May 11, 2017
Moore Mission Moments - The Watershed Group

Nurses Rock!

by Patti Moore


I am a nurse.  I still define myself as a nurse, even though I have not tended to a patient in that role for many years.  I renew my license every two years (just in case this consulting gig doesn't work out), and I still think like a nurse in terms of how I assess nearly all situations: What is the problem, what are the contributing factors, and what are the options for solutions? What action is the best for all concerned, and how can I protect the dignity of the patient (or in my case, my client), while respecting their choices and decisions, and hold in confidence all information entrusted to me?


This is the one week a year we set aside to acknowledge the women and men who accept the (updated) version of the Florence Nightingale Pledge, which says in part, "I...pledge to care for the sick with all my skill and the understanding I possess, without regard to race, creed, color, politics or social status, sparing no effort to preserve quality of life, alleviate suffering and to promote health as affirmed by the person".


How many of us have had a nurse make a difference in our lives?  How many of us can recall the name of the nurse that eased our suffering by listening to our fears?  Who stood by us as a physician shared difficult news?  Who changed a dressing on a wound, or recognized when something was not quite right and saved a life?  


Recently I had the privilege of participating in the University of Florida College of Nursing Pinning Ceremony as part of the commencement events. There is a long tradition of wearing a pin or insignia to identify a healer; think of the red cross that signifies aid to those in need.  The Pinning Ceremony is a dignified affair, except for the year I received mine. As we were about to go on stage and be pinned by our Dean, a young woman wearing nothing more than a stocking over her head and a nurse’s cap streaked past the audience in front of all of us and out the door.  That was the only thing my father remembered about my dignified ceremony!


As a double graduate of UF College of Nursing, it was especially poignant for me to be on the stage looking out at those 120 fresh faces, new nurses who were embarking on a career of service to others.  I was moved by the memories of how my life was molded by my decision to become a nurse and how many choices opened up to me as a result of that education.  


I looked at each face and wondered where their decisions would lead them; what great and small things they would do to serve humanity.  My heart swelled with hope and pride for this new generation of nurses who will contribute to the reinvention of healthcare and continue to serve humanity.  I am honored to be a part of a sisterhood that is as old as the ages, and which continues to look to the future to "alleviate suffering and promote health".  

Happy Nurses Week!


The 2017 graduating class of the University of Florida College of Nursing reading the Professional Nurses Pledge




Have you thanked a nurse today? Here's a great collection of “thank you” notes from six people whose lives or loved ones were saved or made better by the nurses who cared for them.


If you think death’s no laughing matter, please don’t tell this comedy troupe: They’re using their formidable laughter-generating skills to communicate an important message to audiences, and helping folks to normalize those difficult conversations about the end of life.


Who says it’s ever too late to volunteer? Not this hard-working youngster of 93, whose beautiful handmade dolls raise money for her favorite hospice.


Give a listen to this fascinating podcast from Down Under about death cafes – a trend taking off worldwide: “A worldwide movement is changing how we talking about death. Death cafes invite strangers to share a coffee and open up about death and dying. There are currently over 4,000 death cafes in 48 countries. They aren't necessarily tied to one particular location, and take place at lots of different cafes around the world.

But what they all have in common is a desire to offer a comfortable, safe space to talk about the end of life.”


Good Time, Great Cause: Hospice of the Chesapeake is holding its 9th Annual Fashion For A Cause,  a runway fashion charity event featuring fashion, luxury automobiles, cocktails and revelry, all in support of Chesapeake Kids, providing comfort and support to families dealing with the serious illness of a child.


Avow Hospice of Naples has some pretty cool fans – members of the City of Naples Fire and Rescue Department are raising funds for this beloved hospice with a Firehouse Spaghetti Dinner.


Spring Fling Under a Magnolia Moon! Join Big Bend Hospice as they celebrate Spring Fling’s 10th Anniversary at Tallahassee Nurseries. Enjoy delicious food from area restaurants as you stroll through the beautiful gardens of Tallahassee Nurseries.  The dress is festive casual and the atmosphere is relaxed as you visit with friends while supporting the unfunded programs at Big Bend Hospice.


It was great to see many of you at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Management and Leadership Conference in Washington DC last week. I loved being able to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and meet many new ones.  I got to meet our new NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach and as a special treat, got to see the parade of people attending the White House Correspondents Dinner since it was held at our hotel. No Anderson Cooper sightings but many beautiful people in beautiful gowns and tuxedos.


Four cities in 7 days!  From Chicago to Titusville and Baltimore to Jacksonville, Florida, Whee!  I love my work and the people I work with.  What a privilege to serve such fine leaders and their organizations.

Pause, take a breath, smile and enjoy the sunset at our RiverCove Retreat Center
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