Spring–Winter–Spring, EvenHealthcare Professionals Get Sick!

Have you had the privilege of attracting the “flu” this winter?  We here in Wyoming have the dubious distinction of making national news for having the most (and I think the worst) cases per capita of our fifty states!  Now I love the fact that one quarter of our state is actually Yellowstone National Park [...]

Holidays, Jolly or Just Office Politics?

Do you work at a place where someone makes all the decisions about what you will do, maybe even wear for the holidays?  I believe while the controlling people are well intentioned trying to enjoy or at least look like I am enjoying a project and/or holiday party is a lot of work!  Wouldn’t it [...]

Giving Thanks is Sometimes a Challenge!

Ever feel disappointed at the holidays?  My sister-in-law called me just a couple of weeks ago and said they were not having the family gathering on Thanksgiving this year.  Instead they are going to travel to see their daughter and granddaughter out of state.  Since I travel from Wyoming to Chicago land every Thanksgiving (and [...]

Almost Fall–Time for a Change?

Ever feel like when the leaves are about to turn to gorgeous shades of yellow, gold, orange and red that it might be a time for change in your own life?  I am contemplating what life adventure I might want to pursue fairly soon, (for me in a year or two).  I still love working [...]

Back to School–Already?

Most heath care professional women especially are probably happy their children are about to go back to school.  Less daycare worries with the financial stress it may bring is also a real asset for some. However has anyone considered what it might be like to be a teacher returning to the classroom after having free [...]

Summertime and the Living is–Hot While the Earth is Heating up Too!

Seems the summers here in my little town in Wyoming, known for having a “temperate” climate are getting hotter. Noted the opening ceremony at the summer Olympics in Rio really shed light on the global warming crisis. We in this state depend on the coal and oil industries mainly for our prosperity.  However, even though [...]

Ever Feel Like You Need a Vacation after Your Vacation?

Just came back from a short, but fun vacation out of state.  I felt refreshed, energetic and just plain more alive.  Have you ever come back to work, (I still work in a fulltime therapist position at a local mental health center in addition to my private work) and the you-know-what hits the fan?  Two [...]

You Take Care of Others, but Who Takes Care of You?

Are you single, don’t live with another person (at least one that is supportive) and work in the health care field?  If you are nodding your head “yes” I ask you, who then takes care of you?  We in the nursing profession as well as other care giving professionals tend to give–and give to others until we [...]

Spring is Springing–But Why Then do Some People Want to Die?

Since I am  on call every few weeks for risk assessments at our local ER, there seemed to be a dramatic increase in the average number of people in my county who became suicidal including a few overdoses late this winter when we had really mild weather intermixed with snow days into this early spring.  It made me wonder [...]

Has Your Passion Taken a Vacation?

Ever feel like no matter how much you do at work there is always a pile more?  In today’s health care field it seems they always want more and often with less resources!   Every year (and I have been in the field a good many years) it is harder for me to focus on helping [...]

Are You a Goal Setter or Promise Keeper?

Are you a high achieving health care professional who feels the need to make lofty New Year’s goals, then in February or March feel you are “failing” at achieving them?  In the past I have made too high goals and felt disappointed in myself a few months into the year.  I have now decided to [...]

Post Holiday Blahs?

Do you feel a let down emotionally when the holidays are over?  All that running around decorating the house, shopping and maybe entertaining keep most of us so busy it is like being in a whirlwind.  Afterwards just experiencing a normal day may seem boring.  What can we do to keep the rest of the winter from [...]

Happy Holidays? (are they for you?)

I am one who can’t wait for the yearly family get together for Thanksgiving–even though I have to travel 1270 miles to get back to Chicago to enjoy it!. Although like I suppose most everybody else I tend to over indulge a bit at the feasts for Thanksgiving and later Christmas, I really love the [...]

Back to School for You or Yours?

It is almost time for children and others interested in either higher education or continuing their professional/personal development to return to school.  How do you feel when anticipating that first day: excited,  looking forward to seeing school friends, or just plain dreading the amount of work facing you (or yours) again?  I find attitude about facing the new [...]

A Mid Summer’s Day Dream

What have you been doing this summer?  We had a festive fireworks display on the 4th of July, an exciting PRCA  (professional) Rodeo, and are looking forward to both our craft fair in the park and what is called the Gifting of the Waters parade and ceremony.  The Gifting of the Waters commemorates when Chief Washakie gave the [...]

Happy Birthday, or Not?

I had another milestone birthday recently, but didn’t feel any wiser, or thankfully “older”.   Do you look forward to your birthdays, or does getting a year older mean something negative to you?  As health care professionals, we know there are challenges aging not just gracefully but as healthily as possible.  While certain illnesses seem to [...]

Are There “I’s” in your Healthcare Professional Team?

Are you working on a hospital unit or other healthcare workplace where diversity abounds, including personality traits?  I have been in systems where the professionals are so independent, getting them to work as a team  one of my therapist colleagues quipped was like “herding cats”.  If you happen to be the leader of a team of [...]

Spring has Sprung–Is Your Wellness Blooming?

When the weather becomes more inviting do you suddenly attain more enthusiasm to be out in nature?  Recently I restarted my daily walks and  am lucky enough to live near a state park with a beautiful river bank paved walkway.  Watching the frisky geese flying–some in pairs over the gently rippling water or the ducks [...]

Are You Wearing Green for St. Patrick’s Day?

Some nurses wear green most days.  Other healthcare professionals like me who are at least part Irish wear it on 3/17 in honor of the patron saint of Ireland.  Being also a native Chicagoan, St. Patrick’s Day is a really big deal.  Chicago celebrates with a huge parade with many participants clad in Celtic dress.  There [...]

How Can a Single Healthcare Professional Celebrate Valentine’ Day Well?

Being a single-never married female healthcare professional, I often struggled how to celebrate the main holiday reserved for married or other committed couples.  It seemed some peers got red roses from their husbands, or other romantic gifts such as chocolates in a heart-shaped box.  How can a single person enjoy the day, rather than possibly [...]