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Suicide

By NurseKymba - During my illness, I received word that my Great Auntie had died. In the next sentence I learned she had taken her own life. She did this the week before her husband's scheduled memorial service. *sigh* I am still grieving her loss. Tomorrow is their joint memorial... one I really wanted to attend. But since I just had surgery last week, I can't travel. I dropped my parents and brother off at the airport yesterday, after... Read More

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I Don't Know Nothin' 'Bout Birthin' No Babies

By Ms Kylee - My very pregnant sister in law called me one day and said "I'm being induced on October 15. I'd like it if you'd be there since you keep talking about going to Nursing School." I hesitated. I took a deep breath. I really wanted to be there, but was it really my place since I knew my brother would be there, and I was sure she would want her Mom there, and my Mom as well. I clutched the phone. "I don't know nothin' 'bout... Read More

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Going into Nursing... and the Proverbial Kick in the Butt that got me started

By Ms Kylee - I've wanted to be a nurse since I was five years old. On my first day of Kindergarten, I announced at the dinner table that I wanted to be a Nurse when I grew up. I continued along the path until high school, and then decided to go for Practical instead of Registered because I could get done sooner and be out in the world giving excellent patient care. I got talked out of Nursing. I heard from practically everyone that offered... Read More

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Patient Teaching Guide: Coumadin Therapy

By Bugaloo - This is an informational guide that I created for patients who are presently on Coumadin or expected to be on Coumadin upon discharge. It is in article form because it was a freelance article that I wrote. As we all know, it is up to nurses to do patient teaching, not the doctors! It is written in simple terminology that all patients can understand. When I was a home health nurse, it seemed that I was always doing research on diseases... Read More

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Helpful Hints: Female Patient Urinary Catheter Insertion

By Hellllllo Nurse - Helpful Hints: Female Patient Urinary Catheter Insertion With some female patients, insertion of a urinary catheter can be difficult. The level of difficulty can increased due to variations in anatomy, or swelling related to medical procedures or disease processes. These situations can serve to obscure visualization of the urinary meatus, thus complicating catheter placement. Additionally, when a woman is supine for the catheter... Read More

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Drive Through Dialysis: A Study in Resource Utilization

By Hellllllo Nurse - I recently applied for a nursing position for which I was required to write an essay describing my nursing experience, as part of the application process. The instructions were to write from my experience, citing specific examples of ways I've utilized the Nursing Process, and my skills as a nurse. My essay ended up being 18 pages long. Here is what I wrote under the Resource Utilization section. DRIVE THROUGH DIALYSIS: A Study in... Read More

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What Being a Nurse Has Taught Me

By Bugaloo - I have been a nurse for 14 years and over the years I have learned many things. I have learned that there are days when 12 hours feels like 24 hours. I have learned that it is okay to cry because you are frustrated. Just make sure that you are alone when you do it. It is also okay to cry with a patient and their family. I have learned that upper management really has no clue as to what goes on out on the floor. I have learned that... Read More

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Family-Focused Care in Adult Critical Care

By VickyRN - the move towards open visitation abstract this paper explores the issues surrounding family-focused care and open visitation in the adult critical care environment and is divided into three sections. the first section reviews the empirical and theoretical literature on family visitation and critically surveys the application of open visitation policies in the icu. the second section examines the attitudes of nurses towards... Read More

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The Patients Who Break Your Heart

By VivaLasViejas - From the earliest days of nursing school, when we were taught never to become "too involved" with our patients, we nurses find ourselves balancing precariously on the gossamer thread that separates caring for people and caring about them. Being only human, of course, we sometimes cross the line despite our best efforts........and the nurse whose restless dreams are unpopulated by the ghosts of past patients must surely be a rare bird... Read More

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Art of Nursing

By NurseKymba - Nurses are old and young, tall and short, skinny and wide. We come from all walks of life. Some choose to enter the nursing profession for job security, others to help those around them. Throughout our schooling, we are taught and tested on the science of nursing. Our primary focus is the ability to recall important facts, to think ahead of the current situation, and to understand interactions between the patient and the interventions... Read More

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Putting A Face On Mental Illness: A Personal Story

By Bugaloo - I was just a baby when my mother's little brother, Bob, tried to take his own life. He was 18. My grandpa was the one who found him, lying unconscious in a haze of exhaust and carbon monoxide. He pulled him from the garage, saving his life. As I grew up, my brothers and I spent a lot of time with uncle Bob. He was fun to be around. He would strum a song for us on his guitar, making the words up as he went along. He also was a gifted... Read More

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Don't be afraid to ask why...

By jodi_cmsrn - As a new nurse starting out, I remember learning multiple new things every day. Our facility has a couple physician's that are legendary for their temperments. I have always been the type of person that wants to understand why I am doing something, and would always ask why? Why are we doing this? Why are we doing this like this? Why is this going to work? One day I was preparing a patient for an angioplasty and the patient had... Read More

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We are Nurses

By hellerd2003 - I always assumed, as a new nurse, that after a year or so, I’d know it all. There are some things for which school prepares you. How to spike an IV bag, how to administer standard medications as scheduled; how to make the perfect care plan. Yet nursing is not about the perfect care plan, and although one can, as a nurse, pride themselves on their ability to give out daily meds or set up IV tubing, there is so much more than that... Read More

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The Phone Call from Beyond

By Hellllllo Nurse - Strange, but true story: About twelve years ago, I was working nights as an LPN at an inpatient hospice unit. It was a quiet night. I was sitting in a patient's room with the patient and her family. I will call the patient "Gladys." Gladys was quietly actively dying, and her son "Bill" and daughter-in-law "Sue" were with her. I heard the phone ring at the desk. The CNA "Mary", answered it, took a message and met me in the... Read More

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The Patients You Will Never Forget

By Bugaloo - Over the years, I have probably cared for thousands of patients. Most of them I don't remember, but there are a few who have stood out in my mind, for one reason or another. When I was in nursing school, I was doing my rotation in OB/L&D. I was still single with no children of my own, so to me, the Miracle of Birth was awe inspiring. My first patient was a 16 year old girl. Her boyfriend was 15 and looked 12. She was fairly well... Read More

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How Far Have I Really Come?

By cmo421 - The first thought that comes to my mind is a quote from the bible, "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways."1Corinthians 13:11 I was just a child when I became an RN. Not yet 20 and in charge of a 42 pt unit at night. Many a night I held the hand of a dying person, cleaned the still warm body of a just passed pt, medicated and... Read More

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Respect and Religion: Learning a Lesson

By SICU Queen - I recently had a discussion with one of my coworkers in which she related to me that she was having issues with supporting a family who was dealing with withdrawal of life support from a loved one. She was very frustrated and thought the problem was due to a difference in religious beliefs. It struck me how difficult it is for some medical professionals to accept and work within the belief systems of their patients and families. The... Read More

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Bringing Massage Therapy Back into Nursing

By massageRN - It was at one time, a standard of practice in nursing to provide patients with the comforts of massage. This allowed nurses time with the patient, satisfying the need for touch and allowing the patient the ability to heal themselves. Unfortunately with all increase in technology, the need for extra charting for fear of lawsuits and a nursing shortage, this has led massage to fall to the wayside and is no longer a part of our nursing... Read More


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