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When the Patient Refuses Hospice

George stepped out of the hospital room and shut the door softly behind him. As his Faith Community Nurse, I had just stopped by to check in and asked him if it might be a good time to talk. "She...

Church Health Clinic: Making it Work

"I don't know what I've done in my life to deserve the level of kindness and caring I've received here. Saying thank you is not enough." "My health and well-being matter." "They're at the top of...

Nurses Smoking: Compassion Instead of Judgement

My friend excused herself after a long meeting. I knew where she was going-to the cold parking deck, to get in her car, to have a cigarette, to still her craving so she could get back to work and...

Annie Needs KIS (Keep It Simple): CPR in Crisis?

Our small town newspaper's headline screamed the story: "Baby Saved by CPR." Choking and turning blue, the infant had stopped breathing when a neighbor, trained in CPR, was able to appropriately...

Levels of Care 101: Nurses Help Caregivers

Levels of Care 101: Nurses Help Caregivers As my friend and I settled into a quick bite of lunch, I casually asked her, "So how are your parents getting along?" I knew she had been taking care of...

Driving While Elderly

Two stories, same basic question. Story #1: Elderly gentleman, kyphosis with limited neck mobility, oxygen dependent, severe COPD, walker dependent, very mentally sharp but medically fragile- refuses...

Can We Talk? End of Life Discussions

Can We Talk? End of Life Discussions Jan busied herself at the bedside of her patient, a woman she had seen before during a similar admission for COPD. As the woman struggled to breathe, Jan...

Nursing Job Change: Jump Ship or Sit Tight? 5 Things to Consider

As we walked around the track together, my friend shared some of her nursing job frustrations with me. She had been in her current position for a little over 2 years. Long enough, she felt, to know...

Teen Mental Health: Problem Prevention

When 17 year old Jordan Binion died from suicide, his parents, Deborah and Willie Binion, were devastated. The fact that he had been suffering from mental health issues prior to his death made the...

Serious Mental Illness: How Can We Help?

Serious Mental Illness: How Can We Help? Ed called me to ask if we could have coffee and talk. As his long-term friend and a Faith Community Nurse, I was happy to oblige and we set up a time....

Vaccinations Rock! How to Get Parents to Think So

A few weeks ago a friend with a new grandchild whispered to me, "What am I going to do? My daughter doesn't want to get the baby vaccinated!" My dismay must have been evident as I spoke gently to...

A Pause at the Moment of Death: Your Thoughts

The patient came in by ambulance after a motor vehicle accident. His body was intact because the impact had not been severe, but it appeared he had had a medical event that precipitated the crash and...

New Year Nurse

"Happy New Year!" The greeting was frequent as I walked the halls of the hospital on the first day of the new year. As I exchanged greetings with those I passed by, I began to wonder about making...

Working Holidays? 5 Ways to Make It Work for You

"The schedule is posted," my friend told me. Her tone indicated that she was not happy about it. When the holidays roll around, special events multiply as family, friends and co-workers gather....

Are You a "Fixer" Nurse? 5 Things to Consider

A friend approached me about caring for her elderly, increasingly disabled, parent. She told me about how her mom had become forgetful, slightly confused, and had a tendency to fall. Her worried eyes...


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