Excuse me if I am a bit rusty but I simply have not had time to “Blog”. It makes one wonder how people who blog all the time ever have much time, to put into action what they are blogging about. Certainly spending time with clients and families eats into “blogging time”. Blogging about clients or experiences is a slippery slope as I am conscious of the fact that every client is different and also conscious that information can be misunderstood and misconstrued. Blogging that consists of regurgitating other peoples words and information is another reason that I take the “less is more approach”. I’ve seen my words and work passed off as someone else’s before and hope to avoid that experience going forward. Some people think anything goes in “business” and will take any opportunity to make a sale, close a deal, to make money! Nurses tend to have a different set of values and a commitment to doing what is right for an individual (s), not what is right for the bottom line. Too often nurses that are self-employed (in Canada) are treated as though they are somehow no longer a “real” nurse when in fact many of us are doing what we do because of our commitment to quality care! Others pass judgement on being “for profit”. Nurses in Independent Practice do a lot of work for which they are not compensated. All members of the health care team are “for profit” as they all get paid. The only difference is that clients choose to pay Nurses in Independent Practice. Most recently a group of Nurses in Independent Practice have started to get together here in Ottawa. It is really wonderful to meet with such a skilled and caring group of people who want to improve the health care experience. Together we will share information, support one another, network and reach out to the community, who knows we might even start a Blog!