Commentaries & Essays

From Krueger Pond
1:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Building Bridges

If you listen to our programs on a regular basis, you know Gerry Krueger – the Albemarle County resident who has spent much of her life watching and writing about the geese on a pond near her home, including one disabled bird named Charlie. 

She also taught school and tutored children with special needs, like Sean, who lived with his deaf mother and struggled to speak, read and write. 

Today, she’s retired from teaching but has not stopped writing about the birds and about Sean.



 

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UVA Nursing Student
1:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Nursing: Comforting Care

The most meaningful times in our lives might last only a few minutes, but they are memorable.

Take this story, for example, from UVA nursing student Mary Lacy Grecco.  She was helping to care for patients at a local assisted living facility -- among them, a frail, 94-year-old woman from Fluvanna.
 

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UVA Nursing Student
12:59 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Nursing: Facing the End

One of the most challenging things for medical professionals is learning to accept the ultimate defeat-- the inability to keep a patient alive.

As a UVA nursing student, Kim Proesser says one patient taught her how to care for dying patients with joy and respect.

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UVA Nursing Student
12:42 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Pediatric Nursing

It might be natural to consider the death of a young person as particularly tragic-- the loss of so much life to come. 

But University of Virginia nursing student May Peng learned from one of her pediatric patients that there are things to remember and celebrate, even when death comes early.

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Commentaries & Essays
2:59 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Grieving Over Pets

Most of the time, it's parents who teach their children a thing or two, but once in a while kids can help us to get through a difficult time.  That's what Shenandoah Valley veterinarian Douglass Hopkins discovered one day at her clinic.


 

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