Category Archive: defining moments

Stories of moments in your career that defined, revealed or confirmed who you are as a nurse. Patricia Benner would call them "paradigm cases".

Feb 05

Technology and the Art of Nursing

I was chatting with a colleague last week, and she was telling me about her class discussion around technology in nursing. We mused, as have others in the nursing literature, about how the truly expert nurse makes even the most intrusive technology almost invisible, whereas the novice is overwhelmed and preoccupied with it. It reminded me of …

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May 17

Nursing: it’s a small world!

You often hear “it’s a small world”, and it sure is getting smaller every day. By the same token, nursing is a small community, it really is. We may not have a “secret handshake”, but we are well served by remembering that we are connected to a community that has deep roots and long branches. …

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May 10

Happy Nurses’ Week: Part 2!

In the spirit of the week, I will continue to reflect on those nurses, those teachers that “lit the path” for me.  Dr. Marion Allen, an extraordinary nurse, a brilliant scholar and wise friend was my guide through my doctoral program. Marion’s twin gifts were patience, and strength. As I reflect on the whole experience …

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May 09

Happy Nurses’ Week!

This Nurses’ Week I am thinking about the incredible mentors I have had in my career, and about the amazing  nurses who have taught me so much over the years. Recently, I was cleaning off a shelf in my closet and found a clinical journal from 1992, when I was working on my Master’s degree …

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Apr 22

When you see it, you know.

It is often lamented in circles of nursing scholarship that it is difficult to articulate what nursing is—what are its characteristics, what are the boundaries of the disciplinary knowledge base, how do we explain the essential elements? We often fall into the trap of explaining what we “do” on a daily basis, which cannot help …

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