Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Missing a limb, but not a heart!

April has been declared National Limb Loss Awareness Month in

the United States.

In the spirit of this campaign, it’s fitting that we celebrate some of

our nursing colleagues who, despite the absence of a limb or

extremity, are valuable members of our profession.

Please click on the link below to meet Carey Amsden, RN, Irish

Grant, RN, Carolyn McKinzie, LPN and Susan Fleming, RN.

Learn more about Limb Loss Awareness month at:

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Springtime humor for nurses with disabilities:The Peeps made it through surgery!

Do you celebrate spring, Passover or Easter?

Do you have any special celebrations around this time of year?

Let's celebrate all of the "Peeps" who have undergone surgery and the miracle of separation.  

Take a look at these brave "Peep" volunteers. 

Please share your thoughts about the surgical technique, pre-op and post-op care, Code Purple and reconstruction.

Visit the "Peep" home page for additional information about the subjects, informed consent, review of the literature, and other studies.

Appreciate reading your thoughts,



Friday, April 3, 2015

So hard for pilots and nurses..... to put their name on mental illness

After a Germanwings pilot tragically crashed an airplane into the French Alps, along with 149 passengers, the conversation ignited about mental illness and disclosure in the workplace.

Clearly, we need new ideas and platforms of expression to address these issues. Could a literary arts anthology help? A new venue to share our struggles?

At Stanford University, students created 129 pages of raw, intimate and powerful expressions of the experience of both mental and physical illness in "Release.Restart.Review," a literary arts anthology created by and for Stanford University students that focuses on emotional well-being.

"There are two emotions that everyone talks about, which is being happy and being stressed," said senior Abby Belani, who led the student government team that created the anthology. "Everything else falls by the wayside. And if you're feeling anything else at any particular moment, you're encouraged to keep it quiet or to disguise it as one of those two things. So we wanted to get people talking about the sort of emotions that actually encourage them to create art, which is very rarely stressed."

The goal was to promote the idea that well-being is a spectrum, that it's daily, that there's a whole range of human emotion and it's not necessarily negative and it's not necessarily positive and you should feel free to express the entire range that we're capable of," said senior Caitlin Karasik, a well-being team member who edited the anthology.

 "Seeking professional help is OK and it's fine and you should do it and you should take care of yourself, but also that there's mental health outside of the context of illness and outside of disease and that you should pay attention to it and it should be important every day, not just the days when you really need it or you're diagnosed," she added.


While reading about this wonderful anthology, I couldn't help thinking about nursing students and nurses with mental health many are scared silent.....

Is it time for nurses to develop well being teams and a similar anthology?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Should nurses with two legs skip more?

"The hosts of NPR's new show about human behavior bring you some new research from Nevada State

University. They've discovered the most efficient way to travel on two legs."

Take a look at this video clip.

Would skipping work well for nurses? 

What would patients think?