morecoffeepls's Nursing Blog

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Joined Aug 20, '10 - from 'Stratford, CT'. morecoffeepls is a Professional Coffee Drinker. He has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Psychiatry'. Posts: 131 (45% Liked) Likes: 215

On Becoming a Nurse

I was a banker when I met my wife. Before that, among other things, a silver-tongued used car salesman. A lifetime ago, I was in the Human Services field, helping people with special needs and struggling to pay my bills. I've had several careers and a myriad of jobs. When my wife's family persuaded me to manage their successful restaurant with an imminent ownership carrot, I felt my future was secured; however, when my wife became pregnant with our first son, working twelve hours a day seven... Read More →

The Boy at the Bottom of the Stairs

We try to teach our children how to be good. Being innocent isn't necessarily the same thing, and some day, when the sheen has worn off, becoming a virtuous person in this world will mean making hard decisions and choosing difficult paths. I was fortunate enough to have a saint for a mother, and two sisters with Down Syndrome who taught me everything I will ever know about compassion. My moral upbringing and idyllic childhood are how the world and my place in it were given meaning - and why, I... Read More →

Carry Me Across

I've only been a nurse for a few years now. I was hired as a new grad to work full-time nights on an inpatient psychiatric unit. I am the only nurse on my shift, and the long-standing mental health worker is reticent and sleepy and barely there, so to speak. That works for me. I don't like to be helped unless it's absolutely necessary. Sometimes it gets hectic - like when there are 3 or 4 admissions and it's a full moon. For the most part, however, my lovely little 14-bed unit is "the Q word".... Read More →