Be your own nurse

Find the center when using social media

A year of finding center

Starting. Beginning. Renewing. It’s a New Year! What’s happening in your nursing practice that needs reflection? How do you “be your own nurse” in 2024? Throughout 2023, the…


Merriam-Webster chose “authentic” as the 2023 word of the year. It seems like this word has been around much longer than 2023. It seems as though “authentic” was…
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Be Your Own Nurse: Your Voice

My work is focused on relationships and caring for individuals and groups. What that means is: Speaking with intention, focused on the impact your words have on your…
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Conversations as self-care

One intervention in my nursing practice is to facilitate intentional conversations. When I first started my role as a psych-mental health APRN in 2016, I was approached by…
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Finding Your Connection

In a year of finding center, finding connection is important. Nursing is relational. How do you know that you’re not alone as a nurse? When I facilitate intentional…
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Good Morning!

Have you ever found yourself startled when someone says “Good morning” as you pass in a hallway or on a sidewalk? After the deer-in-headlights moment, do you find…
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Listening to messages

An analogy that I often use to describe my own experiences in tough caregiving situations is to say, “I have a fork in my eye.” I feel distressed…
Patricia Bunge graduated from Toledo Hospital School of Nursing in 1954. She celebrated her 90th birthday this year.

Mrs. Bunge or The Curious Nurse

If not for Mrs. Bunge I would not be a nurse today. Patricia Bunge graduated from Toledo Hospital School of Nursing in 1954.
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Reflection is nursing practice

Personal and professional self-nursing requires reflection. Yet, in our world today, reflection is seen as something special and ethereal. Only certain people can reflect and the rest of…
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Remember Your Inner Nurse During the Holidays

During the holidays, with the comings and goings of family and friends, I was reminded of the tension between personal self-care and professional self-care. There is this side…

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