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  1. Need advice about situation

    Need advise from fellow nurses. I recently was attacked verbally by a family member who yelled and screamed at me and then told my supervisor I was a horrible nurse and he was going to report me to state. I did nothing wrong but but it being LTC the ...
  2. fetch

    Running the Spring Marathon

    I used to work at a theme park, and the 2 weeks around spring break were unofficially known as "marathon" because we went from weekends only to daily operation. But since most of the high schoolers only have one week off, and a lot of summer people h...
  3. My Mother Was Right

    When I was a young girl growing up in America's Mid West, my mother loved nursing and thought that her daughter should follow in her footsteps. It was her dream that helping people was a great profession and she wanted me to become a nurse when I gre...
  4. VivaLasViejas

    Who the Heck Am I Now??

    Imagine being seated on a comfortable sofa in a warm, well-appointed office designed to make you feel at home, fidgeting nervously and struggling to find a neutral position as the man across the table from you delivers his findings in a kind, but reg...
  5. Never Assume

    At work, I was participating in an accreditation survey. This is a nerve-wracking experience where a seasoned surgeon spends the day reviewing the program. My colleague received notification that the surgeon was coming from Puerto Rico, her reaction ...
  6. Today I remembered a 4 yr old... lifeless, so pale, except for the bruises which covered his body. I remember so vividly the parent who angrily confessed that "the boy just refused to walk right"...so he beat him to death. I thought about the terror ...
  7. 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...
  8. madwife2002

    RN and a Mother!

    I became a single parent in 1989 I finally left an abusive marriage, I was now going to move on with my life and follow my dreams. I always wanted to be a nurse as we often referred to ourselves in 1989, we were also called RGN's in the UK which mean...
  9. I could say I pursued nursing because I wanted to follow the footsteps of my mother who is RN, but that is the usual every other day story you normally hear. This was one of the reasons why I decided to become a nurse, however, one of my other reason...
  10. 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...
  11. The best job in the world.

    Lets be honest here. Nurses love to whinge. And to be fair, we do have a lot to whinge about. Pay, for example. It took me four years of university to gain a nursing degree. In that same time I could have qualified in law, architecture or pharmacy, a...
  12. My Papa. Why I Am The Nurse I Am Today.

    His journey began two years prior. He received the diagnosis of colon cancer and began chemotherapy. All of the nurses at the treatment center would fight over who got to take care of him. I cannot think of a person who did not love this man or at th...
  13. 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....
  14. VivaLasViejas

    You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

    ........Some years ago when I was still working Med/Surg, I had a patient who could be described diplomatically only as "fluffy". In actuality, she was a diabetic who weighed more than 400 lbs. A pleasant sort, she struck up conversation with me as I...
  15. NamasteNurse

    Teacher turned Nurse

    Even cafeteria duty which used to be a punishment. Listening in on pre-pubescent conversations to get a hint of what the next generation is thinking. Standing in the corner looking bored so they don't know I'm taking it all in. I miss teaching. Seein...
  16. VivaLasViejas

    Out, Out, Damned Spot!

    Although I came into this profession relatively late in life, I have been around healthcare long enough now to yearn for the "good old days", when nursing homes looked like hospitals and hospitals (and other care facilities) had squeaky-clean, shiny ...
  17. As nurses, we consider it a good day's work when nobody has yelled at us or thrown bedpans at us. When we hear, "Thank you for being my nurse; you are so kind," it borders on the near miraculous. Then again, there are those rare and truly treasured p...
  18. On certain weekends during college I would spend the entirety of the time that the library was open studying; I would get there at 9am and not leave until 11pm, and still I thought this wasn't enough, especially if I had an exam that week. I got good...
  19. Nursing Me Black

    It was like I was a needle cap placed among a sea of cotton balls. It just seemed...off. Is it even possible? Where is my version of Florence Nightingale? Perhaps I should get connected and joinAssociation of black nursesBlack nurses societyBlack nur...
  20. VivaLasViejas

    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    I'm not sure if it's because I was a good deal older than many of my classmates when I graduated from nursing school and found out very quickly that I was nowhere near as smart as I thought I was, or if it's merely because I'm in awe of nurses who ar...
  21. I graduated high school in the top 10 of my class. At that time, everything was about getting into a good college. As the daughter of two entrepreneurs, it was always expected that I go to business school. At 22 years old, I had graduated with Sum Cu...
  22. VivaLasViejas

    Nurses Say the Darnedest Things!

    Medicalese is a language that flows as easily as our mother tongue after a few years in the business, but as I was lying in bed last night, wide awake long after sending a resident in flash pulmonary edema to the hospital, I got to thinking about the...
  23. The Caretaker's Path

    Maybe it was because I practically grew up in a hospital. Maybe I just had a natural tendency to care for others. As a child, I declared that I would be a doctor since doctors had save my life with historical open-heart surgery. Whether it was the fa...
  24. Sweet Pain

    It was such a cold day in December and I could not find the church, the biggest Catholic Church in the downtown area I'd lived in for the last fifteen years. What was I doing? Already had to beg my supervisor in the Medicine ICU for the morning off t...
  25. Ruby Vee

    "One Measly Act Of Charity"

    I was middle-aged when I decided to become Catholic. My mother was raised in a fundamentalist church -- one of those churches where Sunday services last all day and there's a lot of (literal) Bible thumping involved. (I'll never forget the Sunday my ...