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A Loving Pair

By Dragonfair - A Loving Pair Having been a nurse of some type over the last 30 years. I have had many patients who have endeared my heart to further my education in nursing. I have two particular patients to whom I owe my education in life and nursing. The first patient was a woman who had worked hard her whole life for her family. She was sick most of her life, genuinely sick, yet she was up and at them every day working and carrying on what... Read More

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On Death And Dying

By mayagoose - On Death and Dying It was not long into my nursing career before I experienced the first death of a patient assigned to me. I was working on a telemetry unit and went in to assess the lung sounds of my patient who was on bedrest. I asked him if he could roll onto his side so that I could put my stethoscope to his back to listen. He complied. It was not long before I heard no lung sounds. I asked him to take a deep breath ...... Read More

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They Changed My Life With Exercise

By PiaLove - Rita was one of my favorite homecare patients: not too difficult, always kept her scheduled time and definitely was in need of my assistance. She was well over seventy years old,cognitively challenged, and was not the patient I would expect to be overly excited! She was dependently independent ( meaning her husband helped her with matters concerning her health, but she took all the credit because he told her she should). She always... Read More

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What I Love About My Job

By amcgraw - What I love about my job. 78 years. That's it. That is the average life expectancy at birth in the United States. Doesn't seem like enough time to accomplish it all does it? As a nurse I work with people who are at the end of their lives everyday. Most are elderly and have accepted it - even joke about it. Others are young frightened and feel unprepared and out of control. I am amazed that literally everyday I, a young (sort of) woman... Read More

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Patients Who Have Changed My Life

By Jessiedog - Tammy. A Ray of Sunlight. I am a paediatric nurse, and a patient that comes to mind who had a huge impact on me is a little girl called Tamara. She was 9 when she died, and I nursed her for the last 5 years of her life. She had Cystic Fibrosis, and was a pale, frail-looking little thing with blonde hair and blue eyes. During some admissions she was so pale that her white-blonde hair had more colour than her skin, and the dark... Read More

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"I'm Leaving You Here....."

By NurseAlwaysNForever - I graduated nursing school in August of 2005 and went straight to work at a local nursing home. I had never intended on becoming a nurse, however that is the direction that God sent me in and I have not regretted it ever since. I loved the nursing home and getting to know all of the patients and their families. I never had grand parents and they all just kind of filled the gap for me. Each of my patients were like an extension... Read More

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Patients who have changed our lives

By WildcatFanRN - Iíve been an LPN for 13 years and just graduated with my ASN this past May. Iíve been wracking my brain trying to find that one patient or patients that have changed my life for better or worse. For the life of me, I canít think of just one exactly which is weird. There is one person though who taught me through the way he viewed life that we canít control how a person will live no matter how much information and... Read More

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The Little Old Lady

By Ms Kylee - It had been a rough day, and I had to be out of work at 3:30 because I had clinical that evening. I was doing the usual end of shift vitals when I walked past what had been an empty room all day. In the room chair sat a very petite lady looking very lost and scared. I walked in, shook her hand, and introduced myself. She told me her name, and followed it by "I had a doctor's appointment today and he sent me right here and... Read More

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Remember the days before my death

By goldens - As a usual night shift, I was taking handover from my co-worker from previous shift. She continued her patient reporting, and I was being attentive throughout that. She mentioned about a new patient admitted during her shift. After receiving report from her, I headed to see my patients. I happened to know other patients since they were there for a while. When I moved toward the new one I saw a cute little boy caressing his doll in his... Read More

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A Patient who Changed my Life

By WildcatFanRN - He Just Wanted Someone to Listen We have all been there. You are in the middle of your morning medication pass, and it actually looks like you might actually get off work on time when it happens. You go in to give medicine to Mr. X. and bam, you end up behind. Why, you ask, when everything was going so well? The answer is simple, he needed to talk, and you took the time to listen. I remember working at a hospital in... Read More

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Patients who have changed our lives good or bad

By ociusmedinfo - Patients who have changed our lives good or bad. This happened to me before I finished nursing school. It was written at the end of 2007. This part of the year always causes me to pause and take stock of where I am, where Iíve been, and what I hope for the future. I donít know what it is about the holiday season but it has this effect on me every year. Itís probably because the end of the year is near and itís the time when one... Read More

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What We Do Not Learn In School

By the_alchemist - It was as if the universe conspired to get me working on my dream job after going through a huge deal of drama. Since "Girl, Interrupted" I knew that I'd like to be in a mental health facility (to work, that is). In a place surrounded by numerous rules on patient confidentiality, I can't help but share the story of one patient which might get some people to their senses. Let me tell you about the story of Elizabeth (not her real name).... Read More

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The Patient I Failed

By nerdtonurse? - I met her one Tuesday night, and spent that night pouring Jevity into her tube, only to suction it back out. Her legs were cool and mottled, her bowel sounds were non-existant, and her blue eyes stared blindly at a ceiling she could no longer see. The MD refused to terminate feedings, but I held them since there was no digestion taking place. The woman was turned and repositioned every 2 hours, and each time, she moaned and gurgled as... Read More

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Rocking Camille

By vernix - Stepping into my clogs and starting my shift in Labor and Delivery always brings a sense of anticipation to my heart. Nearly two decades have passed and I am still excited to assist with the birth of a baby. People often comment on how lucky I am to work in such a happy environment. This is true, but there is another side that most people, even other nurses, will not discuss. Some babies are born with issues that can not be... Read More

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The most beautiful curls I'd ever seen

By kessadawn - You had two simple requests of me, a drink of water, and to go home. I had started out my shift on high note, caring for my two favorite cardiac patients, working with some of my favorite co-workers. It was going to be a good night, I told myself. Then you came. The charge nurse had approached me a few hours into the shift. "I'm switching your assignment" she said, "there's a really sick one down in ER, probably septic." I... Read More

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We are so lucky....

By ag01medic - i am currently on a one year assignment in east africa. the conditions in which the people live here are dire at best and many suffer from easily preventable and treatable diseases. the story below details a recent event that i experienced, which happens here on a daily basis. today was a really hard day for everyone at work. one of our employees died at the hospital. he was just 24 years old, married with kids. earlier today i... Read More

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John Doe

By JKBrn - Working 7p-7a, what is on our minds at 6a? Our cozy, warm bed and counting sheep. This was what I was thinking of when a pt, we'll call him John... John Doe, came rolling into CCU. He was a transfer from an outside hospital. Standard chest pain, had some nitro tabs, needed a cardiac cath. We see it all of the time. He was actually smiling and cracking a few jokes as we got him settled into his room (of course we're rushing - he's... Read More

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Inspiring Patient Story-Why we do what we do!

By jlmb214rn - As nurses, we all have those days, weeks, maybe months, that get really stressful. Sometimes, those rough ones may even leave us wondering why we chose such a physically and mentally exhausting profession. Every now and then, though, we get to care of someone who shows us exactly why we do what we do. Those cases, those patients, provide us with the inspiration we need to do our jobs despite how taxing they can be. I had the pleasure... Read More


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