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Salon at Marie’s on April 21, 2010 April 23, 2010

Posted by mariemanthey in Inspiration, Nursing Salons.
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Last night, nurses from around the country and Canada gathered at Marie’s house to discuss nursing.  They shared their frustrations, fears, joys and tears.  They unleashed their demons and revealed their angels.  They released the pains of old stories, and they uncovered the joys of past moments. They spoke of self-care, how to do it, when to do it, how to remember it, and when to honor it.  They shared little tips and encouraged each other. They spoke of the waves they ride throughout their lives and their careers, the highs and lows, and the ease and the difficulty of hitting their strides.  Through all of this conversation and sharing, it became clear that they were all participating in self-care.  They were supporting each other.  They were remembering that each and every nurse is part of a chain of wise, compassionate and skillful people who care for others in every moment of their lives, on and off the clock.  They learned that one of the best ways to implement self-care is to remember that in the most tense, intimate and vulnerable moments in the day in the life of a nurse, they are surrounded and supported by all of the other nurses all over the world standing in the very same place.

Note from Marie: this was written by a nurse who attended.  The salon was incredible — we all learned so much. My personal thanks to all who attended.

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