The time has come for nurses to speak their minds to the public, sharing their stories and spilling their guts with forthright authenticity. Here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that moment has arrived, and this weekend will see six courageous nurses crafting stories and sharing them on stage with an appreciative and enthralled audience.
In October, I wrote a blog post about Nurses Speak, a groundbreaking opportunity for nurses to delve deep into their experiences and identities as nurses, emerging from that exploration with a story told on stage to an audience eager for those stories.
Well, that weekend is here, and I am one of six nurses who are being skillfully guided by facilitators Sally Fox and Mary Rives to craft stories that we will perform at the venerable Jean Cocteau Theater (owned by none other than the beloved "Game of Thrones" author, George R.R. Martin) in downtown Santa Fe on December 8th.
Nurses Speak In Your City or Town
Nurses deserve the opportunity to share their stories, and the public (and other nurses and healthcare professionals) deserve to hear them.
If you or your colleagues would like to bring such a rich and powerful opportunity to your city, town, or facility, contact Ms. Rives or Ms. Fox to discuss how to make that a reality.
To hear more about the vision of Nurses Speak and the gift that it offers to us nurses (and those who love and respect us), the following podcast will enlighten those curious about the process.
Nurses, All The World's A Stage
As William Shakespeare once said, "all the world's a stage". Nurses, seize that opportunity, using your personal and professional worlds as the stage for your own
sharing. Those around you want to hear what you have to say, and you
have the courage and richness of experience to speak the truth about
being a nurse.
For those of you who are not in New Mexico, I'm sorry that you won't be able to join us on Monday, December 8th at the Jean Cocteau for what will no doubt be an inspiring experience of nurses telling their stories. When the videos of the performances are edited and complete, I will do my best to share clips of those stories here on Digital Doorway.
Nurses, continue to speak out wherever and whenever you are. The venue doesn't matter, and the audience can simply be one person who wants to listen. Our voices matter, so leverage your experience and knowledge to communicate with others about who you are, what you do, and what being a nurse really means.