by tnbutterfly - As a college freshman, Marcus and his friends were on their way home from a hockey game in St. Louis when they were hit by a drunk driver. Marcus suffered... Read More →
by melissa.mills1117 - Sometimes in life, taking a step back provides breathing room, which breeds clarity. This clarity can illuminate the path to achieving dreams. Stepping back can be... Read More →
by 3ringnursing - Two days ago events occurred that this choice was taken off the table and I had no alternative but go, or risk dire consequences.
Let me back up a bit, and first... Read More →
by BobiJo - To the Young Girl Thinking of Becoming a Nurse...
(A note to myself at 17)
The world will speak at you in many ways. You will read how the medical world is full... Read More →
by RobbiRN - The dreaded NG tube. Hated by most patients and many practitioners who have to insert them, NG tubes are great candidates for the top spot in the "most detested... Read More →
by klsm1968 - Only the light from the bathroom illuminated Jill's room as I walked in as quietly as possible. It was only 7:15 a.m. and I had received report on 4 patients. Two... Read More →
by Nurse Beth - Many of us may wonder what it would be like to be faced with a disaster right in our community. Sara D. is an oncology nurse in a large hospital in Vegas and... Read More →
by sirI - This question comes up frequently and is asked of me quite often, "should I carry malpractice protection?"
"What is malpractice?"
Simply put, it is a... Read More →
by Ruby Vee - Breast cancer - at least mine, anyway - is fairly straightforward. You either have it or you don't. The mass is malignant or benign. When you're diagnosed,... Read More →
by jeastridge - Accidental Pill Pusher
In the early 80’s nursing education about pain management took a turn. Gone were the days of observing the patient for non-verbal signs of... Read More →
by nursemike - April 18, 2016, I began my third of three 12-hour night shifts, but I didn't finish it.
Sometime after midnight, I felt a dull, but fairly strong pain under my... Read More →
by blackvans1234 - Just another day in the life
The other week I was at the station BS'ing with one of the Nursing assistants and a new grad nurse about online dating, raunchy... Read More →
by smatacale - Somehow, much to my surprise, I turned 40 a few years ago. I don’t know how it happened, but I double checked my birth certificate and sure enough...40 years old! ... Read More →
by Ballistex - You knew I was late at bringing you the ice water you had asked for. I know you knew this because the nurse who relieved me that day told me about how you... Read More →
by midgeypoo - (do not read if you enjoy short stories)
After a major wake-up slap in the face, I realized I had to go back to school to get paid enough to support my 4 babies... Read More →
by traumaRUs - AN had the opportunity to talk with multiple healthcare systems throughout the US at a national conference. Many had the same issue: not enough RNs. Some had sign... Read More →
by Deb_Aston - Last Time for Everything
By Deb Aston, MSN, RN, CPN
When I heard the song "Last Time for Everything" by Brad Paisley on the radio, it literally brought me to... Read More →