New blog post for AJN: The Bittersweet Reality of a Nurse’s Limits in Providing End-of-Life Care

My latest blog post for American Journal of Nursing is up.

Working in pediatrics means I didn’t see the kind of mass casualty COVID deaths that adult hospitals saw, but death and dying are still a regular experience in our unit.

While sobering, it’s important to think about death because it’s then important to think about life and the way we are with one another while we still have breath and opportunities. Caring for these patients at very different points in their end-of-life trajectory left an impact on me, and I hope I too was able to make some impact on them as well.

You can read the entire post here.

New Blog Post for AJN: Levels of Weariness Among Nurses

My latest blog post for American Journal of Nursing, “Levels of Weariness Among Nurses,” is up.

This is in deep empathy and support of all my fellow nurses everywhere. I see you. It’s been the hardest year of probably our entire career, and I grieve the felt loss of public support. Still, our work matters.

You can read the post here.

Newly published article for American Journal of Nursing

We see a lot of really hard things as pediatric ICU nurses. But sometimes, we get to see miracles.
 
My article for the Reflections column in the American Journal of Nursing has been published, and is free to access through the month of November! It is also available on the site as a podcast.
 

Nurses Week blog post for American Journal of Nursing

Happy Nurses Week to all of my fellow nurses who give us, according to this year’s theme, “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate.”

If we’re honest though, we can at times struggle with our profession as much as (or sometimes more than) we feel we love and celebrate what we do.

In my Nurses Week blog post for American Journal of Nursing, I write about what I hear so many nurses say they long for. “We want to advocate for our patients’ rights, not violate them. We want to connect, and not just function. We want to heal, even at our patients’ end of life, and not harm.”

You can read the entire blog post here. I am longing for all of us both individually and collectively to find enduring meaning in this work we do.

New AJN Guest Post: Reexamining Resilience

Life has been full with a series of speaking engagements with different audiences, all of which have been immensely enjoyable in unique ways. I spoke with a wonderfully intimate small group of NICCU nurses from the hospital where I work about how we can better support one another in our own grief as nurses. The following week, I had the honor of presenting with two of my most respected mentors in the nursing ethics realm, Katherine Brown-Saltzman and Dr. Carol Pavlish, at the recent ASBH Annual Conference.  Later that same day was a lovely afternoon at the SPN Greater LA Chapter Annual Conference, talking about the idea of integrating grief as a practice of resilience.

All of these presentations had me dwelling quite a bit on this hot topic of resilience, and I had to ask, what exactly are we looking to cultivate and why?

It seemed to be a good opportunity to sit down and put my thoughts on reexamining resilience into written word, in this latest blog post for American Journal of Nursing’s blog, Off the Charts. You can read the post here.