Hello Nightingales, Friends and Visitors!
Welcome to ‘Nursing Wit and Wisdom’! My name is Audrey Friedman. I have been a RN for over 36 years and have enjoyed a nursing career full of great education and amazing opportunities. I have met so many people… nurses, physicians, healthcare members and patients and their families that have been inspirational to me and changed my practice into a living, breathing, changing entity. I look back at my first year of nursing and can hardly believe the roads I have travelled and the opportunities and people I have had the great privilege of meeting.
During my career, I have had a number of roles including staff nurse, clinic nurse, preceptor, educator, clinical coordinator, orientation development, education council, case management, legal nurse consultant, speaker and mentor. In reality, I believe that all nurses are all parts of these roles in various times during your day and week, in addition to your career! Nursing has been very good to me, in ways that are more than just having a great job. I have grown in my personal journey in ways that have inspired my knowledge, learning, compassion, caring, spirituality and my own self care.
I want nurses to feel excited about their work. To feel empowered, connected and inspired when they make a difference in another persons’ life.
It is from my cumulative journey of experiences and learning, that I have designed this site for you. I have long had a bucket list of ideas to help connect with other nurses. In the past, I have created books, been a mentor and a speaker and sought ways to help nurses stay connected and inspired, right at the bedside.
This site is my labor of love and inspiration for all nurses, nursing students and nursing colleagues that seek to stay inspired, connected and excited about their work. Everyone has a bad day. Our work is consumed with body fluids, clinical challenges and people not at their best. But that is just a day, a moment. In our hearts, we have the opportunity to affect a persons life in great ways that start with understanding, connection and caring.
You do amazing work, Nightingales. And, if you haven’t heard it recently, you are amazing people.
Come join me in renewing our connection, commitment and inspiration for Nursing; reviewing clinical knowledge, enjoying fun clinical challenges and healing burnout!
I look forward to getting to know you!
Inspire And Be Inspired
Audrey Friedman RN, CLNC
The Florence Nightingale Award
Nursing Wit and Wisdom project was nominated for a Nightingale award in 2015.