Tag Archives: nursing school

FMM 11 25 22 Metamorphosis

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ~ Lao Tzu. When I was a teenager, one of my sisters, who was already in nursing school, came home to Jamaica to visit.  She brought presents for us, and mine was a big, shiny, coffee-table type illustrated book of […]

FMM 3 25 2022 I will remember you

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ~ Maya Angelou. My childhood was filled with all kinds of music, from hymns and gospel music; soundtracks of musicals; calypso and jazz; classical and blues; reggae and rock and roll; it wasn’t until I went […]

FMM 10 15 2021 The Sound of Silence

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov. I don’t remember learning about ‘therapeutic communication’ when I was in nursing school forty years ago.  Of course, some concepts have earned names which change over time, but being taught how to respond to patients, especially […]

FMM 8 27 2021 No Excuses!

 “I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse” ~ Florence Nightingale. I have to confess that it took me a while to learn to respect Florence Nightingale.  I had read the story of the ‘Lady with the lamp’, so I knew something about her, growing up.  In nursing school, they didn’t […]

FMM 3 25 2021 Mean to Me

“The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.” ~ Robin S. Sharma. I was already halfway through a nostalgia-filled weekend when I heard the news.  I had been following up on family connections having found a website that gives access to birth, marriage and death certificates, and was tracing long […]

FMM 8 21 2020 Hear me

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ~ James Baldwin. My mother was a talker.  Later in life we surmised that her childhood may have been difficult, parents who sometimes didn’t speak to each other for months, so perhaps the children developed the […]

FMM 8 7 2020 Ah the Humanity

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama. If you were to ask me whether I was an arts or sciences kind of student I would immediately select the sciences.  Most of the subjects I sat in my Cambridge ‘O’ (for ordinary) Level exams, and all of those I […]

FMM 5 8 2020 Doing the Right Thing

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.  I left home at the age of eighteen and a half, finished with high school, ready to enter the profession of nursing.  The weird thing about growing up in a small […]

FMM 4 24 2020 The Ties that Bond

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” ~ Epictetus. We are living through an amazing time. There are eras in your life that are special. When I started in nursing school in England in the 70s, I knew absolutely […]

FMM 6 1 18 Lowest Common Denominator

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” ~ Ernest Hemingway. My husband was a fan of foreign cars.  In particular, he developed a fondness for the Italian Alfa Romeo.  In our early marriage we were ignorant of how to survive in the USA and so we soon lost the little […]