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Joyful2bee ADN, RN

Telemetry, ICU, CCU
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Joyful2bee has 37 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Telemetry, ICU, CCU.

I graduated from a very old three year nursing school in SC in 1972. Married my sweetheart. After my marriage my husband and I moved to New Orleans for 8 years. I worked on a telemetry floor in a hospital on St. Charles Avenue for three years. I moved to a hospital closer to home and that is where I started my 17 year career as an ICU/CCU nurse. After a year there I transferred to CCU's in New Orleans, Mississippi, SC and NC. I changed to telemetry nursing again and stayed with it the remainder of my career. A year after my husband died I developed sciatica with two cervical and two lumbar bulging discs and due to my age and weight lifting restrictions retired from nursing. I am a photographer and a blogger now, enjoying life with my family, friends, and cats.

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    The Patient I Failed

    I retired from nursing six years ago. But this brought back so man memories. I know exactly how you felt, as I am sure most of us do too. This was so well written. Thank you for sharing this painful experience with us all. By the way, I have give...
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    I Had No Idea!

    Thank you for your comments. As a student nurse in the early 70s, I worked as a nurse tech in NICU. I knew that I could not take care of those sweet innocent little babies without emotional trauma. Seeing parents crying and worried just tore me up. Y...
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    I Had No Idea!

    Susie, you are so right. As healers we should be focusing on those who need healing. And the family members are indeed patients too. I agree totally that nurses and staff, who are often stretched to their limits, welcome family members who are willin...
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    I Had No Idea!

    Wow, thank you, Susie!! I am so honored and thrilled by these comments! If it is okay to do that, I will be happy to suggest that it be moved to the student forum. I have a couple of other stories to tell about my poor husband's health. He passed awa...
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    I Had No Idea!

    Susan, thank you so much!! Six years ago my husband (died two years after that surgery) from right sided heart failure. Because of your comment and my experience with this and his Wallenberg stroke several years before this surgery, I may just have t...
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    I Had No Idea!

    No one had ever done that for me since I was a child. It almost made me cry that she was so kind and thoughtful. We as nurses are often the ones that make the difference in the patients' and the family members' satisfaction and comfort. It is a lot o...
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    I Had No Idea!

    Thank you for your kind comments, LobotRN! I am sorry you had to go through this too. I really am thrilled that you enjoyed my story!
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    I Had No Idea!

    Thank you for your kind comments!! I am retired now and enjoy writing, helping others and sharing some of what I have learned and loved about life. I am thrilled that you liked this post.
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    I Had No Idea!

    Thank you. It was quite an experience. But after my husband's Wallenberg Stroke a few years before this was mild by comparison. lol. I may have to write about that next.
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    I Had No Idea!

    H. was scheduled for the removal of a colon polyp after a colonoscopy failed to reach the tissue for biopsy. My husband was a very obese diabetic, who had recovered from a Wallenberg Stroke four years before with only a residual weakness in his balan...