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The Choice to Care

by Marie Manthey I am one of the lucky ones….I knew nearly all my life that I wanted to be a nurse. When I was 5 years old, I was…

Nursing in a Pandemic

by Marie Manthey, PhD (hon), MNA, FAAN, FRCN We live in a world of polarities—of yin and yang, shadow and light, good and bad. Nursing’s reality during the COVID 19…


Creative Nursing – TOC Vol. 26 #3

The theme of this issue of Creative Nursing, Seeing Beyond Traditional Measurement, was chosen to refute the notion, unfortunately prevalent in health-care research, that the only things that count are things that can be counted. This theme is resonant now because that the knowledge that will enable us to weather the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic will come from public health, a discipline in which success is measured by what doesn’t happen. Measuring what doesn’t happen is a concept that turns “disproving the null hypothesis” on its head—it is a creative, brave, higher-order thinking skill that is non-traditional, counterintuitive, and countercultural. Of course assessment, measurement, and comparison with standards and best practices happen – That’s how we get better. But inspiration and bravery come first. The articles in this issue are all brave, each in their own way. In these articles, physical distance, complexity of concepts, and technological barriers are issues to be acknowledged, addressed, and planned for, not deal-breakers that bring progress and partnership to a halt. In all the ways these articles describe, of caring for those we serve and preparing our future colleagues to do the same, we hold ourselves to high standards. But, to quote our guest editor Cyrus Batheja, “As human beings, rather than human doings, we are part of something bigger than can be measured.”

Creative Nursing – TOC Vol. 26 #2

In the new issue of Creative Nursing, Seeing Beyond Gender, Marie Manthey issues a clear and impassioned call to action for the care provided to sexual and gender minority persons. Marie says, “a founding value of nursing is a commitment to care compassionately for all humans, regardless of any characteristic, ethnicity, behavior, quality or value that nurses may find unsavory outside of work. When a patient’s gender identification, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation falls outside of the realms of “straight” and “cis-gender” the nurse’s commitment to caring is no different. No nurse gets a pass because they find someone’s gender presentation confusing, or because they’re being asked to call someone by a name or pronoun that makes the nurse uncomfortable” Guest editor Alex Iantaffi expands understanding as he discusses gender as a historical and biopsychosocial construct. This means understand that there are many aspects of gender besides identity, such as gender expressions, roles, and experiences. The contributing authors help us see beyond our own lived experience, perhaps our own comfort zone and reflect on what inclusion really means. This issue challenges our assumptions, expands our knowledge, and strengthens our capacity for unconditional care for all.      

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