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Courage to Fail

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Mistakes….we all make them and some live for them – I do!

My ex-CEO who is a wise and white-haired man shared something with me that I have never forgotten. He said, “I knew that I had done my job well as a father when my daughter experienced her first failure”. I didn’t initially understand what he was getting at until he qualified it with, “It was then I knew she had the courage to fail…and that is one of the greatest gifts a parent can pass along to his or her child”.

It really changed my perspective towards my own mistakes (my folks should be REALLY proud) and the mistakes my children will eventually make.

Thanks Old Man:)

Mother Power

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment

When I was a nursing student doing clinical placement on the burn unit, I learned what it meant to be a mother…although, I never knew that at the time.

The senior nurse on the unit approached me and asked if I would like the experience of assisting with one of her patients. She would take the 36 year old woman (we’ll call her Jane) who had 3rd degree burns on over 85% of her body into the physiotherapy room and place her in the tub. Following that, we would do her dressings together.

I thanked God that this was a sterile procedure and that I had to wear a mask….my facial expression needed to be covered seeing the depth of the damage to Jane’s body. As I stood there alongside the deep bathtub, she laid back to relax and her arms floated to the surface. It was then that I noticed Jane had no hands. I don’t know what it was but at that moment, I became very curious. Her missing hands shocked me but also intrigued me.

Once we had completed the dressings and left the room, I immediately asked the senior nurse: “What happened to Jane’s hands?”

She replied: “Her 8 year old son was also in the fire” and then the nurse walked away.

I was puzzled – what did her 8 year old have to do with Jane having no hands? Just then, my cohort who had a 2 year old son pulled me aside and teary, told me that Jane used her hands to put out the fire on her son….that she did so while on fire herself and until she could no longer use her hands.

Five years later, my first son was born and I remembered Jane. I finally KNEW what mother power felt like.

Blogging

December 3, 2011 2 comments

So I thought I should start blogging since my life is already so crazy. Wanted some time to myself and I used to love writing as a child…although I feel like I write a lot in the context of my career, it’s generally ‘professional’. My world as a “nurse” has been somewhat non-traditional, but that’s why I’m writing…nurses don’t have to be traditional any longer.

I’ve been on a pretty wild journey throughout my nursing career from working in ICUs hogging the code beeper, to flying sick neonates, to being a clinical instructor for nursing students; all of which I loved. About 6 years ago, I left the hospital to take my entrepreneurial journey…OMG – what was I thinking? Only 30 years old, working in healthcare since my volunteer days at 12 yrs old, and absolutely no idea about business, finance, blah blah.

What a learning curve to pick up all of this stuff on the fly…talk about fake it ’til ya make it! I remember on day 1 after crafting a stellar mission statement and printing it on blue-colored paper, I headed off to our local biz support organization. They told me to put together a Board and seek VC. HUH? Where do I find a Board – in the yellow pages? Why do I have to attend Virginia College? So that’s where I started.