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Smile even though you are crying

By Travduck - I was still running from an ex-spouse who continued to stalk me. I had had to move 4 times in the last six months. Money was tight and I was a nervous wreck hold “it” together by the concerns for my kids and grace of Godd. I worried about losing my job believing that the only thing that kept me employed was my past track record. At that time I was working in a small pediatric unit which unfortunately often pulled at the last vestige of... Read More


A Lesson And Story - Human Nature At Its Best

By vadushkas_nurse - The topic of patients changing my life doesn’t stir up particular stories for me. However, lessons patients have taught me :bow: and heartwarming moments shared with patients :loveya:does revive memorable moments of my nursing career. :nurse: VALUABLE LESSON LEARNED FROM PATIENTS I have learned over time how important it is to actually LISTEN to patients and their closely tied visitors. :up: It is these people that frequently... Read More


A Patient That Changed My Life

By Bortaz, RN - The patient that changed my life – and the lives of my entire family – is a patient that we never even met. Despite being a complete stranger whose name we never learned, this patient had an impact on us that will last a lifetime. Indeed, a lifetime that wouldn’t have been possible without them. Approximately 5 years ago, Lena and Cliff were blessed with the birth of a beautiful baby girl. As older, first-time parents -- both... Read More


A Place Of Safety

By nightmare - A Place of Safety I have worked long term care for a long time; standing joke at work is that I am just waiting for them to offer me a free room! I always kind of assumed (yes I know, never assume etc etc) that after working in this environment nurses and carers become empathic with their patients. Like most of my breed I am tired, burning out and jadedly cynical but I keep on going, why? Well here’s why. ... Read More



By nightmare - Imagine You wake up slowly, open your eyes and……where am I? Four white walls, white door, brown door…….This is not my bedroom; where is the chest of drawers inherited from granny, my pictures, ornaments and the yellow wallpaper? Where am I, where are the boys, it’s light, I must find……what?! My boys where are my boys? You get out of bed, unsteady, dizzy…where am I? How do I get out…must get out, this door that... Read More



By Franemtnurse - When I was an EMT, and a CPR instructor, I always took extra classes in order to learn more. One special class was about SIDS. In this case the parents blame themselves, feeling; "If only I had" when in fact there was nothing the parent could have done. So it's important to treat the parent, telling the parent what sometimes happens with SIDS, and it usually happens in the first year of the baby's life. There's an electrical impulse... Read More


Midas' Touch

By hollyhockstorm - daughter had a hard time enunciating that word word that touches a heart, tries a tear, gives a lump in the throat. As we walked from the school bus towards home, she asked, "Mom, how's work?" "Oh, it's not that good, I was too busy last night." Then, she said, "That's alright, Mom, I know you've done your best." Oh, how encouraging and wonderful were those words reverberating in my ears coming from a... Read More


I could NEVER do PICU!!

By janfrn - I've lost count of the times I've heard that exclamation from another nurse. I've also forgotten how many times I've heard, "I just don't know how you do it," not only from other nurses but from friends, casual acquaintances and family. But I don't know how I could do anything else. My first exposure to the nursing specialty that has become my passion began with the PICU admission of my youngest child following a liver transplant.... Read More


The Blue Gown Syndrome

By vadushkas_nurse - I am almost four years into my career as an ER nurse and now concurrently working through the obstacles known as graduate school. I am constantly being torn between two very different worlds, that of reality nursing and that of academia. :banghead: This professional battle often leads me to reflect on how my learning will impact patients. :loveya:More so, this reflection time allows me to acknowledge gaps and become a stronger bedside... Read More


The Human Spirit

By janfrn - There have been many patients over the years who have taught me something, about nursing, about critical care, about myself, about the human spirit. Each one has touched me in some way and I will never forget them; hopefully I won't forget the lessons they've taught me either. One little boy gave me insights into all four. "Lincoln" came into my life as a toddler. Not quite two years old, he had taken a header down a short flight... Read More


Dear Henry

By Babs0512 - Many years ago I met Henry. He was a med surge patient of mine. A man in his 80's who was alert and spry, and love to joke with the staff. I was a new nurse, and Henry was a welcome relief compared to some of my other patients. As a new nurse, I wasn't as outspoken as I am today, I was rather shy, and not as inwardly confident as I would have liked, but I hoped I portrayed an air of confidence outwardly. I went in to introduce... Read More


My First Patient

By littleRNthatcould - Like many 19 year olds, I didn't have a firm grasp on what I wanted to be when I grew up. The only thing I was sure of was the one thing I didn't want to be: a nurse. I grew up in a family of medical professionals. Three aunts and my mother were nurses, two uncles and cousins paramedics/firefighters, my own father and grandfather Army medics. Routine dinner conversation at family gatherings were enough to send the most hardened... Read More


Lest We Forget

By Angie O'Plasty, RN - i was in the process of discharging a patient. i thanked the patient and the family for being so wonderful and helpful to the staff. it was true; the whole situation was awful for the family and they all came through it like real troopers. the way their faces lit up, i could see that they were pleased. later in the shift i had to discharge a patient who was very difficult to care for. the patient was very demanding, very miserable... Read More


They Call Me The Swamp Nurse

By Nur_1996 - They call me the swamp nurse. I work with male juvenile offenders ages 14-18. In Ochopee Florida where the alligators surround us and the lost swamp boys serve their time.. A place that is safe from the hatred of the streets. Big Cypress Wilderness is a place to learn, and repair and make better choices. Choices that will determine the rest of their lives. My experience in pediatrics and school nursing, camp nursing and The prison... Read More


Health Website Analysis:

By VickyRN - context the web resource is the world’s largest nursing online community, with upwards of 280,000 members and 30,000 users daily. there are 6.4 million monthly page views, 900,000 visits per month, 250,000 nursing discussion topics, and 2.6 million individual postings. the site benefits from a very high growth rate (52.78% of “hits” are new visitors). just as its name implies, is an international... Read More


One Man

By ShannonRN09 - Wrinkles adorned his face in all the right places that a man aged to his 70's should have. He didn't smile now, but lines around his mouth were indicative that he laughed in life up until this moment. His eyes were a soft gray that I knew had many stories that I wished he could tell. I was one in a crowded room of the receiving team of nurses that lifted this man: a father, a grandfather off the golden Stryker that carried him from... Read More


Learning a Life Lesson, The Hard Way

By vadushkas_nurse - Finding balance as a RN For me learning to strive for balance in my life is utmost important. :heartbeat I didn’t know this when I finished my BScN in 3 ˝ years and rushed into my first career choice. :dance: I started out full time as a new grad in the ER department and casually on a nephrology unit. The completion of a long time goal was finally there and I was awe struck, contemplating what my next goals would be. I loved the... Read More


Come on! Breathe!

By 2shihtzus - So I’ve been at my new job for almost 3 weeks. I won’t say that I like it. Truth be told, I hate it. I don’t know anyone, so I can’t be myself. I just show up and try to do my best for my patients for my shift. 90% of the time, I question whether I REALLY want to continue being a nurse. It seems like all I do is pass out drugs and cater to ridiculous requests. So the other night, I was moodily hanging IV fluids. I was thinking to... Read More