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Looking Death in the Face – The Story of a Naïve Nurse

I draw the shortest straw among the three night nurses on my unit. Despite that I have less than six-months on the job, I’m the one floating to another floor (going to a different unit that you aren’t usually assigned … Continue reading

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Wearing a “W” Back to Work

 I feel like everyone sees the big, bold-letter ‘W’ painted on my forehead as I enter the hospital this morning.  Looking at my feet as much as possible, I put on my scrubs. In my numbed state of grief, I walk through … Continue reading

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Who Cares For The Caregivers?

I am a nurse and my training has taught me to assess, plan, implement and evaluate whatever program I start.  So, I initiated a caregivers support group at my church this spring after hearing members complain that they were feeling … Continue reading

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In A Sea of Grief, Kindness Became My Life Jacket

I was honored to be approached by The Kindness Blog to write an article about the ways in which kindness has affected my life…this is the story I submitted. He didn’t kiss me goodbye in the morning, believing that it … Continue reading

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To Thine Own Self Be True

November is National Family Caregiver Month – here is my reflection on my experience as a caregiver… Taking care of others starts early for me as my mother is chronically ill as I grow up.  My time spent playing with … Continue reading

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Living while Dying – Part II

This is the second post in a two-part series about my family’s first experience with hospice.  November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month… My mom and I make plans for cocktail hour in Aunt Jean’s “new” room, inviting two of Jean’s closest … Continue reading

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God’s work amongst the ashes – Part II

Six months after my husband’s sudden death, my heart receives another stab wound, and I get another kick to my head as I read the pamphlet sent from a well-intended, anonymous do-gooder It is an invitation for a singles group.  … Continue reading

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