nerdtonurse?'s Nursing Blog

By nerdtonurse?

Joined Sep 19, '06. Posts: 2,119 (68% Liked) Likes: 8,301

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.

North 14 - The room where the patient died.

What in the world? I was standing in the storeroom on North Wing – and it was huge. Unlike the cramped space on our floor that had obviously been an old broom closet, this was a complete patient room that had been turned into storage; the old callbell light was still over the door. The bar with the code blue button, the connections for the callbell, suction and O2 were gone, and replaced with racks. The racks held everything from the ortho equipment we needed to put trapezes on beds to... Read More →

Lessons from a blind man

It was one of those nightmare weekends that made me wish I'd never left the deathless, bloodless world of computer engineering. A patient I'd grown attached to was dying from lung cancer, and every time I'd go in his room to check him, he'd pull down the 100% rebreather and gasp, "Is she here yet?" The "she" in question was his daughter. And, no, she was not coming. You never know what a person's past is, or the darkness that might have shadowed a relationship, but the daughter had been... Read More →

The Patient I Failed

She knew what she wanted. She'd watched her husband of 52 years die on a vent, and followed his wishes to remain a full code. But she knew that was not what she wanted for herself. So, she wrote a Living Will, had it notarized, gave it to her personal physician, told all her friends and family what she did not want. She wasn't eligible for a DNR, as she was a healthy 89-year-old, but she knew what she wanted. "I do not wish my heart to be restarted through usage of any chemical,... Read More →

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