Since the moment I decided to go back to school for nursing, I have always known that I wanted to be a Family Nurse Practitioner. There is no field where the need is so acute, and yet, so oblique. What to refer and what to have patience with and watchfully wait? To train to be a jack of all trades means also to bear the humility of being a master of none. There is another side to it though, the side that asks, “what would it mean to really, honestly, trust our patients?” We’d have to educate them more, perhaps. But really, we’d have to listen. A LOT. We’d have to ask more questions, maybe, but we’d have to listen to their answers. We’d have to believe that all people have a right to understand and care for their bodies, and we’d have to respect that right, even when it made us mad. We’d have to start to soften our minds, and sometimes even our hearts, to the radical notion that even if the coats are white, the science need not be. That black and brown and every shape of body carries the same incredible laboratory we call the human body and the same tender, beating heart. That each beautiful vessel needs time to understand itself, in the language it desires, and that we, the nurses, the doctors, the physician’s assistants, the pharmacists, the therapists, the medical assistants, have the honor, but also the duty, to bring that truth to light.
Connie to the Wonnie: We Would Be Jerks -
The thing you gotta understand, bud, is the internet hates women. —
- Adam Savage in his Moth appearance “Talking to My Kids in the Internet Age”
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
Santa Speedo Run - Center on Halsted -
Don’t you just love the Center on Halsted? I do. This Saturday, I will be running in the Santa Speedo Run (wearing a Jewish bikini) to benefit their amazing work, including the development of a brand new senior housing center. Let’s make #givingTuesday a thing, and donate to their good work:https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SpeedoDonations You’ll find my name in the runner pull down list.
I figured out your sexy halloween costume for you