Friday, February 10, 2017

great nurses

I read a post online that said, "Nurses are born not made."

This is an interesting opinion, similar to the notion that people are "called" to the profession. 

I'm a nurse and a nursing instructor. I wasn't "called," I ambled into it. Stumbled. Thought, "hmmm.... life and death, I bet that's not boring."

Now I help people become great nurses. I help people learn nursing skills such as expressing compassion, listening, and critical thinking about health care. I provide opportunities and facilitate experiences. I help students identify and collaborate with nurses, aides, housekeepers, pharmacists, physicians, therapists, visitors, administrators, and technicians. 

The students practice observing, measuring, palpating, auscultating, and interviewing. They analyze laboratory values and think about how lifestyle and medications affect disease processes. They think about where the patient will be in 5 years, and in 10 years. 

Nursing can be a great job, a rewarding career, and not necessarily a calling. People can learn to be great nurses. 


  1. You may have ambled into the profession, but you definitely have something in and about you that makes you a great nurse. I don't know what it is, but I got a sense of it the very first time I met you. You've got a caretaker vibe, maybe, or an ancient healing vibe. I dunno. You amble, I ramble. It makes me want to read your books again.

  2. Thank you. I enjoy reading your rambles. You're a great storyteller, a writer of thrilling tales.