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You Can't Be Naked in the Hall

You Can't Be Naked in the Hall

I've been living on a floating hospital in Liberia for the past nine months now. Coming from a PICU background, I started out completely daunted at the thought of caring for more than two patients.

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A First Assessment

A First Assessment

I have been a nurse for over 18 years now and am blessed to have had many accomplishments throughout in my career. I am so proud to be a part of the nursing profession; and now, as in my role as an ed…

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Sabbath Baby

Sabbath Baby

She spilled out of the elevator as the doors opened, huffing and puffing. I could still feel the cold off her wool coat, which was not close to closing over her huge pregnant abdomen. Not many patient…

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I'm Going to Jail for Sure!

I'm Going to Jail for Sure!

In 1992, I was a brand new LPN (probably even had the new nurse smell) working on a busy med/surg floor. I was so proud and excited about my new career and took my job very seriously! I believe I was …

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Nurses
Candid Camera

Candid Camera

A few years back, I was working for a small community mental health office in washington state. I had been asked to cover for another nurse who had gone home sick for the day. I was glad to do this. S…

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JAWS - Medical Breakthrough?

JAWS - Medical Breakthrough?

About 15 years ago, a young Dr. known for practical joke-playing, talked me into assisting him with one of his more outlandish tricks. I usually refuse, because I cannot keep a straight face when I am…

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Nurses
Melts in Your Hand, but Not in Your Mouth

Melts in Your Hand, but Not in Your Mouth

When I started out as a C.N.A. my first job was in a LTC facility. I had always wanted to be a nurse and my mother was ADON and convinced me to begin with being an aide. I had grown up in nursing home…

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Nurses
My Husband's Challenging Post-Op

My Husband's Challenging Post-Op

So in my first year of nursing school, a lot of interesting things began to happen in my personal life, medically speaking. I did not have a medical background per se going in, but the longer I was in…

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No Name-Calling Allowed!

No Name-Calling Allowed!

I was orienting to a new floor just a few weeks ago, and I was enjoying my new job immensely. In fact, I was feeling so good about myself, that I began to relax my "first impression" behavior, and let…

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Students
Clinical Experience 101: Learned Lessons

Clinical Experience 101: Learned Lessons

Being a nursing student is one of the most stressful roles one can have. The lack of sleep, endless careplans, compiling long medication lists, reading textbooks, studying, and clinicals can certainly…

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I See The Light ... Lift Me Up.

I See The Light ... Lift Me Up.

Before I begin my nursing story, I need to give a little background. While I was still in the stages of taking pre-requisites for the nursing program, my mother died. She had cancer and was bedridden …

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Nurses
Cherry Chapstick

Cherry Chapstick

While taking my prerequisites to enter nursing school I held a job as a cardiographic technician at the local hospital. I was responsible for performing EKGs, stress tests and EEGs. EEGs was my least …

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The Voice of God

The Voice of God

I remember a patient I took care of YEARS ago who was admitted with a broken leg and ruptured bladder. He had been to an AA meeting, gone out and gotten drunk and walked into the pathway of an oncomin…

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The Grey Nurse

The Grey Nurse

After graduation some fifteen years ago I failed to gain a position in an approved Graduate Nursing Program. This was not uncommon as the graduate nurse year program was new and the number of position…

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Nurses
Wearing a Nursing Cap - Not These Days

Wearing a Nursing Cap - Not These Days

Gone are the days when the nursing cap topped the white starched nursing uniform. It is a very rare sight to see today. Read about one old-school nurse who clung on to that tradition from days gone by…

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Autopsy: Get Your Front Row Seats!

Autopsy: Get Your Front Row Seats!

Don't you just hate it when someone picks on you just because you're the smartest and that it cramps their style? They would think of you as a competition or a threat even though you don't intend to b…

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