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Being the Nurse Everyone Wants to Have

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

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

“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?

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

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

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...

Hospice Nursing: A Season Pass

“What brought you to work with hospice?” As we buckled our seat belts, I looked over at Brenda, our new nurse in orientation with the question.She described a prior life in customer service, then a...

Tender Touch - Its Long-Lasting Effects

“People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.” Matt. 14:35-56 I arrived at the house ahead of the...

Nursing vs. EMR: Win, Lose or Draw?

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

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

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

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

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...

Hospice: What You Don't Know Can Hurt

I took a seat on the kitchen chair that the daughter brought in. Pulling it up to the double bed, I tried to get close to my patient, a woman nearing the end of her battle with gastric cancer. She...

End Of Life Conversations With Families

Talking about the end of life is not for the faint of heart. There are many obstacles, including our individual sense of immortality. It’s such a serious topic that I’d like to start with the story...


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