The Nursing Network call series takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. Facilitated by Carol Geary, it features conversations to explore the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and other topics. All are welcome.
Nursing Network Call
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 1-2pm ET
Guest: Thomas Browning MA,RN-BC
From Thomas Browning:
I have served as a registered nurse since 1985. My clinical specialties have included Trauma, Neurology (Spinal Cord Injury), Rehabilitation, Medical-‐Surgical, Orthopedics, Consulting, and currently, Mental Health Nursing. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with service in Private Practice, and as a County Designated Mental Health Professional. I combine my professional education with the Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-‐body discipline I both study and teach.
In 2008, I resigned my inpatient psychiatry position from a large Seattle trauma center and created a one-‐year nursing sabbatical. Following many years of trauma exposure, including personal physical injury, I thought perhaps my career was concluded. I was done. I was depleted and exhausted. I had nothing left to give. It seemed all I had ever known was death, violence and hopelessness.
During that year of reflection I discovered my nursing practice was not a light switch I could turn on and off. I am a nurse and a healer. It is in my cells. I turned to my own healing with a depth and sincerity I had not previously known. I found my Light again, my purpose, and a renewed sense of vocation. I started to hear a calling to share my journey.
In 2009 I presented "Holding and Releasing Suffering (HRS), an eight-‐hour educational opportunity to Franciscan Health System. After over a year of meetings and promotion, FHS embraced the HRS program as a comprehensive wellness approach to manage care provider exposure to the trauma of witnessed suffering. I formed CareBalance (www.carebalance.org) in 2012 to further evolve the HRS work. HRS is the subject of a national media feature released in November 2012.
It is my intention to continue illuminating the unique wellness challenges found in clinical life and care providing. My foundational belief is that care providing can be a path toward greater wellness, rather than inevitable depletion. Wellness, in this context, is much broader than biometric testing and cardiovascular health; it is the lifelong development of emotional, psychological, somatic and spiritual aspects of being a healer and human being.