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NPs Lighting the Way

Shooting Stars

by Candice Rettie PhD

It is midnight dark. Streaks of light race across the sky.  In mid-August, despite being a buffet for mosquitoes, I love to watch the Perseid meteor showers.  The first time I experienced the magic of a “falling star” I was 5 or 6.  I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that’s also my […]

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Nurse Practitioner’s Professional Identity

The Importance of Faculty, Mentors and Colleagues

by Candice Rettie PhD

Recently I’ve had numerous conversations where people ask about the experiences of nurse practitioners in education, postgraduate training, and practice.  Basically, who are they and what do they do? How are their experiences different from other health care professionals? I realized that the underlying theme was the professional identity of nurse practitioners. The process of […]

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Solar Eclipse and Enlightenment

Knowledge and Understanding Bridge Fear

by Candice Rettie PhD

Once again, the news has been filled with disturbing and distressing international and local reports of chaos, anger, and violence.  I struggle with understanding how our society perpetuates such profound disenfranchisement. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ve already figured out that my compensatory mechanisms are to focus on the wonders of nature; curiosity […]

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A Balanced Life

The Challenge of Modeling Wellness

by Candice Rettie PhD

Erene Stergiopoulos is an author, an educational researcher, a decade-long cancer patient and now a third-year medical student at the University of Toronto. She recently wrote about the cloak of superhuman invulnerability that is worn by many in the helping professions.  Erene expressed eloquently how experiencing life as a patient has informed her view of healthcare and had […]

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