One of my favorite quotes by Paul Theroux is “I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.” When I shared this with a friend she replied, in a deprecatory tone, “Your friend Paul obviously wrote this before the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Every day I hear from RNs who say “I waited XX years to finally take the CLNC® Certification Program. I should have done it sooner.” Waiting patiently for what we want is not a strategy for achieving it. That’s why I love the quote “Life wasn’t too short: it was too long to waste unduly on non-love, non-laughter and non-decisions.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed not just the world, but also litigation forever. It’s obvious that the future will bring myriad COVID-19 related lawsuits. Certified Legal Nurse Consultants are pivotal to attorneys understanding the complexities of COVID-19, its transmission, pathophysiology, standards of care, long term complications and much more.
Reflecting on the events of 9/11 and the days following the horrific events, there were a fair share of pessimists who thought the world was over. Thank goodness there were more optimists than pessimists and America came out the other side changed in a positive way.
We humans like to think we embrace change, but if you’re alert to what’s been happening in the world recently, you might agree that the COVID-19 pandemic is proof that most of us expend more energy resisting change than accomplishing something productive through it.
Owning and operating a legal nurse consulting business has presented me with unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not in the way many may think. I’ve been fortunate to continue with my typical flow of medical-related cases and the same attorney-clients. I’ve even gained two new attorney-clients through a referral during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the courts are closed and attorneys are working remotely from home, cases still need to be reviewed and worked up as usual.
Nothing reduces stress more than a great vacation – at least once you get over the stress of traveling. Getting off the grid is never easy. Traditionally, no matter how busy I am, I make it my goal at least once a year to get far away, into something so different that it forces me out of my regular stress-relief routine into one that entirely disconnects me from my legal nurse consulting business and life’s routine challenges.
During the COVID-19 pandemic I’m traveling mentally more than physically. Today I’m sitting in Paris in one of my favorite bistros. I’ve just finished a lunch of healthy red wine, a hot baguette, pomme frites and some luscious stinky cheese such as you can only find in France. I’m looking at the first thing that usually comes to mind (well, maybe the second thing) when you think of Paris – the Eiffel Tower. Tom says he thinks of pomme frites and just having indulged, I’d say pomme frites are right up there for me too, but the “Tour Eiffel” is the instantly identifiable iconic image, which undeniably brings Paris to mind.
Thanks to the COVID-19 global pandemic, I’m really missing travel to the remarkable, unique and remote parts of the world – actually travel to any part of the world. Thank goodness I have my screensaver photos, which serve as constant reminders of the incredible places I’ve been blessed to visit. Yesterday a photo of one of my favorite places came up, the Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as the “Tiger’s Nest”) in Bhutan.
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