Nurse's Watch: Conversations on contemporary nursing,
nursing education, leadership, spirituality and blogging.
~Start date February 2010~

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Reflection ~ "If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad." ~ Lord Byron

        There are several nurses who blog about stories from work. At these sites the nurses are anonymous and they change patient's names so that privacy is maintained. Often these stories involve encouraging, sad, or stressful, encounters which are  posted almost in an effort at self therapy.

       Nurses work crazy hours. Often the last thing they want to do is talk about problems at work. Blogging is akin to having a silent friend that absorbs the situation like a sponge, without the further energy drain of having to speak. Nurses are able to hash out the details and relive the event in the safety and comfort of home. This is very akin to the art of reflection which we are studying in our professional development class right now.

       So it appears sometimes a nurse's blog is a professional reflection on cases and clients.
Examples of blogs which reflect on work are listed below.

One Nurse @ Heartbeats of Faith

Julie @ Wife.Mom.Nurse

       If you go to these sites be prepared to be inspired and shed a tear or two. Please note that tissues are optional. Also, I love the photograph pictured above. This one is supplied by Tony the Misfit at Flickr's Creative Commons. It is photograph of the nurse's memorial located in Arlington National Cemetary. It makes me proud of the heroic sacrifices that our fellow nurse's have made through the years.

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