A year later

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since this blog began.

This is the first thing I’ve done in decades that hasn’t felt like a job. I wish I could do it more.

I can count on one hand (two fingers, actually) the number of times in my 25 years of schooling that someone pushed and prodded and encouraged me to think for myself instead of regurgitating information – and not penalize me for it. I can’t understand why more teachers don’t do this.

It feels risky to stand up, speak up and do things differently but that’s precisely what we need nurses to do… and what we need you to do.

As hard as it is for me to write about things that go against the grain, the only way we’re going to build great careers and make health care better is for us to acknowledge when things aren’t going the way we expect and talk about the things that get in the way of the work we want and need to do.

The problems we face in life and in our work are difficult – and the solutions are far from simple. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t important.

Thank you for your attention and your trust and for taking this journey with me. It’s an honour to write for you.