Clinical Skills

“I’ve never seen a family interview”: Three Approaches to Transform Practice!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Did you know that most practicing nurses have never observed a therapeutic conversation with a family?   For those of us immersed in family nursing education, practice, and/or research for many years, it is surprising, disappointing, and even a bit shocking to realize.  But it’s a clear message that family nursing is still a pioneer endeavor […]

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“Because She Knows Me”: A Poignant Commendation for a Cardiac Family Nurse

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Comments made by a family member during a therapeutic conversation can often linger long after a meeting.  This usually is experienced as a paradigm moment of learning for the nurse because the comments trigger an affective and physiological reaction and invite deep reflection. Such was the case with a couple we had the privilege to meet […]

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The Kindness of Strangers and its Application to Family Nursing Practice: What I learned from walking the Camino Frances!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Can you keep a secret? I just turned the big 70 in the month of October. Although I had already enjoyed a wonderful pre-70th birthday celebration with family/friends, I had wanted to do something memorable on my actual birthday day. The idea of walking the Camino Frances in Spain seemed like the perfect choice for […]

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The Passing of My Father: Nurses’ Empathic Eyes, Actions, and Words

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15, 2014 here in Canada!  But this Father’s Day will be a sad and difficult one!  I will not be sending a card, present, phoning and/or visiting my dear 91 year old Father. He passed away on January 31, 2014.  It was a peaceful passing for which my family and […]

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A Problem of Loving too Much!!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Yes, loving too much can actually make you ill!! I learned this valuable lesson while interviewing a Japanese couple about their illness suffering. This lovely couple graciously agreed to a family interview as part of a teaching/learning experience I offered at Kitasato University in January 2012, in Japan. Dr Nami Kobayashi provided excellent translation for […]

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My New Favorite Leonardo: “The key chain to Mother”

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Ever since the renowned film Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio captured me with his superb acting, charm, and good looks.  Yes, he has been my favorite and only Leonardo ever since.  But just a few weeks ago, another Leonardo came into my life and replaced Leonardo, the actor.   How did this happen?   Where did it happen? The […]

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Skills for Seniors Caring for Seniors

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I officially became a senior this past year (as defined in Canada as 65 years of age)!  I do not feel at all like I think a senior should feel.  But nevertheless, I now can obtain discounts at the movies and at some drugstores on particular days.  These are small delights for this aging milestone. […]

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Flight Plans: A Metaphor for Correcting Mistakes and Errors

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

What possible connection is there between a flight plan and correcting our mistakes and errors? I heard it explained once that when a pilot is flying a plane to a particular destination, the plane is rarely right on course.   Initially that was an unnerving bit of information.   I then learned that pilots are frequently making […]

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