“The last time I was on stage, I was in Pre-School”
Glennae Davis BSN, RN
Glennae Davis shared her story on stage at “ADMITTED: Stories Of Mental Health Admissions,” on September 18, 2018 at the Lexington Bar in downtown Los Angeles. “The last time I was on stage, I was in Pre-School,” she announced to the audience before she started her story. Rogue Nurse Media took this opportunity to interview Glennae, a published author, nurse and storyteller, on the storytelling process.
Rouge: You are a published author, tell us what your book is about and why you were inspired to write it.
Glennae: In “Yet Here I Stand” I reveal my courageous journey through a tumultuous childhood and a victorious battle with Corporate America to now reign as the Chief Nurse of the United States. I was inspired to write my story having experienced abusive workplace and domestic situations in my life and throughout my academic and employment career. Americans are conditioned to speak to our health care professional when feeling stressed, or conflicted; only to be lead to diagnostic labels and prescription medication. For me, and many others those labels and medical interventions have the potential to cause more harm than good, on many levels. After my last experience with systemic employment discrimination, based on disability, now having more than 20 years of healthcare experience, I saw that our nation’s workforce is still looking for sound advice, but because of managed-care methods they are still being misled, inappropriately medicated and misdiagnosed for corporate gains. Moral conflict doesn’t belong in medicine, but in education. Today, I am that resource for them.
Rouge: You felt your story needed to be told. What did you think about the storytelling process?
Glennae: As a creative writer, I am very descriptive. Bringing out textures, introducing motifs, taking my reader on a journey is what I do. However, it takes me a moment within my own imagination to see what I want my reader to feel. I am not an editor though, meaning I love my words–all of them. You gave me back my first draft, stated what you liked, gave me a time limit and objective to show not tell. I had to figure out how to do that ill 1000k. For me that was hard, but a needed lesson.
Rouge: What did you think about the storytelling coaching you received?… It’s super hard to just write and tell your story live on stage !
Glennae: The coaching I got from you, Ersilia, I feel that I couldn’t have done what I did without your coaching and your presence. You were direct in stating what should be produced, yet gentle knowing that writers are sensitive about our creation. You said the right things which allowed me to be effective with delivering my words.
Rouge: Did you feel transformed in any way after you told your story on stage?
Glennae: I did feel transformed, I was introduced to me. I realized the best way to share my crazy, complicated convoluted life is on stage in performance. And I’ve always known this about myself, but I didn’t how my message would come out.
Rouge: Would you consider pursuing more live storytelling?
Glennae: Yes, even a one-woman show. I think that I can do it.
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