Rula Al Safar

Inspiration for Activism

  • Advocates for medical neutrality
  • Stood up to injustice in Bahrain during the Arab Spring in 2011 & put her life on the line to treat injured protesters.
  • Jailed & held for 5 months in a Bahranian prison where she was tortured.
  • President of the Bahraini Nursing Society

More information here and here

Think Tank is reaching capacity!

This is one of those situations that brings great joy and great sadness at the same time!  We are almost to our capacity of 50 nurses who are planning, or hoping to participate in the Nursing Activism Think Tank in July, and once we reach that number we will have to start a waiting list.  The great joy is that so many nurses are coming forward to declare that activism in nursing is alive and well – just knowing that this is true is an inspiration!  The great sadness is that our capacity is limited for a face-to-face gathering such as this.

We will continue to encourage people to complete the interest form and will let people know the status of your “place” on the list.  All confirmations will be finalized by May 1st.

We will continue to explore ways to support nursing activism – it may be possible to organize other similar face-to-face gatherings.  In fact we hope by organizing this gathering we inspire others to do the same!  If you are interested in doing something similar in the future, let us know – we will do what we can to support what you envision!  We will also share, on this website, what we learn from the July Think Tank!  So stay tuned!

Nurses who inspire our activism!

Leading up to our July 30-31 Nursing Activism Think Tank, we are planning a series of blog posts featuring nurse activists – historical or contemporary figures, some well-known and others not so well-known, whose record of activism serves as inspiration for all of us going forward.  You can be part of this project, whether you attend the July gathering or not!  Please send us the details using our online form, and we will make sure to post this information as part of this series!

Watch for the first post in the series on Wednesday February 14th!

If you missed the post about the gathering in July, you can always find the link in the “Blog Home” submenu, and in the right sidebar on any page on this site, along with other pages and forms related to this event!

Power of Words

Recently a blog post appeared on the American Journal of Nursing’s blog “Off the Charts” by Juliana Paradisi titled “Comforting Our Patients: The Importance of Well-Chosen Words.”  Her message is right on track, and deserves not only reading, but reflecting on the many ways that the words we use – both personally and professionally – profoundly effect every aspect of our lives.

One of the most important messages in Paradisi’s post is the importance of practice – something that also appears my work with Maeona Kramer on the development of aesthetic knowing (see chapter 6 in the 10th Edition).  There we call this “rehearsal” and describe how important it is for nurses to envision and rehearse both the words and movements that form aesthetic nursing practice. One way to do this is the share a story recounting what happened in a particular situation – particularly a situation that did not go so well.  Then imagine different ways the scenario might have played out, discussing alternative story lines and endings and rehearsing them with your peers.

The importance of words also comes into play in “peace and power” processes, particularly the process of critical reflection – a process that emphasizes not only what we say but how we say it. Critical reflection also requires practice – practice that can happen in real time, in every day situations once you mentally prepare to do it!  You use critical reflection to let people around you know that you are having second thoughts, or ideas about a situation, and when something happens that brings forth negative feelings and conflict.  Here is how you present your reflection:

  • I feel … focus on your own feelings without blaming others
  • When (or about) … describe factually what happened when your feelings came to the surface.
  • I want .. describe what you envision happening next, even if it seems impossible to happen.
  • Because … name the value that you share with those around you – your shared hopes, intentions, desires.

Those of us who have practiced this kind of reflection and have used it for even the most simple of challenges (someone leaves a mess around the house, someone is always late, etc.) knows the power of using words in this way!

I welcome other ideas and thoughts – even sharing your ideas here is a way to practice!  In this time when words that harm are used so freely and publicly, I believe that as nurses we can change the world – by simply learning and practicing how to use our words to heal, to comfort, the bring about peace!

Peace & Power Website – Updated and Expanded!

I am delighted to announce major expansions on the Peace & Power website!  In addition to updates of the content on the web, there is a new sidebar featuring links to PDF files of the “2018 Handbook” – a condensed version of the essential content that groups need to candle1consider as they implement Peace & Power ideals!  The full Handbook is available in addition to each of the chapters, so you can select just what you need and want! The Table of Contents of the new Handbook is shown below.  The handbook does not include the many examples and stories in the 8th edition, but many of these are on the website as sub-menus on selected pages.

I welcome contributions to the Peace & Power blog at any time!  Contact me to share your stories, ideas and questions – I promise I will respond!

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