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They're not just feet...

By awongaemtcc - I’m such a dork now that I think about it but I love my job. The evening started off well.. We were full and within 10 minutes of coming into work, we were cardioverting someone. Then we got a medevac for a post arrest… It was a fun night. One patient sticks out tonight… I felt really bad for this older gentleman I took care of today. He came in 79 year old male with new onset shortness of breath. You could tell he was in CHF. He... Read More


Shaving Cream & Expiration

By thisgirlsanurse - I shaved a dead man today. I hadn’t planned to. I’d planned to shave my patient. When I mentally scheduled his “bath appointment” for 1600, he was still alive. But later, when I arrived for our engagement, he was already pretty near dead. In truth, I really wasn’t expecting it. But then, at the same time, I really wasn’t that surprised. I was next door in my other patient’s room, helping her on and off of the bedpan when... Read More


Critical Care Nursing Article

By RecoveringKite - I have been an RN for 11+ years now. After 5 years of working in a rural small hospital, I thought it was time to break out to obtain experience in more advanced fields. I decided to go to Philadelphia eow and work 3 twelve hour shifts in a large city hospital. (WOW, was that an awakening!) I started in IMC and worked my way up to CCU/ICU. After a year I was pretty much working anywhere I wanted. About 2 years ago I was working in... Read More


I Can See it When You Smile

By 2shihtzus - every once in a while i have what amounts to be an awful night at work. the night started out a bit rough. of course, we were short-staffed, and my patients were high acuity. it seemed like every patient had a new med order that needed to be faxed to pharmacy. i had one patient who weighed close to 500 pounds, and when i went into assess him he said, "i have a load down here that needs to be cleaned up." (like i couldn’t smell... Read More


Where I Need To Be

By cannew304 - I work on a large acute care pediatric unit, and have come to love my the kids, the families and my coworkers. Lately, though, an old friend of mine has been on the unit as part of her 3rd year med school surgery totation. And it has been weird for me. I know I compare myself to her, and compare our roles in the healthcare sytem. I sometimes feel like she sees medicine as being superior to nursing, but maybe it's me doing it too? It... Read More


Significant Others Requesting Euthanasia

By namzy - Significant others always project outcome of their patient depending on the sickness. Four years ago, before I got admitted to a nursing school, I went to hospital at Intensive Care Unit with my uncle to to visit his friend who was involved in a road accident and sustained fractures in both upper and lower extremities as well as right rib and partly left rib. He was unable to open his eyes and take a glance at us all. I could... Read More


How To Select Patients for your Student Clinicals

By jcaste - Student clinicals can be very stressful for students. Some clinical instructors will pre-select the patients for the students. However, other clinicals will require that the students select their own patients. Often these students are instructed to select a patient that has conditions related to the conditions they are studying in the classroom. Rarely, are they told the pitfalls they may encounter when given the opportunity to... Read More


Nurses Must Learn to Take Care of Themselves

By Virginia PMH-NP - taking care of yourself is much easier to say then do! although there are more men in the helping professions today, in nursing the vast majority are still women. womens' sense of self is often one of caretaker and nurturer. nurturing and care taking have long been associated with women in general, and nurses and social workers in particular. empathy is a mainstay of the helping professions, particularly the “women’s... Read More


To Terminate or Not to Terminate

By Justhere - Sometime in your life time you may have to make a decision to terminate or continue life support for a family member. For one reason or another you may decide to continue with life support or you may have to decide to terminate it. This is usually a very difficult and heartbreaking decision for everyone to experience and decided. This is the story of “Baby”, the nickname his family gave him so affectionately. He was born in the... Read More


"Nancy" and Babs

By Babs0512 - On my way to work I usually got the "performance jitters" - you see, I was not the Nurse my patients saw each day, that was a role that I played; I played it well. Each shift "Nancy Nurse",my character, was efficient, intelligent, quick thinking, compassionate, organized, quick witted and funny. She also had excellent assessment skills, and even better intuition. She always "knew" which patients required closer monitoring -... Read More


Why nursing was for me...

By awongaemtcc - Most people grow up having a clear understanding as to what they want to be in life. It is the norm to attend high school, move on to college and pursue these goals. I, on the other hand did not have just one set goal. In elementary school, I wanted to be an engineer, because my dad said that’s what I should be. In junior high school, the show Baywatch was always on. I wanted to be a lifeguard because it seemed cool; beautiful people... 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


The Fixer

By Tele_Nurse4u - The Fixer Working in a critical care field, Cardiac IMCU, has evoked many emotions from within me: fear, excitement, determination, and frustration. Looking back only a few years ago it’s amazing to me the basic things I had no clue about. I could never imagine I would understand what seems like a thousand different medications or comprehend the inner workings of the heart. School taught me everything I know. School taught me the... Read More


Candid Conversations With Families

By gal220RN - I feel sorry for hospital patients. They are required to wear flimsy backless gowns and frequently subjected to invasions of privacy. I have been a hospital patient three times, each time as a woman giving birth- one huge violation of decency after another. After my last child was born, I had not one single shred of decency left. I can strip my clothes off at the drop of a hat, not that anyone is very excited to see me do it. Patients... Read More


Technology's Impact on Critical Care Nursing

By saga - As a husband wife team of CRNA's, probably exposed to more Critical Care Nursing than most. Being in nursing x 40 years & advanced practice as a CRNA x 33 years, I've seen many changes in Critical Care Nursing yielding much better patient care as advanced knowledge developed & placed into practice with the aid of technology. As technology touches everyone in their daily life, it's particularly been helpful in our nursing careers.... Read More


That Day in the ER

By Ms Kylee - I reported to clinical on time, and then went down to the ER to check in with the nurses. I had been here before, and knew most of my time would be spent walking patients to the bathroom, gathering urine samples, maybe passing a med or two, taking a lot of vitals, and repeating to patients "I'm sorry, I can't tell you what is happening next door. I can't tell you anything due to the privacy laws." That was fine. I didn't mind doing... Read More


How can she take that...

By sarahrain - I vividly remembered a case that touched the bottom of my heart when I was a nursing student posted in ICU. It was at 3am that the patient, a young gentleman man with cardiac monitoring, was sent to us. Sitting in high fowler, breathing via nasal prong and on infusion amiodarone running through the peripheral vein, he seemed to be alert and conscious. “One, two, three!” As soon as the staff counted, we shifted him from... Read More


Caring for unconscious patient.

By namzy - Nursing involves caring people with different ailments,caring for unconscious patient is critical care nursing. It is very important for a nurse to have understanding and wide knowledge as to what is affected to such a patient,for instance this patient wouldnot be able to carryout some activities of living such as feeding.It is therefore important for a nurse to know how and what to feed this patient. If the nurse does not know how to... Read More