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Thanks for visiting my allnurses page. I live in TN and have been a member of allnurses since June 2006. I have been an RN for more than 35 years and have experience in Pediatrics, Med-Surg, Disaster Nursing, Home Health, Psychiatric Nursing. I am currently a Parish Nurse and a BLS instructor. Be sure to read the articles in my blog.

The following are articles I have written and shared with the nursing community. If you enjoy an article please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Life after the Boston Marathon Bombing - Coping with the Trauma

As thousands gathered on Monday, April 15, “Patriots Day” to participate in or cheer on runners in one of America’s well-known events, the Boston Marathon, little did anyone know that the sunny day would soon be darkened by senseless acts of terrorism. While thousands were focused on crossing the finish line and completing the race, two brothers had another goal in mind. The horrific drama that gripped Boston, the surrounding area, and the world for more than 5 days, began when two... Read More →


Be the Nurse You Would Want as a Patient

If you have had the misfortune of being a patient in the hospital, what stands out about your experience? No matter the specific reason for your admission, I’m sure it was an experience you would rather not have had. What was it that made your experience a good one.......or a not so good one?? Was it the care you received......... or the care you did not receive?? Nurses do not have the ability to change your reason for being in the hospital, but they do have the capacity to make your... Read More →


Munchausen by Internet: The Lying Disease that Preys on the Heart

For decades, people have heard of Munchausen syndrome, a disorder characterized by people taking extraordinary measures to fake illnesses or psychological trauma for the sole purpose of attracting attention and sympathy from others. Munchausen sufferers will do almost anything to validate the delusion of their illness. Another variation of this disorder is Munchausen by proxy, in which people physically or psychologically harm loved ones to gain attention and sympathy. In more recent... Read More →


Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly; Christmas Traditions in Your Workplace

“Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly"......... "Tis the Season to be Jolly"....... Sure we all are excited and making preparations for the holidays. There are signs of Christmas everywhere.....lights, trees, ornaments, Christmas songs.......everywhere? Even at work?? Sure.....we can all whistle the songs of Christmas while we work. But do you deck you workplace halls for the holidays? What about parties and mini events? If your workplace happens to be in a hospital, chances are you have... Read More →


Thanksgiving Came on Monday

Monday was a particularly busy day......... one filled with a few unexpected blessings The first half of the day, while busy, was filled with my normal Monday, start-of-the week tasks. Nothing really out of the ordinary. It was later in the day when the surprises began. I am on a community-related committee that was sponsoring a fitness event that afternoon involving kids from the community. The special guest was a 23 year old Paralympic medalist who received a silver and bronze... Read More →


How Would You Rate Your Pain????

I was with a friend recently who was awaiting a craniotomy. We were in the OR holding area when the nurse came in and asked him “How would you rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten with zero being no pain and ten being the worst possible pain you could imagine?” Now my friend has a sense of humor, however at this moment he was definitely not trying to be funny when he tried to give his answer. He was very perplexed. “What do you mean? How would I rate my pain? I am not having any... Read More →


I am Afraid. Please Pray for Me.

Many of us view the healthcare setting as a place of employment where we we are comfortable. To patients, however, this medical setting is a maze with frightening and uncertain twists and turns, ups and downs into which they have entered, usually not by choice. They do not know the language, and quite often do not get adequate interpretation to fully understand their condition. This is especially frightening when they are called upon to make monumental decisions that can have life-changing... Read More →


When Nurses Cry

Although it’s been more than 30 years ago, I remember the occasion very clearly. My first death on Peds as the charge nurse. It was horrible. A four-month old with a congenital heart defect was to be discharged that afternoon. He was to go home and grow a bit more before undergoing a surgery that would correct his heart anomaly. I had just come from the room not 5 minutes earlier and the baby was laughing and playing on his father’s lap. So cute..... The frantic father suddenly... Read More →


Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

Do you ever have one of those days where it seems like you’ve been busy all day....... yet at the end of the day you look around and can’t see that you’ve really accomplished anything?? You wonder what in the world happened to the day. What were you doing all day long? You remember starting several activities..... You know you did something because you are very tired. Does this sound familiar? Let me tell you more about this disorder. But wait just a few minutes while I go get... Read More →


Nursing: Then and Now

The nursing profession, as a whole, as well as the role of the nurse have evolved dramatically over the past several decades. I personally have witnessed the changing face of nursing during my 30+ years in the profession. Gone are the days when nurses were thought of as little more than helpers or assistants for physicians. Today’s nurses are healthcare professionals in their own right, playing an important and vital role in providing excellent healthcare. Looking back to when I was in... Read More →


Caution! Don't Cross that Line - Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Unlike personal boundaries which you set for yourself, many professional boundaries are already established and are less flexible.The American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing set out clear expectations for therapeutic and professional nurse-client relationships. Laws create some boundaries; other limits are set by the NCSBA as a licensing body and others by practice setting policy. Still other expectations of conduct are... Read More →


Do Not Enter - No Boys Allowed; Setting Boundaries

DO NOT ENTER - NO BOYS ALLOWED!!! As a child, my family took yearly vacations to a location that was more than 1,000 miles away. That meant many long hours in the car, sharing the back seat with my older brother. YUCK!! We were permitted to take things with us to keep us occupied for the long journey....... coloring books, comic books, games, Barbies, etc. This was well before the time of DVD players mounted in the car. We didn’t even have a tape deck. But we did have seat belts which... Read More →


Dispensing Emergency Spiritual Care

“One department at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center stands out for its unique emergency supplies: Muslim prayer rugs, recordings of Buddhist monks chanting, Christian Bibles and Jewish prayer shawls.” “For patients struck by a serious illness or a deadly diagnosis, those supplies are just one way the Spiritual Care Department helps patients cope with a crisis. The chaplains offer company, spiritual guidance and religious materials to patients of every stripe, from the deeply observant to... Read More →


From the Other Side of the Bed Rails - When the Nurse Becomes the Patient

I had an interesting experience today. I walked into a hematology/oncology office ......... but this time as the patient. It’s strange how much different it feels when you, the nurse, suddenly become the patient. It looks much different through the patient’s eyes. I looked around at the people in the waiting room, wondering……. what’s wrong with that lady? Does she have cancer? Poor thing. Then I thought… Gee….. Maybe she’s wondering the same thing about me. I wanted to reassure... Read More →


Who is Responsible for Discussing End-of-Life Treatment Options?

Who is responsible for discussing end-of-life treatment options with the patient…….the physician? The nurse? In most instances it is the physician’s responsibility to initiate discussion and determine a plan of treatment. But what if the patient is not given information on all the options? What if the nurse does not think the patient and family have been given adequate information or disagrees with the physician? According to the ANA Code of Ethics, “The nurse's primary commitment is... Read More →



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