“As a nurse, I am the patient’s last line of defense.”
-Lee S. Shulman, President Emeritus, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
From the foreword of Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation by Patricia Benner, Molly Surphen, Victoria Leonard, and Lisa Day
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JParadisi RN, OCN emeritus, is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in painting and writing. Her paintings and short stories have been published nationally. She has exhibited artwork in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Julianna is a frequent contributor to Off The Charts, the blog of the American Journal of Nursing as a blogger and illustrator.
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I was never sick until cancer. I had NO IDEA the role you and the other nurses would play in my sickness (and, thankfully, recovery). I’d never been around the medical world. I had a very small and stereotypical idea of what a nurse even was…someone who took your temperature and changed your bed pan.
I’m so blown away by all of you. Your skill, your intelligence, your commitment, your humor, your tenacity, your compassion….
This quote especially hits me as I remember how sick I was and how you went to bat for me to come in for a day or two or three after each round of chemo for IV fluids. I didn’t know what I was fighting or how to best wage the war, but you did. And you fought for me in ways I wouldn’t have known to even try.
I don’t know if I ever thanked you?? (Well, there are huge patches of missing memory from that time of my life…)
But anyway, thank you. 🙂
You know, I also really appreciated your pep talks, etc–especially yours–it made a big difference to me that you’d been there and made it through to the other side. Thanks for that, too. 🙂
(And yes, I do secretly read your blog although I don’t know if I’ve ever commented before?)
Thank you for your kind words, Kerrie. However, it is your inner light that really guided you through. P.S. I read your blog, citygirlfarming.wordpress.com too. I love your chickens!
Oooooh, very humbling that you read my blog! Yikes. But thanks.
I love my chickens too. I highly recommend chickens, if you don’t have any. They’re a blast. 🙂
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