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Creative Nurse

Patient care can be tough work that doesn’t always have a happy ending. Expressing yourself creatively can help you deal with those situations. Read on to hear from nurses who have found a way to do just that.

While art therapy is its own field, you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and drawing skills to reduce stress and get in touch with your feelings. I think most of us knew this instinctively as kids: virtually all of us know the joys of . . .

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Kara Theal, MA, BSN, RN-BC

Victor Borge, the famous Danish comedian, pianist, and conductor once said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Infusing laughter and humor into your work life is a powerful tool that can improve communication, reduce stress, foster cohesiveness, and boost overall performance and staff engagement. (See It starts with . . .

August 2016 Vol. 11 No. 8

Author: Susan Bartlett, BSN, RN

In a perfect world, we nurses would be inspired daily by our patient experiences. They would come in such abundance that overtime, computer crashes, and 10-minute meal breaks would be minor nuisances brushed off like a piece of lint on our scrubs.

The reality is this: Some days are . . .

July 2014 Vol. 9 No. 7

Author: Nancy Pierce Morgan, MA-TLA

If you asked nurses how they reduce job stress, you probably wouldn’t expect them to reply, “By writing.” In fact, a recent research study of nurses’ preferences for stress-relieving activities didn’t include writing as an option. Few people would choose writing to relax.

At the beginning of . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Fidelindo Lim, DNP, RN

Over the course of history, people have used metaphors to explain, contrive, reflect, and refute human phenomena. Health care (and all its challenges) has stimulated prolific metaphors to find meaning in its success, but more so in its failures. Military metaphors abound. Health providers are referred to as an “army . . .

July 2012 Vol. 7 No. 7

Author: Fidelindo Lim, MA, RN

“What do you see in his eyes?” asks Dr. Rothenberg. After a brief pause, someone replies, “He looks sad.” Another states, “He’s kind of emaciated.” After directing us to look just below the left eyelid, Dr. Rothenberg asks, “Do you see a sign of a scar?” Several of us . . .

December 2011, Vol. 6 No. 12

Author: Debra Wagner, DNP, MSN, RN

It began a long time ago
A woman walks through the dark room, with just a candle to light her way
The soldiers can sense her presence
She leans close, touches their hand, and looks in their eyes
They know—it’s the nurse—
She cares.


Many years go . . .

April 2011 Vol. 6 No. 4

Author: Kristina Ibitayo, PhD, RN

Nursing’s Future & Hospital Corridor by Kristina Ibitayo is clinical assistant professor at University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing.
Nursing’s Future
The future of nursing
Lies in the past,
With lessons learned
And models overturned.

To be a guardian
Of nursing’s past
Requires prerequisite love . . .

December 2010 Vol. 5 No. 12

Author: Kathleen Huun, RN, PhD

‘Twas the middle of the semester, halfway through the course
I was writing a paper and citing a source.
The washer was loaded and the dryer was on,
In hopes that the laundry soon would be gone.The kids were upstairs all comfy in bed
With no worry that mom . . .

October 2010 Vol. 5 No. 10

Author: Mathew K. Smith, RN, OCN

Parkinson’s had taken away
almost everything she loved.

She, the artist, had spent her younger days
in the upper rooms of McGuffey
painting watercolors of Piedmont’s rolling hills
and fields of wildflowers;
she can hardly sketch now, let alone
hold a pencil in her paralyzed hands.

Her husband . . .

May 2010 Vol. 5 No. 5

Author: Cheryl Briggs, RNC

For nurse graduates, starting their first staff position is an exciting time, but it can also be a time of apprehension. Many have heard stories about how some nurses “eat their young” and may wonder how readily they can acclimate to their new unit.

Scrapbooking is one way for experienced . . .

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