Certified Nurses Day is March 19, the birthday of Margreta ‘Gretta' Madden Styles, who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing and was an accomplished advocate for nursing standards and certification. Styles spent more than two decades advancing nursing practice and regulation.
NCC recognizes the commitment and demonstrated expertise of the certified nurse. NCC has awarded more than 155,500 credentials to licensed health care professional in the obstetric, neonatal and women's health care specialties and currently there are over 95,000 NCC certified nurses.
Nurses are probably the foremost providers of care throughout the health care system. . . . Nurses certified in their clinical specialties serve as agents of change and advocates of best practice for the patients they serve.
What makes a Certified Nurse different?
Certified Nurses and Certified Advanced Practice Nurses. . .
• choose to seek out certification to demonstrate expertise, knowledge and commitment • have gone beyond licensure to validate their specialty knowledge through a rigorous national examination • are clinical experts - dedicated to providing quality, evidenced-based clinical care • are committed to life-long learning, patient advocacy and professional practice • reassess their specialty knowledge throughout their career as part of their commitment to continuing competency • maintain their specialty knowledge through specialized continuing education • meet and exceed nationally recognized standards of proficiency and professionalism
NCC recognizes this dedication and has created multiple public awareness campaigns that show how important the certified nurse is to the healthcare system.
Visit the NCC YouTube Channel to view and share these videos about certification and the certified nurse. Then order your FREE NCC Certification Awareness Kit, containing informational brochures, posters and postcards highlighting various NCC programs and resources
Last Week Allan V Cheesman told us of his adventures in becoming a writer. This week we meet his character, Logan Sanderson.
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
Answer: My name is Logan Sanderson. I’m a weapons specialist and a Master Sergeant in the US Army’s Delta Force, G-Squadron. I have a girlfriend named Gail Hinze, who is age 34. We’ve been together for about 5 years. My older brother, Mike Sanderson, is a Major and a fighter pilot in the US Air Force. I have a dog named Max and he is a Husky.
2. Tell us where and when were you born.
Answer: My brother and I were born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas. Mike was born October 2, 1987 and I was born June 18, 1991.
3. How would you describe yourself?
Answer: I’m 73 inches, 185 pounds, and I have black hair. I love to lift weights in my spare time, so I’m pretty buff. I’ve been told that I’m a no-nonsense senior enlisted leader, who has a great sense of humor (with limits) and that I’m very effective at eliminating threats when they arise.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
Answer: The greater San Antonio, Texas area. My brother and I graduated from the same high school. Mike went to the US Air Force Academy and I enlisted straight into the US Army.
5. How old are you?
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
Answer: I had a great childhood! Our father also served in the Army and retired as a Command Sergeant Major, so my family and I got to travel quite a bit. When the Army assigned him to Germany we really traveled. Italy is awesome! We also skied in the Alps. We lost Dad a few years ago. He lived a full life and was a great Soldier and Leader! Mom still lives in New Braunfels.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
Answer: I had a great relationship with my parents. They provided well for Mike and I. Dad was a true outdoorsman and took us hunting and fishing. His brother, my Uncle Jake lives in Austin and often went with us. My parents, Mike, and Uncle Jake were a huge influence on me. I had a few girlfriends in school, nothing serious though. Not like Mike and Sonya. Those two were quite the pair during high school and eventually married. I hope to have the love they have one day.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
Answer: I’m a Soldier! I’m a defender of freedom and liberty. I’m the one who keeps the wolf outside the door. And kills him on the battlefield. I live the Warrior Ethos and the Soldier’s Creed.
9. What are you obsessed with?
Answer: Right now, I’m obsessed with Gail and especially with my best bud, Max. I also like to play video games.
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
Answer: As a Soldier I have then highest integrity. I believe in doing what’s right, no matter how hard. I follow the rules and the chain of command, as long as the orders don’t cross the line of integrity or violate the rules of engagement. My team and I are very effective at taking out the bad guys.
11. Biggest fear?
Answer: Spiders! The only good spider is a dead one!
12. What line will you never cross?
Answer: I will never take the life of an innocent.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
Answers: My parents and enlisting into the Army. Life became really interesting when I joined Delta. The worst was losing my Dad! That was crushing!
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Answer: Well, there was this one time when I was a young Soldier that I had too much to drink and my buddies drew on my face with a permanent marker. I had one heck of a time explaining it to my First Sergeant. That’s all I’ll say about that.
15. Biggest secret?
Answer: I’m planning to finally pop the question to Gail. I’m going ring shopping soon. This will make Mom happy.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
Answer: Delta, as in Delta Force. Delta Force Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Force
17. What is your current goal?
Answer: To get my team and the civilian scientist embedded through this mission to what used to be California and back alive and unharmed. Whatever the hell that blue sphere that shielded our planet from the sun, crashed into the planet after saving it. When it did it took out the western half of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and everything west! We’re going in to see who and what survived. There’s no communication coming from there at all. When America needs us, Delta stands ready!
