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Living Better with Hospice

"I am having a good day today!" My patient's greeting was a warm welcome as we started our visit. She was on the front porch, in her wheelchair, oxygen tubing snaking discretely behind her, the...

How Much Time Do I Have?

She looked up at me with pleading eyes, her head resting on a freshly laundered pillow case and her hair, still damp, laid out against the white expanse to dry. Her voice was firm as she asked the...

Hospice Nurses and Social Workers: Hand in Hand

I was relieved to see Helen's car behind me, inching along the gravel road toward our next admission's house. Already four miles in, we crunched along the uneven, one-lane surface back in the...

Parish Nursing: A Variety of Roles

I turned off the car and sat in Linda's driveway for a few minutes, collecting my thoughts before going on in to make what I knew would be my last visit. I had been her Parish Nurse for several...

Organ Procurement and Nursing

As I clicked "submit" I felt a sense of satisfaction, knowing that my desire to be an organ donor was duly noted and registered appropriately. Although I had previously let my family know of my...

Nurse and Parent: Overload Alert!

I waved at my young co-worker in the grocery store. She pushed her cart over my way, all loaded up with a baby in a car seat and a three year old riding up front in the grocery cart disguised as a...

Love Being a Nurse: 33 Years and Going Strong

I pushed my computer top down hearing the satisfying "click" as a sign of the end of my work day. I moved around the counter in the kitchen and fixed a hot cup of tea, pausing to stir in a bit of...

Why Can't She Stay Here? Getting Kicked Out of Inpatient Hospice

The elderly patient stared back at me with watery, vacant eyes while I leaned over to listen to her lungs and complete my assessment. Her lungs were clear and her heart rate remained steady and slow....

Drug Diversion: What's the Deal?

Drug Diversion: What's the Deal? I felt physically threatened as the patient's grandson pushed too close to me, face red, eyes angry, and yelled, "There was no way I am taking those missing...

Nursing: How to Pick the Right Job

I watched my cell phone turn black as the call with my friend ended, and I felt my mood dim, as well. She had been excited about finishing up her nursing degree six months prior, and took a job in a...

Office Nurse: What's It Like?

As I walked out of the doctor's office, I could hear the door click behind me, and I thought with relief, "I'm glad that's over." Being in generally good health should help make doctor visits more...

Be a Real Nurse: Compassion is the Key

The three siblings stood woodenly to the side in the ICU room, trying to stay out of the way while they waited for the doctor to make her early morning rounds, and fighting the tears that kept...

"I Will...Remain Alive" - A Story of Organ Donation

National Donor Day - February 14 Let's remember the people who gave the gift of life to others. "Our son, Adam, was declared brain dead on January 20, 1998. He had been riding back to college...

Surviving the Real World of Nursing: 8 Tips for the New Grad

"I did it! I finished! I passed my boards!" My friend, Kathy, shared her news in the hall at church and I hugged her back, grateful and proud. Having nursing as a second career, Kathy is older than...

Move? Never! A Story of Eldercare Challenges

I rang the doorbell a second time-holding it just a fraction of a second longer than usual. I could hear the chiming inside and I knew the elderly couple were at home. But the dog barked loudly and I...


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