I offer a nursing blog, yet most of its posts say nothing about nurses or nursing.
What’s up with that?
I offer these explanations, all honest and true:
1) I’m a nurse, absolutely. Yet…
2) I’m not “JUST a nurse”, that sad old phrase you hear from nurses too often, especially those sad, and old.
3) I don’t believe in categories of humans. They’re lies. We’re all human, ALL OF US, with far more in common than all the stuff we find to divide ourselves into opposing teams.
4) Such team divisions include patient versus treaters, and sick versus well. More harm has come from such arbitrary labels than most of us ever consider. We’re all people, and we mostly think alike, ARE alike.
5) In an age of glorified specialization, I refuse to limit myself. I’m a Renaissance Man born in a rather hostile era, it seems. Specialization is for insects, however rich & influential they may become. I insist on my humanity, and my identity. My voice, my values. My choice. No regrets.
6) Nurses are great as is, no doubt. To move forward – the only alternative is to get left behind – we must learn and grow. I see tremendous resources available, outside of nursing, with which to enrich and advance our profession. Those who move forward and adapt best will own the future. I want to own the future, and fellow nurses to enjoy the same. Why not? Docs had their time, and they left us a bloated, chaotic mess. Time for fresh blood, perhaps? We’ve edited their work long enough without credit… Time to step and lead, I think.
7) I learn, adapt, grow as I go. My blog reflects me.
8) Why limit yourself? There are advantages to wearing blinders, I can see that, but blinders aren’t for me. Again, my blog reflects me.
9) For better or worse, I am myself and I offer myself. What’s better than that?
10) I invite your ideas, responses.
I live to learn, and learning is how I serve others best.