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MOMENTS OF CONNECTION… the special moments in which we know we make a difference.

We are connected to people at the emotional peaks and valleys of their lives, from the wonder of birth to the mystery of death... Martin Buber, a Jewish theologian, talks about the I-Thou relationship, a moment in which we recognize the sacred in the other person. Nursing is made up of these sacred moments. As we share and celebrate these moments we acknowledge the art and the heart of nursing and renew our own energy and commitment to start fresh yet another day. Here are some moments that nurses have shared. Others can be found in my book, From the Heart to the Hands… Keys to health caring connections. As you read, think of your own stories and consider sharing them below.

Moments of connection nurse in the community

"I taught an anti-drug program during Red Ribbon Week for elementary school focusing on tobacco and alcohol. Several months later I had a woman come to my smoking cessation class because her son had been "bugging" her to stop since he heard me at his school. She has now stopped smoking."

-- Carmen Hough, Henry Medical Center

Moments of connection starting as a nursing student

"As a nursing student, I took care of a little girl who had asthma. After she was discharged she wrote the school of nursing to try to find me. She wanted to write letters to me so if she had to go back to the hospital she could find me to be her nurse again. We communicated for 4 years until she was a teenager and I left Chicago."

-- Joyce Dittmar

Moments of connection nurse educator/entrepreneur

"Teaching a two day workshop in Atlantic City on Nursing Leadership, a participant sitting in the back room said, 'I'm only here for two day's relaxation in Atlantic City. While I'm here I'm writing my letter of resignation to present when I go back.’ That afternoon, she started to participate. The second morning, she moved to the front of the room, At the end of the day, she gave me a present, her letter of resignation, torn to shreds! My best compliment ever!"

-- Marcia Noble

Would you like to share a moment from your experience that I might use to teach new nurses or energize nurses who need a moment of reflection?

Describe an incident when you felt you had truly made a connection with a patient or family member or another staff member. If you would like to sign it, I may be able to use your name. Anonymous is fine. Thank you!

Send your story via Email to or mail. Thank you!!!

MENTORING... making the connection with other nurses!

Would you like to be a mentor? Would you like to make contact with a potential mentor? Let's use this site to find ways to extend our own work and practice what Marsha Sinetar calls the Art of Encouragement. (see The Mentor's Spirit, St Martin's Press, New York, 1998)

Send me an Email and we will work on matching people. How about a nurse poet, a nurse entrepreneur, a nurse leader?

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