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Creative Nursing – TOC Vol 27 #2

Creative Nursing Vol. 27 #2 – In It Together: Breaking New Ground for Leadership

In Creative Nursing 2021 we are all In It Together. Each article in this issue has at heart a principle that has motivated its authors to do their work and, via Creative Nursing, to share it with the world.

Creative Nursing – TOC Vol. 27 #1

In It Together: Dismantling Systems of White Supremacy

In Creative Nursing 2020 we were Seeing Beyond: Beyond Borders, Beyond Gender, Beyond Traditional Measurement, and Beyond Current Care. As we sent each issue out into the universe, events were unfolding around us that challenged our profession, our actions as citizens, and the lives and health of millions of people around the world. We chose for our overarching theme for 2021, In It Together, and named our four issues as calls to action: Dismantling Systems of White Supremacy, Breaking New Ground for Leadership, Engaging the Public in Public Health, and Promoting Planetary Health.

Creative Nursing – TOC Vol. 26 #4

In Creative Nursing 2020 we have Seen Beyond: Beyond Borders, Beyond Gender, and Beyond Traditional Measurement. Our final issue for this tumultuous year that has called for all the resilience we can muster is Seeing Beyond Current Care: Forward-looking care for ourselves and our colleagues – putting on our own oxygen masks before assisting others – and forward-looking care for those we serve.

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.”

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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