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  1. jeastridge

    End Of Life Conversations With Families

    Talking about the end of life is not for the faint of heart. There are many obstacles, including our individual sense of immortality. It's such a serious topic that I'd like to start with the story of a man who came to see his doctor. He said, "Doc, ...
  2. Spritenurse1210

    How I learned compassion.

    "When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him." The parable of the good Samaritan, Luke 10:34 There comes a...
  3. The Color of Mourning

    I wear my heart on my sleeve. Plain as day. I believe that we wouldn't be nurses if we didn't have some innate desire to care, encourage, teach, soothe or provide tough love. In turn, it can be difficult to find the time and place to allow the flurry...
  4. How Nurses Cope with Death

    Working with death may be an inevitable part of a nursing career, depending on what area your focus is. Learning how to cope and manage death seems to vary from department to department. Please feel free to add to this and help your fellow nurses und...
  5. My Patient Inspired Me To Become More

    The Winter of 2004 she thought she had a cold that she couldn't shake so she went to her primary care dr., who said it was probably the flu and prescribed her an antibiotic. When it persisted she returned to her primary care dr., who then did a chest...
  6. My Miracle Last April

    My best friend had a beautiful baby girl last April. Her pregnancy was healthy, and the OB-GYN did not expect any complications. She had an Ultrasound three weeks before delivery that showed many decelerations so she had an emergency c-section. The b...
  7. Ready to let go. But not right NOW.

    I recently spent 45 minutes talking about death, and hospice, with my husband's sister in Maryland. Her mother -a delightfully quirky 91-year-old activist who still spends her days faxing her congressmen-just signed on with the local hospice. I'm a h...
  8. spotangel

    I Gotta See If He Is Dead!

    I had a strange sense of anticipation as I walked in. Working as a perdiem Nursing supervisor(Assistant Director of Nursing) in a busy hospital, I had strongly felt that I needed to put myself down as available for this Sunday shift a month ago. I av...
  9. RobbiRN

    A Tale of Two Deaths

    There is a story in Japanese folklore that goes back into an era in which they practiced "Ubasute," the abandonment of the elderly. When there were too many mouths to feed and not enough food to go around, impoverished farmers would take the oldest, ...
  10. Daughter vs. NURSE: Moral Courage

    Reflection: Moral CourageMoral courage is sometimes a shared experience. I have always had the realization that sometime in my Nursing career, I would be faced with the task of assisting my patient while they receive a terminal diagnosis. Allowing th...
  11. Death: The Reason I Became a Nurse

    Death is the reason why I decided to become a nurse. I know, it's a rather strange thing to say and I probably don't mean it in the way that most would. I don't see myself as a caped avenger, fighting death. In fact, in many cases, Death is welcome. ...
  12. I See The Light ... Lift Me Up.

    My mother also received high doses of narcotics in these end stages to keep her comfortable. As a result, she had been unresponsive for two days. I was sharing the night shift with my stepsister who gave the thorazine at 2 a.m. and told me that she w...
  13. There is nothing we can do

    When I entered the nurse's station, I immediately felt the typical business of a weekday morning. The morning rush during which everybody tries to get a handle on all the tasks for day was unfolding. One of the nurses looked at me briefly and said, "...
  14. I scanned my list of patients for the day. Three unfamiliar names back to back in the morning; a prenatal visit, an INR (a patient on the blood thinner Coumadin) patient and a BP check patient. I knew the rest of the names on my schedule. My first pa...
  15. A Perfect Ending to a Perfect Day

    The window curtains were wide open. I kneeled down beside her where she could hear me and I grasped her hand into mine. I closed my eyes and I began to pray for her. The hall smelled of urine and that fecal odor that always permeates every breathable...
  16. She Was Waiting for an Angel to Guide Her Her name was Norma and she was from Rhode Island. It was a hot July day when she came to spend her last days in the hospice unit. I remember so vividly the machines that she was hooked up to, the machines tha...
  17. CheesePotato

    Dear Nurses: Please Forgive Me

    Dear floor, ED and ICU nurses, Please forgive me. I know he's dying. I get it. I do. We were told five years. Five years on an outlier and he would be gone. We were told transplant was an option but with the dismal survival rates, we opted for rehab....
  18. VickyRN

    Skin Changes At Life's End (SCALE)

    The skin is the largest organ of the body and can become dysfunctional at life's end, with loss of integrity, just like any other vital body system, with reduced ability to utilize nutrients and other factors necessary to sustain normal skin function...
  19. Real Life and Death

    Nurses are often viewed as kindhearted lifesavers...angels in scrubs. Still others view us as hard, harsh, impatient and to the point. Well, please allow me to give you just a small glimpse into our world; for its all too real and grossly misundersto...
  20. 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...
  21. The Little Round Thing

    When I started that day it seemed the paramount thing to me just to get rid of the dress bypassing my state board exams. My clinical rotations had become routine stuff after two years. My mentor hardly bothered to check on me anymore. I thought I was...
  22. NutmeggeRN

    Choosing the 4th Option

    As a school nurse for 20 years, I have had more than my fair share of kids who have been diagnosed with cancer. I have had kids win the battle and lose the battle. Some had intensive therapy regimes, with every side affect possible and some blew thro...
  23. The Patient I Failed

    She knew what she wanted. She'd watched her husband of 52 years die on a vent, and followed his wishes to remain a full code. But she knew that was not what she wanted for herself. So, she wrote a Living Will, had it notarized, gave it to her persona...
  24. Singing with the Angels

    There are times, however, when the patient can't improve. To our frustration, we all remember times when our patients were terminally ill. Some we didn't know very well, so the feelings inside were sadness and reverence. Some were our favorites, and ...
  25. Through the Eyes of An ICU Nurse

    Everyone copes with things differently, but often times I write to help me cope with the difficult woes of my job. I often don't share, but this time I thought, why not let some of you guys have some insight into the life of an ICU nurse? If it wasn'...