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A healthy democracy needs voting nurses

Nurses are patient advocates, providing compassionate and effective clinical care. We center wellness and justice, and we contend with social factors that cause health disparities. But when it…

A Nurse’s View on Loneliness

As a new substitute school nurse, I’m constantly caught off-guard by the number of students who come into the nurse’s office with emotional and mental health issues. These…
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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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Food, glorious food… wasted

Everyone has heard this: There is so much food, in fact tons of it, wasted. Every day. In 2010, according to the US Department of Agriculture, an estimated…
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Gratitude: It does the body (and soul) good

In late October, I attended the American Academy of Nursing’s Health Policy conference in Washington, DC. I also had the distinct honor of being inducted as a Fellow…
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Keep Calm and Caring

Slogans are terse and memorable phrases typically associated with political campaigns and advertising. They’re the progeny of aphorism and axioms. Some of these catchphrases have become such a…

Nurse-led Podcasting to Amplify Nursing

There has been an influx of nurse-led podcasts over the past couple of years, which is great! I love nothing more than nurses using their expertise and creativity…
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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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The Student as Storyteller

The written word is posited to be one of the earliest forms of innovation, yet oral and visual storytelling goes back even further. That is because stories connect…
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When nurses are betrayed

In studying any specific culture, common phrases always arise from stories. For example, even though there is no water, when nurses are totally overwhelmed, they frequently say, “I’m…
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Why I go to the office

In these waning days of the pandemic, one of the hottest discussions is whether office workers should physically go back to the office and end the work-from-home alternative.…

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