Maybe We Should See a Veterinarian? June 20th 2015

I'm always interested in hearing stories about the healthcare system.  Good and not so good. This past week, a friend shared with me her recent story about interacting with the healthcare system.  And it made me think maybe we should...

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We Grieve Because We Care. February 06th 2015

Last week, three of our patients died.  Two deaths were not "surprises" as both patients had terminal cancer.  The other patient committed suicide so yes, his death was unexpected for everyone.  As nurses, we know that death is part of...

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Happy and Healthy New Year! December 31st 2014

When I turned on my computer this morning, the image on my desktop was a gorgeous sunset amidst a sky with a few thin, wispy clouds and the blue gray waters of an ocean. The contrasting colors of the golden...

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I Love Serendipity. May 20th 2012

Who around us hasn't had the experience where you thought, "Wow, I don't know why that just happened, but I'll chalk it up to serendipity."  OK, maybe exactly those thoughts, but close enough.

There are alot of other synonyms for serendipity----luck,...

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Just in Case Grandma DOESN’T Get Run Over by a Reindeer… December 16th 2012

The traditional holiday season is once again upon us.  Malls are jammed with shoppers, Santa look-a likes are everywhere, and thousands of ovens crank out home-made cookies, pies, and breads.  Meanwhile, in neighborhoods everywhere, menorahs and Christmas lights blaze into...

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Saying Goodbye to 2012. December 28th 2012

Like alot of folks at this time of year, I am taking some time to look back on 2012 and 'close the books,' as it were, on the year.  As Oprah once commented, 'every January 1st we get another shot...

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New Year’s Thoughts and Reminders December 31st 2012

Though it comes the same time every year, the New Year's holiday evokes anxiety in people who feel the need to "make resolutions" as they approach the new year.  I take a different approach.  Think of your resolution as a suggestion. ...

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Great Day at the PA Conference for Women! October 03rd 2012

There I sat, amidst close to 6,000 women attendees at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, listening to Arianna Huffington give her keynote presentation during lunch.   What a pleasant surprise it was to hear her remarks!  At times serious, then humorous,...

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Six Lessons for Nurse Advocates September 22nd 2012

Many thanks to the planning committee and volunteers who made the 2012 RN-AIM (Registered Nurse Association in Michigan) Annual Conference a smashing success!  This year's theme for the conference, on September 20th and 21st, was "Nurse As...

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The Day That Changed My Life May 22nd 2012

Thirty years ago today, May 23rd, my mom died after a four month "battle" with what doctors said was liver cancer.  Now that I know a little more (well, kind of...), I'm thinking it may have been pancreatic cancer.  Still,...

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