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I started this blog years ago to highlight my PASSION for nursing and RECOGNIZE the profession.

In recent years, it has become more personal for me as I went through lots of life changes.

My devotion to nursing never changed, but I began to prioritize myself more and my 3 sons and my circle of friends.

TAKING TIME

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Last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on new graduate nurse interviews.

1000 applicants….6 positions…..

The look in their eyes…The desire to become the ONE………

It INSPIRES me to know that I will be able to mentor these new nurses soon and help them grow

Well that and I am also planning on retiring in 6 years, so SOMEONE has to take my position …..

Today I CELEBRATE my LOVE for nursing and the relationships that form when you work with the BEST people EVER!!!!

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I couldn’t sleep the other night, so I did what any respectful, intelligent night nurse does…

I stalked Pinterest.

Pinterest is the answer to ALL of lifes problems and it had been AWHILE since my last visit……

Who needs therapy?

Pinterest has a QUOTE for what is on your mind….

When I was first divorced, I thought I could write a book from all I learned

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The truth is the BETTER book is on my life as a SINGLE woman in 2015….

For so long, I thought I wanted to be in a relationship again….

tried it…….hated it…..now settled with what I have..

A GREAT life filled with Happiness that comes from ME first!

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I KNOW I will NEVER marry again and being SINGLE has sooooo many good moments

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Like this song that a special guy sent me …. It’s my THEME song right now……

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A good friend of mine took his life one week ago today….

THERE are NO WORDS….

I have struggled and spent time in silence and then spent time talking nonstop to make SENSE of his choice….

It was HIS Choice………

He was facing challenges……lots on his plate…….

What is left behind now is hurt, confusion, questions and a great LOSS…..

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One of my very wise friends said it BEST….

You never know what is behind the smile…you never know what someone is going through…….

I know how it feels to be lost……..I have had some very sad moments in my life……

I challenged myself EVERYDAY to get up and once my feet hit the ground……..it was a NEW day

But it took GREAT STRENGTH and the love of my 3 sons to get me through it

 

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I will MISS his laughter, his kindness, his SPIRIT so MUCH

BUT for me the Key to his person was his LAUGH….it was a GREAT Laugh

It’s here in my heart…. Always and forever……

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They took a CHANCE on me…. I took a CHANCE on THEM…….

A HUGE Leap of FAITHa494e804c358d2ec5af85d183f52e172Could I possibly go from preschool teacher who loved healthy children to caring for Critically Ill Children who Scared me to Death?

Yes! I could

Yes I did

28 years later……I’m still there

126874914472558233_9qRmiiGP_bMy HEART is SOOOOO Full today as I think back to the beginning……

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THIS song…….Fills my heart.

Today I celebrate my Dad….the man who guided me in the RIGHT direction every time.

We fought…….I was (am) stubborn.……I fought his advice for so many years.

BUT one day he took me aside and said “Shauna go to nursing school…I will make it work”

I did…he DID

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Not a day goes by that I don’t THANK HIM for all his support. I tell the boys my many DAD stories and how blessed I was to have had him in my corner.

Living in the house I grew up in makes me remember quite clearly who I was and who I want to be…….

I try every shift caring for critically ill children and their families to make my Dad proud.

“There but for the GRACE of God go I”

I celebrate my Dad today and the 3 sons who bless me with their unconditional love

Its hard to look at them and know they are all MEN now not my boys

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We are a Party of 4 and I am GRATEFUL for them EVERYday…….one day they will be Fathers…

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Its tattered…Its torn & taped…but MOST of ALL…its LOVED

THIS year was NO LESS.….Inspiring………..

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THIS boy turned 21 with a party at the coolest bar in SF ( Thank you Jordan)…….

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Long week……Sums up my week……..

 

 

 

 

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