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Lessons in nursing from a life behind the lens

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It...

Facing the challenge of masked communication

“Can you hear me now?” was the byline of a popular TV ad in the early 2000s for a cell phone company, promising excellent...

Do you have a BS or a BSN? Does it matter?

Christina is concerned when she learned that she would graduate with a bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in nursing, not a...

A slow push

It’s been nearly 3 years since I began my nursing career, and a lot has happened. I’ve been blessed with amazing coworkers, physicians, and...

State of pandemic: Coping with daily change

The morning of March 4, 2020, was a bit different from my usual workday routine, although it didn’t start off that way. When my...

Sense of loss

In third grade I asked my Dad whether we would be thrown out of our home and into the street. My Dad, a chemistry,...

Have we forgotten or become complicit: A story about our code of ethics for nurses

How many years ago did we take an ethics class in nursing school? Do you remember the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive...

400 years in 15 minutes: Why depression screening in primary care is vital for African American patients

Have you ever had an African American patient walk into your office and say, “I’m tired, just tired”? Or treat a young Black patient...

Here now, but heard nothing

It was a busy day on the cardiac unit where I had one of my first patients as a new nurse. I’ll call him...

What do we learn when the unknown suddenly appears?

When COVID-19 found its way into New York City, the healthcare system’s Achilles heel was exposed. Public health officials scrambled for resources as the...