My mother, Adele, passed away two days ago. She was only 91 years old and due to some unexpected injuries, was beyond life-saving measures. She’d escaped demise throughout her life, surviving two large meningiomas in her brain as well as chronic illnesses. But this blog isn’t about her life, nor her presence in my life. … Continue reading Comfort for Me, Comfort for You
He lounged in the chair, laptop nestled in his lap. “Here, look at this,” he waived toward his screen. I bent over, squinting, and saw a colorful graph of lines that reminded me of a holiday decoration. “It’s a stochastic model of cellular growth….” He went on to mention the conditions that were being modeled, … Continue reading Selling Theory
See Dr. Foli's "Middle Range Theory of Nurses' Psychological Trauma" 2020 was the year I applied trauma-informed approaches to my teaching. This was the year I learned being kind and compassionate were also good pedagogical practices. In previous years, I have been recognized as an “award-winning” teacher. I did all the things a good teacher … Continue reading Trauma-informed teaching in the era of COVID-19
None of us expected the pandemic to last this long. In March, we rallied against the growing and terrible virus, the SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). At that time, we hunkered down, businesses temporarily closed to stem off the rising numbers of infection, and we all kind of figured it would end in … Continue reading The Marathon of Crisis: “We Want to Live Also”
I feel guilty as I write this. You see, I’m home with my family, safe and warm. Protected. Others, my comrades and fellow nurses are not. But I can guess, and have read and been informed of what they are facing on the front lines: reassigned to new hospitals and new duties, rendering care, sometimes … Continue reading COVID-19 and Psychological Trauma
Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN I’d finished grading the last of the master’s-level students’ theory in nursing papers. I’d turned in final grades and then, the message came through: anonymous student course evaluations were ready for my review. I took a long sip of water and put my organic, no preservative, granola bar aside. … Continue reading Say It Ain’t So: Graduate Students Shade Nursing Theory!
Welcome to Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN who is joining the Nursology.net blogging team! Karen is the author of the Middle Range Theory of Nurses'-Psychological Trauma, the Middle Range Theory of Parental Postadoption Depression and co-author of the recently published book The Influence of Psychological Trauma in Nursing When I was earning my PhD, my … Continue reading Nurse-Specific Trauma: Let’s Give It a Name