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Christmas Letter & My Year 2017

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Marilyn Ray's Blog | Comments Off on Christmas Letter & My Year 2017

Dear Friends,

This is my annual Christmas letter in which I can bring you up to date on many of my activities throughout 2017. I am hoping that you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas holiday and are looking forward to the new year. I know we all have busy lives and Christmas reminds us of all the blessings, graces and challenges that we have received during this year. I am posting this as a blog on my website too for all my students and faculty friends.

My year has been busy—wonderful in the sense of continuing my affiliation with Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing. I primarily contribute to nursing/caring education in the PhD program and our Doctor of Nursing Practice program. I will continue on at the university for as long as I have my health. I, with 6 other editors completed the book, Handbook for Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm. It is a comprehensive study of caring science and will be published in 2018 by Springer Publishing Company.

After returning last year from Montreal where I spent the holidays with my sister, Pat and family, this year, I continued to do a lot of travelling, visiting and presenting in many parts of the world. Last January, I spent vacation time in the beautiful Asheville, NC with Nancey France and her husband Bill and friends. I presented at the National Academies of Practice conference in Philadelphia with my colleague, Colonel Marcia Potter from the US Air Force on the development of a Person-Centered Caring Interprofessional Practice Model using my Theory of Bureaucratic Caring as the structural framework (very exciting for me). We have been working on this development for over a year now and it will be implemented by means of policy initiated by the newly appointed Surgeon General of the USAF, Lt. General Dorothy Hogg (the first nurse in the AF to hold this position). I went to Barcelona (before the terrorist attack) to the International Council of Nurses conferences. Over 8500 nurses from around the world were there. My colleague Dr. Jo Wu from Australia and I presented a paper on technological caring and ethics. It is the first time in my career that I had been to the ICN conference. Following that conference, I went immediately to Edmonton, Alberta to the Caring Conference and presented on my theory.

Over the summer, I had a great vacation with my sister Mary. Ken and family, my sister Loretta in Burlington, Ontario, and my brother, Michael in Windsor, Ontario. Mary is continuing in remission from lymphoma. We are all so grateful to God for this recovery. Mike was happy to see me—I took the train from Burlington which was fun. I love trains. I am sorry that I didn’t get to see my sister, Cathy and family. I did get to visit with my friends, Mary Cino and Ann Brodie. Then in August, on Jim’s side of the family, my grandniece, Toni married her beloved Josh in Salt Lake City with a grand celebration. I visited with my PhD classmate and author, Dr. Janice Morse. In August too, we went on a family cruise to the Caribbean, luckily going before we had the terrible Hurricane Irma that devastated many of the islands and parts of Florida.

Well, I have to say that if my beginning 8 months of 2017 was busy, the last four months were really busy. I received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alumni Association, my Alma Mater, the University of Colorado College of Nursing in September. It was a great honor. I enjoyed seeing friends in the Denver area where I lived for many years with my dear late husband, Jim.

I went on a trip to South Africa, in September, first in Cape Town where I taught at Western Cape College of Nursing sharing knowledge of transcultural nursing and caring, then toured around the beautiful city, Table Mountain, and Cape of Good Hope, the rocky promontory at the southern end of the Cape peninsula. We saw many animals (baboons, monkeys, elephants, birds) who delighted us with their unique personalities. We continued the tour to Port Elizabeth learning about the culture and cultural diversity, especially post-apartheid. In Johannesburg, I met with a faculty from the University of South Africa and her colleague a military officer and nurse from the South African Military. It was so inspiring since their interest is also caring science. Our group flew to Kruger National Park where we went on a 3 1/2-day safari in Kapama Game Reserve seeing the big 5 animals (lions, leopards, rhinos, hippos, African buffalo), plus many others, like Zebras, giraffes and jackals, wildebeests, and reedbucks in the bush. It was a challenging experience for me because I was scared at first; we did not have plexi-glass on our vehicle and we were very close to the animals of the wild, especially lions. But all was safe. I loved the giraffes and elephants. We also went to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Having lived close to Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls were beautiful but to me, not as spectacular as Niagara Falls. After my South African visit, I presented caring science, transcultural nursing, and Theory of Bureaucratic Caring in New Orleans, and Washington, DC and to the European Society for Person-centered Healthcare (ESPCH) in London. My sister Pat went with me and we stayed at the historic, parliamentary St. Ermins Hotel. We celebrated the Wall of Honor event for Sir Jonathan Asbridge, the first male nurse graduate of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and President of the European Society at the Florence Nightingale Museum. It was such a special experience. Sir Jonathan’s whole family was there, including my nurse friends, Dr. Colleen Maykut from Edmonton and Dr. Tina South from London, and Lucy Hawkins, the daughter of the famous physicist, Stephen. The ESPCH conference was at Westminster Cathedral—a beautiful venue. We also enjoyed visiting Greenwich with my friends, the boat ride on the Thames, a visit to the Greenwich “mean time” park, the market, had fish and chips and Guinness at an old pub. I fell on a crooked street while in London and still nursing (with physio therapy help) my left leg and right shoulder injury.

