Terribly Toxic to Terrifically Tranquil My Journey to Holistic Nursing
Music gt;gt; So just a couple years ago I was facing my fortieth birthday anda little life I thought, I'm a little bit toxic. I wasone of those highstress jobs, working 60 hours, plus being on call, and it wasn't really how I wanted to be living my life. And thinking I was interestedalternative medicine, always looking at different ways to do thingsorder
to take care of myself, I changed my career path and I came here to my local community college to teach nursing, and I was so happy. It was a big change. I enjoyed my days, I enjoyed my work. It just really made me feel like I was on the right path, I wasa tranquil, happy place. Two weeks into that coming home from work my legs go out from
under me and I can't move. I go to the for a week and I find out that I have degenerative disk disease. The says my spine looks like the spine of an 80 year old. Now what do I do. I had just started on this great self care path and I was feeling good and, boom,
I'm knocked into the . So I got to get back to tranquil, I got to get back to happy. So I use all my science, I use all my nursing, and I start reading and I start looking for who are the good docs, what is the new, good treatment, what can I do about this. I'm not going to stay unable to walk, unable to move.
So I follow through and I go through many treatments. I get on a lot of mediion, taking probably six to eight different meds a couple times a day. On a bad day with pain maybe 15 pills. When the pain gets really bad and I can't move, I gofor a oneday surgery and they inject all kinds of chemicals into my spine and that gets me up and moving again.
But I'm working here at Moraine and I'm happy. I like what I'm doing, I love my students. I can go to al, I can teach class. I'mpain a little bit every day, but I've got a pill for that. So I think I'm still on my tranquil path. About two years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to take a sabbatical here at Moraine, and being interested
Redefining the Metalanguage of Nursing Science
my name is Olga Jarrin and this is a recording of a talk I gavelast week at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at theUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Nursing I would like to acknowledge mydissertation committee chaired by Carol Polifroni and the funding that supported my eduion,training and research while these ideas emerged and were refined
including a University of Connecticutpreal fellowship a federal Graduate AssistanceAreasof National Need preal fellowship and my current support as a postalfellow on a National Institute of Nursing Researchtraining grant quot;Advanced TrainingNursing Outcomes Researchquot; awarded to my primary mentor Linda Aiken. Today i'll be talking to you about theideas and my new paper quot;The Integrality of Situated Caring inNursingthe Environmentquot;
It is featured and available for freedownload on the AdvancesNursing Science journal website. The ideasthis paper are written foran academic audience however the message is for allnursing students, nursing eduors, researchers andcolleagues interestedthe work and unique knowledge of nursing. The term integrality refers to the oneness, unity or wholeness of human beings andtheir environment.
In this paper I expand on this concept toinclude the essence of nursing which I define as situated caring, encompassing the therapeuticrelationships and therapeutic actions. The knowledge of nursing takes manyforms and where I have focused is on the foundationallevel of nursing knowledge. The basic concepts and worldviews thatunderpin both health nursing and sick nursing that Nightingale referred toa huned and twenty years ago when she wrote about nursing
as quot;the art of health which every mother, girl, teacher, child's nurse, every woman ought practicallyto learn.quot; But I would add that the essentials of nursingare also important for every father, boy, soldier, coach, and every man as well. On the first day of my junior year of nursingschool, the professor put up the slide, quot;When an apple is cut,
others see seedsthe apple. We as nurses see applesthe seeds.quot; And she went on to explain theway we as nurses viewed, approached and worked with our patients was distinctfrom other disciplines. The seeds represent human potential forgrowth and transformation, and the holographic principle that everycell contains the DNA or pattern of a person or apple tree; meaning that rather than thinking of a person interms of their disease or illfunctioning