Disclaimer: Blog post contains graphic, natural birth photos. Dear Julian, This is our birth story, as I experienced it. I hope one day you are able to tell me about your experience, even if it is only a memory or two. March 1st was the first full moon of March, also known as the Worm … Continue reading My Birth Story
Does the word Holistic mean Natural? The answer is no. Natural refers to something existing in or caused by nature, not man-made or artificial. Often times I see people using the word holistic when they are referring to something that is a natural remedy or a natural product. For example, a friend recently told me … Continue reading Does Holistic mean Natural?
Over the last 7 years I have been following my heart and taking steps in my nursing career to become a Certified Holistic Nurse. I love being a Nurse and I enjoy my job in the hospital, even though it is part of the conventional health care system. I often get asked how I manage to … Continue reading What is Holistic Nursing?
Have you ever felt concerned about your patient before any notable trends are detected, and it turns out your feeling was correct? Have you ever had an instinctual feeling, knowing something without being able to explain how you knew it? Or what about the gut feeling you get when something doesn’t seem right inside your … Continue reading Using Your Intuition
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
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