Things I’ve Learned This Week…

This week I noticed that I have been drawn to books, TV shows, and people that make me laugh. My friend Saralyn had been laughing out loud with her post on Facebook and I can’t get enough of Hawkeye on M.A.S.H. I also found episodes of I Love Lucy that have me rolling on the …

Remaining Grounded During this Chaotic Time

How can we remain grounded and calm in today’s world of COVID-19? Is there something I can do right now to feel “safe” emotionally and psychologically? What can I say or do to help others during this time? These are just a few questions I’ve been pondering lately. COVID-19 This pandemic has sent us all …

Give Yourself a Break

Some of you might have been wondering, where’s Pam? Well, I took a short break:) I didn’t plan it, but boy did I need it! I recognized that I was feeling overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed? Overwhelm can feel all-consuming, taking over our lives, draining our energy and distorting our perspective. It can show up as a …

Nurses – Leading, learning and growing together

 “Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.” – Florence Nightingale Lifelong learners Are you a geek like me? I really do love learning new things! There is something amazing about opening your brain to the possibilities. At 58 years young, I am convinced that lifelong learning keeps …

Recognition and Appreciation this Nurses Week

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt This Nurses’ Week is all about recognition – recognizing the many contributions nurses make daily. I would like to add appreciation. Each are important yet different. Recognition is about what people do; appreciation is about who they are. Honoring …

Nurse’s Week – Caring for Yourself

“Did you hear about the woman found wandering alongside the road? They don’t know her name but they know she is a nurse because the back was broken, the ankles were swollen, the nerves were frayed, and the bladder was full”  Author unknown Self-care is essential Terrible joke, right? Unfortunately some of it may be …

The Cost of Caring

Compassion Fatigue I have been a nurse for 36 years and I’ve never seen anything like the corona virus crisis. My colleagues in healthcare are working more hours, with little to no rest, and often not going home to their family to decrease the spread of the virus. Cost of Caring As a result, this …

Continuing to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Rethink, refocus, and renew I recently received an excellent article from the International Coaching Federation. The author, Ellen Kocher, ACC writes about working during unknown times such as these with the COVID-19 pandemic. She shares her experiences as a Health Coach in Switzerland, where drastic measures have already taken place. Much like our country, she …

Spring –Focus on New Beginnings and Growth

Did you know that the official flower for March is the daffodil? I came upon a beautiful story about one of my favorite flowers, the daffodil. They are one of the first flowers to return at the beginning of spring and are said to represent rebirth and new beginnings. Other popular meanings include faithfulness and …

Heart Health: Show me your numbers!

Show me your numbers As part of my focus on healthy living this year, I made sure to schedule my physical. How was I doing with my cholesterol levels? Was I at a healthy weight? Is there something that I incorporate into my day to improve my overall health and wellbeing? What recommendations did my …