General E. Speaking, RN's Nursing Blog

By General E. Speaking, RN

Joined Apr 1, '02. Posts: 2,575 (18% Liked) Likes: 1,607

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.

My 20th Year in Nursing

This year marks my twentieth year as a nurse. Hard to believe. I wonder how many patients I have cared for in twenty years? It boggles my mind. I am certainly not the same nurse I used to be. Long gone is that young naive girl that graduated LVN school in 1990. She was a little scared and insecure with her abilities to perform her newly- learned duties. She had an innocence about her, though, which allowed her to adapt to this strange environment and eventually excel in the nursing... Read More →

The Patient Nurse

The Patient Nurse It is not easy to switch roles. Especially if one has been in their particular role for a couple of decades. It just doesn’t feel “right” to be the patient. I did not like it, not one bit. To make matters worse, I was a patient in my own hospital. I had an elective orthopedic procedure requiring a three day stay. “Elective” is a bit of a stretch- a joke actually. I guess there are some superhuman people who could walk around without any cartilage on the lateral... Read More →

An Unbeating Heart

I woke to what was supposed to be a usual work day. How could I have known that in approximately 6 hours I would be standing 4 feet from an open chest staring at an unbeating heart? "The monitor tech is sick. We are in a bind. You will be the monitor tech today" the house supervisor casually told me as I was searching for my assignment on the white dry eraser board on my Telemetry Unit. I have only been an official RN since June 2008- a mere 3 months. I say "official" because... Read More →

Gringo's Question

Gringo’s Question The decision to further my education and become a Registered Nurse (R. N.) has affected my life in ways I would have never imagined. Twenty years ago, I did not have any aspirations of attending college. Like many others, I was not a particularly bad student; I just did not apply myself. When I learned of the Cosmetology program my high school offered to junior and senior students, I decided that was for me. I remember distinctly telling the counselor, “I have no... Read More →

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