Build Resilience to Avoid Nurse Burnout

Resilience is a widely-used word and popular concept lately. What does resilience mean for nurses? It means being able to continue caring for others with compassion and strength under the constant stress of working long hours with scarce resources. It means feeling like you and your work make a difference, feeling connected with a team… Read more »

The Story of 33 Nurses, Part 3

In Part 2 of The Story of 33 Nurses, I promised to share more information about getting the manuscript for 33 Nurses: Insight, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field ready to release. I also promised to show you the cover, and here it is!!! Sweet, right?! Many of the details of preparing a manuscript for… Read more »

Holidays 2020

Without a doubt, this year has been one of the biggest challenges most of us have ever endured. And now we need to face this normally joyous holiday season, courageously finding ways to compromise while still finding happiness and hope for the future. We’ve all been shouldering extraordinary stress for almost a year, some more… Read more »

The Story of 33 Nurses, Part 2

In my last post, I shared the original spark for the book 33 Nurses: Insight, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field and how a plan started to come together. (If you missed Part 1 of the story, you can read it here.) I knew I wanted to develop a consistent set of questions that each… Read more »

The Story of 33 Nurses, Part 1

I have some very exciting news to share: My newest book, 33 Nurses: Insights, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field, was released on December 10, 2020! The book’s timing and importance have turned out to be more relevant and meaningful than I could have ever guessed. Nurses have always been heroes, but with the arrival… Read more »

Calming Fear and Finding Hope

There’s no question that times are tough right now for the whole planet. All the Fears The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world forever. We’ve lost so, so many people to the virus and many who survived the infection are fighting long-term debilitating symptoms, all while people argue about the very existence of this… Read more »

How to Find Peace in a Noisy World

Am I the only one that does this? I open a new tab in a browser to go to a website and I’m immediately distracted by the cute Google Doodle. I click on it to learn more, which is exactly what they knew I’d do. In so doing, I completely forget my reason for opening… Read more »

Don’t Wait

First, a reminder… Recently I mentioned that now is the time to use those special things you’ve been saving, such as the good dishes and glasses, the nice shirts you always save for special occasions, or the special soap someone gave you. I received some really sweet responses about how true it is that we… Read more »

The Art of Wasting Time

How do you define ‘wasted’ time? Is it time spent scrolling through social media? Maybe sitting in traffic or waiting in a long line? Having to go back and redo something that didn’t turn out as expected? Saying “Yes” too often and doing things you don’t really want to do? Do you ever get still… Read more »

Friendship

I’m inspired to write about the benefits of having good friends because I’ve just returned from a visit with a long-time bestie. We first met while training for a long-distance running event. There’s nothing like hours of running together during four months of training to get to know someone. And even though we are now… Read more »