One of my coworkers brought the February 2011 issue the American Journal of Nursing to work. My short story The Wisdom of Nursery Rhymes is featured in the Reflections column on the back page, with the sensitively rendered illustration by Barbara Hranilovich. Thank you to senior editor Jacob Molyneux and Madeleine Mysko, who coordinates the column. My coworker liked the story, but that wasn’t all she was reading. There are a lot of other particularly interesting articles this month. I am highlighting only a few in this post.
The cover articleThe Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking, by Donna Sabella, brings to light a problem often kept under the radar. I suspect most of us are unaware how prevalent the problem has become. Original Research: Local Anesthesia Before IV Catheterization, by Sandra Drozdz Burke, Sonia J. Vercler, Ra’Net O. Bye, P. Corinn Desmond, and Yvonne W. Bees tackles questions many infusion nurses have about the efficacy of intradermal buffered lidocaine over intradermal bacteriostatic normal saline as a local anesthesia before IV starts. Both articles offer CE credits too.
The Art of Nursing, coordinated by senior editor Sylvia Foley, features a poem of severe beauty, Sketch, by Stacy R. Nigliazzo. This is the second time Stacy’s and my work has appeared together in the same issue of the American Journal of Nursing. In the October 2009 issue, her poem Purgatory was featured in the Art of Nursing, and my painting Love You to Death appeared on its cover.
But eventually, you have to sit down like every other writer and face the blank page.
Any minute now I expect the 10,000th visitor to JParadisi RN’s Blog.
Meanwhile, I try to conjure a new post. Without an interesting anecdote of my own, I troll the internet hoping to conceive an idea, but my heart’s not into it. This is my one day off after working three busy, consecutive shifts before returning for three more over the holiday weekend.
As if traveling to and from a parallel universe, I sometimes experience the transition between my roles of nurse and artist as disorientation. In psychology, “the process of coordinating separate personality elements into a balanced whole or producing behavior compatible with somebody’s environment” defines integration (Encarta Dictionary).
The week passed by like this:
My submission was accepted for publication. Then I went to my nursing job where:
My favorite coworker left. Like an out of context Dorothy, I tearfully said good-bye to the Scarecrow. “I love you best…” but I had to hide the tears because:
I don’t want to hurt the feelings of the Lion and the Tin Man. Then I went home and:
I sold a piece of art. I was happy. I went back to work the next day where:
A patient who usually brings chocolates to us at her appointments was too ill this time, and she apologized to us, her nurses, because she didn’t have any. It was a poignant moment. I went home again and found:
Change of Shift included one of my blog posts. I was happy. Then I went to work again the next day and:
My chemo patient was afraid. I forgot about blogging while listening to her fears and:
Another patient told me I am her favorite (“Don’t tell the Lion and the Tin Man.”). I was deeply touched. Going home again:
I tried to find words to explain my feelings and write them in a blog post.
“There is no use trying.” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
If you could hear this sentence, there would be a drum roll. Die Krankenschwesteris a blog exploring identity by combining blogging and visual in an experimental format. Kronkenschwester ( kron/ken/shwester) is German for nurse and translates literally to the sick sister. Most of the art work will be created specifically for Die Krankenschwester over a not yet determined period of time. The images represent a visual exploration of nursing practice and identity through art and pop culture. I don’t have more of a plan than that. So check in at DieKrankenschwester now and then and see what you think.
JParadisi RN’s Blog will continue as a separate from Die Krankenschwester.