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Seeing Nursing with Beginner’s Eyes

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In the Zen tradition, teachers recognize the importance of seeing and hearing again for the first time, what in Zen Buddhism is called Shoshin (初心) or “beginner’s mind.”

The value applies to all of us, especially those considering nursing as a profession. A few weeks back, this blog looked at “nursing myths.” Major healthcare organizations around the country have begun to speak to the public perception or misperception of the profession.

In last week’s post, we shared Johnson and Johnson’s video profile of Mary, a public health nurse from Connecticut who serves as a project director for a regional mobile field hospital program. Today, we’d like to share a video from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation that seeks to “shatter nursing stereotypes.”

As you consider the breadth of career options in nursing, know that continuing to advance often requires both a mix of academic (RN to BSN as one stepping stone) and on-the-job credentials.


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