Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care
Bren Sparling, an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, says she has always been a creative person.
She paints, but she's not a painter; she draws but she's not an illustrator. Rather than fit the mold of one particular creative outlet, Sparling takes her creative cues from life as it happens.
As her daughters were growing up, she painted murals in their rooms, or in their school classrooms. When her mother-in-law decided to write a book, she created the collage illustrations that went with it. And most recently, she's connected with a local author, Susan Reintjes, creating pen and ink drawings for her children's books.
Sparling says that creativity doesn't shut off when she steps foot into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She uses her child-like spirit to relate to her patients or to come up with creative solutions to the challenges she faces as a nurse who's part of a greater team of health care professionals.
You can see Sparling's work at http://www.brensartsplash.com but first check out this month's RN: Real Nurses video!