Ordinary Time

Ordinary time is a Catholic and Christian term and concept that relates to the liturgical calendar. There are labeled times, like Advent and Lent, and ordinary time is outside those special days. Many folks believe “ordinary time” means not important time. This is not true for the liturgical calendar, or in living life.

The older I get, the more blessed I feel to be aging. I used to be someone who complained about wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other evidence of my aging. I don’t do that most of the time anymore, as I have learned how lucky I am to be alive and presumably healthy at age 63. I know several folks I have loved that did not get to live until 63 years of age. They died younger.

As we welcome in the New Year and make our plans for the future, remember that all our time on the planet is a blessing. We make not like what is happening in our lives, but we are wired to adapt and change to cope with it.

Don’t take health, family or love for granted. Embrace your life and make your time extra-ordinary. Happy New Year!


Posted by Susan Odegaard Turner – MentorRN


About Turner Healthcare
As CEO and founder of the consulting firm, Turner Healthcare Associates, Inc. since 1993, Dr. Turner continuously implements the skills gleaned from over thirty five years of experience in the healthcare field. She began her career as a registered nurse in a Critical Care Unit and Emergency Department. She has served in top management roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, for various hospitals throughout Southern California. Dr. Turner was also appointed the first Statewide Nursing Officer for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor for the UCLA Graduate School of Nursing, Moorpark Community College, and has served as the Health Career expert for Monster.com for six years. Currently, Dr. Turner provides career coaching, planning, and advisement. She specializes in helping young adults seeking healthcare careers and individuals in transition, such as older RNs. In addition to her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, she holds a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master's of Business Administration from California Lutheran University. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration from California Southern University. Her doctoral dissertation discussed the ramifications of clinical re-engineering of nursing services in the 1990’s. Dr. Turner is the author of numerous articles in national healthcare journals as well as the “The Nurse’s Guide to Managed Care,” and “The Nursing Career Planning Guide,” both published by Jones-Bartlett.

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