Oh, and the lead civilian scientist, Brandy Stanton is going to be trouble. She’s stubborn, headstrong, and well, yeah. Okay, are we done? I really appreciate your time. Wish us luck out there. I’ve a bad feeling about this mission! Take care!
I recently interviewed Cindy Tomamichel as an author and introduced a character related to her Book The Druid's Portal. In her recent blog she took on the task of explaining World Building. I sign up for many blogs. Whenever I see a pertinent article, I reblog it here!
Writing is quite a personal thing, with authors each having their own idiosyncrasies and quirks to help them imagine and get the words on the page. Books may start in a dream, but like anything worth doing, take days that may stretch into years to get into the hands of a reader.
World building will also vary depending on the writer. A writer may be an intense plotter, with character sketches and chapters planned out well before any writing happens. For many, the knowing of the plot in some detail helps them write faster, and with less chance of writing into a blind corner, where the plot fails due to some unforeseen event.
For plotters, there is a lot of advice in the form of character interviews, plot outlines, the development of the story arcs etc. In some ways it is all too easy to keep developing the story and plot without really getting to the actual writing of the story.
In the same way, world building from the outside in, or building the world first is quite similar. For fantasy, scifi and historical fiction, much research can be done via the internet, facebook groups and reading, as well as sparking your own imagination. The minute details of a world can be time consuming, and perhaps somewhat self-defeating if there is a whole lot of history or culture that is created, yet not used in the book.
Tolkien is a prime example of this, with pages of details on the world and history of middle earth. There would be many writers out there with a similar amount of detail on their worlds.
So nutting out fine details can be a good thing and also a bad thing. In terms of time, you can only pry so much out of the day, and in the end, getting a book finished is a very satisfying thing. Are those minute details really essential? Often readers will skip too much detailed description, or can imagine it themselves.
It makes for a slow read if there are pages of stuff about some war three hundred years ago. That’s nice, but you still made it up, so you really need to make people care about it as much as you do. As fantasy, scifi and historical are firmly based in a world, readers will accept and enjoy more detail than many genres, but you do risk making the pace glacial. With attentions spans supposed to be declining, the ability to get away with info dumps on the history of your world is fading.
A detailed world does have many good points however. JK Rowling used hints to past events, piquing audience curiosity and paving the way for spinoff books and movies. Reading a small detail in a book is a rare treat for some readers who cherish little nuggets of information about for instance the taste of chickweed in a Celtic salad, or how heavy a sodden woollen cloak feels, or the flavour of herbs in mead.
Devoted readers will want more and more detail, so you will be able to provide that! There is also the sense of security in writing from a point of complete familiarity with the world – you know the feel of the streets, the smell of the tavern or the layout of the controls in the rocket.
Remember Samuel Vimes in Terry Pratchett works, where his cheap cardboard soled shoes let him feel the ground, and identify the street by the types of paving? Not only is this a marvellous example of world building detail, it also pointed out social and economic issues, as well as personal memories, financial issues and the character of Vimes himself. A lot of things flower in that description, and one is never bogged down in the details that Pratchett would have had in his head.
The other type of writing and world building is from the inside out. This is where the plot and characters are foremost in the authors mind. This is possibly a technique favoured by writers who call themselves pantsters, in that they write without plans, letting the characters take them along for the ride.
Fast paced authors like Matthew Reilly skimp on the detail, preferring to use drawings and the reader’s imagination to flesh out the world. However the use of description is a popular tool for pacing, where a bit of detail can be used to slow the pace and let the reader catch their breath.
Michael Crichton balanced it well in novels like Jurassic Park and Timeline, where the world details where needed, but the action never really slowed, but punched through the scene description.
The finer details may be added in during the editing stage. This avoids any slowing down of the writing or distraction of the process of creation. Notes in another file, or *** markers and a note in brackets in the text will aid in later editing. The trouble with this may be that the imagination rides roughshod over facts, and this may cause problems later on.
As each writer is different, so too will the degrees of world building differ. A read of a science magazine may spark a story idea, or a vaguely remembered fact will send you delving into research. Some will need a lot of detail to start, others require very little. Others will write and research at the same time, using new research to create new plot twists or character quirks.
One final thing is worth mentioning. It is worth recording your research sources. Firstly so you can check your memory, but also to acknowledge references to avoid any plagiarism accusations. In these days of ready access to google, readers may easily check a fact, and an incorrect one can make one doubt the whole book. Yes it’s made up, but people do still get annoyed by obviously incorrect details, and they won’t hesitate to tell you so in reviews.
Today I'm presenting
1. Who are you as a person? (brief bio paragraph)
I’m a mother of six…yes, six kids so I’m pretty busy. Wife to a really cool guy. But mostly, I’m just a science fiction and fantasy geek who never stopped longing for those far off places. Our whole motley crew lives in southern California with our various reptiles.
