Sometimes it hits you... - page 2

It was five minutes till seven at the end of a long but good shift. I was on my way to fill my water bottle before giving report to the oncoming nurse. A nurse called out to me, "hey aren't you a... Read More

  1. by   amygarside
    Oh poor baby, and it is really a tough job to do.
  2. by   eatmysoxRN
    This story is very moving. Thanks for sharing. You're amazing.
  3. by   shamrokks
    wow..waterworks...thank you for sharing. This mom was lucky to have you there for her.
  4. by   LindaBright
    I hope it hits you how much of a valued asset you are, not only within nursing, but in the world. That mother will remember many things about such a horrible ordeal, and she will never forget you and your actions. As much as it may hit you, I think it rings true for so many of us - this is it, this is the reality, and this is why we are here.

    Thank you for all you do.
  5. by   Tyler's mom
    Thank you for sharing!! You are an inspiration and I believe God put you in the place you are for people that truly need you.
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    (((((((((((((((UMCRN))))))))))))) Rough!
  7. by   Annaiya
    Moments like this is why I'm a PICU nurse. Being there for the parents as much as we are there for the patients is so integral to PICU nursing. I'm glad your hospital has nurses trained to be there for the parents when the social workers or chaplains can't be there in time. I have no doubt that mom was grateful for your presence and support.
  8. by   Raewynv
    Quote from brittne
    Nurses like you make my drive to finish school and get into the field all the more. I know nursing is hard, but to have moments like these when you can reassure a patient or their family in their most vulnerable times just makes it all worth while. Thank you for the tears this morning, it was a heart moving story and a reminder to me that this is the type of nurse I want to become.
    Hearing comments like this also drives me to finish nursing school. Hearing stories like these show me that there are compassionate nurses out there that really do care about what they do.
  9. by   lolads85
    Thank you for sharing I hope the lil one is okay now
  10. by   umcRN
    Quote from lolads85
    Thank you for sharing I hope the lil one is okay now
    I haven't been at work since that night. I go back tomorrow. If she is ok she has a long long road ahead of her, but she sure is feisty!
  11. by   DaydreamerRN
    I work in a hospice inpatient facility. Many of our nurses are previous L&D nurses. I think the common bond is we know how 'fragile' the family unit is when faced with life, the beginning or the ending. It is a family experience where everyones feelings and memories they will carry for a lifetime need a loving supporting prescence. The families will not remember our names, but they will remember the love and support they felt during these life changing events. I do not remember the nurses name with my first delivery at 18, but I still remember her love and compassion, her calming prescence in my caos of fear. I not not remember the nurses name when my second child was in ICU, but I remember his compassion for not only my son, but for my husband and I. We do make a difference even when it causes us pain. I am sure God is pleased for all the nurses that offer not only 'nursing' care, but also advocate for families emotions when they are in so very fragile. You sound like a loving nurse and I am glad you were there.
  12. by   annette1
    Thank you so much for being so kind and caring towards that Mother! You don't know how much that meant to her!! I am a nurse too, but two years ago I had a little girl and she ended up dying from NEC. I brought her into the world and then 11 days later I had to take my little baby off of a ventilator. It was the most horrible thing I've ever had to do/go through. What I remember the most (and I remember everything) is the kindness from the wonderful nurses that were around the NICU that my daughter was in. So I know that Mom is very greatful for what you have done for her/them! Thank you for being such an amazing nurse! (((HUGS)))
  13. by   umcRN
    Just thought I'd share, this little one went home a few weeks ago! Four months inpatient, 2 open heart surgeries, cardiac arrest x2 & an ecmo run, she is now home, with a normal MRI to boot!