St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Many of you probably already know, I’m back in school again. It’s my last semester of nursing school. I graduate in December. I have only eight more weeks of lecture and exams. Then I’ll be spending the last six weeks of the semester doing my preceptorship in the emergency department of
So what does this have to do with art? Nothing really - unless you take into account that nursing is an art. It’s not a painting, or a sculpture, or a song, or dance. It’s not a play, or a poem, or a book. It is creative work, though. You acquire a basic set of skills in school. You learn to use the equipment. Then you must take that knowledge and use it in a way that works for your patient. It never works the same for every one and you must decide which tool, which word, which touch will be the one that let’s your patient, a virtual stranger, know you care and that you’re there – for them.
I’m here for you, too. I know you don’t depend on me like my patients do. This is a silly art blog, right? But, we all know art is not silly. It’s our blood. It’s what keeps us alive. It provides oxygen to our brains as much as any old piece of hemoglobin does, right? Well, not exactly, but that’s what it feels like and it’s important to us. It’s important to me. This blog is important to me, but I may not be able to provide all the content I would like to over the next couple of months. I’m going to be busy learning how to save people.
I’ll post as much as I can. I’ll paint as much as I can. Just know, it won’t be as much as I’d like.
Is there something that keeps you away from your art? How do you deal with it? Do you devote a specific time, or a specific day to your work? Do you feel having to find time to do your art, as opposed to having all the time in the world, is an advantage, or a disadvantage? Please, post your thoughts in the comments section so we can talk about it.