marty6001's Nursing Blog

By marty6001

Joined Aug 31, '06. Posts: 155 (29% Liked) Likes: 257

My defining moment as a nurse...

My most defining professional moment in my career came about not when I was with a patient, but when we were home with our newborn daughter. The call came at 4:47pm on a Wednesday. We had brought our daughter home after an extremely uneventful birth. Our second child, she had come out the exact opposite of our son. Eyes open, awake, staring at us as if to say, "Yeah, I am here." After three days we went home and began our second trip through exhaustion, night feedings, diaper changes,... Read More →


Share those precious last minutes, they deserve it...

"A ball had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through the sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder. There was no more to be done for him and I left him to his rest. I have never mended that hole in my sleeve." - Clara Barton Death is commonplace to me. As a former ICU nurse and now acute care nurse practitioner, I dare say I have seen hundreds of people die. I consider it a sacred act to be there at the time of a patient's... Read More →


10 years later.. Remembering my first clinical patient

I still remember my first clinical patient well. I was a brand new nursing student, never having touched a patient before starting school, and now she was in my care. She was elderly, although I don't remember her exact age. She had a past medical history list longer than my care plans, everything that could go wrong for this woman had. End stage renal disease on hemo-dialysis. Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hypereverything as I recall. And of course depression. Always depression. I... Read More →


Dear nursing student

Dear clinical student, I am your soon-to-be instructor. Know that I love this profession and have dedicated my life to it and to my patients. I consider this profession to be a calling. I did not come to this profession for money, for prestige, or for the title. I came to it for the love of caring for people at their worse. Along the way I discovered that I love to teach the next generation this love as well, while at the same time instilling in you all the importance of taking this... Read More →



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