Back in February, a call went out on Twitter to share poems as part of something called #poeticnursingheart. I’m not a nurse, but I work closely with students and staff from nursing and other health professions. My role is as a librarian supporting the Health and Wellbeing programmes at the Medway campus. This idea of the Poetic Nursing Heart appealed to me both personally and professionally.
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I want to paint a picture and it’s going to be messy. Paint card, sticky back plastic, feathers and thoughts are going to fly. I know that it should be in a linear process to aid the reader but Tough luck. You are going to have to come on my journey and spend a little moment inside a creative construct that has multiple irrelevant associations and dizzying tangents.
Cath, a student nurse at Canterbury Christ Church University, discusses how involvement with #poeticnursingheart inspired her to reach out and make connections with nursing professionals across the globe.
Phil, a member of the Learning & Teaching Enhancement team at the University, explores the relationship between the poetic nursing heart, the University Learning and Teaching strategy and the Principles of Partnership Working.
Tom describes how new technologies helped bring some of the poems to life at the symposia, and invites you to play along….
Catherine, a first year student, reflects on the powerful experience of being involved with #poeticnursingheart
Nicole reflects on how she became involved in the #poeticnursingheart and how the symposia had a deep effect on both staff and students.
Tom explores the often fragile nature of new ideas and concepts and how the #poeticnursingheart grew organically from the shared needs of students and staff
In the first of a new series of blogs, Tom explores concepts around creativity and the creative process and how the #poeticnursingheart took shape.
So this is it…after a year and a half I am saying goodbye to Partners in Learning. I’m feeling a mix of emotions, relief that my perfectionist mind can have a break over the summer, sadness as I am leaving an office with the kindest colleagues I have ever had the experience of working with, excitement for my future and whatever the heck it holds for me from here, and a sense of nostalgia, reminiscing on happy memories from my time with PiL.