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  1. ✔️ When you need the money, your shift is cancelled; when you have a weekend planned, you have to do overtime. ✔️ Realizing the patient you've just injected has a serious infection causes you to stab yourself with the used needle. ✔️ A 500 ...
  2. Halloween Humor: There's A Dog Loose!

    We had plans for children to visit the long-term care facility I worked at and we were going to hand out candy. I thought it might just liven things up a bit if I were to dress up. Plus, it isn't so uncommon to for nurses to dress up in nursing homes...
  3. JAWS - Medical Breakthrough?

    The House Supervisor that night was a good friend to all of us. She was a wonderful, spirited nurse who went out of her way to be helpful to us all, and had a great sense of humor. Dr. "B", who is a diabetologist, decided to give me an order for...
  4. VivaLasViejas

    Night Nurse: Just Call Me Grace

    I'm not kidding. Now, I have been blessed with a good many talents, but the ability to walk and chew gum at the same time is not among them. My mother used to say I could trip over smoke. I'd walk over to a window to look outside and knock mysel...
  5. The Path of Smoke and Ashes

    It was the end of Nurses' week 2007; I had just parked in the North garage and was heading toward the hospital. I walked down the short set of stairs leading to the cobblestone path in front of me. I looked towards the West, drawn by the unusual oran...
  6. School taught me everything I know. School taught me the delicate balance of life, how to be A FIXER. Fix problems and help patients achieve a better way of life. A patient, Lucy would teach me an entire new way of thinking...and fixing. I received L...
  7. VivaLasViejas

    Oops, I Did It Again: Dottie

    .....I went and lost my heart to yet another hospice patient. Her name is Dottie, and she is 85 pounds of trouble dressed in a white satin nightgown and an ancient pair of fuzzy pink slippers. She came to our nursing home in early April for a five-da...
  8. My Little Blue Nursing Bag

    In it also, are assorted pens. Pens that I have bought at Walmart, pens from pharmacy reps(my favorites), and pens that appear out of nowhere and find their way into my bag. I have some spare change and a few dollars to ward off the hunger pangs of n...
  9. 1) "You're so smart, you should have gone to medical school." I AM smart---that's why I became a nurse instead of enduring 80-hour work weeks and giving up sleep for eight years. 2) "It must be great to be a nurse---you get to date all those sex...
  10. It reminds me of the query "what came first, the chicken or the egg." Do you become a good nurse because of your life experience, or does your life experience make you a good nurse? I just don't know. What follows is a bare rough draft of my feelings...
  11. Quest For Girls

    a great opportunity for an internship to become an OR nurse had been offered to me, but after this diagnosis, everything was put on hold. A disease that affects 1 in 8 with today's statistics, is a very scary thing. This article is to "lighten t...
  12. How Quickly We Forget

    They were cramming for pharmacology and very anxiously awaiting the grades from a principles test. Some were crying even, and all of them were so stressed out it made me want to pull my hair out along with them. The girls were so pale and tired from ...
  13. "Nancy" and Babs

    Each shift "Nancy Nurse", my character, was efficient, intelligent, quick thinking, compassionate, organized, quick witted and funny. She also had excellent assessment skills, and even better intuition. She always "knew" which patients required close...
  14. Every now and then, though, we get to care of someone who shows us exactly why we do what we do. Those cases, those patients, provide us with the inspiration we need to do our jobs despite how taxing they can be. I had the pleasure of taking care of ...
  15. The Voice of God

    This man was usually compliant and oriented during the day but nighttime was a different story. But at least he was "pleasantly confused". As in, if he pulled out an IV or began yelling at the characters on TV, he would apologize when I asked him to ...
  16. War Veterans...

    During my time working in long term care, one of my lady patients who was very demanding and "by the rule" used to frustrate me to tears, until one day I noticed the pictures on the wall by her side of the room. In one of the photos, three beautiful ...
  17. You don't get to be a nurse for almost 20 years and not learn a few tricks of the trade to survive. Gallows, irreverent humor runs rampant; despite all the teachings contrary, you often end up referring to a patient by bed number instead of a name; y...
  18. chadash

    Something of Value

    How much of life is occupied by the vain pursuit of excellence in areas of no value? Let's consider, for instance, pop culture. Few things are done with such fervor and finesse, but what is it really? Is it" dust in the wind", as a famous rock philos...
  19. Marvin the Painted Lady

    Our local pharmacy supplied all of our residents with their medication and the pharmacist was a grouchy man, who hated anything to do with our nursing home. The pharmacist had a bad habit of only labeling mediation with the resident's last name and f...
  20. Opportunities to practice skills often came in waves with proclaimed "learning opportunity" attached to tasks that others didn't want to do. I was OK with this approach because I really wanted to learn and help out. So the days came where it was my t...
  21. Caught with His Pants Down

    One of the guys was a very kind professional who wanted to become a nurse for all the right reasons. He really wanted to help people, not just make money. Unfortunately, he had never been in a hospital or convalescent home, had never worked as a nurs...
  22. I Can See it When You Smile

    The night started out a bit rough. Of course, we were short-staffed, and my patients were high acuity. It seemed like every patient had a new med order that needed to be faxed to the pharmacy. I had one patient who weighed close to 500 pounds, and wh...
  23. It was a week before Christmas when he had an unexpected accident at home, and my twin sister had found him on the garage floor. He had fallen out of the 12-foot ceiling and onto the cement floor. He was trying to get the Christmas tree. He required ...
  24. I figured something out last night. The maker of grocery carts changed jobs. You know you grab a grocery cart, the wheels start shimmying like four strippers with thongs full of loose change? Yeah, that's the guy. Well, he went south. To Florida. To ...
  25. I can strip my clothes off at the drop of a hat, not that anyone is very excited to see me do it. Patients are outsiders in the circus ring of activity called healthcare, often clueless about what is wrong with them and what we are doing about it. We...