jrbl77 RN

Med Surg, Parish Nurse, Hospice

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jrbl77 has 46 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med Surg, Parish Nurse, Hospice.

married with 2 daughters. Meme to 3 grandsons! Husband works in health care as a security officer.  I like to be creative, sewing and scrapbooking and read. Babysitting is my retirement job. 

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    Have you ever received an award for nursing?

    I received employee of the month at a small town hospital. I was considered somewhat of an outsider since I wasn't from the town. It came as a total shock to me! I didn't know how to respond. I cried. By this point I was well into my nursing career. ...
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    Why Am I So Exhausted?

    I'm 2 years and been away from bedside nursing for about 7 years. I've always had dreams about working- the typical end of day and patients not seen, nothing done etc. The dreams went away for several years and are now back. Often I wake up and go r...
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    My Life as a Nurse

    My story is very similar to yours. I practiced as a RN for almost 42 years when I called it quits earlier this year. I remember doing the same things, drawing up chemo in the med room assisting with inserting peritoneal dialysis caths in the treatme...
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    12-Hour Shift | Life of a Nurse

    Reading this post has made my pulse race. It sounds very much like days that I have had. So glad that I'm retired. Although, I often have dreams that have me running around all night doing pt care! Once a nurse, I guess, always a nurse!
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    The one thing in nursing/medical that makes you shudder?

    Anything that involves an eye injury.
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    Spouse of nurse

    My husband and I have been married for 39 years. I started my nursing career 3 years before we got married. For the majority of my working years, I made about double what my husband did. But he was able to get the kids up and out in the morning and t...
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    When Nurses Dream...and Have Nightmares!

    I’ve had these dreams for years. I’m now retired and I still gave them. My work dreams always take place at the hospital I worked at the longest. None of the other places make it. The dreams are always how I have forgotten a patient etc.Usually I’m ...
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    Considering Retiring?

    I retired in Feb 2019. I love it. I can hardly remember the days of all the stress and hard work. 41 years is long enough and I want to have time to do things that make me happy. I have re found my interest in sewing, some days just read. I do babysi...
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    What's your favorite nursing task?

    I always loved to place a ng tube and get great results. Same as placing a foley in the patient that couldn’t pee, no matter what. They felt so much better after the foley was placed. I was pretty good at starting IV’s and often enjoyed the challenge...
  10. I have 2 memories, both about codes years apart. I had been a nurse for about 5 yrs and was pregnant with my first child. I had a pt that needed a CT scan but wasn’t doing well on the med surg floor. This was in the early 80’s. I went with him, of co...
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    I have decided to retire!

    I had a license in 2 states. The state I live in I will maintain. The other state was up for renewal in April and I placed it inactive.
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    I have decided to retire!

    At one point in my career I was afraid that I was going to die while working. I would cry most mornings while I drove to work. I am fortunate in that my husband and I have managed our money well. We lived in our starter home for 38 yrs. I understan...
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    5 Myths of Multitasking

    I can so relate to many of the comments. During my 40 plus career, at one point I could be on 2 phones at once plus keep an ear out for something else. Now the thought makes me shudder. I find in my personal life hard to just sit. If I’m watching TV...
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    Losing job due to injury

    I’m sorry to hear about your accident and wish you the best as you recover. Unfortunately, the world has changed. In the past, your job would could have been held. Now what is done for one person must be done for all. If your job is held, the next p...
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    Older nurses...chasing that carrot

    I understand how you feel. I’ve been there. I just retired after nursing since 1977. No real time off, but didn’t work full time most of the time. Nursing is unlike lots of other careers, especially teaching. Often teachers can retire at 55 and wor...