One of the challenges of nursing is that every, single thing we do is time-sensitive. Each task has a deadline, and many can have serious consequences Continue reading
When you see me rushing off the unit in the evening, it may look like I’m running away from you … and maybe I am. In a way. At least a tiny bit.
It was finally that moment. The one I hadn’t even realized was missing, yet the one whose absence I had tangibly felt.
It was now late in the afternoon of my Black Friday shift – the second of two Continue reading
I can actually pinpoint the moment it happened. It was Friday afternoon, and I was stuck in a Continue reading
You get up before dawn while your husband still sleeps. You stretch. Coffee. Shower. Put on scrubs. Eat something. Anything. Drive. Park. Step away from your normal. Leave it all behind. Continue reading
She told me she doesn’t remember the day we met. Honestly, I don’t see how she could, she had been so sick when I admitted her the week before. Continue reading
It was around 3PM when I got the call that I had another patient on the way. Ouch. By this point in the day, I had already been juggling a team of five patients for 8 hours. Two of these patients were quite sick and needed a lot of my attention. The other three were Continue reading
Two long days at the hospital … my body aches, my mind races. Continue reading
As a nurse on a fast-paced telemetry unit, each shift is a blur of call lights, monitors, meds, rounding doctors, ringing phones, and endless beeps. There are ECGs to read, Continue reading
In order to get to my unit from the hospital’s front lobby, you have to ride the elevator to the 5th floor, and then walk up a series of ramps before ultimately reaching the 6th floor telemetry unit. My home, sweet work home. Continue reading