In 1990 and 1991 two nurses from Cleveland, Ohio health systems founded programs that taught children several levels of health in the elementary school setting. The “Caring Children Program” was taught in the classroom and other community settings as a team effort with nurses and children. Teaching focused on preventive health, education and understanding through hands-on skills and active participation. Read the rest of this entry »
Category Archives: Nurses and Workplace Violence
What’s the monetary value of this injury?
Nearly everyone believes that if they are injured at work their employer will help them. Most people believe this because they are excellent employees and should be backed by their employers. I just had a hearing to process my recent claims of significant physical injuries for the medical findings. Read the rest of this entry »
To my last patient…and the last of my patience! Part 1 of 4
This letter was written in 1993, a little over a year after my injury. This letter details not only what was happening to me shortly after brain injury, but what was happening inside the healthcare system. The information is accurate and correct as supported by documentation. It has been retyped, but no other revisions exist. Read the rest of this entry »
Struggling for Survival After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Traumatic Brain Injury
Struggling for my survival at home following an untreated subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain and spine was more than I thought I could do. But, I did not know what was happening to my physical being and maybe ignorance was a blessing. Read the rest of this entry »
What Happened When My Life Was Turned Upside Down After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
How was I going to get through the holidays with this new worsening of symptoms from traumatic brain injury? I could not tolerate noise, lights, conversations, and just the simple things in daily life. By the middle of December my headaches were getting worse, if that were even possible! My vision was darkening. Read the rest of this entry »
Could this Nightmare with Traumatic Brain Injury be Ending?
I was sure this nightmare with head injury was nearing the end. I guess my expectations were unrealistic. Being well-educated in the field of brain injury and rehabilitation did not prepare me for all that was to come in December 1991. I thought I was better shortly after brain injury but it got worse. Read the rest of this entry »
Leaving the Twilight Zone … So I thought! after a closed head injury
It was time to get back to work following a closed head injury. I thought everything was going well and my simple concussion was resolved. Oh, if I only knew what was yet to come. So by Monday November 4, 1991 and 5 days later I was ready to return to work. After all a few days have passed since I was hit in the head and certainly there should not be any reason to keep me from working. Read the rest of this entry »
Nurses Often Silent About Workplace Violence
Nurses must listen and see why under reporting and lack of change will continue! Why numbers are not accurate for violence against nurses. Article and video includes Australian study with focus on American Nurses and applicable to all nurses.
Deeper into the Twilight Zone with Brain Injury
I did not think I could go deeper into the twilight zone and neither did I think I had a brain injury. After all, I had many injuries prior to this assault and recovered from every single one without residual effects. What was I thinking as a nurse? Read the rest of this entry »
Entering the Twilight Zone of Brain Injury…Nurse
Learning what brain injury is all about. It was nothing like I experienced as a nurse treating the patients with brain injury. Little did I know I was about to enter the twilight zone at work on October 30, 1991. Read the rest of this entry »
A Journey into Darkness … From Nurse to Patient.Traumatic brain injury
Nurses work with violent patients every day. Their safety is compromised by combative patient’s and families. Safety is always a priority for patients, but rarely is safety acknowledged for the nurses themselves. Or at least it does not appear that way behind closed doors. They are exceedingly exposed to abuse within the healthcare system, but yet expected to accept it. This is true for all our of healthcare professionals and caregivers. Read the rest of this entry »
Inspiration for Brain Injury Self Rehabilitation Blog (BISR)
I am inspired to blog by the important people in my life and to help others in the same predicament. Blogging was first suggested by my warm aquatic exercise partner, a journalist, speaker, and professor. It’s been a long time coming before I was able to have the energy to blog, but I never gave up hopefulness and my faith drawing on my inner strength. I’ve journaled everything along my journey believing someday and somehow I would improve and that day did come! Read the rest of this entry »