There but for the Grace of God… May 31st 2012

My mom was not a religious woman.   A woman of faith, yes.  But a quiet faith that wasn't flashy or 'in your face.'  And through the years of raising her children, six in all, she was known to spout off a...

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Lying June 26th 2012

I do not 'get' lying.  Never have, never will.  I have been a nurse for more than 25 years, clearly most of my adult life.  To my knowledge, there is not much lying in nursing, or in healthcare, for that...

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Vacation? Don’t Leave Home Without Reading This! July 14th 2012

There is so much energy, money, and planning that goes into a vacation, especially if it's a family vacation, that it's worth taking some time to think about the 'what ifs.'  No doubt we all want our...

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Good News About Nursing Shortage July 17th 2012

I had the privilege of listening to Dr. Peter Buerhaus, Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University,  this morning as he presented information on his ongoing research about this country's nursing shortage.

For years, data has predicted not only a shortage of nurses entering the workforce...

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Remembering Dad August 26th 2012

Today marks the fourth anniversary of my dad's death at age 92.   It goes without saying that I've been remembering his life, remembering our lives together as he and my mom (who passed away so young at 61 years old)...

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Motorcycle Deaths Increase in PA—thanks to no helmet law. May 27th 2013

Not that we should be surprised by this 'news,' but since lawmakers in Pennsylvania decided a decade ago to give motorcyclists the choice of whether to wear helmets or not, the number of deaths in motorcycle crashes has increased.  And...

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This Locker Room is NOT Fit for the NFL January 14th 2014

Tonight, I went for my annual mammogram.  Like hundreds of women before me, I undressed in the locker room and took my seat in the waiting area.  While I appreciated the heated gown (a nice gesture), the heat quickly dissipated as I...

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A Trip Down Memory Lane February 11th 2014

Today I got a chance to walk down memory lane as I visited a patient at the same hospital where my mom was a patient 33 years ago.  As I got out of the elevator and turned to head toward...

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To All of my Nursing Friends and Colleagues—Happy Mother’s Day! May 10th 2014

It's tradition to celebrate National Nurses' Week every year from May 6th to May 12th. And during that week also comes Mother's Day. I've always thought that the coincidence is meaningful as so many nurses are mothers and of course, so many mothers are...

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What a Week! June 29th 2014

Last Tuesday, I went in to the hospital to have major abdominal surgery and today, Sunday, I am home comfortably watching the Phillies.  I have to admit, the old adage "time flies when you're having fun" was certainly true in this...

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