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Caring For A Family Suffering A Fetal Demise

By mother/babyRN - Sometimes the most difficult and poignant things we can do as OB nurses, is simply be there.... George and Martha Night time briskness slapped me in the face as I climbed in to my car for the familiar trek to work. It was my third scheduled night shift but only the first I had felt half way healthy enough to attend. I had called ahead to prepare myself for the pace of the unit, and was already exhausted at the prospect of a... Read More

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat

By andre - One of my assigned patients is dying of metastatic liver cancer. I was told in report, "he's full of mets". The day before I took care of him, Hospice was consulted. He had a significant amount of pain, but if we kept up with his Oxy (he also has a Duragesic patch) he was comfortable. So my usual morning routine goes like this: print my report sheet, and start putting in my little boxes for med times, assessments, etc (yes, I'm the... Read More

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The Crusty County Nurse Cracks Just a Bit

By it'sallbueno - I see by the glowing green light on my 80's digital alarm clock I have missed the article contest deadline by 8 minutes. Granted, the forums were down and I was unable to submit at 2350 (when I first attempted to log in) but that hardly excuses my month long procrastination. But I have some thoughts to share, regardless of deadlines, so here goes... You don't get to be a nurse for almost 20 years and not learn a few tricks of the... Read More

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Baby Doe

By DutchgirlRN - There is only one group of people in the United States that are required and forced by law to accept medical treatment. The argument is that this group of people are not rational autonomous individuals and that they are not able to give free and informed consent. In 1984 Congress amended our laws to mandate that all infants born in the United States receive medical care. No matter how sick or disabled, all newborns must be treated... Read More

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In Bed With Dying Patient

By interleukin - Sometimes, a family member's behavior is so clouded by the grief and shock of a loss that we must be courageous enough to practice outside the box. My patient had been ejected from his car after hitting black ice. His prognosis for any recovery was a hairs-breath above zero. We knew he would never again walk this earth. The family was large and streamed in and out of the room. All were polite and respectful. The wife dutifully... Read More

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Common Problems With Breastfeeding

By HeartsOpenWide - “So often in nursing school we have to write these papers that often come out sounding like an astute textbook. Confusing facts to the lay person, big words, medical terminology, etc. I wrote this directed to the patient because I think it is good practice to help remember how to talk in layman's terms. Many people have a misunderstanding that breastfeeding comes natural; the misconceptions that all a mother has to do is put her... Read More

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Why Are We Here

By CHATSDALE - what makes us a nurse: sometimes becoming a nurse is the dream of a lifetime born perhaps in childhood on seeing the competent care given loved one or perhaps themselves. care that struck a cord in an impressionable little head. sometimes it is being the child of a nurse who comes home tired and yet has the energy to be a parent, a parent who teaches work ethic, honesty the foundations in being a good nurse sometimes it is the... Read More

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The Mahogany Door

By Bill E. Rubin - My first clinical rotation was at Massachusetts General Hospital. It was in a part of the hospital known as Phillips House 22, a lockdown medical-surgical unit on the 22nd floor of the Ellison Building, a modern glass tower that's part of the Mass. General main campus in the West End. Phillips House is a unit of private rooms with appointments that make most hotels I've stayed in look utilitarian by comparison. Part of the reason for... Read More

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Something of Value

By chadash - I have always wanted to enter an essay contest, but have the unfortunate dilemma of having nothing to say. But should that stop me? How much of life is occupied by the vain pursuit of excellence in areas of no value? Let’s consider, for instance, pop culture. Few things are done with such fervor and finesse, but what is it really? Is it” dust in the wind”, as a famous rock philosopher would say? Ahhhh, but then, that would be... Read More

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Tips On How To Be An Extraordinary Med-Surg Nurse

By Bugaloo - Medical-Surgical nursing is the largest specialty area in nursing. Many nurses start their nursing career in Med-Surg, acquire excellent clinical skills, and then move on to other specialized areas. Others, like myself, enjoy the myriad of medical conditions on the Med-Surg floor and thrive in that environment. What are the advantages of being a Med-Surg nurse? Med-Surg nurses develop a broad knowledge base of many different... Read More

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That's My Girl!

By 4nrn - That’s my girl! Ruben Frank (not real name) rose this morning, as he does every morning, to the sound of rustling bed covers, running water and squeaking wheelchairs. All courtesy of the nursing staff who come in to wake his dear bride of more than 50 years to bath, dress and ready her for the day. This was the daily routine before breakfast was served in the main dining hall of the assisted living community in which they now live.... Read More

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Becoming A Nurse

By NebraskaRN - I did not even finish high school I only had a general education diploma (G.E.D.) and I thought that I could not do anything. I had a lot of times when I was sick. I knew that I liked to care for people and things. That is when I thought about being a nurse. I thought that taking care of babies that a lot nurses would not be able to care for would be very rewarding and challenging. I enrolled into college even before my high school... Read More

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Hospice Career

By vwevans - I have been a Nurse for 27 years. That seems like so many years, especially if you are a new graduate nurse. Yet, for me, the years have passed very fast. Many times I have wondered how my nursing career could have been different. You see, I am one of those nurses who could never seem to find my niche in the many areas available to us in the profession. In fact, when I was in nursing school, I wasn't even aware of all the areas... Read More

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Saudi Arabia - Good Idea or Not

By 43RN20 - As seen by a Registered Nurse from the United States, who is now on assignment, it can be hard to adjust to hospital nursing in Saudi Arabia. That is particularly true in the hospital complex that serves the Saudi Royal Family. The very size of this facility is daunting. It is a 1 km straight walk from the front door to the back entrance. To an American nurse, it seems like an upside-down system of Policies and Procedures that fails to... Read More

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Things That Go Boooop In The Night

By Angie O'Plasty, RN - warning: this is an attempt at nursing humor. any resemblance to any situation or person, living, dead, or half-dead from lack of sleep, is entirely coincidental. all rights reserved and all tongues in cheeks. i figured something out last night. the maker of grocery carts changed jobs. you know, you grab a grocery cart, the wheels start shimmying like four strippers with thongs full of loose change? yeah, that's the guy. well, he... Read More

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Hospice: Knowledge and Wisdom Worth Dying For

By WaynesvilleRN - Leading up to May 2007, I had worked in a variety of nursing areas. I have worked in long-term care facilities, Peds, PICU, NICU, PASU, ICF/MR, SDC, OPS, and Endo. Wow, there are a lot of abbreviations in the world of medicine. I made the decision to step out of management and in to the world of Hospice. Hospice: A New Direction Now I wasn’t just stepping back into a direct care role on "the floor" of Med/Surg. No, I took a... Read More

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The Last Bag of Pretzels

By Irish339 - Most of us run away from the dying. I spent 17 years in the ER fighting death. Death was our enemy. We posted statistics on the board at night. ER 5, Death 7. We couldn’t bear to lose a patient. Especially horrific is a patient that walks in, only to expire in our hands. How can this happen? We have the technology. We have the skill. How can this person slip through our very capable hands? We reviewed the tragedies.... Read More

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Daily Profile of a Student Nurse

By gemini_star - At 1 o’clock in the morning, I found her wide awake reading a 9-lb Medical Surgical Nursing Book on her study table. An orange highlighter was held firmly by her right hand, highlighting the important words as she goes along. She religiously reads it page by page without minding the late hours. The next day, she was in front of the computer typing some reviewer. The following day she was writing another set of notes on the index cards... Read More


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