2. How long have you been a writer?
Since I could read. I had so many stories going on in my noggin when I should have been taking notes in math. There has always been a constant scribbling of scenes from my head.
3. Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
I think I’m in the middle. I’m not with a big six publisher, but I didn’t self publish either. I’m with a small press so I guess either…neither?
4. What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
Loved Matheson and Asimov at a young age. I grew into Phillip K. Dick, Verne, and Poe in high school when I was introduced to those fantastic, dark tales in English class. I’ve never been the same.
5. What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
A steampunk thriller with a strong female lead who must team up with an elusive spy to find and stop a deadly device before it destroys the world.
6. What is the setting and genre?
The genre is steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction. So the setting is alternative history Victorian America with airships, strange devices, and a crumbling, dangerous world.
7. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
It would have to be the hero, Ashton Wells. He’s a spy, trained by a shadowy society since childhood, who ends up being torn between what he’s always known and what Charlotte is trying to do. He’s noble and ruthless and often those two traits are at war which makes him such an interesting, complicated guy.
8. What character is most like you?
I think I’m most like Sheriff Riley. He’s sarcastic and has a dark sense of humor that helped him to survive in the sky settlement of Outer City. I find that humor helps when wrangling my own rowdy bunch.
9. If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
I’ve been in many arguments over this with my brother. He goes for strength but I think if I could choose I would be a sorcerer. I think the idea of it being in my control and I could strengthen it with knowledge just appeals to me. Not as cool as like, steel bones, but I think it would be cool.
10. Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
I think that I would hope for people to understand that although so many things happened to Charlotte, she never collapsed under it. She rose, she got stronger, she kept going. I think its encouragement we could all use.
11. How are you marketing your book?
I’ve been doing interviews, both on blogs and via podcasts/blog radio, which are fun. I’ve also been doing giveaways
12. Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
The guy who wrote the Nutcracker and Mouse King, his name is ETA Hoffman. He was a writer and fanboyed over Mozart so bad he changed his middle name to Amadeus. But more importantly, he is the reason I saw the Nutcracker ballet when I was a little girl. That story, of a girl who goes on an adventure, who fights back, and is a trusted ally inspired me to write my first of many, many stories. It was a spark for me. I’d like to tell him thank you.
13. A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses. You want________________for your lead characters.
Uff…I am not sure I can even begin to settle on anyone. Especially for Charlotte who goes from sweet debutante to a force to be reckoned with as Lady Blackburn. Not sure who could do that.
14. What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
I actually made a playlist as I was writing. Songs that inspired me, like River by Bishop Briggs that helped with the mindset for writing a wild west boom town in the sky. Issues by Julia Michaels was great for those scenes with romantic tension or angst. But for air ship battles and daring escapes, definitely reached for my movie soundtracks. Writing to a sweeping orchestra has given me great results.
15. What Favorite foods
I have to say I am a giant corn nut fan. I mean that I am a fan of the giant, Inca corn nuts that Trader Joe’s just started carrying. And chocolate, preferably cake rather than candy.
16. What makes you laugh/cry? I am a big sucker for lame science jokes and puns. Also any kind of humor in which there is miscommunication. No idea why. Also, anything with soldiers makes me do either. As a military brat, I was raised in that community with both the pride of duty and the pain of loss.
17. What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Think of me as living in the hearts of those I touched. For nothing loved is ever lost and I have loved so much.
18. Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I am a stargazer. I love astronomy and have star parties or meteor shower viewings. I even do alien and space themed party food. In fact, I ordered my solar viewing glasses six months before it happened. Thant kind of space geek. I love reading and cooking. I try to garden, but I think I’m doing it wrong.
19. What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Huge Supernatural fan. Like, I quote them in everyday life, kind of fan. I also love cop dramas and documentaries. As for movies you might have guessed that I might like Star Wars, but I love pretty much any thrilling type of movie. Espionage thrillers, disaster movies, and dark gothic films are my favorite. I also love a good romcom though. Gotta have the feels every once in a while.
20. If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I think I would have loved to be a detective. I love solving puzzles and I think a job like that has a lot of purpose. Either that or astronaut!
21. What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a gunpowder fantasy set in the Civil War. Its so fun to research relics and magic symbols and military formations. Dark with lots of action is definitely my cup of tea.
22. What future plans do you have in writing?
I always have a couple of series jangling around in my head. I want to do a space series. Not sure if I want it on the hard science fiction side or not, but I love the science behind it. Maybe something a little more haunting like a gothic romance with ghosts. I’ll have to see what happens.
23. What links or website do you have? List them below.
RaquelByrnes.com (Author site)
Blackburn Chronicles Book Site (Has free novellas so I would prefer this to be on top or highlighted or
@raquelbyrnes Danger, Love, and Mystery Blog
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