I am Glenda Christiaens, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing (clinical) at the University of Utah. I am the former Dean of Nursing at Fortis College in Salt Lake City. I am a Registered Nurse with an advanced certification in Holistic Nursing and a past president of the American Holistic Nurses Association. I have 20 years experience as a nurse educator. I am the former host of the Glenda the Good Nurse radio talk show, and have been a public speaker covering such topics as stress management, integrative healing and positive thinking.
In July 2014 I was diagnosed with a benign meningioma (tumor) behind my left eye. I hadn’t blogged for several months due to my hectic work schedule, but I decided that I would blog about this experience, just in case it might interest anyone, and as a way to journal about my journey. And I guess this will put my positive thinking and stress management expertise to the test. My main approach to life is to think positively and live in the present moment. I am thankful to have this experience come into my life as a way to encourage my growth and learning. So… let’s see what happens!
In March 2015 , just as I was getting better from brain surgery, my husband Steve was diagnosed with metastatic bladder cancer. My blog focused more on this new experience. Sadly, my husband passed away on Christmas Eve 2015, 9 months after diagnosis. So once again the focus of my blog has changed. Now I will blog about adjusting to life without my husband, and also about learning to live with less than optimal health after brain surgery. Until something else happens…
Courage grows by moving forward. Fear grows by holding back
Study in De-Stressing: .Helping Nursing Students to Better Cope and Manage Their Overall Stress. Check out the article In ANA’s American Nurse magazine, where Glenda the Good Nurse is quoted on page 11.
In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective. -Dalai Lama