NurseAlwaysNForever's Nursing Blog

By NurseAlwaysNForever

Joined Jan 10, '08. Posts: 144 (39% Liked) Likes: 455

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.

Head Bugs....

Working in the lock down unit at the first nursing home I ever worked at was always hilarious. Most of the funny things I have experienced as a nurse have been because I misunderstood something I was being told. I am very “book” smart, but the hubby says I have no common sense what so ever. On this particular night my patient, I’ll call him Ray, approached the nursing station with his headphones in his ears and his big black glasses on. You know, the kind they give you after you get... Read More →

Nurse Suzy-Q to the RESCUE!!!!

Average day with an average med pass, right? It’s the weekend, no head honcho’s in sight, and I’m a new nurse eager to do a great job. Still not comfortable in my own skin, but starting to get in a “routine“. Heck, it was Sunday and nothing could go wrong, right? NOT. Here I am moseying down the hall taking care of business. VS before dig, crush so and so‘s meds, not the Dilantin capsule though, put it in a bit of apple sauce. Flush the peg. “Med pass for you.” “Open wide, here you go.” “Now... Read More →

What a Nightmare.... (Humorous)

So, the alarm went off at 5 am, me, I'm still tired so I hit snooze. Finally, 6:30 rolls around and I'm jumping out of bed and scrambling to be at work by 7. Arrive at work at 6:59, rush to clock in, realize, hey, my badge is still at the house. Okay, no big deal. I fill out a paper for my time. Report to the morning meeting and sit down to get report. My boss is looking at me and keeps licking the side of her lip. I'm thinking what the heck is wrong with this lady? Finally, I realize... Read More →

Fixodent or Forget it!

I sat down to read Allnurses yesterday evening at about 6pm. My fellow co-worker called to tell me she had received a call on a patient with excessive secretions at a nursing home 2 blocks from my house. I offered to go, she said she was already on the way. I told her to pick me up and I would go with her. I don’t know why, but I just wanted to go. So much for a “night off” right? So, she arrived and we chit chatted all the way to the nursing home, having a good ole time. When we... Read More →

Thanksgiving Humor

My first Thanksgiving away from my family was spent working a 16 hour shift at the nursing home. For days before Thanksgiving I ranted and raved about how my family better save me some good food, especially pumpkin pie. This nurse loves some good food. I look forward to the holiday season all year long. The day came and I went to work a little less than enthusiastically. I didn’t want to be there, but I realized that my patients needed me regardless. The cafeteria personnel had informed... Read More →

Halloween Humor

Halloween has always been a fun holiday for me. I used to love to get dressed up and trick or treat. As a new nurse I decided to dress up for Halloween, both for my enjoyment and to entertain my patients. I thought it would be a wonderful way to spend the day with my patients and bring some of the Halloween festivities to them. We had plans for children to visit the long term care facility I worked at and we were going to hand out candy. I thought it might just liven things up a bit if I... Read More →

Mid shift shower.....

All names have been changed and some words are misspelled for pronunciation purposes and curse words have been changed or left out. Nellie was an 80ish year old lady with Alzheimer’s. She wore red lipstick and big sun glasses, even just sitting in her room. She had no children, no family so to speak of. She had been married to one man, her entire life. His name was Chuck, however, she rarely spoke of Chuck or acknowledged his existence, she spoke very lovingly of Leroy, her child hood... Read More →

Anniversary Interrupted.......

I once had a husband and wife couple. It was my first week at the job and I was a brand new nurse working the night shift. My CNA was on her lunch break. I often made rounds while she was out, just to catch the call lights and keep an eye on everything. That night I was making my rounds and could hear someone moaning. I found him lying in the hospital bed moaning and grasping the lower part of his abdomen. He appeared to be in agony. I asked him where he hurt. He shook his head no. I... Read More →

The Mystery of the Denture Bandit(s)……

We once had a denture bandit at the nursing home I worked at. Several patients dentures came up missing, usually about a pair a week, and a few days later they would show up back in the denture cup. I had no idea what could be happening and had begun checking all trays before they were being picked up and questioning the laundry if they were finding any. Nope, no one had seen any dentures in any unexpected places. This went on for several weeks, so I took it upon myself to put the... Read More →

Chocolate anyone???

Walking down the hall one Valentine's day I hear a little old lady calling out, "Chocolate anyone? Anybody want some chocolate?" I entered her room and found her sitting there in her wheel chair with a brand new box of chocolates her nephew had brought her. She was wearing a red dress and was the picture of an elderly valentine queen. Maybe she would win the contest at the nursing home. I smiled when I saw her, she had chocolate smeared all over her face and hands. I was pleased that she... Read More →

The day you died.........

The day you died your daughter came running outside as I pulled up in your drive. It was around 3 pm. She was wearing the same clothes she had on the day before you died, her hair was wild, and she had tears streaming down her face. “Daddy needs you. I don’t know what to do.” We made our way up the sidewalk, my heart thudding each step of the way. I knew you had been declining. I had even talked to your daughter about your “transition”. She had been in denial and didn’t really want to... Read More →

Brave little soldier boy.......

When becoming a hospice nurse I was asked several questions. The toughest was how I would deal with the death of a child. I didn't quite know how to answer the question. I wanted the job, but couldn't imagine accepting a child's death. My answer was nothing short of the plain simple truth. That I wasn't sure I would be able to, that I really didn't want to ever be in that situation. I got the job and was told that if we got any kids I probably wouldn't have to take care of them. We don't... Read More →

"I'm Leaving You Here....."

I graduated nursing school in August of 2005 and went straight to work at a local nursing home. I had never intended on becoming a nurse, however that is the direction that God sent me in and I have not regretted it ever since. I loved the nursing home and getting to know all of the patients and their families. I never had grand parents and they all just kind of filled the gap for me. Each of my patients were like an extension to my family. Every time I had a pt that got put on hospice... Read More →

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