Nurses see some pretty awful things. I love what I do, but this is the honest truth. On a daily basis we watch as the ravages of disease take hold and Continue reading
I was just about to begin my shift one morning when it happened. A weary-eyed night-shift friend of mine came up to me and said, “Debi, I need you to go home tonight and write something that’ll make me want to come back and do this again.” Continue reading
I was told in report that she was “pleasantly confused.” Because I know these patients require an extra careful eye, I went to her room first as I began my shift.
Right at shift change I knew that something was wrong. My gut was screaming to start the day by checking her first. Things just didn’t seem right. Her labs looked terrible. SHE looked terrible. Continue reading
I’ve always worked best off of a carefully-planned day. No matter what I had to do, I would be sure to organize it into the most logical, efficient order so I could successfully Continue reading
I first noticed these occurring right after I began working as a nurse and they still happen to me today. I can be totally enveloped in whatever the chaos du jour Continue reading
Apparently our dog had an upset stomach overnight. Repeatedly. We never heard a thing – no whimpers, no cries, not a single desperate woof to go outside.
After the weekend I just worked at the hospital, I couldn’t help but think today about Continue reading
I’m a Registered Nurse who’s getting a fresh glimpse at life from the other end of the stethoscope. Lupus seems to be invading my story, and it’s giving me a brand new perspective on effective patient care, as well as embracing life with intention. Continue reading
I was ready to walk out the door when I got the call. I had gotten up at my usual ridiculous time, drug myself through my usual early morning exercise routine, had my quiet time & coffee, showered, a little makeup, a fast blow-dry. Scrubs on, shoes tied, pockets loaded. Continue reading