Dec 28 2012
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YOUR Favorite Blog Posts of 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Blog published more than 350 posts in 2012. Which ones were your favorites? Today and on Monday, with the year coming to an end, we’re taking a second look at the posts on this blog that attracted the most traffic this year.

A Dream Comes True: A Single Mom with Five Kids Becomes a Nurse. Christy O’Keefe, RN, made the leap from hospital administrative staff to emergency room nurse with help from the RWJF Jobs to Careers program. In the sixth most-read post published on this blog in 2012, she shares the experience, talking about overcoming doubt and what her career means to her and her family.

New Careers in Nursing: A Whole New Direction. Karen Jennings, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, was well on her way to earning a PhD in clinical psychology. But while working at McLean Hospital, she noticed the impact nurses had on patients, providing medical knowledge and advanced clinical skills as well as comfort and security. It was then that Jennings changed course, becoming a nurse with support from New Careers in Nursing, a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Her account was the seventh most-read post published on the RWJF Human Capital Blog in 2012.

Nursing Needs All Hands on Deck, Including the Quiet Leadership of Introverts. When Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN, joined the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program, she wondered and worried about whether an introvert could be the kind of effective nurse leader that patients, the health care system and the country need. After reading and pondering, she concluded that “introverted leadership” is not a contradiction in terms. Read more in the eighth most-read post on this blog in 2012.

In Aurora, A Massacre Becomes a Miracle, and Then Patients Help Doctors Heal. RWJF Clinical Scholar alumna Comilla Sasson, MD, MS, FACEP, was one of just two attending physicians on duty in the emergency department at the University of Colorado the night a gunman walked into a nearby movie theater and began shooting. By morning, all 22 of the patients who arrived at that hospital with a pulse had survived. Read Sasson’s harrowing account, and her journey from grief to recovery.

The Loneliness of Caregiving. This post by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Laurie Theeke, PhD, RN, published only a few weeks ago and still generating traffic, was the tenth most-read piece published on this blog in 2012. It looks at the sacrifices caregivers make, the conflicts they experience, and the loneliness that often results.

Check here on Monday, December 31, 2012, for the top five most-read posts on the Human Capital Blog in 2012.

Tags: Clinical Scholars, Family and Social Support, Jobs to Careers, New Careers in Nursing, Nurse Faculty Scholars