Monday, December 24, 2012


Wishing each of you and your families and friends the very best of 
safe and happy holidays. Enjoy!!!


photo © Kathy Quan

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Nurses Float in the Rose Parade

The Rose Parade from Pasadena, CA is a New Year's Day tradition known throughout the world.  On Jan. 1, 2013, Sally Bixby RN CNOR will become only the second woman in the history of the parade, and the first nurse to preside as President of the Tournament of Roses and Rose Bowl Game.
Flowers 4 the Float
In honor of this event and to honor the profession of nursing, the Nurses Float 2013 will be in the parade. The float is entitled, A Healing Place. A recent graduate from the Pasadena City College School of Nursing and a student at PCC will ride on the float along with other nurses from Southern California.

The Nurses' FloatNurses from all over the world have signed up to come and help decorate the float which is being built by Phoenix Decorating. Many of the flowers on the floats have to be put on in the last 24 hours before the parade.

Read more about this historic event at where you can make donations, purchase roses in honor of fellow nurses, view photos, get souvenir pins, etc.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The American Nurse

The American Nurse Photographs and Interviews is quite possibly one of the most beautiful photographic essays I've ever seen. I was delighted to find it today as I took time to actually read through some of my emails. It made the cover story for AJN in September 2012, so I guess I'm a little late to the table, but so very happy to have arrived now.

The book actually captures the essence of the nurses chosen to be included in it. They jump off the pages though their portraits and their stories which are quite unique and yet very similar.

Nurses are passionate individuals and this book absolutely oozes passion and enthusiasm! The author, Carolyn Jones, is a well known medium format portrait photographer and award-winning film maker. In 2004, her life was influenced by the nurse who cared for her during chemotherapy for breast cancer. The book and the video trailer about the book demonstrate the bond Ms. Jones found with her chemo nurse and with the 75 nurses across the US whom she photographed and interviewed in this project. 

As the holidays quickly approach, this would be one of my gift recommendations for any nurse, student nurse or anyone thinking about becoming a nurse.

 From The American Nurse Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones. Welcome Books.
     Text & Photographs 2012 © Carolyn Jones.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Issues for Men in Nursing

If you are a man considering a career in nursing, or are already a male nurse, here's a great article from the UCSF School of Nursing. It contains valuable information and multiple resources for male nurses.
For centuries, nursing was man's work. And now we struggle to get men to become nurses. In the 21st century it seems hard to believe, but the issue of gender is still a huge barrier and stigma. Nursing is a profession and not a gender.

The AAMN (American Assembly for Men in Nursing) has set a goal to have 20% on the student nurse population be men by 2020 (20x20 campaign) and yet that goal may be more difficult to achieve than one might think.

This is an issue we all need to work together to fix. We need nurses, good nurses, and it doesn't matter if they are male or female. Nursing is an art, and it isn't for everyone. The same can be said for all careers in health care such as medical assisting. Those with the right inclination need to have an opportunity to make a difference.