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Accidental Pill Pusher

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 pain or of watching the clock to...

The Unpredictable Work of Dying

by jeastridge - “How long will it be?” my patient asked at the end of the admission process to hospice. She whispered the question as I leaned over to say good-bye. Hoarse because of recent radiation to her throat...

Disaster: Boots on the Ground vs. Sending Boots

by jeastridge - Disaster: Boots on the Ground vs. Sending Boots When we see a disaster of the magnitude of Harvey, we all want to help. Especially if we are nurses. After all, that is what we do! But what can...

Dialysis Nurse Day to Day

by jeastridge - I fell in step with my friend Terry, as he walked down the hospital hall carrying big bags of peritoneal dialysis fluid. Arms full, he responded to my question about where he was headed, indicating a...

Drug Diversion: What's the Deal?

by jeastridge - Drug Diversion: What’s the Deal? I felt physically threatened as the patient’s grandson pushed too close to me, face red, eyes angry, and yelled, “There was no way I am taking those missing...

Nursing: How to Pick the Right Job

by jeastridge - Nursing: How to Pick the Right Job I watched my cell phone turn black as the call with my friend ended, and I felt my mood dim, as well. She had been excited about finishing up her nursing...

Office Nurse: What's It Like?

by jeastridge - Office Nurse: What’s It Like? As I walked out of the doctor’s office, I could hear the door click behind me, and I thought with relief, “I’m glad that’s over.” Being in generally good health...

Be a Real Nurse: Compassion is the Key

by jeastridge - The three siblings stood woodenly to the side in the ICU room, trying to stay out of the way while they waited for the doctor to make her early morning rounds, and fighting the tears that kept...

Whatcha Know about Flo (Florence Nightingale)?

by jeastridge - Florence Nightingale is famous for her pioneering nursing education, her development of statistical analysis and her improvements on methods of care delivery. She is also famous because she was “the...

Nurse Wubbels Stands Tall

by jeastridge - "University of Utah Health supports Nurse Wubbels and her decision to focus first and foremost on the care and well-being of her patient,” said Suzanne Winchester, the hospital's media relations...

Faith Community Nurse 101

by jeastridge - This article is written in response to the query below which was posted in the thread Examining the role of a Parish Nurse. As a long time Faith Community Nurse, I hope to be able to answer this...

Living Better with Hospice

by jeastridge - Living Better with Hospice “I am having a good day today!” My patient’s greeting was a warm welcome as we started our visit. She was on the front porch, in her wheelchair, oxygen tubing snaking...

How Much Time Do I Have?

by jeastridge - She looked up at me with pleading eyes, her head resting on a freshly laundered pillow case and her hair, still damp, laid out against the white expanse to dry. Her voice was firm as she asked the...

Hospice Nurses and Social Workers: Hand in Hand

by jeastridge - Hospice Nurses and Social Workers: Hand in Hand I was relieved to see Helen’s car behind me, inching along the gravel road toward our next admission’s house. Already four miles in, we crunched...

Parish Nursing: A Variety of Roles

by jeastridge - Parish Nursing: A Variety of Roles I turned off the car and sat in Linda’s driveway for a few minutes, collecting my thoughts before going on in to make what I knew would be my last visit. I had...


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