WHERE IS YOUR VOICE?

Greetings from New Orleans!  The curfew is lifted.  The storm, Isaac, has passed and all except about 100,000 people have electricity today.  I am fortunate to be in a region near a major hospital and businesses.  These places had their current turned on first.

As of yesterday evening, many traffic and street lights in the area were still out and unfortunately the nearby park where I like to run was still closed. Bummer!

The mornings have been hellish-hot and asphyxiatingly muggy since Hurricane Isaac passed.  I thought it best to run in the evenings.

After parking my car, I secured the laces on my shoes and headed out for a 3.0 mile run in the hood.  Of course I was very careful not to leave too late in the evening to avoid potential dangers in the dark–especially those debris caused by the storm.

Today I was reading an article published in HuffPost by Terry Gaffney, RN (MPA) and Mary Bemker, RN (DNS) which raised many questions concerning nurses and leadership.  It is clear, and I’ve said this a few times, we need to step up to the plate and be the naturally caring leaders that we are, find our voices, and change the face of healthcare.  Here is the reality.  We are about 3 million strong, but only 6% of us have a voice at healthcare’s table.  You can read the entire article by CLICKING on the blue link below:

Want To Improve Health Care? Let Nurses Take the

Lead

OYE!  Nurses are a diverse group with many talents and skills to bring to any table in the family, community, healthcare establishments, and the world.  No one nurse in any wise is alike.  We not only bring our special faces, hands, hearts to healthcare, but many of us come from different walks and places in life.   Some of us have come out of different professions (eg. music, law, culinary, teaching, bar-tending, armed forces, seamstress, engineering, promoting health, or just plainly being a bum) and what we have to offer can built up healthcare in this nation and any other nation where there is a need.  My passion is tending to the sick who has one leg on the banana peel and one in the grave.  I am also a health conscious nurse, one who love promoting health (and nurse health).  I’ve found my voice, though feeble at the time, in spreading awareness (though the sport of running) that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 63% of all deaths.”  The solution to this chronic disease epidemic is very simple:  change our lifestyle, change our health.  Now this is a fertile ground where many nurses can be an example, make the initiatives to build our voice, and make it heard!    On this labor day, I hope you find your labor of love, your VOICE.