Thank you for sharing this story.

A great reminder to all caring for the elderly. — Kathy Bourque, via Facebook


In February, a Facebook post discussed how nurse residency programs are becoming the norm throughout the country. Here’s how readers responded.

I’m a new nurse practitioner in a brand new fellowship program that is similar to residencies. It has been instrumental in making me a safe and confi dent NP. I hope this trend continues.

— Amber Gates

The need for residency programs is a complete failure of nursing schools and orientation programs. Some hospitals are actually charging new grads to be oriented to their new jobs!

— Debbie Fitzpatrick

This is how we did things when I started nursing in the early 1990s. It’s wonderful that we have reawakened and “smelled the coff ee,” so to speak. — Sharon Humphreys

This is the result when nursing schools are all about passing tests instead of learning. —Georgia Grace Begley

Nurse artist The article by Valley Burke, “Art through a nurse’s eyes” ( ist-Burke), was a breath of fresh air. I’m writing to say “Namaste” and to thank her for embracing her creativity and sharing her gift with the world. As a holistic health- care provider, I take a functional medicine approach and have a great appreciation for the mind/body/spirit balance to which Burke refers. I have published three books,

Rural nursing Regarding the article “Healthcare in the outlands” ( care-In-Outlands), I was pleased to read that Steele Memorial in Salmon, Idaho, de- veloped a new graduate residency program. I moved there from a busy Milwaukee hospital. The rural community hospital ex- perience exposes the staff to more variety than specialty units in larger hospitals. My experiences at Steele drew me to critical care and to eventually work with patients who had organ transplants, which was outside the facility’s scope. The Salmon community was welcoming

and beautiful. I credit Steele with starting me on a road that has led to much profes- sional and personal happiness and success.

— Carol Ingraham Tobias, MBA, BSN, COHN-S, FAAOHN Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

earned my DNP degree and opened a private practice. I have quietly used my books to help family, patients and colleagues through diffi cult child-rearing milestones and end-of- life experiences. Burke’s article has inspired me to seriously reconsider the possibility of being more outspoken about the mind/ spiritual value of my books. Thank you. — Nancy Iankowitz, DNP, RN, FNP-BC Holmes, N.Y.

Gender pay gap I was delighted to read the article “Nurses speak out about gender pay gap” (Nurse. com/Article/Gender-Pay-Gap). I earn more than my wife, who is also a nurse, although she has more experience and we have the same qualifi cations. But she is ineligible for the same benefi ts as me because we are married and work for the same employer. We appealed to the hospital about this inequity and were told “this is how everyone does it.” We appealed to our union and fi led a case with the National Labor Relations Board. Sadly, all of this was to no avail, and my wife is expected to live with the fact that she earns $15,000 less a year than her husband for doing the same job. Is it any wonder many of my colleagues do not recommend nursing careers to their children?

— Tom Rooney, RN, CCRN Princeton, N.J.


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