In November, I went on an inspiring pilgrimage to Italy with my “God daughter”, Kelly Wahlquist, the founder of Women in the New Evangelization (WINE), and Teresa Tomeo, radio and EWTN TV personality —almost the same venue as last year–visiting the shrines and cathedrals of women saints from Assisi to Rome. Forty-three wonderful and holy women were on the tour. We were privileged to visit Mother Saint Teresa’s convent where she prayed, lived, cared for the sick, and died. We, of course, enjoyed touring the Vatican with Dr. Elizabeth Lev, a famous Vatican and Rome historian. We also learned how to make Italian pizza with real chefs and ate what we made. It was fun amidst the spiritual atmosphere. The pilgrimage was a fitting way to prepare for Advent and the birth of Our Lord. I am staying home for a few months now and look forward to celebrating Christmas with my friends, Carolyn and Tom Brown and family.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.

Love, Marilyn

2017 Blog Update, Happy New Year!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Marilyn Ray's Blog | Comments Off on 2017 Blog Update, Happy New Year!

February 2017

It has been a long time since I have written to all of you who are interested in me and read my work on my website. I hope that you all had a very blessed and successful 2016. I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day, 2017.

I have had a busy 2016. I am continuing on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, in Boca Raton, Florida guiding some PhD students in caring science, guest teaching on transcultural caring, giving the Convocation address, and also presenting at different venues in the United States and other countries. I appreciate my faculty friends and enjoy our friendship and the scholarly and friendly activities in which we participate.

In November, I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the Universities of Aalborg and Arhus, Denmark, and at Diakonova University in Oslo, Norway. I had the opportunity to visit with my good friends and scholars and their families, Dr. Charlotte Delmar from Denmark and Dr. Mary Kalfoss from Norway. It was a special experience for me since the scholars of the Scandinavia also advanced “caring” in Nordic countries and in many parts of Europe and North America.

My Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care, 2nd edition was published in 2016 by F. A. Davis Company. It has an expanded cultural theory (Ray’s Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care theory), and addressed religious/spiritual, ethical, infectious disease, geopolitical perspectives with additional chapters from scholars in Africa, Japan, Denmark, the Philippines, Thailand, Haiti, Muslim religion in the United States, the United Nations and the recognition of the universality of caring by my colleague, Marian Turkel.

More on the scholarly front: My Theory of Bureaucratic Caring (BCT) is being used extensively in universities and practice for theory guided education, research, administration, and practice. One area that I am so overjoyed to learn about and offer consultation is that the BCT is being used as the structural framework for the new United States Air Force (USAF), Medical Service Interdisciplinary Professional Practice Model, the primary care model, and the new Spiritual Caring model under the direction of Major General Dorothy Hogg, USAF Chief of Nursing, and the leadership of Colonel (Dr.) Marcia Potter, USAF, Nurse Corps. We will be presenting these new initiatives in 2017 at the National Academies of Practice Forum (PA), the Society for Applied Anthropology conference (NM), and military venues. I will also be updating the chapter on The Theory of Bureaucratic Caring in the 4th edition of the Liehr and Smith book, Middle Range Theory for Nursing in 2017. I will be addressing the interrelationship between middle range theory (theories that address issues in healthcare and nursing practice) and universal theory (caring as a universal dimension in the world)—the holographic perspective.

