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Mildred's Brand New Littman Stethescope

By Ruby Vee - a sense of humor runs in my family. my great grandfather was well known as a great story teller -- almost everyone in the county knew willy and could repeat some of his best stories. when i was in high school, i was always running into oldsters who would say ďruby vee? youíre georgeís daughter, arenít you? i went to high school with your great grandfather and i remember him telling about the time he . . . . my grandfather was... Read More


"Nurses are so Mean"

By Ruby Vee - I wish I had a dollar for every post I've read claiming that "nurses are so mean," "nurses are nasty to each other," "nurses eat their young" or "my preceptor is picking on me for no good reason." And then if you add in all the nurses who are "fired for NO reason" or is hated by their co-workers because they're so much younger and more beautiful than everyone around them or just can't get along with their colleagues no matter what... Read More


Be My Friend at the End

By Dancer3 - I returned to nursing after having been at home with my children for a number of years. At first, I was apprehensive and uncomfortable. But I had a great team of nurses and a wonderful preceptor and eventually my "deer in the headlights" look gave way to an underlying confidence. I had learned to enter into countless new situations believing that I could learn to handle whatever came my way. It was exciting to work on a busy... Read More


Moments You Wouldnít Wish To Be A Nurse !!!

By hoope - - When you meet a 15 years old kid with a CRF ( Chronic Renal Failure ). He’s so cute and is smiling while you are taking a blood specimen . - When a 2 years old girl is kept NPO ( NOTHING PER ORAL ) and is crying for water. All I can give her as a nurse is a sips of water to wet her mouth and lips . -When you meet a 24 years old young man diagnosed with a metastatic cancer spread all over his body . And you know he is not going... Read More


When I Was a New Grad . . .

By Ruby Vee - this for those of you members of who have hinted, believed, insinuated or baldly stated that i donít remember what itís like to be a new grad, that i always thought i knew everything, that i have ever actually known everything or that nurses eat their young. believe me, if iím still around after the rough start i had, nurses donít eat their young. i remember being a new graduate -- in fact sometimes i still wake up in... Read More


More Things Your Nurse Won't Tell You: Spring Fever in LTC Edition

By VivaLasViejas - As every nurse knows, there are shifts which are generally limited to full-moon summer weekend nights, with normally pleasant staff members going off on each other, patients catching the love bug and literally falling all over each other, families crabbing about anything and everything, and everyone generally behaving like they've lost whatever marbles they had left. This past month has been literally four and a half solid WEEKS of... Read More


Nurses and Lawsuits: A Medico-Legal Perspective

By aerialacer - As nurses initiate their professional obligations, their legal responsibilities also begin. As they start their journey, they also start learning from themselves and from other people. Their license bears out that they are capable and qualified under the law to practice their profession. Their license is the proof that they are now able to give holistic and quality care to their clients as a professional nurse. When nurses embark... Read More


When everybody knows your name

By 313RN - This is something that I wrotte for a class while I was in Nursing School. I came across it again and decided to post it and see what the reaction would be. Fire away, all responses or opionons will be welcomed, none will be taken personally. American culture has become less and less formal in recent years. In most businesses employees are on a first name basis with everyone else, right up to the CEO. Business casual is the... Read More


an ordinary day

By mocha vp - AN ORDINARY DAY It was a beautiful October day; birds were singing, leaves turning ever so gracefully to the wonderful colors of fall. The crispness of the day fell upon my face as I admired the beauty of the season. Looking to the sky I wondered, as I was entrapped by the fullness of the blue, what could make a more perfect day! Chilled, I ran quickly to the entrance of the building. The entrance seemed dull with the... Read More


To my preceptor, future students beware (rant)

By leekun2010 - Dear Preceptor, This past spring 2010 semester, I was assigned to you for a whole semester to learn the ins and outs of being a nurse independent from my classmates. It was just you and I. I was excited when I began this semester-long process of learning how to integrate what I have learned in previous clinicals and in lectures as well. My enthusiasm was at its peek when I started the semester. I thought that nothing could stop me... Read More


End Of Life Issues---The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

By VivaLasViejas - If I ever become a hospice nurse (which is what I've decided I want to be when I grow up), the varied experiences I'm collecting in long-term care should stand me in good stead. Right now I have three different residents in three different stages in the process of casting off the human shell that has housed their souls for over eight decades. One of them, Allie*, had been in fairly good shape until the night she had a massive GI... Read More


"Hey, Could Ya Hand Me That Hoojaflobbets There?"

By VivaLasViejas - It's funny, how this aging business really slaps one upside the head now and again.....usually when (and where) s/he least expects it. My mother's face stares back at me from the mirror these days. Each birthday brings new aches and pains, plus there's usually a new symptom or two that make it a requirement to go in to the doctor every three months for "maintenance". And then completely random stuff happens to remind me that I am on... Read More


First Day of Clinicals

By justme01 - I woke up excited and nervous about clinicals. I put on my school issued scrubs, with girdle underneath, and tied the waist tight. I am 5 ft 3 and 290 pounds, and a girdle is necessary in order to keep my pants from going straight up my butt. I tied them extra tight because I did not want them slipping down off my ass like they did during bed making yesterday. I was a little too enthusiastic because when I tied them up I broke... Read More


A Few Simple Rules For Electrical Safety

By Ruby Vee - I learned some of these rules the hard way, and others I learned through the misfortunes of others. When defibrillating a prisoner in custody, remember to remove his wrist AND ankle shackles before using the electricity. This is especially important if the prisoner is shackled to a metal bed frame. And if the respiratory therapist is leaning against the bed frame to bag the patient. If you find that you have forgotten to... Read More


My 20th Year in Nursing

By General E. Speaking, RN - This year marks my twentieth year as a nurse. Hard to believe. I wonder how many patients I have cared for in twenty years? It boggles my mind. I am certainly not the same nurse I used to be. Long gone is that young naive girl that graduated LVN school in 1990. She was a little scared and insecure with her abilities to perform her newly- learned duties. She had an innocence about her, though, which allowed her to adapt to this... Read More


Motherhood, Death and Nursing

By SpecialK38 - when i was a little girl, i always knew i wanted to be a mother. after my first child was born, i knew i wanted to be a nurse. i never knew how intimately these two experiences would impact each other. two more children came along, and i stayed home with the three of them until they all began school. i love being a mom! i was with them for every first word, first step, and first day of school. finally the day came for me to... Read More


10 years later.. Remembering my first clinical patient

By marty6001 - I still remember my first clinical patient well. I was a brand new nursing student, never having touched a patient before starting school, and now she was in my care. She was elderly, although I don't remember her exact age. She had a past medical history list longer than my care plans, everything that could go wrong for this woman had. End stage renal disease on hemo-dialysis. Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hypereverything as I... Read More


Dear nursing student

By marty6001 - dear clinical student, i am your soon-to-be instructor. know that i love this profession and have dedicated my life to it and to my patients. i consider this profession to be a calling. i did not come to this profession for money, for prestige, or for the title. i came to it for the love of caring for people at their worse. along the way i discovered that i love to teach the next generation this love as well, while at the same time... Read More