Last June, I had the honor of speaking in a panel after the screening of the documentary Wrestling Ghosts at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Conference in Denver. Wrestling Ghosts explores the impact of childhood trauma and provides a rare opportunity to witness the healing process. I sat among 1200 school nurses from the US and… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Wrestling Ghosts – An Experiential Film
Cissy White is a brilliant writer and speaker. She is a national leader in the ACEs movement and an expert on parenting with high ACEs. Cissy is adamant that the voice and lived expertise of survivors must be heard and honored through inclusion in decision making and policy development. As Cissy says, "it is not trauma-informed if it's… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Cissy White Shares Parenting after ACEs – Small Changes & Huge Differences
Representative Ayanna Pressley spearheaded groundbreaking Congressional testimony for the Oversight Committee about ACEs focusing on "Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Childhood Trauma." Here is a link to this "must watch" event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlF2ADWHZLU Watch the full testimony, but pay special attention to 2:55:02 when Rep Pressley talks about her school nurse! You will be moved to tears as I was.
The power of social media cannot be underestimated! A few short months ago, I connected with Sunny Hallowell, PhD, RN, a Nurse Faculty from Villanova University on Twitter. Sunny had just returned from Florida where she was presenting Nursing Rounds at a Miami hospital the day of the Parkland shootings. When she returned home, her 5-year-old son… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Speaking Truth to Power in a Collaborative Op-Ed
Illustration retrieved from https://www.apha.org/about-apha/centers-and-programs/center-for-school-health-and-education If you study this illustration carefully, mindfully, you will find messages hidden in plain sight. After a brief time, the words become so prominent, the illustration almost fades to the background and you are left with the “wicked problems.” I first heard the term “wicked problem” when I read a description of… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Solving Wicked Problems