Caroline J. Wheeler, RN, BSN



Co-Author Nurse  SPARKS, Edition #1


Chapter:
Angels, Heartbeats, and Stethoscopes

Caroline J. Wheeler, RN, BSN

  • Owner/ Member of Wheeler Marketing Group, LLC
  • Copywriter/ Web Content Writer in the Healthcare Industry
  • Freelance/ Travel Writer & Photographer
  • Health Coach and RN Writer for PrevientMD.com, a nationwide program for preventive health and wellness, focusing on holistic care and improved access to primary care.

 

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ABOUT CAROLINE

Caroline Wheeler, a Kiwi, was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She moved with her family to the small South Island town of Motueka, and grew up enjoying the outdoors, camping, day trips into the snow up the closest mountain, and hiking in nearby Abel Tasman National Park.

Caroline completed her nursing training 1992, obtaining a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing). After working for six years in Wellington, in community and inpatient psychiatry, she moved to the United States and continued a successful nursing career.

Caroline’s nursing experience encompasses diverse healthcare settings over 25 years, predominantly home health & hospice, mental health, and long-term care/ memory care. Whenever she leaves a job the most common statements of farewell are, “We’ll miss your smile”, and “You’re a breath of fresh air”.

One Hospice Medical Director asked her to be the nurse for his father, as he was signed on to hospice. This was a large Oregon Hospice, and he had many nurses to choose from, this as one of the highlights of her career. Caroline feels hospice nursing was the most meaningful, and heart-wrenching of her work in healthcare.

Living on the Oregon Coast, Caroline loves photography, kayaking, the outdoors, seafood, and beach walking. She’s a born adventurer and travel planner, whether it’s road trips, exploring new places in the United States, or the World. Caroline’s passion for travel will be fueled as she embarks on a new venture as a travel writer in 2017, with a travel blog… Italy is her current favorite country to visit.

Caroline loves meeting people, cooking for dinner guests, socializing, and helping others. She loves cats and has always had one or two rescue kitties. Holly, her half-Siamese, half-tabby, was adopted from a hospice patient in Salem 12 years ago.

FUN FACTS

  • Published Qualitative Research Study, in Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Journal.
  • At age 13 years, Caroline was the fastest athlete in New Zealand over the 800 meters and 1500 meters.
  • At 16 years, she spoke to Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, as he strolled by the crowd, in Nelson, during Queen Elizabeth II’s New Zealand tour.
  • At age 25 years Caroline did a tandem skydive over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand , receiving a commentary of the mountains and southern lakes as they glided down, after a 30 sec free-fall at approx. 120 mph!
  • Caroline loves renovating houses, interior painting, interior design, and landscaping. She’s completed five houses, and friends have said they look straight out of a Better Homes and Gardens Magazine!
  • In Dublin, Ireland, Caroline was chatting with a Scotsman selling double-decker bus tours. A French family had questions, however they couldn’t understand his English through his Scottish Accent. So, Caroline translated his Scottish English to the French family, in her New Zealand English… and they understood! He thanked her with a free bus tour of Dublin!

TRAVEL WITH CAROLINE

Bryce Canyon National Park, Rivals the Grand Canyon

Colored in hues of crimson, orange, and cream, the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon stand like serene giants in a spectacular amphitheater of stone. Here in Southwestern Utah lies a National Park I've heard some say rivals the Grand Canyon.

A close neighbor, majestic Zion National Park, is just over an hour away, yet many people visit Zion and forgo Bryce. Not an actual canyon, but a series of amphitheaters filled with hiking trails and overlooks providing panoramic views of hundreds of rock-spire formations, somewhat unearthly, sitting silently for the past 12,000,000 years.

A hoodoo is a spire-shaped rock formed by the forces of erosion like rain water and frost. Hoodoos can be found all over the world but the world's largest collection is at Bryce.

My first impression at Sunrise Point was one of awe and wonder. My first glimpse filled me with excitement and anticipation ... what amazing natural beauty and mystery would unfold at the next overlook?

No Ordinary Sunset

This is Cannon Beach, Oregon… this is no ordinary sunset. Haystack Rock and The Needles have sat like majestic sentinels on the sand, through time. Capture a sunset yourself, intertwined hues of red, orange, yellow, spread across the sky, clouds hung, ever-changing, form a perfect photographer’s backdrop, inspiration for the artist’s palate.  

Capture one sunset, and you’ll relive memories of beach walks, sandcastles, clam chowder, fish and chips, accompanied by fine wine or a cold beer. This beach has something for everyone … every family, couple, artist, writer, photographer. This beach welcomes dogs, with long stretches of sand, seagulls to chase, and for birdwatchers …there are puffins! Birdwatchers visit year round. Once the summer fun gives way to beachside fires, hotel windows on the ocean, cozy and warm, Cannon Beach is the place… where storm-watching is a sport.

90 mins from Portland airport, spectacular sunsets may not be guaranteed every evening, however we do guarantee your experience of Cannon Beach will entice you back again. Nestled between Seaside and Manzanita, this beach resort town has no close rival on the Oregon Coast. Explore galleries where treasures soar beyond your imagination, wander the stores, there’s something for everyone. Rejuvenate in a coffee shop with intimate seating or sample Oregon’s best in a cone - Tillamook Ice cream. Restaurants for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - fine fireside dining or casual, leave your worries at the door, bring an appetite, nothing more!


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