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  1. A different perspective

    When the ambulance rolled up to the ER, I could see the EMTs doing chest compressions on my dad. I remembered a guy his size who had coded when I was working on the floor- that guy did not make it. I started to shake and sob loudly. The ER nurse came...
  2. Anatomy of a Code

    You're standing at your computer, charting on your patients. The end of the shift is nearing, and you really want to get this done so that you can get home. As you are typing, you hear a loud snoring noise coming from your patient's room. Suddenly al...
  3. When you actually ''save'' a life

    About 4 or 5 months ago I (the PCT, the hired help, that young guy, the guy that looks like he's new, the Per Diem staff) was floated to the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) for half of a shift. About 3 hours into the shift, the Nurse went into a patient's ro...
  4. In My Prayers

    We do the best for our patients and then we don't try not to take the job home or let it bother us. But I give credit for those floor nurses who are busy taking care of our grandma's, grandpa's, mom's, dad's, siblings and friends because in a way, th...
  5. Initial Response:Oh no! Your patient has gone unresponsive on you. First thing to do is a quick pulse check of their carotid artery. If you do not detect a pulse within five to ten seconds and your patient wishes to be resuscitated, call for help. Se...
  6. Bridgid Joseph

    Code Blue: What Should I Do?

    Code Blue (cardiac/respiratory arrest) events in-hospital can be really scary, especially if you work in the Medical-Surgical or procedural areas because they are so unexpected (most often, I should say.) I remember my first code quite clearly: a cow...
  7. My First Code Blue

    12/03/12 1934: Beverly puts her call light on to get help going to the bathroom. "My God!" is her response to the toilet seat's temperature on her bare bottom. Bathrooms are never warm enough in hospitals. 12/04/12 0102: "Rapid response, 7th floor. L...
  8. Brenda F. Johnson

    Time of Death 10:40. Wait, What?!

    The words drifted around the room as everyone stood quietly engrossed in their own thoughts. The air conditioner rattled then chilled air touched my shoulders prompting goose bumps all over my body. Surrounded by people, the atmosphere was desolate. ...
  9. This incident occurred many years ago when I lived in New York City. I resided in the Bronx and was actually preparing for the state board examination (NCLEX) so I attended a review course with my friend. The course lasted for one solid week, therefo...
  10. shannonFNP

    One Man

    I was one in a crowded room of the receiving team of nurses that lifted this man: a father, a grandfather off the golden Stryker that carried him from this fateful father's day into the emergency room. He was still dressed to fit the occasion: a polo...
  11. nursemike

    A Change of Heart

    April 18, 2016, I began my third of three 12-hour night shifts, but I didn't finish it. Sometime after midnight, I felt a dull, but fairly strong pain under my sternum, which I first attributed to the Chinese food we had ordered, earlier. After anoth...
  12. The Boy with the Broken Heart

    Mom wanted to lie in the bed with the four-year-old, but that made it too difficult to manage his care, so she had to sit beside the bed. She kept her face close to his, whispering softly to Antonio. Dad stood behind her with his hands on Moms' shoul...
  13. My First Code

    Towards the last few days of my comprehensive practicum, I experienced my first code blue. The very busy acute care unit I was working on had about 30 patients, with a 5 to 1 nurse, sometimes 6 to 1 patient ratio. We were running off our feet! In the...
  14. AN is pleased to present a press release from AHA which adds another dimension to out of hospital cardiac arrest care - telephonic assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation via a 911 operator. The American Heart Association - the world's leading volunta...
  15. An Ordinary Day

    The entrance seemed dull with the light from the building, "and they call this good light," I thought to myself as I looked back once more at the glistening of the sun on the dew-filled grass. Must hurry, can't be late. Morning report was fast for me...
  16. Ruby Vee

    My First Code

    I hadn't been a nurse for very long, but I was asked to team lead, do charge and supervise nursing students. "Don't worry," I was told. "These are our students, so they can help you out." As the first BSN grad ever hired in our hospital, I took a lot...
  17. Today We Lay to Rest

    I was fresh out of nursing school, working my first nursing job in a large emergency department. I was with Marie*, my preceptor, a wonderful nurse. She managed to be strong and got her job done quickly and well, but yet was gentle and had a huge hea...