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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…


12 Steps for Self-Care

  1. Clarify your values. Know what matters in your life and in your relationships. Know your purpose and what brings you joy. Make Choices that support your values and purpose.
  2. Be truthful to yourself. Know what hurts you and what heals you. Make healing choices.
  3. Identify actions that will bring healing and self-nurturing activities into your daily life. Take one action every day.
  4. Identify what brings you moments of peace. Make choices that promote peace in your life.
  5. Listen to the voices in your mind. If your voices are conveying negative or self-defeating messages, take actions and make choices to retrain the voices (thought patterns) into affirming and healing messages.
  6. Practice meditation and self-reflection.
  7. Answer the following questions:
    a. What would you choose to do even if you were not being paid?
    b. What can you stop doing?
  8. Nurture the physical health of your body through nourishment, exercise, rest and routine health monitoring.
  9. Develop strong and meaningful relationships with friends, family and colleagues.
  10. Integrate leisure activities and fun and humor into your lifestyle.
  11. Nurture your emotional and spiritual health through openness, reflection, and the support of important others.
  12. Practice kindness, compassion and forgiveness for yourself and others.

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.”