Frequently, I’m asked about my decision to combine careers of artist, writer and nurse: Does it work, how does it work, and am I happy with the decision. In To Be or Not to Be: Choosing Between a Career in Art or Nursing, written and illustrated by me for Off the Charts, the blog of the American Journal of Nursing, I reflect on these questions.
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 am one you helped keep alive. And I am also one who took the less safe, non-traditional path. It hasn’t always been easy. And I’ve had questioned that decision about a million times.
Kerrie, thank you for commenting ❤️ My need to make art intensified after my cancer experience, but I wasn’t brave enough to jump in with both feet. I admire your art: Readers, visit http://citygirlfarming.com! I’m slowly learning that the quality of a decision is based on how it aligns with our authenticity and values. Bonus if it serves the greater good, and you make a little coin too. As the poet says, it’s the path not chosen we will always wonder about.
Nice. Artistic. Thank you for sharing this.
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