Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Publication Announcement: MEDSURG Nursing

When I worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester I had the amazing opportunity to work with a group of nurses and doctors who strove to create the best patient and workplace experience possible by creating a solid foundation of teamwork and communication. This month, MEDSURG Nursing published our article about this committee.

I'm so grateful to have worked with such a talented group of nurses and physicians. I have been so lucky in my nursing career to have the opportunity to work at such encouraging and supportive healthcare systems like the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Healthcare!

You can read the article here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Personal Essay Publication: American Journal of Nursing

I've always struggled with what to say to patients during critical moments. Here's the link to my personal essay about it, published this month by the American Journal of Nursing, titled "Am I Going to be Okay?"

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


"Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway" 
The Catcher in the Rye

Holden would be horrified by the blatant commercialism of it all. But I love my phony new shoes dedicated to my favorite book in high school. Well, still one of my favorites. 

“Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.” 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Literary Leggings

TRUTH: These are the coolest pants I will ever own.

(If you can't read them, its scenes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet")

My inner book nerd just exploded.

“Tis in my memory lock'd,

And you yourself shall keep the key of it.” 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Keep A Copy of "The Shining" in My Freezer

"Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters." - Stephen King

Last week I drove from Minnesota to California, and one of the highlights of my road trip was spending a night at the infamous Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind Stephen King's "The Shining." You can read about King's own visit here.

Although I am a fan of scary stories, I am pretty wimpy in real life, so I was a little nervous about attending the hotel's nightly ghost tour. But who can turn down an opportunity like that? Overall it was incredibly spooky and great fun. I won't spoil the details for those of you who plan on visiting someday.

I was also impressed and amused that the hotel had The Shining playing on a continuous loop on one of their tv channels. As a book nerd, getting to step into a literary giant like this was a dream (or nightmare, as King would probably prefer).

A storm was brewing right before the ghost tour!

Heeeeere's Dani!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"Sundowners" Publication Announcement

So excited to announce that my poem "Sundowners" was accepted for publication this morning!!! Looking forward to seeing it in print this October! 

This poem came to me in the middle of the night while I was working at the hospital, shortly after I'd visited my grandmother with dementia. I had been contemplating her journey  and how it was different from so many of my patients. I quickly wrote the poem down on a sticky note (I frequently "lose" poems if I don't put them to paper immediately, which has caused many puddles on my bathroom floor since most of my inspiration occurs in the shower!). I shoved the poem in my pocket and didn't think about it again until laundry day. When I found the sticky again, I typed it up and sent it off to a lit journal. 

It's rare for a poem to come to me "whole" like that, and I have to say it's an amazing experience. Especially since this past year I'd taken a long break from writing poetry in order to concentrate on a novel; it feels incredibly rewarding returning to a form of art that I am so passionate about!

My grandparents. My amazing grandfather now single-handedly takes care of my grandmother, who relies on him for everything. But to be fair, she took care of him long before that :)