The World Health Organization named 2020 the Year of the Nurse, with good reason. Whether you’re on the front lines or caring for someone at home, I see you and I’m so proud of you. I salute your immense knowledge and skills, your compassion, your gut instinct, your bravery, and your commitment to everyone you touch. Not all superheroes wear capes!
Doing telemedicine from my home helping my patients in lockdown, I’m busier than ever. I’m grateful technology lets me safely continue working, and hosting my weekly Q&A show about Medical Marijuana, “Ask Nurse Shelly”.
My current field may seem unconventional, but I didn’t start here. I spent 18 years as a neonatal nurse, and loved it. So how did I end up telling the world about Cannabis?
It began when I was a clinical liaison for a pediatric home care company. Visiting new parents, I saw children who were having terrible seizures. Nothing seemed to help. Then one parent confided they’d tried marijuana oils, and it calmed their child’s seizures. This was new to me.
At the time my mother was suffering with shingles-related pain that stumped her doctors. We tried marijuana capsules, and she got relief. I was fascinated.
Then, I found myself in excruciating pain that turned out to be trigeminal neuralgia. When I found my own healing using cannabis, I knew I’d discovered my new calling. My mission became educating others, including fellow medical professionals, about the benefits of natural plant-based medicine. Now I’m a proud member of the American Cannabis Nurses’ Association, and run a thriving business, Medical Marijuana Specialists, partnering with some of the best minds in our industry.
Most patients I see are suffering from chronic pain or anxiety. 23 conditions now qualify an individual for medical marijuana. If you have a patient or a loved one who might benefit from plant-based medicine, please reach out to me. I will personally walk you through the process, and we’ll talk nurse-to-nurse about:
- The benefits
- Covered conditions
- Obtaining an ID card
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do. Our role doesn’t always get the spotlight, the accolades or the thanks. In this Year of the Nurse, let’s take a moment to celebrate YOU.
Shelly Hutchison, RN
“We want to make the process as easy and transparent as possible, and clear up any misinformation. For example, cannabis can help with anxiety, but only if it’s the right strain,” nurse Shelly asserts. “That’s why I’ll be conducting ‘Ask Nurse Shelly’ live broadcasts on Zoom and Facebook, to interview experts in our field and answer people’s questions.” (To find out dates and times for these broadcasts, go here.)
“All our world-class physicians and nurses believe passionately in the healing abilities of this amazing plant,” says Nurse Shelly. “Today more than ever, we want to remove barriers to people’s access.”