Source:

Nursing2015

August 2004, Volume 34 Number 8 , p 8 - 8 [FREE]

Authors

  • ANGELA D. MILEY RN,C
  • JOHN GUNSER NURSING STUDENT

Abstract

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8)             August 2004             p 8 Thanks to a mentor [LETTERS]

MILEY, ANGELA D. RN,C; GUNSER, JOHN NURSING STUDENT

San Antonio, Tex. (Miley)

Freeport, Ill. (Gunser)

The comments appearing in this column are excerpted from readers' correspondence. Send your letter, complete mailing address, and credentials to: Letters Editor, Nursing2004 , 323 Norristown Rd., Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002, or e-mail to nursing@lww.com. Please include your e-mail address and daytime telephone number .

Cheryl Mee's editorial, “Removing Nurses from the Menu” (June 2004), reminded me of my first mentor. When I began my career in nursing 14 years ago, I was told that I'd occasionally be the charge nurse on the evening shift—even though I'd been working as a nurse for only a few months.

Once ...

 

Cheryl Mee's editorial, "Removing Nurses from the Menu" (June 2004), reminded me of my first mentor. When I began my career in nursing 14 years ago, I was told that I'd occasionally be the charge nurse on the evening shift-even though I'd been working as a nurse for only a few months.

 

Once I got over the shock, I was paired with a wonderful nurse named Frankie Blish. She helped me to understand the role of charge nurse and to fine-tune my organizational, clinical, and time-management skills. She reinforced what it means to be a professional and a leader. She also established a tradition that I strive to continue: to take care of each nurse I encounter to the best of my ability and to set her up for success.

 

These days, it's called mentoring or coaching. Back then, I saw it as being taken under the wing of an angel until I could learn to fly on my own. Thank you, Frankie.

 

-Angela D. Miley, RN,C

 

San Antonio, Tex.

 

I'd like to thank editor-in-chief Cheryl Mee for her use of "him" and "his" in her June editorial. I know we men are underrepresented, but seeing that small change in the wording made me feel accepted and valued as a nurse-to-be. Language can make a difference, and I applaud you for speaking to us, minority males, in your journal.

 

-John Gunser, Nursing Student

 

Freeport, Ill.

 

The comments appearing in this column are excerpted from readers' correspondence. Send your letter, complete mailing address, and credentials to: Letters Editor, Nursing2004, 323 Norristown Rd., Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002, or e-mail to nursing@lww.com. Please include your e-mail address and daytime telephone number.

Cheryl Mee's editorial, "Removing Nurses from the Menu" (June 2004), reminded me of my first mentor. When I began my career in nursing 14 years ago, I was told that I'd occasionally be the charge nurse on the evening shift-even though I'd been working as a nurse for only a few months.

Once I got over the shock, I was paired with a wonderful nurse named Frankie Blish. She helped me to understand the role of charge nurse and to fine-tune my organizational, clinical, and time-management skills. She reinforced what it means to be a professional and a leader. She also established a tradition that I strive to continue: to take care of each nurse I encounter to the best of my ability and to set her up for success.

These days, it's called mentoring or coaching. Back then, I saw it as being taken under the wing of an angel until I could learn to fly on my own. Thank you, Frankie.

-Angela D. Miley, RN,C

San Antonio, Tex.

I'd like to thank editor-in-chief Cheryl Mee for her use of "him" and "his" in her June editorial. I know we men are underrepresented, but seeing that small change in the wording made me feel accepted and valued as a nurse-to-be. Language can make a difference, and I applaud you for speaking to us, minority males, in your journal.

-John Gunser, Nursing Student

Freeport, Ill.

The comments appearing in this column are excerpted from readers' correspondence. Send your letter, complete mailing address, and credentials to: Letters Editor, Nursing2004, 323 Norristown Rd., Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002, or e-mail to nursing@lww.com. Please include your e-mail address and daytime telephone number.