spotangel DNP, RN, NP

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    How to support student nurse?

    Working as an ER nurse, I had a student around 2005 shadow me in the ER for around 5-6 months. She was hired as a student tech and could do vitals, fingersticks, urines and EKG. The first week she followed me around and watched what I did and I...
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    Concept Analysis Paper

    Hi OP, I loved my concept analysis paper. Was clueless in the beginning and stumped! Not to worry. All normal stuff. I did this paper in 1998 but remember doing on a topic that interested me which is intuition. I followed the rubric and the gui...
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    Life With Kathy Is Never Boring

    Beautiful! Yes please!
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    When You Realize You Are Replaceable

    Lot of strong emotions here. OP ! Sounds like you are a terrific nurse and a facility will be lucky to have you with your expertise and compassion. Even though since science supports vaccinations and only medical exemptions are accepted by mains...
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    Article Contest: Holiday Edition 2021

    Congrats to all winners! Well deserved!
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    YOU: A Nurse Writer

    Spot on M. Lee! Great article! My passion outside Nursing has always been writing! I tend to file away interesting interactions, heart tuggers in my daily work day for a future article! I sometimes jot down words or phrases used on a tin...
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    Is this normal? Or should I move on?

    Agree with @dusky1228 Totally not normal. Once you have an assignment, you call the patients and schedule appointments and plan your day. The only hiccup would be an add on as someone called out and the pt needs an urgent visit today. This way y...
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    Christmas Miracles in the Emergency Room!

    @Daisy4RNI Love that you put a biblical quote or verse daily! I have a white board on my office door with a Psalm written. People stop and read. Sometimes come in and thank me. I feel that now more than ever we need to be there for each other in t...
  9. Everyone watches the schedule like a hawk to see who gets the holiday off especially Christmas! We had to work every alternate year. Sometimes some interactions made us pause and reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas once we stripped away the ...
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    Christmas Miracles in the Emergency Room!

    Thank you @GrumpyRN for your viewpoint. These happened on Christmas Eve- a birth, a homeless family given gifts and a death. So I was able to connect it in my mind to the Christmas story of the Holy Family. Jesus life ended in an agonizing painful de...
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    Christmas Miracles in the Emergency Room!

    Thanks @Daisy4RN I think we nurses have a special mission of healing others not just physically but mentally and spiritually. Sometimes it’s a coworker that needs an encouraging word or even a hug. When we sense a need, don’t overthink it but as...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    Amen to that! Friends YOU can choose! Have people that lift you up not tear you down as your nearest and dearest!
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    I woke up in the stillness of the early morn. Mornings in Kerala, India were peaceful and beautiful. A gentle breeze wafted through the windows as I got up rubbing my eyes. Sleepily, I stumbled to the window and looked out. A purple predawn with...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    You are absolutely right honeybee. Many men are physically and or sexually abused but don’t speak up. Many a time the perpetrator preys on disabled adults too. One has to be very astute and observant with nonverbal clients. The clues may be cowering,...
  15. Beautiful! We get it! Been in those shoes on both sides of the triage desk! Compassion is what people remember the most not expertise! Getting both is a bonus! Those little gestures mean a lot to the receivers. I always pray that us nurses rememb...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    I am sorry to hear about what you went through and what your best friend went through! No one should go through abuse child or adult.The scars are lifelong and painful and very easily triggered. Hugs! Physical abuse within a marriage is more pre...
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    Holiday Patient Enigma

    Beautifully written! Thank you for being persistent and saving his life! That clinical judgment was spot on! You were indeed the right person to be on call at the right time!
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    Newly Licensed RN, No Experience, Graduated 10 Years Ago

    Welcome back to Nursing! Steps to take. 1-Resume-make sure you add any volunteer or "home care or babysitting services" you provided along with your sales experience. 2-Make sure you have a BLS that is current and any other state requi...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    I just hope that others can share without fear. I decided to write this after my visit in Jan 2020. It felt like a weight lifted after I saw it on paper.It would be good if this would be taught in schools and colleges and resources provided. Many col...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    I was afraid to open up and share. At work people have shared their stories. I felt that sharing this personal experience, maybe others can share or even feel validated that it wasn’t their fault. I never sent my kids for sleepovers either.The older ...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    Life is a precious gift and yours for the taking. To squander it or lose it over a person or situation takes away your power over it and gives them the ability to make you feel less than you are.Why would you give them that ? Get out of the whir...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    He might have touched your body Honeybee but no one can touch your soul. I learned to forgive them as it corroded my soul and left me bitter. I am grateful for confession as a Catholic as it frees up space for peace to enter and I don't hold it...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    I am so sorry to hear this. That's terrible that family would blame an innocent child. Hugs! Know you are always loved by God unconditionally. Anybody else's love is just a good to have and not a must have. Why would somebody stay wit...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    Thanks Emergent! I am no saint but have learned time and time again to use my pain and experience to help another going through the same. I am grateful to be in a profession where I can spot issues based on my background! My kids roll their eyes...
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    The Flower and the Bees!

    I was hesitant to write about this but realized that many people have gone through this but keep silent. I wanted to be that voice for them. I used the title as like a flower that is helpless to stop any bees from coming and sucking the nectar, a chi...