I became an RN in 1969 and married my one and only husband in 1970. Our life together has been challenged by 3 sons, multiple food allergies (of 2 babies), bipolar disorder type 2 (husband), multiple sclerosis (me), and any number of lesser life surprises.
As a nurse I practiced in acute care hospitals, a nursing home, the NIH Clinical Center, and a home infusion company. I've also taught prepared childbirth classes and LPN students. I spent about 15 years ('82-'97) both as a cancer nurse and on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic. I was priviliged to meet people from all over the US and to care for them as they faced difficult, life-threatening, and lethal challenges. I've been priviliged to teach nursing students from many different areas of the world as well as from here in the US.
Some of my core beliefs are:
*Human capital is our most precious commodity - nurturing and developing it, especially through wide access to basic human needs as well as through healthcare and education, should be a higher priority than any other that the human race chooses.
*No one person or group owns all the truth. Each person has their own point of view which doesn't limit what we can see and believe so much as it influences how we interpret what we see. I've told my students "You could be standing on top of a mountain looking down at me while I'm standing at the bottom looking up at you, and we would both see the same view, but it would look very different to each of us because we're each looking from a different perspective."
*Nothing can be built from the top down - not a building, not an economy, and certainly not a democracy.
*Death raining down from the sky doesn't defeat or demoralize people - it enrages them. Example: how people in the US reacted to 9/11.
*You can't shoot an idea or bomb an ideology. No one ever won a "war of ideas" by pumping up comtempt for "bad" ideas. The only way to win minds is by demonstrating that your ideas lead to better outcomes.