Helping Someone Who is Grieving

Helping Someone Who is Grieving

I’ll admit, it’s been an emotional two months. In August, my dear friend and mentor, Karen Kirby, RN, MSN, died from cancer. Then, in September, our Guardian Nurses’ colleague and friend, Mary Jane Darbee, RN, BSN also died from cancer. This month,...
Let the Patient- and Family – Beware

Let the Patient- and Family – Beware

With so much—SO much—going on in our world of late, it feels like I could write on a plethora of subjects. But then, just this past Sunday, I read an article in the New York Times on the increasing frequency of medicating nursing home patients with anti-psychotic...
Violence Against Nurses

Violence Against Nurses

In a recent episode of the Lighting Your Way podcast, we addressed the prevalence of violence against nurses in the workplace. While aggressive behavior on airplanes and on highways has recently made the news, it has been happening in healthcare facilities all over...
Music and the Brain. Listen Closely.

Music and the Brain. Listen Closely.

Besides May being Nurses’ Month, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is essential to our overall health, and the importance of attending to mental health has become even more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not only...
The Power of Telling Your Story

The Power of Telling Your Story

I’ve heard ALOT of stories in 17 years of working with and hearing about patients at Guardian Nurses. To honor those stories, which never cease to amaze me, there is a plaque on the wall outside my office that says “You can’t make this stuff...
COVID19 Vaccines, Part 2

COVID19 Vaccines, Part 2

In December, we published our first issue on the COVID19 vaccines entitled, “All I Want for Christmas is the Vaccine.” Two months later and well, many of you are still waiting for that vaccine. Last week, my sister said, “It reminds me of the days...