In 2018, Nursing educator Kristen Jones had a plan for research on compassion in nursing. The research had three phases, with the final phase being a digital story workshop with nurse educators. The teams from Lakehead University and from Storycenter/Nurstory facilitated a workshop for nine nurses who made stories reflecting on compassion in their practice and their lives.
For the past seven years, Nurstory has been working with first The Center for Medical Transport Research and now The Medevac Foundation to help crash and near-miss survivors figure out why nurses (and pilots and medics) often don't know what safety looks like.
Nurstory worked with UMass Amherst's College of Nursing to help nurses identify and capture how and why Health as a Human Right. We're continuing to work with UMass on the annual Seedworks Social Justice Symposium.
Perhaps we are made from the stories we carry. For forensic nurses, then, this is at times a harrowing place in which to live. The workshop helped participants process vicarious/secondary trauma and externalizing those narratives in digital stories.
The very first Nurstory workshop happened in 2008 with the University of Colorado Doctoral Program in Nursing. Known worldwide for its focus on caring and reflective practice, Sue Hagedorn and Vicki Erickson, both faculty at that time, brought together nursing faculty from the program for the workshops.