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Losing a nurse: Caring for nursing students

Last week, my school suffered the loss of a recent new nurse graduate. The student graduated in May, had recently passed the NCLEX , and last week she took her own life. While I was not her teacher (I teach in a different program on the same campus), I witnessed the pain and shock the […]

Nursing Faculty Moment: On loving nursing education…

I often wonder what keeps nursing faculty motivated and committed to supporting the growth of fledgling nurses? For myself, I found out that I was good at teaching before I became a nurse. I had a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition, and I  worked as a health educator with moderately to morbidly obese patients. […]

Nurse Education as a Holistic Praxis

I would like to share with the readers what it is like to have the privilege of teaching in a holistic, caring curriculum. In my case, our curriculum is offered in hybrid format, so that the majority of the coursework is completed online, while face-face classes are held 2-3 times/ semester. Both aspects of this […]

The work of the educator: The unknown world

In the university system where I currently teach, there are many financial issue and programs, staff, and faculty are being cut as the system strives to save millions of dollars over the next year or so. In a recent meeting I attended, comments were made to the effect that the public may in part agree […]

Nurse Educators: Leading by Example

The fall semester for most nurse educators is well underway. We may be delving into grading papers, doing our own research, providing community and university service, and guiding student learning processes. All of these endeavors and the many tasks of nurse educators can lead us to living in a stress response state, where our amygdalas […]

The Joy of Teaching Nursing Students: Enacting the Art of Self-Care Within Curricula to Decrease Amygdala Response

I am currently at the American Holistic Nurses Association conference in Snowbird, Utah. Snowbird is where I learned to ski 20 years ago when I first came here with my husband and his family. Snowbird is where my husband learned to ski and where my oldest daughter learned as well and it feels like home […]

The International Human Caring Conference: Part I, Jean Watson

I think that those of us interested in creating change need to find ways to gather, to heal ourselves, and to support one another in and through the change process. It is a blessing when we as professional nurses can be with other professionals of like mind and like goals.  I was privileged to attend […]

Spiritual Care by Nurses

I have long been interested in how, why, when of nursing providing spiritual care for patients. In my work as a hospice nurse, I found that creating a spiritual-caring-healing environment for patients and their families was the most rewarding experience within this role. I am currently attending a spiritual care training course at a local […]

Empowering students to create change

Nursing students often seem to return to school because they are looking for new opportunities within nursing; they may also be experiencing burnout in their current employment situation and looking to create some change for themselves. With the integral-holistic RN-BSN curriculum I have developed, I provide students with tools to reflect on their own growth […]

Approaching Back-to-School Stress for Nurse Educators and Nursing Students

As educators, many of us are now in the last moments of preparation for the beginning of the academic year. Syllabi are prepared or updated, readings in place, textbooks ordered, and online classrooms designed. In addition to teaching and prep time, our schedules for the Fall semester are packed full of program and committee meetings. […]