The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) conference in Boston last year was a time when the Rogerian Society and the IAHC scholars came together to address how Unitary Science and Caring Science come together to address the philosophical, epistemological, aesthetic and praxis dimensions of theory development and dissemination. Also, as a member of the Theory Guided Practice Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing, we are addressing how caring theory is being adopted and disseminated to improve education, practice, research, administration and policy in nursing and healthcare. As the primary policy group of nurses in the United States, we are supporting policies that have been established to improve healthcare for people in the United States and around the world by addressing the right to healthcare, equal access to care and comprehensibility of health care and its dissemination, especially by professional nurses. William Rosa and Drs. Watson, Horton-Deutsch, Smith, Turkel, and I with Grissel Hernandez, as editors of many chapters by other authors are working on a new book, The Handbook of Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm which we hope will be published by Springer early in 2018.

In London, at the University of London, UK in September 2016, I received a prestigious tribute, the Honorary Distinguished Fellowship of the European Society for Person-Centered Healthcare (ESPCH) for excellence in person-centered healthcare. My sister, Pat went with me and we had such an exhilarating time with the leaders of the ESPCH, Sir Jonathan Asbridge, Dr. Andrew Miles and the other board members. We enjoyed seeing the sights of London, including the state rooms and garden of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth’s, Buckingham Palace, high tea, the Florence Nightingale Museum and St. Thomas Hospital, the Churchill War Rooms and also attended a Latin Mass with Dr. Miles at the famous Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge, London.

Also, in 2017, I have received other awards, the Life Time Achievement award from Marquis, Who’s Who for many years in Who’s Who in America, Human Services Professionals, Nursing, Medicine and Healthcare, American Women, the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World. I also received the Humanitarian Award from Who’s Who for my service to the United States Air Force. All this recognition certainly fosters humility and gratitude in me for the many years that I have been able to serve my profession.

In April, 2016, I visited Brazil for the wedding of my friends’ son, Daniel de Botelho and his bride, Rafaela in San Carlos. What a beautiful wedding and venue—their Chapel of the Angels and also the “second” ceremony at their plantation where coffee used to be harvested. I also had the privilege of visiting Father Dan McLaughlin, a Maryknoll missionary in Perus, near Sao Paulo, who married my late husband, Jim and me in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1979. Father serves the poorest of the poor in Brazil and has been there for over 30 years. So there was quite a contrast between the wedding venue and Perus—experiencing two cultures and ways of being and living. In April, I visited friends in Minneapolis, MN, and attended the confirmation of my first and only Godson, Steven Barnier. (He is interested in attending the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs for his college and commission into the USAF.) I was so happy to see the Joan and Fran Hanson and Barnier families (his grandparents). The Hansons are my good friends and encouraged me during my doctoral student years in Salt Lake City.

I attended a pilgrimage to Italy in June with the Women in the New Evangelization group under the directorship of my adopted “Goddaughter,” Kelly Wahlquist. It was a special spiritual experience with 28 women visiting all the women’s shrines/monasteries of old from Rome to Assisi. We had on board, Teresa Tomeo from EWTN, an archaeologist as our tour director, and Joan Lewis, EWTN reporter on Vatican news, and Dr. Liz Lev, a scholar of Vatican and Church art while we were in Rome. As a spiritual and scholarly experience, we culminated the Pilgrimage carrying our cross through the Holy Door of Mercy of St. Peter’s Basilica and had a visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum. We also attended a special Mass said for us.

