Ruby Vee's Nursing Blog

Ruby Vee's Nursing Blog

Ruby Vee, BSN, RN 96,732 Views

Joined Jun 28, '02. Posts: 10,379 (69% Liked) Likes: 41,031

How To Be A Great ICU Colleague

by Ruby Vee - Welcome to the ICU. We're happy to have you here, and we know you want to be a great ICU nurse. That's going to take a long time, but you can be a great colleague in the mean time. When you...

The Case For Job Hopping

by Ruby Vee - Actual excuse for leaving her fourth job in 12 months -- and remarkably similar to her reasons for leaving the other three jobs. While I won't deny that bullies exist, there aren't any more bullies...

Mistakes are Inevitable: No one is perfect.

by Ruby Vee - A former colleague of mine, a lovely woman I'll call Lauren, made an enormous and fatal medication error on her first night shift off of orientation. She gave 5 mg. of digoxin IV push-not 0.5 mg. She...

Why Do I Care?

by Ruby Vee - Why do I care that new nurses leave our unit after less than two years -- often after less than one year? Why do I care, when they're adults. They're going to have to live with the consequences of...

Nursing: The Caring Profession

by Ruby Vee - I've gone on record as vigorously opposing the idea that one must have a "calling" to become a nurse, or even to become a good nurse. Even someone who is just in it "for the money" can be a fabulous...

Coping: Dark Humor and Silver Linings

by Ruby Vee - Coping with cancer is a lot like coping with nursing -- or life, even -- humor helps as does actively seeking the silver lining. Dark humor seems to help the most, or perhaps it's just that I'm...

"One Measly Act Of Charity"

by Ruby Vee - I was middle-aged when I decided to become Catholic. My mother was raised in a fundamentalist church -- one of those churches where Sunday services last all day and there’s a lot of (literal) Bible...

Ghost Building

by Ruby Vee - Ghost Building I've always wondered what happens to the ghosts that haunt a building once the building is demolished. Do they go off into oblivion once the building is gone? Or do they stay at...

Managing 24/7 Visitors

by Ruby Vee - A brand new ICU patient, whether they are crashing with cardiogenic shock, fresh from the ER in septic shock or just back from the OR, is a busy patient. There are assessments to be done, labs to be...

Pink Tolerance

by Ruby Vee - I've always hated pink. My color was RED, my sister's was pink. Then I had breast cancer. The fateful mammogram was two years ago, and I had my oncology visit at the Breast Center this afternoon. ...

Humor: The Most Essential Quality

by Ruby Vee - Nurses laugh at some mighty inappropriate things, but sometimes you either have to laugh or you'll cry. Laughing is healthier in the long run, and it's much more fun! Someone asked me the other...

About That Avatar...

by Ruby Vee - It seems that every year, there's a new bunch of AN members who use their own photo as an avatar. It's a dangerous practice. The internet isn't really as anonymous as we all like to think it is,...

The Calling: What Made Me Pursue a Nursing Career

by Ruby Vee - "Become a nurse just for the money? How can you possibly be a good nurse if you're doing it just for the money?" The implication seems to be that in order to be a good nurse, one has to have a...

For Those Considering A Career In Nursing

by Ruby Vee - I've been a nurse for a lONG time -- probably longer than most of you reading this have been alive. Had I known what I was getting into, I probably would not have gotten into it. Fortunately, I had...

"It isn't your mother; it's the disease"

by Ruby Vee - I wish I had a dollar for every time my mother's or my mother-in-law's bad behavior prompted a nurse or a CNA somewhere to tell me that. Mom curses at me and tells me I'm ugly and stupid -- the...


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