Ruby Vee's Nursing Blog

Ruby Vee's Nursing Blog

Ruby Vee, BSN, RN 100,501 Views

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Domestic Violence: Rebuilding

by Ruby Vee - Years ago — decades, actually — I found myself at the side of a road, neck bruised from my then-husband’s attempts to strangle me and with nothing but the clothes I was wearing and my dog. I was...

Domestic Violence: The Elephant In The Room

by Ruby Vee - October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. It’s a topic that has been addressed online and in print, but one that is excruciatingly difficult to bring up in a face-to-face conversation. I know...

God Hates Nurses Now

by Ruby Vee - I was sitting in the waiting room of my oncologist's office, about an hour into the wait, when I got restless and got up to ask how much longer Dr. "FamousCancersurgeon" would be. "Oh," was the...

I Remember What It Was Like To Be A Terrified Nursing Student.

by Ruby Vee - I can assure you that despite my 38 years of experience, I remember vividly what it was like to be a terrified student or new graduate nurse on the nursing unit for the first time. Most of us old...

It's Already Gone On Long Enough

by Ruby Vee - My mother-in-law had a stroke last week. Details are sketchy -- she's several hundred miles away and the daughter who lives closest, a mammography technician, knows just enough to tantalize my...

New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!

by Ruby Vee - The first year of nursing is miserable. Everyone is miserable during the first year of nursing. You go from being a college student to being responsible for a full load of patients, and you aren't...

Domestic Violence: Telling Her To Leave Is Not Enough

by Ruby Vee - I know a little bit about domestic violence; I was once in an abusive relationship. Back then, healthcare workers didn't ask you, when you came to the hospital with injuries from "a fall" or...

Biting Your Tongue

by Ruby Vee - Things I'd like to say to patients (or their families) and get away with: "I'm so sorry no one told you that drinking a liter of hard liquor a day could cause heart problems. This must be a...

Domestic Violence: What Leaving Feels Like

by Ruby Vee - I’ve written about domestic violence several times — if my story can help someone else to see their own situation through clearer eyes and perhaps get out of the relationship, it’s worth the...

What To Expect From Your Preceptor

by Ruby Vee - We all have had these fantasies of what our preceptor would be like: warm, nurturing, a mother who protects you from doctors, managers and raging Physical Therapists and a friend who welcomes you to...

On Negative Feedback

by Ruby Vee - There's being blunt, honest and plain spoken. There's saying what you mean and meaning what you say. There's giving it to you straight, not pulling punches and there's even being rude or brusque. ...

Don't You Just Love It?

by Ruby Vee - Don't you just love it when someone posts a "homework question"? Something like "Why are all doctors so obnoxious?" or "What do you do about lazy CNAs?", but with no context? If it's a real...

New To The Forums

by Ruby Vee - I discovered online forums back in the late 1990s, when the usenet was at the height of it's popularity and text-only newsgroups were the only thing out there. You had to have a usenet account, and...

Domestic Violence: What Leaving Feels Like

by Ruby Vee - Imagine you got up from your computer right this minute, and walked out of your house knowing you will never, ever come back. Maybe you had a chance to grab your purse on the way past the chair...

The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen

by Ruby Vee - There are so many . . . . how to choose? There was the woman who'd had an aortic dissection repair, and things didn't go well. She had a perioperitive MI, a CVA and sepsis. All told, she was a...


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