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Nurse and Parent: Overload Alert!

by jeastridge - I waved at my young co-worker in the grocery store. She pushed her cart over my way, all loaded up with a baby in a car seat and a three year old riding up front in the grocery cart disguised as a...

Love Being a Nurse: 33 Years and Going Strong

by jeastridge - Love Being a Nurse: 33 Years and Going Strong I pushed my computer top down hearing the satisfying “click” as a sign of the end of my work day. I moved around the counter in the kitchen and fixed...

Why Can't She Stay Here? Getting Kicked Out of Inpatient Hospice

by jeastridge - The elderly patient stared back at me with watery, vacant eyes while I leaned over to listen to her lungs and complete my assessment. Her lungs were clear and her heart rate remained steady and slow....

Call the Midwife!

by jeastridge - October 2-8 is National Certified Nurse Midwife Week. The story is funnier—much funnier—looking back at it 23 years after the fact: I was in labor. A nurse of many years, mother of two school-age...

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...

Surviving the Real World of Nursing: 8 Tips for the New Grad

by jeastridge - Surviving the Real World of Nursing - 8 Tips for the New Grad “I did it! I finished! I passed my boards!” My friend, Kathy, shared her news in the hall at church and I hugged her back, grateful...

Move? Never! A Story of Eldercare Challenges

by jeastridge - I rang the doorbell a second time—holding it just a fraction of a second longer than usual. I could hear the chiming inside and I knew the elderly couple were at home. But the dog barked loudly and I...

Palliative Care + Hospice = A+

by jeastridge - November is National Palliative Care and Hospice Month I scrolled down through the EMR and found what I was looking for: Palliative Care Consult. As a hospice nurse, we often get referrals from...

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...


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