spotangel's Nursing Blog

spotangel, BSN, MSN 26,068 Views

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The two minute catheterization!

by spotangel - I saw the knife from the corner of my eye! The knife was pretty long and wicked looking. The woman on my right holding it was mad and was barely two feet away. On my left, stood another woman...

SHE COMES FIRST!

by spotangel - “Annie, I need your help!” My usually unflappable ED charge nurse Nilda look frazzled “What’s going on?” “I just spend 20 minutes with that guy in room 14, Mr. Uptown. His heart rate is 186;...

THE VISITORS

by spotangel - Sammy's eyes were wide, her hands nervously locked together. "Umm! Annie, I am not comfortable with this". "This”, being her dying patient on her first day off orientation on our telemetry...

THE SCENT OF DEATH

by spotangel - I froze by room 650 as I wheeled the med cart. The scent hit me. The overpowering scent of flowers candles and incense. The smell, I associated with death. This was a very familiar smell to...

Thank God for nurses!

by spotangel - “It’s everyone's responsibility. I don't want any explanation as to why you didn't know!” Tom, the administrator's voice was clearly frustrated as he spoke to the outgoing Night Nursing...

Can I Get A Priest?

by spotangel - The phone rang! I mentally cursed as I was in the middle of a narcotic count with the pharmacy who had come to drop off the narcotics for about 50 patients in the LTC I worked in. "Excuse me!"...

Nursing Supervisor - Walk In My Shoes For A Day!

by spotangel - 5 am-The alarm goes off . I get up bleary eyed wishing I could crawl back to bed. I have put in 5 days at my regular M-F job. This is day#6. This job helps me, help my college bound kids. 6 am-I...

Mary's Gift

by spotangel - It was Christmas Eve and I was in the ER working a 11am-11.30pm shift. I eyeballed her across the ER. She walked in with her son, an old frail lady. I looked at her pallor and shaky steps and knew in...

HELP ELLA! THEN ME!

by spotangel - HELP ELLA! THEN ME! She sat quietly as I drew her bloods after inserting a heplock. The ED was packed and as evening Manager, I had noticed that two of my nurses were struggling to play catch up...

I SAW HIM!

by spotangel - I scanned my list of patients for the day. Three unfamiliar names back to back in the morning; a prenatal visit, an INR (a patient on the blood thinner Coumadin) patient and a BP check patient. I...

But, she was fine this morning!

by spotangel - 1.20 PM The red phone rang in the ER. This was the EMS line when they called with an incoming emergency. “South side ER. This is Nurse Annie. May I help you?” “Nurse Annie, Brian from EMS...

THE HEALER

by spotangel - The day was not going as planned. I was covering another nurse on her break. One of my patients had to be rushed to surgery and she was profusely bleeding, another needed emergency dialysis as she...

Why did she do this to me?

by spotangel - The screaming echoed down the hallway followed by a string of curses and a crashing sound! My steps slowed down as I listened. The voice was familiar---too familiar. I rang the doorbell of the...

WAIT! DON'T GO!

by spotangel - WAIT! DON’T GO! I pulled the car to the side and put my hazard lights on. “Ok, where is this I have to go?” I asked the staffer at homecare. I jotted the address and put it in my GPS. That...

I Gotta See If He Is Dead!

by spotangel - I had a strange sense of anticipation as I walked in. Working as a perdiem Nursing supervisor(Assistant Director of Nursing) in a busy hospital, I had strongly felt that I needed to put myself down...


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