November 17

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Nursing + MKE – Reunions and More

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This month, I celebrated my 40th Nursing Reunion, 40 years working as a Registered Nurse, and 3 years as a Master Key Experience (MKE) Member.  Are they all connected?

Well, obviously the nursing work and reunion are, but what about MKE?  There are some parallels.  For instance, membership in a group of like-minded, mission-focused, talented, yet diverse individuals.  And yes, you could say – a ‘Master Mind Alliance’.

Arlene, RAH Class of ’81

Nursing Life

Forty-three years ago this month I entered Nurse’s Training.  I moved into Nurse’s Residence (attached to the hospital); and traded my farm family for a family of young women (no boys in my class) who lived together, went to school together, worked together, and partied together (plenty of partying). 

We had Nursing Instructors, House Moms, and Head Nurses – all capable of inducing paralyzing fear, or instilling confidence and love.  It was an amazing experience, we grew up together, and got ready to face the world.  Some of our group literally did that, and many have traveled extensively while working as nurses and nurse practitioners.

A Blessed Reunion

I was pleased and inspired to talk with my classmates this year again and hear about their experiences.  Forty-three years ago we came from diverse backgrounds, funneled into the same educational experience.  Now, forty years after graduation, we have pursued many diverse paths.  Some have stayed working in the hospital, but in many different disciplines.  Some have gone on to higher education, with various degrees and certifications – including a psychologist, a doctorate, and a nurse practitioner.  Some have worked in public health, private health, or took breaks to raise their families.  But each of us has made a contribution to health care, and to humanity.  I am so proud of our class.

Class of ’81, 40 years later (no, we didn’t keep the masks on all weekend)

And we had a blast at the reunion.  Held at a remote retreat/event venue (pictured here), we talked, ate, hiked, drank, danced, sang, and talked some more.  We celebrated those who weren’t able to attend, and those who are no longer with us.

Live life when you have it.

Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it. 

Florence Nightingale

MKE Life

Arlene, MKE Class of ’19

But what about the MKE?  Well, there’s another group of like-minded, mission-focused, talented, yet diverse individuals.  Another Master Mind Alliance.  But instead of nursing, the MKE is all about personal development, helping the members to reveal their gifts and talents, their dharma; in order to go forward in life  (see fellow comrade Eulaine’s blog link).

In order to share those gifts with the world, to make the world a better place.  Oh, that’s like nursing too!

Deer in Headlights + A Mustard Seed

Three years ago, I entered the MKE.  Maybe not quite as ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ as I was at 18 years old as a student nurse, but certainly I did not understand how powerful the experience would be.  I dug deep, did the work, applied the knowledge, and have a new appreciation for my attributes, and that of my fellow members.

Like my Nursing Class, the MKE members that I know have gone on to do great things – success in business, best-selling authors, business coaches, founders of non-profit organizations, and more.  Overall – happier, healthier, and greater.  More confident and more in tune with their best selves (see another fellow comrade John’s blog).

My classmates (both nursing and MKE) have all taken the ‘Hero’s Journey‘ and we are sharing our gifts in many ways.  If you would like to learn more, sign up on the list here for the next class (starts every September!).

So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself. 

Florence Nightingale.
Read more articles by Arlene Laskey

About the author

Arlene Laskey is registered nurse, a long-distance walker, and has a home-based business. She loves to learn and improve, and help others to do the same. As a guide with the Master Key Experience Arlene looks forward to reaching more people, helping them to reach their personal goals through the power of positive thinking.

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  • Thank you Arlene for sharing about your journey as a nurse and in MKE. It’s amazing when you think of all these people with different backgrounds going thru Master Key Experience just by committing themselves to the practices give themselves the chance to know their true selves and to manifest whatever they desire. Simply because the program functions for everyone.

  • Arlene, your blog was so refreshing and encouraging. It was fascinating how you compared your nursing life with your MKE life and how they were both in harmony with each other. I thoroughly enjoyed your feature blog and thanks for sharing your great thoughts. I liked the quotes from Florence Nightingale too. How are you sharing your gifts as you traveling on your daily journey?

  • Mastermind partners come along in so many ways throughout life, don’t they. Arlene? Small or large, they are all so meaningful. Congrats on making it to your nursing class’s 40th! I just realized this year makes it 50 since I graduated from college. Wahoo! 🙂

  • I totally enjoyed reading your blog. I admire how you value being of service to others, discovering your true purpose in life, and enjoying living life moment by moment.

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