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"I'm Leaving You Here....."

By NurseAlwaysNForever - I graduated nursing school in August of 2005 and went straight to work at a local nursing home. I had never intended on becoming a nurse, however that is the direction that God sent me in and I have not regretted it ever since. I loved the nursing home and getting to know all of the patients and their families. I never had grand parents and they all just kind of filled the gap for me. Each of my patients were like an extension... Read More


Patients who have changed our lives

By WildcatFanRN - Iíve been an LPN for 13 years and just graduated with my ASN this past May. Iíve been wracking my brain trying to find that one patient or patients that have changed my life for better or worse. For the life of me, I canít think of just one exactly which is weird. There is one person though who taught me through the way he viewed life that we canít control how a person will live no matter how much information and... Read More


The Little Old Lady

By Ms Kylee - It had been a rough day, and I had to be out of work at 3:30 because I had clinical that evening. I was doing the usual end of shift vitals when I walked past what had been an empty room all day. In the room chair sat a very petite lady looking very lost and scared. I walked in, shook her hand, and introduced myself. She told me her name, and followed it by "I had a doctor's appointment today and he sent me right here and... Read More


Remember the days before my death

By goldens - As a usual night shift, I was taking handover from my co-worker from previous shift. She continued her patient reporting, and I was being attentive throughout that. She mentioned about a new patient admitted during her shift. After receiving report from her, I headed to see my patients. I happened to know other patients since they were there for a while. When I moved toward the new one I saw a cute little boy caressing his doll in his... Read More


Did you hear me?

By NurseEdward - written monday, may 29th 2006 after working all night in an inner city chicago emergency department. i entitled it: did you hear me? did you hear me? to the man that presented to me dead on arrival. we intubated you, gave you 3 rounds of epi, followed by 3 rounds of atropine, continued cpr and the whole time you were in pea (pulseless electrical activity; this is where the pt. has no pulse but the telemetry monitor shows... Read More


My First Day with a Wonderful Lady

By ellifant - My fortieth birthday present to myself was to begin pre-requiste classes to obtain entry to nursing school.January 2007 marked my admission into nursing school. I was so excited to have made it this far along with taking care of my family, working and constantly studying. The first seven and a half weeks were spent practicing on mannequins and fellow students to prepare for our real patients. March finally arrived and I was on my... Read More


A Patient Who Changed My Life

By oncnursemsn - I teach second semester nursing students med surg on a 36 bed oncology unit outside Boston. I always ask the nurses on who would be good for a student- good learning experience, receptive to a novice learner and hopefully interesting diagnosis. My students are often uncomfortable taking care of patients near their own ages, particularly on this oncology floor. "You might want to take Stephen" one nurse told me. "He's not a cancer... Read More


One Patient that changed my life

By Ms Kylee - She was evil. The devil incarnate. Meaner than a rattlesnake. She had active MRSA, dementia, and was in for cellulitis. She threw four nurses, the Physical Therapist, the Occupational Therapist, and the daylight aide out of her room, and it was only 10:30. I was new to the floor, and greener than the hunter scrubs I wore. I had been warned in report that she was very uncooperative, and to expect being tossed from the... Read More


Bruce and Ethel

By aknottedyarn - Bruce and Ethel It seems like I have been a nurse forever but two patients stand out who quietly taught me about the real spirit of the human being in the bed. They changed me in ways I still can’t believe. Many years ago I worked in a CCU, before many of the sophisticated machines, medications and treatments we now use daily were available. We knew we were progressive because we got our patients out of bed very soon... Read More


The most beautiful curls I'd ever seen

By kessadawn - You had two simple requests of me, a drink of water, and to go home. I had started out my shift on high note, caring for my two favorite cardiac patients, working with some of my favorite co-workers. It was going to be a good night, I told myself. Then you came. The charge nurse had approached me a few hours into the shift. "I'm switching your assignment" she said, "there's a really sick one down in ER, probably septic." I... Read More


We are so lucky....

By ag01medic - i am currently on a one year assignment in east africa. the conditions in which the people live here are dire at best and many suffer from easily preventable and treatable diseases. the story below details a recent event that i experienced, which happens here on a daily basis. today was a really hard day for everyone at work. one of our employees died at the hospital. he was just 24 years old, married with kids. earlier today i... Read More


John Doe

By JKBrn - Working 7p-7a, what is on our minds at 6a? Our cozy, warm bed and counting sheep. This was what I was thinking of when a pt, we'll call him John... John Doe, came rolling into CCU. He was a transfer from an outside hospital. Standard chest pain, had some nitro tabs, needed a cardiac cath. We see it all of the time. He was actually smiling and cracking a few jokes as we got him settled into his room (of course we're rushing - he's... Read More


Inspiring Patient Story-Why we do what we do!

By jlmb214rn - As nurses, we all have those days, weeks, maybe months, that get really stressful. Sometimes, those rough ones may even leave us wondering why we chose such a physically and mentally exhausting profession. Every now and then, though, we get to care of someone who shows us exactly why we do what we do. Those cases, those patients, provide us with the inspiration we need to do our jobs despite how taxing they can be. I had the pleasure... Read More


"Us" and "Them" ... It Could Mean Trouble

By vadushkas_nurse - :nurse: "US" and "THEM" :rolleyes: IT COULD MEAN TROUBLE :argue: The more I think about stories about patientsÖ the more this thought comes to mind. I finished my nursing education in Dec. 2004 and since that time I have noticed a major shift in the health care ideologies. :confused: I figure the best way to do something about it is to recognize it, discuss it and find solutions or underlying causes for it. :saint: ... Read More


One World

By mariel7 - My first love was writing. This I discovered during intermediate school. Looking back, I think the reason for this was that growing up in a big family, and I being the 7th, with all my other siblings older and their ages closer to each other, made me turn to expressing myself on paper. I thought a writer I will be in the future. Later in high school, having developed a social life, I found out that people listen to me when I talk... Read More


Patients who have changed our lives, good or bad

By kharyn77 - May 13, 2002. A patient was wheeled into a private room accompanied by a female companion named chona. She was 23 years old about to turn 24 a month after. She was the eldest among 4 sibling and her parents were divorced. She was living with 2 of her younger sibling (ages 18 and 12), both of her parents were in the USA together with the 2nd child in the family. Her mother and her sister had to leave the country for the much needed... Read More


Patients who have changed our lives, good or bad

By Sabby_NC - In my job as a Hospice RN Case Manager I could honestly say that each patient I have looked after has changed my life in many different ways. Thinking about all these dear folk that I have had the pleasure of looking after I am drawn back to one of my dear patients that died only a few months ago. My first meeting with this lady was very strained. She was a very private woman who did not open up at all other than... Read More


A Path of Learning

By dianah - After many years as an RN, I do recall three memorable patient encounters that impacted my life and changed how I practice nursing. Over 30 years ago, I was a young 'float' RN doing morning Team Leader rounds in the Post Partum unit. I had just left a four-bed ward on my way to the next two-patient room. My mind remained on the mothers from that four-bed room, joyfully discussing and comparing their newborns, sharing names and... Read More