Misadventures of a Nurse

Jacqueline.Damm, ADN, RN 76,052 Views

My experience in nursing started when I realized I couldn't find adequate work with my Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. So I headed to the closest community college and have never looked back!

"There's Nothing Else We Can Do": The Tale of a Nurse on the Other Side

by Jacqueline.Damm - In recent weeks I’ve studied the clock a number of times while watching a family member sleep restlessly in their hospital bed as I wait hopefully for the doctor to come through. Rounds are few and...

Nostalgia: The Aches and Pains of the Real Nursing World

by Jacqueline.Damm - Real world nursing... Without having experience in nursing and knowledge of all the things that school doesn’t provide, I jumped head first into our beloved profession with an idea of what it was...

Fur Ball Therapy: Nurses Need it Too

by Jacqueline.Damm - For many people animals are an extension of their being. There is an unspoken understanding between humans and animals, and the bonds that can be formed are beyond powerful. I myself have found...

The Overly UN-zealous Hospitalist

by Jacqueline.Damm - It’s 0730 and bedside rounds with the night staff and day nurses have completed. Morning labs have been reviewed and the rush has begun. A new physician has strolled onto the scene with his coffee...

Patient Flow Madness

by Jacqueline.Damm - In recent weeks while talking with friends that are nurses, as well as fellow co-workers, I find myself hearing the same sort of worries and complaints that seems to be focused on patient flow...

The Hotel Phenomenon

by Jacqueline.Damm - It’s 0700 and the night shift is scrambling to give report as us day-shifters struggle in with our coffee breath and slightly askew hair. Part of the way through patient history of the terrible triad...

Complacency in Healthcare

by Jacqueline.Damm - Webster's Dictionary defines complacency in a way that we, as a people, can all understand. As nurses and caregivers, we know deep down that complacency is taken to an entirely different level within...

The Importance of Balance

by Jacqueline.Damm - I woke up. Not only did I wake up. I woke up MAD. Funny thing was, I had no reason for it. I hadn’t fought zombies the night before in my dreams and ended up on “team dead”. So what was the point? As...

Work Families: Where Nursing Shines

by Jacqueline.Damm - I was sitting at the nurse station on my unit when my boss walked by after interviewing a potential addition to our quirky team. All of us introduced ourselves and sent good wishes toward their...

Teamwork: What is Going to Make or Break Nursing

by Jacqueline.Damm - Responsiblities Many new responsibilities and stressors have been placed on nurses shoulders in the last few years. With alterations in insurance coverage, reimbursement, and shortages of hands on...

Disgusting Icky Stickies: Nurse Protect Yourself

by Jacqueline.Damm - Okay big bird. Yes, you in that yellow gown. Hello gorgeous! Thank you my dear, thank you for caring enough about the creepy crawlies to put on that personal protective gear. You my friend are a rock...

Shoes?! Socks?! Tights?! OH MY!

by Jacqueline.Damm - I drove around relentlessly for days, walking in and out of shoe stores trying on every pair of zapatos (shoes in Spanish...seemed fitting) that I could get my hands on. Yes, I was absolutely being...

Sticks and Stones

by Jacqueline.Damm - I am not sure about other places, but at least where I’ve worked in the past, gossip is a rhino in a china store on a rampage with only one intent--to destroy. I believe that stress breeds an...

Scholastic Calamity

by Jacqueline.Damm - I was not what you would call a traditional nursing student, though these days the route I took seems to be growing in popularity. I spent four years of my life getting a Bachelor of Science degree...

Code Blue: Where Do I Stand?

by Jacqueline.Damm - A bed alarm went off. A chair alarm next. Silence. Then the code blue alarm. I didn’t make the connection until I arrived in the room. It was the patient I had seen only mere hours earlier, a close...


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