Sparks and Prompts

Krista Tippett’s book and podcast are among my favorite sources of points to ponder.

Tonight I’ll attend Marie Manthey’s nursing salon. You can read all about this forum at:

Attending nursing salons in Marie’s home was a source of inspiration, comfort, and reflection, during nursing school.  The gatherings have even prompted me to host an annual nursing salon during nurses week.  I believe deeply in the healing power we share in the nursing profession when we are listening to each other and our partners in care.

All participants will answer the question, “What’s on your mind about nursing?”  I’ve come to cherish the headspace of preparing for how I might answer the inquiry during my check-in at the salon.  This weekend I listened to Krista Tippett’s “Becoming Wise” podcast for some food for thought.  When I was doing shift work every-other weekend, Krista Tippett’s, “On Being” was the Sunday morning podcast that carried my commute to the hospital and my inspiration to think about the care I’d be providing on my third 12-hour shift of the weekend.  Now my commute is Monday-Friday...and I’ve found the habit of plugging into other works by Tippett to be as inspirational as the show that first got me thinking beyond the bedside about the importance of sparks and prompts to consider our work as nurses through other lenses.

I still don’t know how I’ll answer, “What’s on your mind about nursing?” tonight...but I have a hunch that a lingering thought from one of the podcasts I soaked up in the pursuit of, “Becoming Wise” will come up.  I’d highly recommend a listen to any of these episodes, available on the “Becoming Wise” show page:

Episode #13: We Chose our Own Tribes | Seth Godin

Episode #15: I Feel, Therefore I Am | Eve Ensler

Episode #16: The Universe Participates in the Mystery | with two Vatican astronomers, Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne.

Thanks to a special nurse in my life, Amy Hoelscher, who first introduced me to “Becoming Wise” by way a lovely gifting of Tippett’s book.  We bonded over our love of Tippett’s “On Being” podcast and Amy invited me to attend Tippett’s talk in the spring of 2016.  In an emergent removal of my gallbladder, I had to miss the you can imagine my surprise when Amy gifted me Tippett’s book from the talk.

The special thing  about my tie to Amy…is that we have known each other since before we were nurses. I was a volunteer coordinator and she was a volunteer at the institution we now both serve as nurses. Over the years, I have been inspired by who she has become in her practice.  I fondly remember many conversations we shared in our anticipation of becoming nursing professionals.

Maybe that’s what’s on my mind about nursing.  In this season of gratitude and reflection: how nurses care for each other and how we can serve one another with sparks and prompts.  Let’s keep being good to each other.

Thank you, Amy.