humans of new york wisdom

As usual, Humans of New York offers up profound insight, just by walking up to people in the streets of New York, snapping their photo, and asking them for their thoughts.  The wisdom resides in the people who are closest to the lived experience.  (A sentiment stolen from Ann Goldlbatt last month, which I have been referring to a lot).

This gentleman simply and eloquently sums up what it feels like to be a freelancer.


the northern advantage

Screen Shot 2013-01-27 at 9.20.10 AMI had a new writing and photography feature published in CARE magazine, about the nursing program at Northern Lakes College.  I so enjoyed my time up north, visiting Slave Lake, High Prairie, Valleyview and Grande Prairie.  I experienced such warm hospitality and was impressed by the nurses’ passion to bring education to the people in rural and remote areas.


transforming care

I am doing a lot of corporate writing, so I’m very happy to keep my finger in the freelance writing world.  I just had an article and photographs published in the CLPNA’s CARE magazine, called Transforming Care (page 9).

This piece is about an initiative that is expanding the role of the LPNs at the Medicine Units at the University of Alberta Hospital.  What really struck me when I came in to take photos and conduct the interviews was the sense of teamwork within the nursing group and the pride of accomplishment from all members for the LPNs’ new role.  It was heartening to see such camaraderie on a nursing unit – and I’m sure that reflects in the quality of care that patients get too.

it’s easy being green

On pages 14-16 of the new CARE magazine, you’ll find my article ‘It’s Easy Being Green’.  Yes, that’s a reference to the Kermit the Frog song.

I didn’t take the photos this time, but I did learn a lot about environmentalism – from two historically un-green industries: printing and event planning.

Kudos to Ion Print Solutions and Oomph Events for their innovative business practices.  And the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta for choosing vendors who have a green lens…

myth busting – CARE magazine

grandview extended care

I’m thrilled to bits to announce that my latest feature written and photographed for CLPNA’s Care Magazine is now on-line.  It is called Myth Busting, and features photos and interviews from some of my favourite people in the world: nurses who work in the world of continuing care.

I have my own story about working in continuing care.  A long long time ago, in the decade they call the ’80’s, I worked part-time at the Mewburn Veterans Home as a nursing attendant, while I was going to the University of Alberta.  And studying Shakespeare and Art History.  Talk about a contrast in my life.  I used to go directly to my English classes on campus still wearing my nursing uniform.

Being a nursing attendant was hard work, but exceedingly rewarding.  I’ve carried the experience I had at the Vet’s Home into everything I do in the health system.

The folks that provide hands-on, bedside care to the most vulnerable are very dear to my heart.

unpaid work writing

So sometimes I write and I don’t get paid for it.  But that’s ok, because I do that for organizations I volunteer for.  Like the Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN).  Of which I happen to be chair.

I wrote a piece for London Health Science Centre in Ontario about a family who frequents their Cystic Fibrosis Clinic and have two delightful little girls with CF.  We are trying to celebrate family centred care initiatives in Canada.  To learn more about family centred care, visit the Institute for Family Centered Care website.

Here’s the link to the London article, off our CFAN website.   If you click around the site, you will find all sorts of information about what’s happening at health facililites here in Canada to include a family voice in the care of their children.   Of which I feel pretty passionately about…

hushed drama – life in the OR


I wrote an article called Hushed Drama – life in the OR, about LPNs in the Operating Room, for the CLPNA’s Care magazine in the spring.  It was just published, and I’m really happy with it.  It was a collaborative effort with five different interviews and an extensive photo shoot.

My favourite kind of work is profiling folks who work in health care.  There are a lot of unsung heroes out there – not used to the spotlight, but passionate about their work.  And they are doing good, important work.

The photo shown above was chosen as the cover shot. (It appears as a mirror image on the magazine).  That’s a first for me.