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"Momma, who are those children in my room?"

By mommiof2kids - I had always wanted to work with pediatric oncology kids but when actually faced with the opportunity I was very hesitant. What if I messed something up? What if I wasn't able to give the parents and child the support and answers they needed? Despite all of my fears I went through the oncology certification course. I began my orientation with other, more experienced nurses. After a few weeks, I was on my own. Once I became familiar... Read More


From the Other Side of the Bed Rails - When the Nurse Becomes the Patient

By tnbutterfly - I had an interesting experience today. I walked into a hematology/oncology office ......... but this time as the patient. It’s strange how much different it feels when you, the nurse, suddenly become the patient. It looks much different through the patient’s eyes. I looked around at the people in the waiting room, wondering……. what’s wrong with that lady? Does she have cancer? Poor thing. Then I thought… Gee….. Maybe... Read More


Quest For Girls

By Lindsey McGraw - During a time frame when I was still a relatively young nurse, I encountered a life altering experience… turning my whole world upside down. Diagnosed with breast cancer in late 1991, a month after graduating from RN school, my whole life changed after a 3 second phone call. A great opportunity for an internship to become an OR nurse had been offered to me, but after this diagnosis everything was put on hold. A disease that affects... Read More

2 work in the ER ya gotta see journey for a second APN certification

By traumaRUs - Per IL scope of practice, an adult health CNS can only see pts over the age of 16. So, those of us that see patients in an ER or urgent care setting need a second APN certificate to see children. Since its been 4 years since I got my MSN and my classes are going to be expiring soon so now is the time. There are multiple routes you can choose: 1. You can choose the ACNP (acute care NP) and the PNP (peds nurse practioner). I... Read More


Lessons from a blind man

By nerdtonurse? - It was one of those nightmare weekends that made me wish I’d never left the deathless, bloodless world of computer engineering. A patient I’d grown attached to was dying from lung cancer, and every time I’d go in his room to check him, he'd pull down the 100% rebreather and gasp, “Is she here yet?” The “she” in question was his daughter. And, no, she was not coming. You never know what a person’s past is, or the darkness that might... Read More


Dementia Can Kill You!!

By BSN_after_40 - I was working in a float pool as an LPN years ago until I landed something more permanent. It was always a crap shoot on what the agency would offer me in the form of jobs. One assignment will never leave my mind; it was quite a horrible experience! They called and offered me a job working 3 pm until 11pm, for three evenings in a row. They assured me it was an “easy” assignment taking care of a ninety-something year old woman in... Read More


My very first patients funeral ( a thank you to nursing instructors)

By malestudentnurse - the funeral for my very first patient ever was yesterday. i began caring for him during the first week of my first semester of nursing school. he was a hospice patient and i was hired by the family to provide daily care. the family asked me to be a pall bearer. i almost declined because there were plenty of family available, and i didn't know if it was really my place until his wife told me that he had commented “have jeff carry me... Read More


The Little Round Thing

By Hope4us - One more month! Then I would be free from the little white dress with purple piping that contoured a shape in the uniform that didn't match my shape. Our student nursing uniforms didn't seem to match a shape out of the twenty five of us. Besides which the skirts were too short, the collars too high and the dress made an out loud statement to everyone that we were only students. When I started that day it seemed the paramount thing... Read More


Hazards in the Field of Nursing

By chloram_24 - Carelessness can cost everything you have, your work, hope, dreams, and most especially your life. So it so imperative for every individual to become careful and vigilant especially people like us in the medical field because good health can be the best investment we have in order for us to exercise our profession successfully and effectively. Way back 2006, I was a newly BSN graduate waiting for the result of my board exam to... Read More


Ten Things I Love About Nursing

By VivaLasViejas - 10) I get to work in the most comfortable clothing on the planet. When I was a nurse manager, I was going through the worst of my polyester and double knits, no less. Now I wear soft cotton scrubs, which are essentially pajamas with lots of pockets. Good times! 9) Sheer variety. There are so many types of nursing that it would take several lifetimes to try them all. Even in my comparatively brief career, I've... Read More


Entry into Practice (Part 2) – Baccalaureate Programs in Nursing (BSN)

By VickyRN - Baccalaureate degrees in nursing include the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and the bachelor of science with a major in nursing (BSCN). These degrees are customarily 4 years in duration and make up the second most common entry level into registered nursing. Registered nurses graduating with a baccalaureate degree make up 30.5% of new nursing graduates in the us. These graduates take the same nclex-rn licensure examination as... Read More


Beware: A Patient May Steal Your Heart

By Lindsey McGraw - A good rule of thumb when resigning from a nursing position is to always leave in good standing. Life with all its’ challenges, will sometimes find us coming full circle returning to our comfort zone. This was my case after my D.O.N. travel assignment was complete. I returned to my past place of employment and accepted the 3-11 Supervisory position. This was an easy transition because my past employment at this facility had covered... Read More


My First Code

By ilovechadkrause - My First Code I am a new nurse. I just graduated 5 months ago, and I am so proud and excited about my career. One thing I feel new nurses are not really exposed to is the “code experience.” I was NOT prepared for the first code blue I witnessed, and feel it is necessary to share my story. Towards the last few days of my comprehensive practicum, I experienced my first code blue. The very busy acute care unit I was working... Read More


My Child Has Wings...My path to Nursing School

By lexie'smama - For as long as i can remember , even as a young girl, I had wanted to become a nurse. But, sometimes, life happens, and things change and the real world gets in the way of your dreams. Or just puts them on hold. Then one day you realize, even one life changing event can put everything into perspective, and you strive to make your dreams a reality. Here is my story.... I got married right out of high school, to a boy that I... Read More


Grama Nancy

By nancynurse74 - As a Pediatric nurse, the usual rewards you receive are the smiles and hugs from the children. But usually in the hospital setting, they are not well enough or are still too afraid of the situation to show them to you. This was different last year. We were extremely busy with all the RSV and Flu patients. I was notified of an admission of a ‘seizure’ 2 year old. We hurried to set up the room and have things ready for... Read More


Just For Today

By VivaLasViejas - Years ago, I received a greeting card containing a poem which exhorted the reader to do things he/she might not ordinarily do, "just for today". I don't recall who sent me the card or what occasion prompted her to do so, but I've never forgotten the gist of the verse, which was along the lines of "just for today, I will dress becomingly.....speak softly......behave something for my health that would appall me if I... Read More


Entry into RN Practice (Part 1): Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

By VickyRN - there are multiple entry levels into the profession of registered nursing. the various entry points are associate-degree in nursing (adn), bachelor of science in nursing (bsn), diploma nursing programs, and direct-entry nursing graduate programs. these divergent entry levels can be perplexing to students, members of the allied healthcare team, and the general public. in this blog, we will discuss the associate-degree entry level, the... Read More


I am not alone

By waterpaint - Where should I start? 5 days ago, Friday, July 24th 2009, I took the most agonizing exam known to nurse-kind; the infamous NCLEX-RN. We, as new graduates, dread the life-altering exam that determines our next step towards a nursing career, allowing us to officially graduate from nursing school with a $130 license (depending on what state you’re from). As if the time and effort we put towards nursing school isn’t good enough. ... Read More