Registered nurses are a tough breed. Not surprising because we deal with tough workloads, tough working conditions and tough consequences if we don’t do our job right. What other professional can claim that a spit second decision can be the difference between life and death?
Tom and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary this week. It’s true, that during those 29 years I’ve had no time off for good behavior, but then again neither has Tom. LOL Along the way Tom has logged a lot of miles with me on behalf of RNs, Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and Vickie Milazzo Institute.
Growing up in New Orleans, we’d duck into a Bourbon Street “Takee-Outee” to satisfy a sudden attack of the hungries while haunting the French Quarter. Years later I shudder to think what we may have been eating but, at the time, that “some kind of meat” on a stick served its purpose.
There is no past. It’s over. There is no guarantee of a future. There’s only now. That’s why one of my favorite quotes is a book title by Paul Arden, “It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.”
My love story with nurses started decades ago and I’ve been inspiring nurses with my mantra “We Are Nurses and We Can Do Anything!®” ever since. It’s true, registered nurses can do anything – after all we save lives by making split second decisions that often mean the difference between life and death.
One of my favorite quotes from the author of “The Little Prince” is He who would travel happily must travel light. I travel like the old African explorers, Stanley and Livingston with teapot, table and tent. I’ve never mastered St. Exupery’s principle when I travel…
I finally caved this year and bought an Apple® Watch. It wasn’t that I coveted one and quite frankly I was sort of annoyed by my Fitbit® friends who walk around, count every step and then post on Facebook® about hitting 10,000 steps in a day. Try telling an RN that 10,000 steps is an achievement!
With an iPhone®, Apple® watch, iPad® and a spiffy touch-screen laptop computer, you could say I’m extremely connected and there’s a high probability that you are too. All of these devices are tools helping me to manage my legal nurse consulting business. Whether I’m in my office, waiting at the departure gate or standing in line at Walmart®, I’m on the job.
I mentor a lot of RNs interested in legal nurse consulting who fret about whether they practice in the right specialties or have enough nursing experience to be successful.
Tom’s birthday is in January and mine is in February. We don’t celebrate each other getting older by buying stuff. It’s not that we don’t have enough stuff – it’s just that neither one of us care very much about stuff.