Excepted from Off the Charts, May 31, 2017 AJN Facebook Readers on Influences, Public Attitudes to Nursing, Practices of Yesterday by Betsy Todd, MPH, RN, CIC What do you remember from early in your career that would never be seen or done today? We “nurses of a certain age” remember!—and we’re amazed at how … Continue reading Nurses of a Certain Age
I found an interesting study regarding nurses' satisfaction with their career choice. Note the respondents were middle-aged (45 - 64) and predominately female. Since my specialty is gerontology, I have included the comments made by three older nurses. Yes, Yes, I know they are all positive. I look forward to a study that includes younger … Continue reading Are You Glad You Became a Nurse?
Carol Ann, a friend of mine from nursing school, recently came to visit. She and her husband live in California. They cruised the Panama Canal over Christmas, drove to see friends in Clearwater, Florida, toured both Savannah and Charleston and traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to stay with us for a few days. Immediately, we … Continue reading What is a Student Nurse?
Reblogged from September 20, 2012. Happy Halloween.
I have been pestering my classmates from nursing school (we are about to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary next month) to write their stories so I can post them on my blog. Maybe pestering is too mild a word. Regardless, I have succeeded. Two women have sent me stories.
This is her story when she worked for a Hospice in Central New Jersey in the late 1990’s.
THOUGHTFULNESS IN THE FACE OF GRIEF
Written by Joan Moore
One of the most important aspects of hospice nursing is that a nurse is available 24/7 for the patients. This means every nurse on the team is required to take a turn being “on call”.
I’d like to share one of my many on call experiences.
My weekend started quietly. It was a Saturday in October. Halloween. In that neighborhood when Halloween falls on a weekend, the kids…
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Here’s a great example how one nurse saved a patient’s life. Speaking Up to Save a Life by Diane Szulecki, Associate Editor American Journal of Nursing October 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 10 - p 68–69 Abstract A nurse's advocacy alters the path of a patient with locked-in syndrome. On a … Continue reading The Gray Area of Nursing: Being Uncertain of One’s “Moral Role.”
In 2013 I toured the new intensive care units back at the hospital where I volunteer. At the time I was acutely aware how outdated my nursing skills were and realized that I wouldn’t even be safe to flip on a light switch. The state-of-the-art machines were daunting. I never thought that three years later … Continue reading I Am Grateful to the Nurses
From boliston, via Flickr Many years ago, I was given the greatest gift by a patient who had no idea he would change my life and define my professional outlook as a nurse. While not every nurse will be fortunate enough to have such an explicit experience of the effect of the care they provide… via … Continue reading Patients Change Us: A Formative Nursing Experience — Off the Charts
“I would be in a sweat if I tried to maneuver out of that tight parking space without power steering,” I said to my 15-year-old grandson who is currently taking driver education. We had left the grocery store with a bottle of apple juice and two bags of pretzels. The parking lot was small and … Continue reading The Olden Days of Nursing
First, I am excited that there are 100 best nursing blogs. Wow. Great job nurses! And I am pleased that my blog, Nursing Stories, has been included in this group. And, yes, I am boasting. Nursing Stories Nursing Stories is a heartfelt blog about one woman’s experiences in nursing. Marianna Crane, the blogger, has been … Continue reading Nursing Stories in the Top 100 Best Nursing Blogs
This is from Suzanne Gordon's Blog. Ms Gordon is a journalist and stanch supporter and promoter of all things nursing. Recently she asked nurses to respond with their version of "Just a Nurse." I am delighted to see their feedback. May nurses continue to tell the public what they do and how important their job … Continue reading Just a Nurse