I was fortunate to visit with my family many times during 2016. My sister, Mary who has been suffering from Lymphoma had some treatments during the year but toward the end of 2016, she has been in remission. She has gained strength and has been doing so well, speaking at church and enjoying her book club and visiting her friends and our family for different activities, such as, the baptism of our grandnephew with a mini family reunion in Toronto. I also visited in Montreal with my sister Pat and her husband, Doug for the Christmas season. We had such a wonderful time enjoying a white Christmas with her children and grandchildren and also enjoying the sites of the famous St. Joseph Oratory—seeing the many Christmas crèches from around the world, “old” Montreal, the market, and going to a party or having one, and also, attending the Nutcracker Ballet at Place des Art.

Other highlights: I sold my family villa in Boca Raton, FL in May 2016. My family were going to other places for vacation so it was time to let go of the lovely little place in Mizner Pointe. Also, I attended the wedding of my good friend, Colonel (Ret.) (Dr.) Mona Pearl to Charlie Treyball, in Maine. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful sights and changing leaf colors of Maine in the fall. I especially enjoyed seeing my friends from California—the “California girls” as we call ourselves. Charlie is ill now suffering from cancer and receiving treatment at Dana Faber in Boston. I wish him and Mona many good wishes and love.

My life is very rich with both profound academic and personal experiences. I appreciate my health and thank God everyday so that I can accomplish as much as I do on a daily and yearly basis. I am open to your thoughts and ideas about my Theory of Bureaucratic Caring and my Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Healthcare Theory. In nursing, we are committed to theory guided research and practice (praxis) and given the guidelines from the Magnet organization for excellence in nursing and healthcare organizations, theories or conceptual frameworks are mandated. Those of us who are committed to caring science appreciate when caring theories are selected to guide practice in complex healthcare organizations. The IAHC conference on love and compassion is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada this May-June, 2017. I hope to see you there. We will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the nation of Canada too.

Love and many blessings,

Marilyn Dee Ray

Dr. Marilyn Ray Awarded Honorary Distinguished Fellow of the European Society for Person Centered Health Care (ESPCH)

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Marilyn Ray's Blog | Comments Off on Dr. Marilyn Ray Awarded Honorary Distinguished Fellow of the European Society for Person Centered Health Care (ESPCH)

On September 29, 2016 at the St. George’s Hospital, University of London, London, UK, Dr. Marilyn “Dee” Ray was awarded the Honorary Distinguished Fellow of the European Society for Person Centered Health Care (ESPCH)

Happy New Year!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Marilyn Ray's Blog | Comments Off on Happy New Year!

Here is it the last month of the year, 2014. How quickly the time has gone by. I am delighted to share ideas with you as you have with me over this past year. This is my first blog!

First of all, I would like to take this time to say thank you to everyone who visits my website. It truly is gratifying that so many students, faculty, and friends are interested in me, my theory of Bureaucratic Caring, and my commitment to caring science, transcultural caring and complexity science/s in nursing. My talented webmaster, Brandon Ernst, told me that over the past three months, I had 1200 hits on the website. For someone like me who is not too technologically savvy with websites, I am overjoyed. I am overjoyed because there is something in my work that is “speaking to” you as scholars. I will welcome any questions that you may have.

This past year, I was happy to continue my faculty role, though Professor Emeritus, as adjunct at Florida Atlantic University, The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, Florida. Most of the year, I have been mentoring graduate students, and serving on the PhD Committee as well as serving on an individual Comprehensive Committee of one of the PhD students. I have done some guest teaching at FAU. I also have contributed to teaching the Theory of Bureaucratic Caring at Grandview University in Des Moines, Iowa, and via Skype at the University of Kobe, in Japan, and via Adobe Connect at the Universidad El Bosque in Bogota, Columbia where they also were connected with students in Ecuador and Spain. That is always a great privilege to speak or teach in one’s own language, English, to students in other nations–the ones who are doing the translating! I did try to say a few words in Spanish though. My colleague, Dr. Marian Turkel and I have a consulting project with students and faculty from the University of Minho at the Portuguese Public Hospital (Hospital de Braga), Braga, Portugal. Our colleagues are using Marian’s and my Patient and Professional Questionnaires and have translated them into Portuguese (Please see a copy of them on my website). Also, Dr. Gayle Casterline of the Watson Caring Science Institute used the questionnaires to study professional caring in a large hospital system in North Carolina. We are delighted that colleagues are carrying on building the scholarship of caring science in complex health care cultures/ organizations.

