J. Paradisi RN, OCN finds inspiration where science, humanity, and art converge, creating compelling images. She is a visual artist, writer, and knitter. She studied art at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
A nurse for thirty-one years, Julianna is an oncology nurse navigator for adult patients. She blogs for the online Oncology Nursing Community, TheONC, and a monthly post for Off the Charts the blog of the American Journal of Nursing.
Julianna also writes The Adventures of Nurse Niki (fiction so lifelike it’s almost real), a fictional blog written in the voice of Nurse Niki. Nurse Niki has a Facebook Fan Page and can be followed on Twitter @NurseNikiAdven
Julianna’s painting Love You to Death is on the cover of the October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Her blog was recognized by the AJN blog, Off the Charts in the April 24, 2009 post: The Triple Talents of Some Nurse Bloggers by Sylvia Foley:
If you read Julianna Paradisi’s blog, you probably know that she’s been a pediatric intensive care nurse and now works as an adult oncology nurse. She’s also an accomplished painter with numerous group and solo shows to her credit. (I’m especially partial to the Greetings from Slabtown series, which depicts decaying buildings from an industrial area in Portland, Oregon.) She blogs about health care and art, and sometimes, on how these intersect. In On Art and IV’s Part I she tells us, “I have an affinity for privacy,” then considers the difference between charting and writing; in Part II, she writes about bringing focus and conviction to bear in one’s work.
And in her May 2010 post, The Manifold Talents of Nurses who are Artists, Sylvia writes:
As the coordinator of AJN’s Art of Nursing department, I’m intrigued by intersections between the two fields: Art and Nursing. About a year ago I profiled several multitalented nurses (The Triple Talents of Some Nurse Bloggers), including Julianna Paradisi, an RN, artist, and writer who blogs about “where science, humanity, and art converge” at JParadisi RN’s Blog. (Her painting Love You to Death appeared on our October 2009 cover.) In March Paradisi launched a second blog, Die Krankenschwester, which emphasizes images. One series depicts rituals followed “From Cradle to Grave”; another considers the iconography of call lights. Paradisi’s work is beautiful and thought-provoking; stop by and have a look.