The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 – 1894)

Rhonda Bell

Welcome to my blog! I am creating this blog for us to explore and discuss the nature and practices of healthcare that need to move in a pioneering direction. The direction that will allow us to become WISE and INTOUCH with our organizations, our coworkers, our supervisors, our patients, but most importantly with ourselves. My research and study of nurses and their environments for nearly a decade have left me puzzled with the question of when did the holistic practice of healthcare dissipate? And more importantly, when will it return? I have observed many nurses desperately wanting to render the holistic care that they were called to provide as nurses and nursing support staff.

My journey as an extreme nurse advocate began in 1985 as a cardiac monitor tech. Watching nurses render the Florence Nightingale nursing characteristics of compassionate and intentional touch resulted in a great admiration for the work of a nurse. Through the last 25 years, I have seen many changes in healthcare. One observation of change has been the loss of the balance between “hi-tech” and “hi-touch.” Don’t get me wrong, there have been many advances in technologies that have saved many lives. However, how many patients have missed the opportunity for healing because of the loss of time taken to render touch to the patient. Many responsibilities take nurses away from rendering touch to the patient. The practices to reduce the spread of infection, the clinical activities to care for the patient, the care of the family members, and last but not least staffing shortages.

As I pursued my doctorate, I received a calling to help transform healthcare back to the days when healthcare was about SPIRIT, spirituality, passion, intentionality, respect, integrity and transparency. All aspects of SPIRIT have taken on new meanings and concepts; however, some of the concepts are very rooted in the philosophies of nursing by Florence Nightingale. I was overwhelmed with respect and gratitude of her nursing practices in the book, Notes on Nursing. www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12439 . Those nursing practices included loving protection, consistency of care, working hard for it, ready to work patiently, and with cleanliness, light, warmth, quiet and appropriate diet as core essentials for healing of the body, mind, and spirit.

Please join me with the passion to help you (administration, nursing leadership, nurses and nursing support staff) create healthy work environments that nurture the holistic needs of the healthcare provider as well as the patient. May the touch you render today become the SPIRIT that inspires you to transform healthcare into the quality, personal healthcare that most of us desire for ourselves and our family members.

Inspiringly yours,

Rhonda

P.S. This first blog is dedicated to my 79-year young

res me daily!