Hello everyone, I just completed the Conversation Leader training and very excited in taking what feels like a new state of liberation into many of my conversations. I live in Western NC and also Washington, DC. My background is I am a wife, mother of two grown wonderful daughters, 4 beautiful and of course very bright grandchildren, a daughter of an elderly mother and a brother. As far as my career endeavors, I am a nurse since what feels like since birth. I have worked in the military as an aero-medical evacuation nurse and staffer for the Joint Chief of Staff Surgeon, retired in 2010 after 26 years. I have also worked in the civilian and VA sector in ICU, Emergency care, home care, administration, risk management. In those years and during educational experiences I came up against economic issues related to care and just being able to do the job I was hired to do and that my patients deserved. This only led and still does to frustration and concern for our healthcare system. A fragmented system that is not really a system.
As the Caring Economy model found its way to me I was just so excited that I resonated with something that had economics in it's phrase. Now I know why during the two semesters of economics I took for my masters degree that I felt something was missing and I just could not get all of that supply and demand thing... I could think of some many variables that were not being considered. Variables that pointed to the real status of well-being of individuals, families, communities and organizations.
So, yes, I now feel I have been liberated to a degree. I have been able to successfully (I think) engage in a new conversation that for me has real meaning to the well-being of individuals, individuals that make up the real wealth of a nation. I am looking forward to supporting Riane's wonderful work along with exploring the work of others in emerging humanistic economic models.
Looking forward to interacting with this community.