Archive for June, 2012

Cystic Fibrosis Collectibles

Monday, June 25th, 2012

A windshirt and CDs and bears — oh my.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has a line of holiday gifts sure to please friends and relatives of all ages. (more…)

Simple Gift Ideas

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Write out your favorite memory of your grandparents and share it with your children. (more…)

Professional Nurse and Hospital Reformer. Part 6

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Inspiration From the Crimean War
In 1854, England, France and Turkey declared war on Russia to stop Russia from seizing Turkish land. The medical branch of the British army was failing to provide adequate care for wounded soldiers or those who had caught cholera. Supplies did not reach the wounded, and many died needlessly. (more…)

Professional Nurse and Hospital Reformer. Part 5

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Nightingale’s interests embarrassed her family. When she was 16, Nightingale recorded in her journal that she had heard a call from God to service. Over the next few years, between balls and social outings, Nightingale continually found her greatest rewards in caring for sick people. (more…)

Professional Nurse and Hospital Reformer. Part 4

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The best nurses seem to share special gifts, including: patience, tolerance, respect for the human body, the ability to translate complex medical terms to simpler words, and a brave spirit always ready to embrace the fragility of life. (more…)

Professional Nurse and Hospital Reformer. Part 3

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Through years of pleasure-reading, Nightingale had learned about hospital management. She implemented bells that would ring when a patient needed help, and then remain askew so nurses could easily see who had called. Nightingale was both the chief nurse and administrator and was loved by her patients. Her greatest challenge was to find or help train more nurses. (more…)

Professional Nurse and Hospital Reformer. Part 2

Friday, June 8th, 2012

At the time, not only was it unusual for a wealthy woman to pursue a career, medicine was a man’s profession. There were no professional nurses. Women who did work in the first British hospitals were often portrayed as irresponsible, uneducated, dirty, drunken women with no other alternative for work, except, perhaps, prostitution. (more…)

Professional Nurse and Hospital Reformer. Part 1

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Find a Unique Calling
My grandmother recently underwent a very successful stay at a hospital for a bad case of pneumonia. Her medicine was one partner in her cure — the others were the nurses who helped create a healing environment and atmosphere, carrying on in the spirit of Florence Nightingale’s caring touch. (more…)

How can I help my Daughter do Better in School?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Q: My daughter is almost 10. She is smart and can learn things pretty easily, but when you ask her a question, it takes her a while to get the answer out. She knows the answer; it just takes time to say it. How do I know if this is a processing problem or a personality thing?
A: There can be many reasons for a youngster’s relative lack of success in school. School performance questions deserve careful evaluation by your pediatrician, your school and perhaps a learning-issues specialist. (more…)