnifies our fears and makes our world smaller. Instead, try stepping forward boldly. Take a risk, even a small one. Try something new… [Continue..]

A Nurse’s Story

The summer before my senior year of RN nursing school, I worked as an LPN (we were allowed to take LPN boards then after 2 years of RN education) in a county-run long-term chronic psychiatric facility. Most of the patients had been there for years and years long ago abandoned by their families. It was… [Continue..]

Those Small Moments of Connection and Support

A few years back during a loss of power after a storm, I went to a convenience store that had electricity to get coffee and ice… essentials during a power failure! A customer (a man in his 40s) saw me trying to juggle several bags of ice and picked one up to help me out… [Continue..]

A Season of Watching, Waiting, and Preparing for the Light

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or winter solstice, it is a season of watching, waiting and preparing for the light. The symbolism is perfect for our lives as we often find ourselves in personal and spiritual darkness unable to find our way. As the old adage goes: It is better to light a candle… [Continue..]

Why Gratitude is the Key to Being Rich

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” “Sometimes, we have to witness what others have lost in order to truly appreciate all that we have.” Despite all that we currently have to do without, most of us are surrounded by abundance. You only have to look for… [Continue..]

RN Isn’t Qualified to Provide Expert Health Education? Wait! WHAT?

Sandra Lee MD, aka reality TVs Dr. Pimple Popper, recently posted a message on Twitter (see image) in response to a health blog written by an RN on WebMD about sunburn: “Why would a registered nurse explain this? Why not a dermatologist?” (Twitter removed this post, but not before plenty of people got a screenshot). She… [Continue..]

Harness the Power of the Media

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN Numerous studies have shown that Americans get much of their information about health care from the media. Likewise, what they see and hear in the media, whether a TV drama or a print news story, influences how they perceive nurses and the work we do. And yet, nurses… [Continue..]

5 Tips to Enhance Your Happiness and Improve Your Health

Ah, happiness. Even simply thinking about being truly happy can bring a smile to a person’s face and the feeling of pure joy. Some say happiness is learned, while others believe happiness is innate. I venture to think happiness is a fundamental part of who we are — consider an infant squealing with delight while… [Continue..]

Observe and Elevate Those Around You

During recent air travel, I had a very short window of time to catch my connection. Plus, my connecting gate was a considerable distance away in a large airport. So I asked one of those airport transport vehicles for a lift. The driver began to bob and weave through a sea of people, many oblivious… [Continue..]