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SaoirseRN

SaoirseRN

Registered Nurse
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    Losing my religion

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    Losing my religion

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    Losing my religion

    Whether or not you believe in God or another deity, we all know that positive attitude can have a great effect on one's ability to get through a difficult situation. Thinking "positive thoughts", as it were. Prayer, while also having religious meaning, is also a type of positive thinking, is it not? EDIT: I am reasponding to the person speaking about prayer having a negative effect, not advocating for active unsolicited praying.
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    Losing my religion

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    Losing my religion

    I am not religious, however I also realize that there are many things in this world that can't be explained. I don't think there is a way to disprove that prayer is beneficial. Just because we can't always see benefits to something doesn't make it any less valid.
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    Losing my religion

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    Losing my religion

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    Losing my religion

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    Losing my religion

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    Why Nurses Don't Want to Be Identified in Public?

    Quote the bible to your heart's content. My lack of religion doesn't make me a selfish person. Knowing the bible doesn't make you a selfless one. Everyone has moments of selfishness, religious people or non religious people. Just because I do not use a book to guide my actions does not make me a sinner.
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    Why Nurses Don't Want to Be Identified in Public?

    And it's my duty as a human being to recognize when I can't help a situation. Tired, hungry, and post night shift is not when I can just give of myself to another except in an extreme case. My point is, we can't be "on" all the time and I don't believe that means I lack compassion as a human being, either.
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    Why Nurses Don't Want to Be Identified in Public?

    Part of compassion is recognizing when you do not have enough energy to commit. If you are too tired to give your all in such an interaction it's kinder to avoid it than to struggle to listen and respond "just because you are a nurse". Sometimes you just can't, and I think the point here is that just because we are nurses, doesn't mean we should, or are even able to, be there for everyone else at every waking moment. Sometimes it's kinder to recognize when your intervention would be potentially more harmful than helpful. After a night shift, or a busy day, I need to turn off my inner nurse and just be, and that's not selfish, that's just a fact. I'm tired. I honestly cannot give that man what he deserves. My need to have quiet time is as essential as that man's need for somebody to listen, and in that instance, I know I can't listen. If I had to be "on" 100% of the time simply because of my profession, I would be on the fast track to a breakdown. So I disagree that it is our duty to always give to others regardless of our circumstances. Obviously each situation is different. For me, if I can't shut down and have that time for me, I would not be able to be there for others when it matters. That guy at the restaurant, sure, he likely needed somebody to listen, but it was not going to ruin his life if that nurse wasn't it. If I came across a horrific accident scene on my way home, you bet I would be there for the wife whose husband is receiving CPR. You pick your battles and you pick your moments, and you recognize that you can't always be present in every instance, and you do what you have to do "for you" so you can do for others when it's needed. I would not have engaged that conversation either, and I don't think that means I lack compassion. I don't think it means I haven't done "my duty" as a nurse.
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    There used to be a lab tech where I work named Melina. Every time she had to phone the floor she would say, "Hello, this is Melina in the lab," and I had to fight not to giggle.
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    I mean, really? If somebody wants to be vegan or whatever that's fine, but babies are SUPPOSED to eat breast milk. That's what it's for! Wow! I can't wrap my brain around that one.
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    North Bear.
  16. Thank you for this. Too many people hide behind their pasts and play the victim role.
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    Different Types Of Coworkers

    I am an admitted "flirt"! I always chat up the doctors (of both genders), though I do not neglect my patients in order to do so and I certainly don't say anything inappropriate. But getting to know the docs is a good way to build good teamwork/working relationships with them. So yes. I'm the flirt. But that's okay! LOL.
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    Death and the dying patient, what experiences do you have?

    You eventually come to see the death as a possitive thing, in most circumstances where the death was either expected, or a blessing in disguise. When you've seen a person actively dying, even if their symptoms were well-managed, or watched a slow deterioration in which the quality of the person's life diminished by the day -- then yes, death was the best thing that could have happened. You don't end up looking at the body as "a dead body". You look at that peaceful face and are grateful that their pain, confusion, etc, are over and they can finally rest.
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    Different Types Of Coworkers

    The lone gunman. The one who never asks for help even when they should. Prefers to work alone. Looks at you like you have grown a second head if you ask for their help.
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    The Disrespect Of Nurses

    One of my favourite doctors discharged his patient once for being completely incompliant with care and very rude/inappropriate with the nurses. He said, "If that's how he choses to be, we won't keep him here."
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