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