Chicago, Home Health, Nursing Stories

The Murder Building

Originally posted on February 19, 2012   When I visited a patient in my caseload that lived in an “unsafe” part of the city, I went in the morning. Right after the pimps and drug dealers had called it a night and before the shop keepers pulled up the bars over the store windows and the… Continue reading The Murder Building

Geriatrics, Home Health, Nursing Stories

There Are Some Patients We Never Forget

This was first published on January 29, 2012.   When you have been a nurse as long as I have there are patients who take residence in your memories and resurface frequently. They could almost be family except they have a short history in your life. What they were like before or after you knew… Continue reading There Are Some Patients We Never Forget

Friendship, Home Health, Laughter, Memoir, Nursing, Nursing Stories, Writing the Book

Laughter: the measure of a friendship

I believe the better the friendship the more raucous the laugher—the real belly laughs that make you think you are going to die of asphyxiation. I have a number of friends that are enjoyable to be with but I have just two or three that make me really laugh. Donna and I worked in home… Continue reading Laughter: the measure of a friendship

Doctors, Home Health, Nurses, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories

Don’t Question the Doctor Part 2

I posted last week about my friend Lois’ run in with a nasty doctor soon after she graduated nursing school in the 60s. Here is my story about working with a difficult physician that took place in the mid 80s. The medical director, Doctor X, sat me down in her office on my first day… Continue reading Don’t Question the Doctor Part 2

Home Health, Memoir, Nursing, Nursing Stories

THERE ARE SOME PATIENTS WE NEVER FORGET

01/29/2012 BY MARIANNA CRANE When you have been a nurse as long as I have there are patients who take residence in your memories and resurface frequently. They could almost be family except they have a short history in your life. What they were like before or after you knew them usually remains a mystery.… Continue reading THERE ARE SOME PATIENTS WE NEVER FORGET

Health Care Services, Home Health, Nursing, Nursing Stories

SILENT NO MORE

When will nurses cease to be invisible? The web site The Truth About Nursing discusses an article about Hillary Clinton’s hospitalization in which the author did not make one reference to nursing (MatthewLee, “Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot,” Bloomberg Businessweek, December 31, 2012 *). The Truth About Nursing suggests if Clinton needed to be… Continue reading SILENT NO MORE

Home Health, Writing blogs

REIKI REVISITED

A couple of weeks ago, as I followed our tour group, I saw this sign over a storefront on a busy street in Galway. How surprising to see that Reiki was practiced in Ireland. Well, not so surprising says my friend, fellow nurse practitioner and Reiki Master Teacher, Jane Van De Velde, who tells me… Continue reading REIKI REVISITED