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Advice to the Younger Nurse Me

By SarahLeeRN - “This is what reality shock feels like,” I thought to myself as I stared at the little confused old man sitting on the edge of his bed, covered in blood from the IV that he just pulled out. It was quarter to eleven at night and I still had two more people who needed medications, foley catheters to empty, charting to finish, and now, another IV to start with an antibiotic to hang before my shift was technically ‘over’ at eleven. As... Read More


Confessions of a Nursing Student: Why I Will Never Be Late to Clinical Again!

By jamona851 - For those of us that have ever been late for clinical, we know that it is one of the WORSE things that can happen to you in nursing school. Those of you who have ever been in that position, know that I am saying that because being late to clinical is like a cascade of events that can only be compared to .....DIC. (DISSEMINATED INTRAVASCULAR COAGULATION). The scenario plays out like this: You stay up all night preparing for... Read More


Welcome to the Jungle

By VivaLasViejas - I've been out of acute care for many years now, but I'll never forget the experience of being a float nurse. It was the best of all possible worlds: I was cross-trained to all the different nursing departments instead of remaing stuck in Med/Surg, which even then was a thankless, backbreaking job. I got to learn how to 'catch' babies and take care of sick neonates; saw some grisly traumas in the emergency room; worked with respiratory... Read More


Anxiety Disorders: More Than Just Butterflies

By VivaLasViejas - Almost everyone has experienced it: the sensation of butterflies in your stomach as you prepare for a presentation or an appearance in traffic court. The dry mouth that makes you feel like you're spitting cotton. The rapid heart rate and slight shortness of breath that characterize a normal response to stressful stimuli. In other words, you're feeling anxious. Now imagine those sensations writ large. Instead of butterflies, you feel... Read More


I ask for "nothing".

By CheesePotato - When it comes to nursing, I respect the profession for what it is, what it has been, and where it is headed. Am I proud to be part of the profession? Sure, in a subtle, I'm proud my hair is long kind of way. I own no nursing paraphernalia. I do not announce what I do readily at meet n' greets or reunions. I prefer to refer to myself as a Frustrated Carpenter or a Confused Ninja. Ever since stepping foot into the profession,... Read More


When is it appropriate to share faith at work?: One nurse's story

By NF_eyenurse - As nurses, we wear many hats. To name a few: we are caregivers, providers, assessors, comforters, encouragers, teachers, an ear to listen. Are we to be evangelists or preachers? In my opinion, no and....yes. I believe that it is appropriate to share my faith when the patient has already started the conversation and I am adding to it. Here are a few stories to make my point. It was 6:40 pm. Twenty minutes left until shift change.... Read More


Advice for First semester nursing students!!!!!!

By tabz4u2 - The first semester of Nursing school is considered the "shocker" courses, because that is exactly what it is, a shocker. However, with adequate rest, creating good study habits at the beginning of the semester, you will be able to succeed. I found that I was struggling for a while, until I finally realized what I was doing wrong. My advice for all first semester Nursing students is to remember that you are not alone in this, and a lot... Read More


Mental Illness--Debunking the myths/sharing some insight..

By jadelpn - Mental illness is a most misunderstood illness. The brain is an interesting organ, and reacts differently to/or lack thereof chemicals to make it work properly. Mental illness can be a difficult thing to treat. It can be equally challenging for a nurse to provide care. However, here are some common myths/insights surrounding the mentally ill that will perhaps make a nurse take pause the next time you are given an assignment of... Read More


Tips for surviving the 1st Semester of Nursing School

By man-nurse2b - I can't believe I made it through finals week and my first semester of nursing school is done. I was totally exhausted with several days of 3 hours of sleep and 5 straight exams. Anyways I'm like a straight B student, that's not bad considering I have a family and lots of distractions at home...for me that not where I usually am, so I wanted to offer up some tips on how to survive the first semester of nursing school. 1. READ your... Read More


ICU: Finding the best way to care

By Liddle Noodnik - A new nurse struggles to find her niche, and becomes an ICU nurse, quite by accident. What was it that made it even possible for a nurse who was scared to death to confront a possible emergency on the regular floors? What was it that made it her great love? Being able to focus on one, maybe two, patients at a time, knowing each person inside and out, was so satisfying, and provided this nurse with an ability to provide the best quality... Read More


Happy Birthday to the World's Most Famous Nurse

By tnbutterfly - Upon graduation from nursing school, we all probably remember reciting the Nightingale Pledge, a modified "Hippocratic Oath" composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. The pledge is as follows: I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from... Read More


Mother's Day

By jadelpn - When you become a nurse, you take the knowledge that you have acquired, start on a journey, apply what you learn and hope for the best outcome for a patient. When you become a mother, it is not much different. Only that when it is your child, you are personally invested in the positive outcome. When you are a nurse, you are professionally invested in the best outcome. I wish that motherhood came with evidence based practice! ... Read More


Nursing Judgement does not equate a Nurse's judgement

By jadelpn - Nurses are human. We all have our own thoughts on our patients, each other, our units, our systems. Some can be positive, enlightening, and even help us to build a better practice. Others, become character contests that in my opinion have no part in nursing practice. I am not for a moment suggesting that a nurse ever be unethical in the care they provide. Never cross the boundaries of practice that would ever put your license in... Read More


Mental Illness: A Family Affair

By NurseDirtyBird - I was born into a tumultuous family. My father, scarred by his own childhood and my mother, a survivor of her mother's suicide and abuse at the hand of her father, met, married, and I came along soon after. During their brief marriage, my mother was admitted to a psychiatric unit three times, and released with a diagnosis of Manic Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. She refused to believe either of these diagnoses and... Read More


Nurses - The Unsung Heroes

By tnbutterfly - Once again it is National Nurses Day and the start of National Nurses Week, which always begins on May 6 and goes through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This is the week set aside to recognize the contributions and commitments nurses make, a time to educate the public about the significant work they do, and a time for showing appreciation to all the nurses. There are many types of activities planned throughout this... Read More


From Raised In America to Nursing in the Philippines: The Discipline of a Lifetime

By lyly - Once upon a time, I encountered the most unexpected milestone of my life… I still find it a blessing that after 4 years, I was able to sacrifice my time and effort to leave California and adjust to life in the Philippines. I still remember my first day as a college freshman. I was sitting in the little wooden desk, waiting for my first subject, Psychology to start. It was a noisy environment. The other students in the... Read More


I Hate Being Bipolar. It's AWESOME!

By VivaLasViejas - We've been talking a lot about mental illness during this early part of May, which has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. Nurses and students with all sorts of psychiatric conditions have been coming "out of the closet" and sharing their stories with candor (and not a small amount of courage). We've welcomed several new members who joined in order to comment and, in some cases, tell a little about their own experiences.... Read More


To The Beginning

By SoldierNurse22 - It was 1998, and as far as I knew, the world was perfect. I was ten years old and the reality I perceived was viewed almost exclusively through the protective eyes of my parents, who deftly maneuvered between telling me enough to allow me to grow up while simultaneously protecting me enough to allow for a safe, peaceful, beautiful childhood. I was born curious according to Mom, asking questions as soon as I could talk, and by the... Read More