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Perfect-o Meter

by jeastridge - The phone rang loudly besides me, it’s electronic clanging disrupting the peaceful thoughts that floated through my mind as I enjoyed a first cup of morning coffee on the porch. “You forgot to enter...

Nothing Like a Nurse Navigator!

by jeastridge - Nothing Like a Nurse Navigator! “So it’s cancer,” my friend said, telling me the sad news about her recent breast biopsy. “They have been watching this nodule for a little while and it just...

Being the Nurse Everyone Wants to Have

by jeastridge - I was visiting a very ill friend in the hospital where I work, and as I pulled up beside her bed, I leaned forward to hear her whispered words, “I hope I get that nice nurse again today.” I smiled...

Why in the World Did I Become a Nurse? A Christian Parish Nurse Shares Her Story

by jeastridge - As a young girl who loved to read, I became acquainted with the story of Clara Barton. I idealized the vision of becoming a nurse wearing a starched, white nurses’ uniform, complete with squeaky...

Nursing: Finding Ways to Bloom Where You Are Planted

by jeastridge - “Guess what?” my young friend spoke to me with an excited voice, pulling me to the side near the nurses’ station. “I got in to nurse practitioner school! And I start in two months!” She was so...

Hospice: True Death Sentence?

by jeastridge - I saw the owner of the small gift shop approaching me as I browsed through the cards. “May I help you find something?” she asked. I told her I was just looking around and asked her about the sign I...

Developing X-ray Vision: Caring for Difficult Patients

by jeastridge - As the EMS transport unit pushed the gurney out,I set my bag down on the empty chair before walking across the nursing home room to the Bob’s side. I introduced myself as his hospice nurse and asked...

Playing Games with Death

by jeastridge - Sometimes Death sits at the table Hand resting on the cards. We pull away, Not ready for the last trick, The trump card In the game of life. We put up a hand, Submit to shuffling through...

Spiritual Care and Nursing: How Does this Work?

by jeastridge - “Please pray with me,” my patient pleaded as I gathered up my bag and prepared to leave our admission visit. The social worker and the patient’s caregiver had already stepped outside and were talking...

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

by jeastridge - A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse I slung my computer bag over my shoulder and pondered the question one of my nurse colleagues who worked at the hospital asked me. She wondered what my typical...

Nursing vs. EMR: Win, Lose or Draw?

by jeastridge - As I sat on the couch in my patient’s home, I could feel my computer drawing all the attention in its direction. Like some irresistible force, it seemed to lasso and pull away the family’s eyes. I...

Coping with a Difficult Death

by jeastridge - Coping with a Difficult Death My phone rang as I sat in my car charting, wrapping up the visits for the afternoon. I recognized the number from the hospice house and reached over to answer before...

Alzheimer's Attack: Coping as Family & Nurse

by jeastridge - My friend’s eyes’ filled with tears as she told me the latest on her mom, “She keeps accusing me of stealing her things! Yesterday she said I came into her room and took her socks off while she was...

Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare

by jeastridge - Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare? I knocked the snow off my boots before knocking on the front door of the patient’s home. His daughter, Clara, opened it and with a tired smile invited me in. Her...

Making the Minutes Matter

by jeastridge - Christian Parish Nursing: Making Minutes Matter As I closed the door to the hospital room gently behind me, I glanced up at the wall clock to check my progress. I was running a little behind...


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