Are your arms wide open? (by guest blogger Lynne Brophy)

Are your arms wide open? (by guest blogger Lynne Brophy)

    Recently my minister gave a very moving sermon which asked a question relevant to nursing: “Are your arms wide open?”  When Gini asked this question she meant to ask if our arms were wide open either figuratively or…

Remember

Remember

The Elevator (by guest blogger Lynne Brophy )

The Elevator (by guest blogger Lynne Brophy )

Who knew that a tiny place could be filled with such emotion?  It all began the day I saw her, in a wheelchair, wearing a mask and her favorite, colorful pajamas, being pushed by her Mom.  She looked very weak…

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

THE CARES TOOL (by Kathrynn Thompson)

THE CARES TOOL (by Kathrynn Thompson)

THE CARES TOOL (Compassionate Person-Centered Care for the Dying) : A=AIRWAY In my blogs for the past 2 months I have been talking about the CARES tool, an evidenced based practice tool developed to enhance the end of life care given…

Everyday Grace (by Ruth Frankenfield)

Everyday Grace (by Ruth Frankenfield)

I recently read a quote from Wayne Muller, author of How Then Shall We Live, that reminded me of how vitally important it is to be awake and aware enough, to see, feel and appreciate the million tiny moments of…

Total Pain (by Kathrynn Thompson)

Total Pain (by Kathrynn Thompson)

There has been a lot about pain management and opioids in the news recently. It reminds me that when we talk about pain we primarily refer to physical pain. But there are many kinds of pain including psycho-social, spiritual and…

Nature, Nursing and RBC (by Kathrynn Thompson)

Nature, Nursing and RBC (by Kathrynn Thompson)

I had the opportunity recently to visit Yellowstone National park.  I was unprepared for the majesty of all that I saw and experienced. I witnessed a herd of bison (mothers and calves) crossing a river and could hear their vocalizations. …