Working 12 hour night shifts as a nurse is not an easy thing to do! We work 3 days a week, starting a shift at 7pm and ending at 7:30am. Sometimes shifts are worked back to back and sometimes they are spread out through the week. Night shift is hard on you both mentally and physically...they say, working night shift takes 10 years … Continue reading How I Made Night Shift Work For Me
What do you think of when you think of a Registered Nurse (RN)? Do you think of a healer, a compassionate caregiver capable of critical thinking, planning and implementing life saving nursing care? Or do you picture a "naughty nurse" in a sexy white dress ready to give you a bed bath or a buff … Continue reading What is Nursing?
Self Care is participating in any activity that promotes happiness, feelings of peace, relaxation and healing. It is important to practice Self Care daily to maintain wellness and balance for the mind, body, emotions and spirit. Being a nurse keeps me on a unique, ever-changing schedule, so I have developed 5 Simple Self Care Techniques … Continue reading 5 Simple Ways To Restore Balance
This story dates back a couple years ago, right before my wedding anniversary. As I look back over the years, I smile as I remember all the love, laughter and adventures we have shared. I also reflect on the bad times we have gone through and realize, as we worked through those times together, it … Continue reading Love Is All You Need
I love camping! It is one of my most favorite things to do. I have been camping for as far back as I can remember. As a little girl, I have memories of camping in and all around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevadas. I remember playing family games in the tent, hiking nature trails … Continue reading I ♥ Camping
I am the proud mama of a male Tropical Red Foot Tortoise named Samba. Instead of celebrating Valentine's Day (my husband believes we should express Love everyday not just on Valentine's Day and I totally agree!), we celebrate Samba's Birthday. He was born...or is it hatched? Anyway, his actual birth day isn't on Valentine's Day, … Continue reading Tortoise Teachings
Summer is my favorite season! It's when I feel most wild and free, most balanced and full of vitality. The sun is shinning, the air is warm and fresh and Mother Earth is full of life. Summer is the essence of my being. As a Holistic Nurse, it is important to me to maintain balance … Continue reading Summer Ritual with Buddha Teas
Intensive Care Units are often extremely busy, full of critically ill patients battling dis-ease: sepsis, organ failure, stroke, heart attack, respiratory failure and other life threatening disorders. In my unit, at the start of the shift, we meet as a team to discuss the state of the unit and who will need help with the … Continue reading Keep Calm and Nurse On