Welcome

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will return often as we get acquainted. I like to think the best way to know someone is by listening to his or her stories. Stories that show what makes a person laugh, become sad or want to dash off a letter to the editor about an injustice that makes her angry.

What you will hear most from me will center about my nursing career and my experiences as a writer. The fact I am now a retired gerontological nurse practitioner will color my tales. There are many patients who wander around in my mind relentlessly badgering me to write about them. And I do. I hope nurses who drop by will leave their own stories about their nursing life. And for those non-nurses who visit, may you learn more about what we nurses do, what makes us tick and why we make a difference.

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4 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. Martha said:

    I have only been a nurse for 6 years. I had a housekeeping/pettsitting business for seven years prior to that. I liked being self employed. After my son was born and I became a single parent (and I mean single), I needed to start thinking about a career change. I needed to provide for my son and myself. I already owned my home so I was in a stable environment.
    When I began telling my clients about my new lease on “paying my bills” most of them responded to me, “you would make a great nurse”. For two years I kept telling myself no. The economic situation altered that decision and I enrolled in nursing school. WOW!
    Upon graduation I worked on the med/surg unit of a local hospital. Then in public health for 3 years (i enjoyed this field of nursing , the politics however were to much). The county was selling the agency and I was on the low end of the senority list. I new layoff was inevitable. At this time, I was casemanaging anywhere from 25 to 30 cients. I loved most of them and they had become my family. I still hear from several of these individuals every so often.
    I returned to the hospital setting last December. Its a new world in this environment and its eating its nurses alive. I often read blogs of nurses who are burnt out, physically and mental exhausted, and who are just not able to do it anymore. I kept telling myself I did not want to be that person. I am becoming just that. Short staff, staff that do not put forth any effort or motivation, lack of team work, lack of managerial support, lack of proper equipment, lack of security, lack of self esteem, self worth and encouragment. I could go on but you get the point and you know the routine. And just when I say , “thats it, I have had enough abuse, enough pain, enough overtime, enough verbal abuse from pts and staff, enough of 12 hours shifts, enough of just not wanting to do this anymore! thats when the one pt. you need to be on your shift is there to remind you of why you do what you do. To tell you they are thankful for your help, your knowledge, your care and your passion and they tell you how happy they are that your the nurse that cared for them. And , will you be my nurse tomarrow? ” Thats the stories you hear over and over and over. And as I was looking online for new employment, nonbedside nursing, I thought of this. And I am in that place. Do I stay or do I go now?

    Thank you for allowing me to post my thoughts. I enjoyed reading yours.
    Martha

  2. Hi Marianna,

    I just wanted to let you know that we featured your blog in a recent article named:
    Top 50 Nursing Blogs You Should Follow in 2017.

    Here’s a link to the article:
    http://www.fittous.com/best-nursing-blogs/

    I’ve also made a special badge for you here:

    I hope your inclusion in the list drives some new readers to your blog.
    Congratulations and keep up the awesome work!

    Regards,
    Kristina

    • Thank you so much for including my blog as the top nursing blogs for 2017. However I would be most thankful if you would correct the spelling of my first name: Marianna with an “a” at the end and not an “e” . Thanks again for the designation.

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