I have been a nurse for over thirty five years, and a writer for many more. My two passions are helping others and writing. And when I can combine the two, it's pretty exciting for me.
For over three years I was the Guide to Nursing at About.com (part of The New York Times Company). It was a great opportunity to interact with nurses and those who are becoming nurses or thinking about a career in nursing. I also learned a lot about writing for the web, keywords , tags and SEO.
When they decided to disband the Nursing.About.com site, I moved that content to my own Website and blog (The Nursing Site.com). I continue to update these sites regularly.
WEBSITES & BLOGS
I also have a couple of Websites for home health care nurses and professionals. My primary role as a nurse has been working in home health care. I was a field nurse for many years. Then I moved into management and became a nursing supervisor and then a quality improvement (QI) specialist which also involved staff education. I have spent many years helping nurses learn to write and document better.
In the past few years, I have also contributed articles, blogs, and other materials to several nursing sites. You can read more about this on My Websites page.
In 2006, I wrote The Everything New Nurse Book. It proved to be so popular that in 2009, Adams Media repurposed it into 150 Tips and Tricks for New Nurses. The Everything New Nurse Book Second Edition is now available. (Click on the book image to purchase.) In 2014, this book was updated and and renamed The New Nurse Handbook.
In 2008, I turned my home health nursing knowledge and experience into a book called The Everything Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents which was published in Feb. 2009. My eighty (plus) year old mom thinks it's all about her, but actually she's still too independent for much of it to apply to her! I have a blog (AboutAgingParents.com) dedicated to helping caregivers find resources, support and assistance with caring for aging parents and others.
In 2015 I completed my 7th book: Exploring the Home Health Experience: A guide to Transitioning to Home Health Care. See My Books page for details.
In 2014, I copyedited the book The Darkness Waits by Wesley Thomas. It’s avaialable on Amazon.com.
For many years, I have written and desktop published newsletters for Realtors and other professionals, youth organizations, and various PTAs. I also designed and published websites for many of these same groups and individuals. You'll find some examples on my Other Writing page. (Email me if you want to see these as they won't publish here correctly.)
I have been married for over thirty five years to a wonderful man, Tim. He is my rock and my north!!! We have three terrific adult children, Amy, Rob and Becky. They are all my life and my reason for being as they find their own loves and children.
To read more about my professional experience, you can open a .pdf version of MY RESUME. (It may not be completely up to date, so if you need something more current, please ask.)
If you want to use any of the content on my blogs or websites, please email me and let's discuss terms. THANK YOU!