With Malice Toward None and Charity for All

The following is the White Coat Ceremony speech I gave to our new nursing students at Catawba College in September 2019. With Malice Toward None and Charity for All by Sandra S. Yamane The theme of the speech for this ceremony occurred to me as I walked downstairs and saw the framed pictures of my … Continue reading With Malice Toward None and Charity for All

Social Media Use and Cybercivility Guidelines in U.S. Nursing Schools: A Review of Websites

I am excited to say that the second article from the research team (Dr. Jennie De Gagne, Jamie Conklin, Jianhong Chang, Hee Sun Kang) I am a part of at Duke University School of Nursing in the July online issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing has been published! Social Media Use and Cybercivility Guidelines … Continue reading Social Media Use and Cybercivility Guidelines in U.S. Nursing Schools: A Review of Websites

Evidence-Based Strategies to Create a Culture of Cybercivility in Health Professions Education

Last year marks the beginning of my participation in a wonderful research team that includes Dr. Jennie De Gagne and Jamie Conklin at Duke University School of Nursing. The first publication from this team examines methods to promote cybercivility and cyberincivility in health professions education. It appears in the October 2016 issue of Nurse Education … Continue reading Evidence-Based Strategies to Create a Culture of Cybercivility in Health Professions Education

Miss Nightingale’s Idea is Healthcare’s Salvation

It is no surprise to me that Miss Nightingale had it right all along.  It seems like the healthcare system has finally seen the light and is something that nurses have known about a long time. The old strategy or paradigm included a system that focused on numbers and profits; physicians and their decisions; procedures and … Continue reading Miss Nightingale’s Idea is Healthcare’s Salvation

Caring and Secular Morality

Phil Zuckerman’s article “A Nurse’s Case for Secular Morality” is an interesting idea regarding the development of morality and practicing the Golden Rule without the influence of religion. It also discusses the notion that there is an evolutionary component to caring and morality. I wonder what Jean Watson would think about that?

Critical Ontology: Looking Beyond the Limits of Current Higher Education

I read a paper today that discussed the need for an ontological turn in higher education. The paper asserted that today’s approach of teaching skills that can be applied universally, is not enough and a disservice when sending students out into the “supercomplex” world. The author, Vikki Pollard (2014), made the argument for going beyond … Continue reading Critical Ontology: Looking Beyond the Limits of Current Higher Education

Taking Charge of Personal Safety

According to EHS Today, last week in Mississippi, one worker was killed and another seriously injured in an explosion at a protein plant. This incident, which involves the company directing contract welders to work over a tank of methane and hydrogen sulfide without communicating this to the workers, illustrates how important communication is in the … Continue reading Taking Charge of Personal Safety