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的 have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me." ~~Hermann Hesse~~

A Nurse's Choice

​Life is full of choices both large and small and some have long reaching, unforeseeable impact. Sixteen years ago, a young woman named Nancy decided that nursing was a career with the ability to...

I ask for "nothing".

When it comes to nursing, I respect the profession for what it is, what it has been, and where it is headed. Am I proud to be part of the profession? Sure, in a subtle, I'm proud my hair is long...

Sitters/CNA's: Thank you for "doing nothing"

Two mornings ago I received a distraught phone call from my mother telling me that my dad, who is suffering with end stage COPD, spine compression fractures, and a distinct lack of proper narcotic...

Broken Hearted. AKA: A Valentine's Story Sweet Enough to Rot Your Teeth

Warning: Proceed with caution! The following is so sickeningly sweet, so saccharine, that it will rot your teeth. And I do mean rot 'em good. I am a cynic to the core of my soul and I think,...

Meaningful Interaction: A Study in Comfort

The following contains real life tasteless jokes told by a healthcare professional. Proceed with caution. In every family there are different traditions and approaches to comfort. I, in...

Apocalypse (You mean, right now?): One Survivor's Tale of Surgical Proportions

It's just a Bunionectomy you reassure your family with flippant lightheartedness as you head to surgery. Nothing to worry about and definitely not the end of the world. The nurse skillfully...

A Tale of Innovative Nursing: Making It All a Little Less Scary

So it is no secret that surgery is scary to many people. But children, in particular, have a difficult time of it for, well, obvious reasons. Now, let's make three things abundantly clear: 1. ...

Nursing the End of a Leash

"Would you like a visit?" You appear doubtful, hesitant and wounded on a level much deeper than physical as you, with quivering hands which flit like nervous birds, gather your blankets tighter...

No Man is an Island: Musings on Grief, Bonding, and Candy

It is said that no man is an island entire of itself. At one point in one of my more contemplative less than sober moments, I pondered if the disagreement with that statement had more to do with man...

Happy Unintentional Ignorance Awareness Week!

Happy Unintentional Ignorance Awareness Week! And no, no that is not a thing. Well, not yet anyway. But if I get my say, it will be. Why? Because we are all, each and every one of us,...

Innovative Nursing Part Deux: Being Genuinely Present

You've heard me say it before and I cannot help but believe firmly that it merits repeating: I work with some incredible people. Now let's keep it real, they are merely people the same as the rest...

A note of deep concern and worry

There has been a rash of suicides and suicide attempts in my community and it has driven me to write this note. After the devastating loss of a nursing student, I just....I don't even know where...

A Word to the New, the Inexperienced, the Overwhelmed and the Mystified

We all have bad days. I remember when I was new, bright eyed, bushy tailed, rampantly sarcastic (look, some things never change, alright?) and I used to look about and wonder why in the world it...

Jumping at Shadows: A Haunted Hospital Story

In this corner of the world, there is a saying of the chronically exhausted which speaks of the measure of a tired and addled mind: jumping at shadows. The term comes from moments when a worn down...

Dear Nursing Students/Orientees: A Love Note from the Preceptor from Hell

Warning: The following post is rife with brutal honesty and frustration. Read at your own risk. Memorandum from the desk of Your Friendly Neighborhood Sociopath~~ Dear Nursing...


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