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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....

Call the Midwife!

October 2-8 is National Certified Nurse Midwife Week. The story is funnier-much funnier-looking back at it 23 years after the fact: I was in labor. A nurse of many years, mother of two school-age...

Spiritual Care and Nursing: How Does This Work?

"Please pray with me," my patient pleaded as I gathered up my bag and prepared to leave our admission visit. The social worker and the patient's caregiver had already stepped outside and were talking...

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse I slung my computer bag over my shoulder and pondered the question one of my nurse colleagues who worked at the hospital asked me. She wondered what my typical...

Nursing vs. EMR: Win, Lose or Draw?

As I sat on the couch in my patient's home, I could feel my computer drawing all the attention in its direction. Like some irresistible force, it seemed to lasso and pull away the family's eyes. I...

Coping With A Difficult Death

Coping with a Difficult Death My phone rang as I sat in my car charting, wrapping up the visits for the afternoon. I recognized the number from the hospice house and reached over to answer before...

Alzheimer's Attack: Coping as Family & Nurse

My friend's eyes' filled with tears as she told me the latest on her mom, "She keeps accusing me of stealing her things! Yesterday she said I came into her room and took her socks off while she was...

Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare

I knocked the snow off my boots before knocking on the front door of the patient's home. His daughter, Clara, opened it and with a tired smile invited me in. Her father, Harold, was in a hospital bed...

Palliative Care + Hospice = A+

November is National Palliative Care and Hospice Month I scrolled down through the EMR and found what I was looking for: Palliative Care Consult. As a hospice nurse, we often get referrals from...

Perfect-o Meter

The phone rang loudly besides me, it's electronic clanging disrupting the peaceful thoughts that floated through my mind as I enjoyed a first cup of morning coffee on the porch. "You forgot to enter...

Nothing Like a Nurse Navigator!

Nothing Like a Nurse Navigator! “So it’s cancer,” my friend said, telling me the sad news about her recent breast biopsy. “They have been watching this nodule for a little while and it just...

Being the Nurse Everyone Wants to Have

I was visiting a very ill friend in the hospital where I work, and as I pulled up beside her bed, I leaned forward to hear her whispered words, "I hope I get that nice nurse again today." I smiled...

Why in the World Did I Become a Nurse? A Christian Parish Nurse Shares Her Story

As a young girl who loved to read, I became acquainted with the story of Clara Barton. I idealized the vision of becoming a nurse wearing a starched, white nurses' uniform, complete with squeaky...

Nursing: Finding Ways to Bloom Where You Are Planted

“Guess what?” my young friend spoke to me with an excited voice, pulling me to the side near the nurses’ station. “I got in to nurse practitioner school! And I start in two months!” She was so...

Hospice: True Death Sentence?

I saw the owner of the small gift shop approaching me as I browsed through the cards. "May I help you find something?" she asked. I told her I was just looking around and asked her about the sign I...


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