Podcast: Susan Farese, MSN, RN Untangles Poetic Expressions in Dementia Care

Podcast: Susan Farese, MSN, RN Untangles Poetic Expressions in Dementia Care

By Marianne Sciucco, New York

Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN is the author of Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring, poems written when she became a nurse poet in the 1990’s. Heartbreaking memories of losing her grandmother, Ann, to early onset Alzheimer’s when she was a young teen inspired her first poem, Ann’s Zest Ends.

In this episode, we discuss how witnessing her grandmother’s decline as a child profoundly impacted her even 50 years later, why a chance scene in a movie inspired her to start writing poetry, and the value of poetry as expression for nurses and caregivers.

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About Susan

A native of New Jersey, Susan has decades of experience in health care and communications, including military and civilian nursing practice, management, education/training, public speaking, research, aånd consulting. She is owner/president of SJF Communications, based in San Diego, California. SJF Communications provides public relations, marketing, social media, websites, writing, filmmaking, acting, public speaking, mentoring and photography. She currently teaches “Capturing Your Creativity with Haiku” workshops and has published poetry and articles on a variety of topics.

In addition to being on the advisory board of San Diego Film Week, Susan is a member of SAG-AFTRA,  American Legion Post 43Veterans in Media & EntertainmentSan Diego Writers Ink  the San Diego Press Club, the Southern California Writers Association, the Army Nurse Corps Association.  Since 2017, she has been a Mentor in San Diego State University’s Aztec MentorProgram.

Her passions include birdwatching, nature photography, writing/poetry, as well as film/tv/theatre. She is in awe of hummingbirds, seahorses, heart-shaped items/art and the colors purple and teal. She lives in sunny San Diego with her husband Mike, daughter Emmy, and is also a human caregiver to her family’s geriatric tuxedo cat Chloe Marie and Betta Fish Alvin Danny Boy.

After the Podcast

Read Susan’s AlzAuthors post: Susan J. Farese Reflects on Alzheimer’s and Nursing in Poetry

Purchase Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring

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Listen to Susan read Ann’s Zest Ends, her tribute to her grandmother, on Audible




Connect with Susan


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Contact: sjfcommunications@gmail.com


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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this
    You are incredible and a real inspiration
    Is it possible to send out the poem for Caregivers
    I would love to share it with my support groups

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