NurseDirtyBird's Nursing Blog

By NurseDirtyBird

Joined Dec 15, '08 - from 'wa'. She has '6' year(s) of experience. Posts: 427 (77% Liked) Likes: 1,602

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.

Mental Illness Can Be Terminal

Dentistry has the highest rate of suicide by occupation, right? According to the APA, studies show that occupation is not a predictor of suicide risk. In one study of suicide rates between 2001 and 2005, dentists did not make the top 30 at all, for men or women. However, female nurses made the list - at #30. Age, gender and ethnicity tend to pose more of a suicide threat than occupation (Link to the chart High-risk occupations for suicide). White Americans and Native... Read More →

Hero Worship of Nurses: Misplaced

Time and time again, I see threads on this site along the lines of, "How could nurses be that way?" It seems many people, the general public, and students especially, believe that nurses are bastions of compassion, love, caring, sugar, spice and everything nice. Nurses are supposed to be infallible care-giving superheroes, called by a higher power to spread goodness, love, fairy dust and medication all over the world, 24/7. Nurses are supposed to be nurse-like when they're at home, at... Read More →

Mental Illness: A Family Affair

I was born into a tumultuous family. My father, scarred by his own childhood and my mother, a survivor of her mother's suicide and abuse at the hand of her father, met, married, and I came along soon after. During their brief marriage, my mother was admitted to a psychiatric unit three times, and released with a diagnosis of Manic Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. She refused to believe either of these diagnoses and was noncompliant with her treatment. She said she'd "just had... Read More →

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