Warm Fuzzies!

  1. OK guys, it's time to remember WHY we love nursing so much! Please post your best warm, fuzzy nursing moment!

    My favorite fuzzy moment was a few years back. I was taking care of an 8 year old liver transplant pt. We played Guess Who and "bet" with Oreo cookies. Something I commonly do for kids in this age group when the parents aren't around and the kids are bored. It was a blast for me, but what really made it special was mom taking the time to tell me in private just how much it meant to her that I took the time to play a board game with her daughter. She even wrote a letter to my supervisor about the "great nurse who treated my daughter like a kid and not a sick kid."

    THANKS TO THE MOMS and their daughters who steal my Oreo cookies by beating the pants off of me in Guess Who!
    Last edit by scribblerpnp on Oct 13, '06
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    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Nursing Instructor
    Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Pediatrics


  3. by   slou!
    Aww, that's so sweet! I want to hear more stories! I do not have any stories (I am a pre-nursing student!) but I love hearing the sort of things that I can really look forward to as a nurse. Keep them coming!
  4. by   scribblerpnp
    What?! No warm fuzzies? Come on people!

    I KNOW you have some warm fuzzies to share!

    OK, I'm going to pretend that this thread just started. So, when I wake up in the morning, there will be some warm fuzzies posted.


  5. by   km5v6r
    This is not your typical warm fuzzy but it did remind me of why I enjoy nursing. I was working as an acute dialysis nurse. I got called late at night for a new pt with an elevate potassium level. The K was somewhere around 8. When I arrived the pt was bradycardic with a heart rate in the 30's. By the time I got the machine set up he had slowed to the 20's. I started the dialysis treatment and within 45 mins the Hr was 84, NSR with a narrow QRS. The change was amazing. It was one of my first nights on call for dialysis. That man would have died in the next few hours. My training and skills made the difference. I left on top of the world.

    For 7 months I did hemodialysis on a baby. Initially in the hospital and then as an outpt. The family lived out of town and had to drive over an hour to the 0800 dialysis appointments. Mom talked of having to get up around 4:30-5:00 in the morning to make the drive. Many times after being up late with a fussy baby. I would send Mom to the PICU waiting room to sleep during the 3+ hour treatment. She was always so grateful. She said that was the only time she actually fell completely asleep because she trusted me to care for her son. Other nurse's initially did treatments but Mom was never comfortable enough to get some much needed rest during those treatments.
  6. by   km5v6r
    Professional fuzzy here. I was working my first week in PICU. Had a small child post op on the vent. Every time we turned her she would desat and set off pressure alarms on the vent. Report was she had been doing it all night. A quick flip to the back and bagging would resolve the problem. The AM CXR showed good tube placement but a pleural effusion. About the second time of desating on me I began to question the tube placement and if it was slipping into the Rt mainstem with turning. I called the intensivist; who enjoys being intimidating; to ask for a repeat CXR. He ordered more sxng and aresol tx's. I again asked for a CXR and gave my reasons. He gave me a "if you must" answer. 20 mins later he called to tell me "you were right, pull the tube back 2 cm; good call and good catch." He even went so far as to tell the family that I was the one that picked up on the problem and insisted on a repeat CXR. Made me more confident of my decision to work in PICU.
  7. by   scribblerpnp
    These are great. YOU guys are GREAT! Thanks. Let's keep them coming! :hatparty:
  8. by   TazziRN
    Too many to name.