A Starting Point



Robin Rutan Russell, BSN, RN Author, Registered Nurse, Speaker

Thanks for stopping by!

I have a lot to say about a lot of things.

That being said, I am trying to narrow the focus of this blog to two specific areas;

  1. The creation of a healing space for women who have become widows, and
  2. A place for people trying to make sense of our ever-changing health care system.

Diverse?  Yep, but both topics are dear to me.


Widows face a lot of challenges.

  • Grief:  People have expectations about grief – how long it should last, how it should be manifested, and how to help those who are grieving.
  • Loss of relationships – friends and family all react to the loss of a loved one, some by leaving the relationship with the widow for a variety of reasons.
  • Loss of identity – no longer a part of a couple, significant role change
  • Loss of financial stability – loss of income, medical insurance
  • Loss of intimacy – emotional, physical
  • Changes in living situations
  • Dating challenges
  • Family challenges, and on, and on, and on.

I have a lot to say about all of this and more.

I invite you to join me in conversation.  Let me know what questions you have and what you may be struggling with.  Let’s talk about it.  Let’s find solutions.  Together, we can do so much more than one person alone.

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First, I have written a book called, Navigating Your Hospital Stay.  You can check it out on this website, or purchase it as an e-book or a paperback on Amazon.  Clicking the link above will take you there.

Second, we are in the throws of Health Care Reform. “Repeal and Replace” is the page I have created on this website to demystify this new legislation, and to follow it’s path through enactment or failure.

I will make every attempt to keep it non-partisan, but the “facts” are always defined by each side of the aisle.  Honestly, both sides could say the exact same thing and the opposing side would discredit it.  Its tough to not effect a partisan reaction regardless of what is stated.  I will just do the best that I can.

I am going to create a glossary of terms that might increase the understanding of this difficult subject.  Politicians, just like healthcare providers, speak their own language.  It makes me laugh.  It is not likely a language created to keep us “peons” from understanding what the polititions are saying and doing, but doesn’t it often seem so?  Just like medical people?  I will try to help break the code.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  I am open to making this a place to exchange ideas…  I won’t have political party, partisan-bashing.  This isn’t the place for that.

SOOOOOO,  Explore the site, enjoy it, learn from it.  Let me know if there is anything specific you want to know and I will do my best to find you an answer.

Be well!


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