In May, 2014, the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) (of which I am a Board Member, www.humancaring.org) and Kobe University in Japan with leaders, Dr. Marian Turkel, Drs. Naohiro Hohashi and Junko Honda conducted the 35th international conference of the (IAHC) in Kyoto, Japan on the Universality of Caring. We first had a short Special Interest Group on Transcultural Nursing and Caring meeting on the theme, Transcultural Nursing, East and West. Many papers were presented by Japanese colleagues from different universities and the Japanese Society of Cultural Studies. I was privileged to be a keynote speaker. The late Dr. Madeleine Leininger, the founder of transcultural nursing, and human caring was honored and a tribute was given by Dr. Jean Watson and me. The Universality of Caring papers were presented over 2 1/2 days and were so interesting and culturally broad-ranging from caring science, public health and family nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing, technological caring, nursing education, gerontological nursing, comparative analysis of diverse cultures and religions, immigration and so forth from scholars from many parts of the world. The Asian countries were well represented and there were many from North America and Europe. There was a total of almost 800 participants. It was a very successful conference. Dr. Naohiro Hohashi was named a Transcultural Nursing Scholar at the Transcultural Nursing Society Conference in Charleston, SC in October. At this particular conference, Dr. Beverly Horn and I presented on the 40 year evolution of the Transcultural Nursing Society. Imagine, this society is 40 years old and we still have a way to go to integrate transcultural nursing content in nursing curricula.

In 2014, I keynoted the Society for Clinical Nurse Educators Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in October dedicated to reigniting the role of the clinical nurses specialist in nursing. (I had a chance to see my nephew, Tom, and my friends, Lynne and Jack who live there.) I did attend the American Academy of Nursing Conference in October of which I am a member having been inducted as a Fellow in 2013. At this meeting, there was a committed effort for nurse leaders to be more involved in healthcare policy development, nationally and internationally.

Over 2014, I have been working on the 2nd edition of my, Transcultural caring dynamics in nursing and healthcare book which will be primarily an ebook published again by F. A. Davis Company. There is the inclusion of more chapters (Thai, Filipino, Sub Saharan Africa and the Ebola crisis, Japan and even photographs) this time. My Theory of Bureaucratic Caring has been translated and published in the Journal of Health Care in Japan (Volume 55(12)), in Alligood’s 8th edition of Nursing theorists and their work (written by S. Coffman), and in the forthcoming 4th edition of the book by Parker and Smith, Nursing theories and nursing practice. Dr. Mary Brigid Martin and I just completed our chapter for the McFarland and Wehbe-Alamah, Transcultural Nursing book (3rd ed.) called, “Enhancing the role of the transcultural nurse in the global environment” (related to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations and Leininger’s theory). Dr. Marian Turkel and I were delighted to have our article, “Caring as emancipatory nursing praxis: The theory of Relational Caring Complexity” published in Advances in Nursing Science, 57(2), 132-146. It is a transtheoetical treatise on the Theory of Bureaucratic Caring, Relational Caring Complexity, and human rights and social justice.

On a lighter note, I did take a cruise to South America and visited Chile, Cape Horn, the Straits of Magellan, Argentina, and Uruguay. We enjoyed taking in the beautiful scenery, cities, and experiencing the cultures of South America. It was fun to see and dance with the gauchos and the little children. We even had the privilege of visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral where the current Pope Francis served the people of Buenos Aires and Argentina before becoming Pope.

I will add the Patient and Professional Caring Questionnaires regarding caring and economics. And I will add another short piece I did on the concept of Bureaucracy to clarify its use in my Theory of Bureaucratic Caring.

Thank you again for this wonderful privilege of sharing my life with you. I wish each of you a very Blessed Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year. I will visit you again soon in 2015.

Love,
Marilyn Dee Ray