A Day In A Nurse's Life

  1. Hello everyone!

    I am collecting real stories for a web documentary project.

    The central point must be a specific date (month, day, year) in your life you cannot forget. It can be anything but the outcome has to be a learning experience. As a nurse I am sure you have some dates you cannot forget. Would you like to share them?
    The most obvious dates are birthdays and anniversaries but if you tell me " I got married on June 27th 1962 and I have been happy thereafter" good for you but it will not be enough.
    It can be the day you moved to another country or the day you had an accident which turned out to be a learning experience or the day when an event changed your life forever.
    Please feel free to write me at tatoeba3@yahoo.com and I will keep in touch with you!

    Thank you very much for reading my message,
    Jean
    My Web Documentary
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   shygirl
    Do we get paid anything for our stories?
    Or do you just get it all?
  4. by   live4today
    Wellllllllllllllllllllll.........I'd like to help ya out an all.......but seein' that I write me own works and stuff....can't give away no trade secrets here.

    Okay.....to be nice an all.......First.....if you can guess my age by looking at my photo.....I'll give you a tiny wittle story. You have 60 seconds.......counting down NOW........60...59...58...57...56...
  5. by   shygirl
    Renee, DON'T do it, even if she does guess your real age of 29! By looking at your pretty avatar!
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Wellllllllllllllllllllll.........I'd like to help ya out an all.......but seein' that I write me own works and stuff....can't give away no trade secrets here.

    Okay.....to be nice an all.......First.....if you can guess my age by looking at my photo.....I'll give you a tiny wittle story. You have 60 seconds.......counting down NOW........60...59...58...57...56...
    :chuckle Behave, "mom"! :chuckle
  7. by   tatoeba
    Hmmm! I would say 28?
  8. by   tatoeba
    Do we get paid anything for our stories?
    Or do you just get it all?
    No because in a documentary nobody gets paid. It would encourage people to distort or embellish their story to get money. Sorry!

    Do you have one?

    Jean
  9. by   live4today
    Oh behave! [says my good buddy Austin Powers]

    Thanks kiddies! Good lookin' out for Big Momma here. Big Daddy would be proud! :kiss
  10. by   -jt
    <No because in a documentary nobody gets paid. It would encourage people to distort or embellish their story to get money>

    Doesnt the person who makes it get paid? Most "documentaries" Ive seen required the recorder to get into the trenches with the subject - follow them thru the day, interview them as they went along, etc. How do you do a "documentary" by just collecting stories from strangers? Anyway, I dont know if you will find many people who will be comfortable with or willing to write their own stories for nothing & then just pass them along to you for you to sell yourself. They could use their own stories for their own benefit & even for their masters thesis if they keep them to themselves.
  11. by   shygirl
    You've just given me an idea! Thanks!
  12. by   -jt
    Remember the Broadway hit A Chorus Line? It was created because the writer thought the lives of Broadway dancer-wanna-bes were interesting in how they came to choose the career, how difficult it was for them to constantly go to auditions & be rejected, how they made ends meet when they didnt get the part, what they did with their lives when it was time to throw in the towel, etc. He interviewed the dancers he met at auditions for other shows, compiled the stories, & put together A Chrous Line from those stories. The script was literally the words of those he had interviewed. A Chorus Line ended up being the longest running show on Broadway. The dancers who had given the interviews that created the show were paid just $1 and 1% of the royalties.
  13. by   tatoeba
    Doesnt the person who makes it get paid? Most "documentaries" Ive seen required the recorder to get into the trenches with the subject - follow them thru the day, interview them as they went along, etc. How do you do a "documentary" by just collecting stories from strangers?
    Well I can feel the anger in your voice. Did I hurt you in some ways?

    I have been a documentarian for more than 12 years and I did the 'trenches' work each time. You are very well informed about my job much more than me about nurses!
    Anyway if you read carefully my website purpose here you will understand better my endeavour on this specific project. The internet is a wonderful tool to get contacts and leads when you are serious about your passion

    By the way, your idea about a nurse book is great! Go for it!!!

    Wishing you the best,
    Jean
  14. by   EricaCCRN
    Hmmmm......
    Let's see, how many days to I get to actually EAT lunch or pee? Another staff meeting, another line of crap. Patient's family coming? Let me get my roller skates and dunce cap. Demanding/degrading physician.....what's new? Anything else anyone can add to my typical ICU day?

    To the nice lady writing the documentary...good luck to you. I hope you find some nurses with NICE things to say. I for one am burned out on the BS and politics and don't feel I could add anything positive to your story. Now, if you wanted to focus on why there is a nursing shortage, start another thread & I'm sure you will be overwhelmed with responses. Have a good day.

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