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A Common Thread – A Blog Post by Priscilla Bennett

As more and more battered women came into the emergency room by ambulance, car or on foot, I saw the magnitude of a problem no one wanted to address. I witnessed and treated abused women from all backgrounds and saw the devastating effects of mental and physical violence it had…

Mom’s Operating Room Stories

At the age of twelve, I began writing down my mother’s operating room stories in a journal. “Tonight at dinner, Mom told us about a surgeon she worked with today. She said everyone calls him the Head Chopper. He does the most serious cancer cases from the neck up, and…

Domestic Violence Didn’t Exist In My Universe

I was raised in a loving family in South Boston. Both my parents needed to work to support us—there were four girls— my mother was an operating room nurse, and my father had his own plumbing business. He used to joke that they were doing the same thing—rewiring plumbing— only…

My “First” – A Blog Post

The first woman I took blood from in the ER asked me, “Are you any good? I have no veins. I don’t want to be a pin cushion.” I could feel and see her fear. “I know how you feel—don’t worry— I use a baby needle— takes a bit longer,…

Why Did They Call Me Cill? – Thursday Takeaway

On the floor, they called me Cill. “What are the vitals, Cill? or time for your break, Cill.” My other nick name was the Blood Sucker. I was good at taking blood. “We can’t find a vein. Get the Blood Sucker.” I had always been terrified of having my blood…

When I First Started – Some Thoughts

When I first started working in the emergency room, I didn’t know any of the other nurses, doctors or staff. I felt insecure and intimidated—maybe I’d made the wrong choice? This environment was too intense—no let up with doctors yelling orders, patients screaming and nurses running from one gurney to…

“There’s No Nobler Profession”

From an early age, I wanted to be a nurse just like my mother. She had been an operating room nurse and had loved it. “There’s no nobler profession,” she’d say, and I agreed. She told lively stories about her experiences with the patients and surgeons, and when I got…

Random Thoughts on a Winter Wednesday Afternoon…

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, It has been a very busy week around here so far gearing up for my new eBook release Something To Be Brave For by Endeavour Press.  I’ve been finishing up the final edits and also building up my Priscilla network on a daily basis by reaching…

Ann’s Story…

I had been seeing this guy for just over three months. We both drank a lot. One night, he got really mad at me and he called me a lot of names, and then pushed me against the wall. I got really scared but he said he was sorry and…

Were We Born This Way? Thoughts on the Super Bowl…

Good evening Priscilla Bennett Community. Living and working in Boston my entire life groomed me to be a Patriots fan. So much hoopla the past few days leading up to a most exciting evening of football. It’s great to be with family and friends and celebrate. And the Patriots won!…

The Narcissistic Parent

  The narcissistic parent may have what they see as an ideal relationship with their young child when one looks at the narcissist’s ultimate goal in every relationship, that of total power and control. They write the rule book and the children will comply. The children are seen as a…

Some Rules To Live By

Emotional The L Word: Saying “I love you” can happen for different people at different times in a relationship. If your partner says it and you don’t feel that way yet, don’t feel bad — you may just not be ready yet. Let your partner know how it made you…

Raise Awareness During Teen DV Month

  February 1, 2017/0 Comments/in Awareness Days/Wks/Months /by The Hotline Today we’re kicking off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month), a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, which affects one in three adolescents in the U.S. At The Hotline, we believe that education is the key…

Antisocial Personality Disorder

The Antisocial Personality Disorder* is characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of other people that often manifests as hostility and/or aggression. Deceit and manipulation are also central features. In many cases hostile-aggressive and deceitful behaviors may first appear during childhood. These children may hurt or torment…

A Toxic Person Will Try This…

If abusers can’t get you to turn against your friends, family, and loved ones, they will do all they can to turn your friends, family, and loved ones against you. He/she will tell them lies about you; anything he/she can, to make them think less of you. Don’t let what…

My mission statement is simple.

I want to provide leadership and outreach to fellow nurses and others in the sharing of knowledge and ideas and in generating support for nurses in their work on violence against women. I want to create supportive strategies to mitigate the effects of violence, abuse and exploitation of women in…