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  1. Eighteen Days: My COVID Story

    Eighteen days. That’s how long it took to lose you. Surrounded by four walls, no windows. No healing touch from loved ones. No last kisses or hugs. Unable to hear your infectious laugh because it was covered by a mask. Your family anxiously waiting o...
  2. ZenLover

    Interviewing a Phoenix

    My most recent experiences sound so much like what you have already heard. Being a critical care nurse in a pandemic has not been easy. But what is easy? What in life is ever easy? Falling down, but not getting back up. Failing to show up, but not th...
  3. I don't know how many times I've seen some version of this question following some scenario that a nurse (usually new) has described. I also often see nurses with some experience (a lot of experience in some cases) offering something like "Your licen...
  4. Long shifts, heavy patient loads, and a relentless pace are common recipes for both mental and physical fatigue in nursing. In an effort to cope with increasing demands in the workplace, it is tempting to turn to unhealthy habits. These ways of copin...
  5. Anyone else ever deal with a case of the Sunday Scaries? ? The intense overwhelm that consumes you before taking on a new week. The fear of the unknown. The dread of the weekend yet again nearing an end. We’ve all been there and I think we as n...
  6. Holiday Epiphany

    In my transition from teacher to nurse, holidays were at the center of the change in my life. In the 23 years that I taught, I had never worked holidays. I had a big extended family, and I was the baker and cook, especially at Thanksgiving and Christ...
  7. COVID

    WE have been the ones wearing PPE; sweating; watching our coworkers fall ill; picking up extra shifts; crying wherever no-one sees us; telling families their loved ones will die; fighting until the end. As nurses we must stand together at our facilit...
  8. JBMmom

    A Little Rant And Some Failures

    There are some days that are easier than others with this pandemic. I feel like I'm becoming that friend/family member that just can't "get over it". I know others here are having similar pandemic experiences, so I'm just venting. We've been tri...
  9. Everyone watches the schedule like a hawk to see who gets the holiday off especially Christmas! We had to work every alternate year. Sometimes some interactions made us pause and reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas once we stripped away the ...
  10. It’s the day after Christmas, and the ER is packed. The line to register is 10 patients deep, and I take deep breaths as traumas and critical patients rush to the front of the line. A mother comes in, hysterical after her own toddler has apparently...
  11. Holiday Patient Enigma

    It was the late-1980s and a perfect holiday eve before the phone rang. I was reading a captivating mystery and enjoying a glass of Cote du Rhone as the crackling, hypnotic fire licked the pine logs. The blazing fire’s red and gold flames flickered on...
  12. New Nurse Experience During Pandemic

    I graduated in December 2018 from an ADN program in Virginia. The commencement speaker said a few things that impacted me when I graduated. She stated that there would come a time in your nursing career where you will feel like you are not learning...
  13. Kristi Van Winkle

    Christmas With a Stranger

    It was Christmas morning. My kid would be waking up soon. She would be so excited about the traditional eggs, cinnamon rolls, and exorbitant amounts of stocking candy for breakfast. And then would come the reading of the Christmas story. And the...
  14. I just started my first nursing job as a new grad in the MICU two months ago and I want to quit so bad. I need advice. We are at max capacity Covid right now and have been since the beginning of November. While I knew it would be challenging sta...
  15. Patient going to complain against me?

    I am a RN with 2 years experience in Med-Surg and this is the first time this has happened to me. I was precepting a nurse new to our facility and we were taking care of this young patient for a kidney stone. She had came back from surgery and was sl...
  16. Tell the World Project

    My Experience as a Clinic Nurse during COVID I chose to work in a dermatology office after an injury that I sustained while working bedside left me unable to work in that setting as I was unable to lift patient or stand for long periods of time....
  17. Liz George PHN

    Hey Nurses, How are You Doing?

    How We Can Use the Nursing Process to Help Ourselves Survive (and Thrive?) in these Tumultuous Times As a working nurse, I know I don’t need to go into the details of what’s happening for nurses right now. For nearly every nurse the past few yea...
  18. spotangel

    A Kick of Gratitude

    When I finally called and told my in-laws that I was six-and-a-half months pregnant with a baby boy, they were over the moon! I had lost two babies as miscarriages before my son and daughter were born, so I was wary of breaking the news early. We dec...
  19. 0400 am. I suddenly woke up fearing, that I didn’t hear an alarm…With great relief, I try to fall asleep… 0415 am. “I am glad that I still have time to sleep,” I said to myself, trying to enjoy sweet short minutes before getting up to work at 0500 am...
  20. Ashley Remillard

    What Is Going On With Cath Lab Flow?

    Picture This You are a telemetry nurse a few hours into your twelve-hour day shift. You have four cardiac patients assigned for the day, and you are trying to organize your plan of care for your shift. Two patients are pending discharge, one has ...
  21. Nightshift - You Should Have it Easy “Patients always sleep through the night. You should have it easy!” This has been said to, but never by a night shift nurse anywhere. When moved into a facility environment for an extended stay, patients some...
  22. Like many registered nurses I have been working with the elevated level of stress since Covid-19 had started in March of 2020. The hospital that I work for was on point with attempting to provide safe PPE and regular updates through emails from the i...
  23. JBMmom

    Pandemic: The Beginning

    The Early Days I have to preface anything about my experience during the pandemic by saying that I was lucky. I live in the northeast and we didn't suffer nearly the overwhelming patient load and deaths that so many dealt with elsewhere in the Un...
  24. Fear of Floating | Life of a Nurse

    The Joint Commission's position states that the requesting unit that a nurse is to float to must be a similar unit1. That way the nurse can acclimate easier and function in a competent manner. This prioritizes patient safety. The requesting unit...
  25. All of my nurse managers are nurses that had their licenses since the 70’s and 80’s. All are in different settings. One said she is counting down her days to retirement. She stated that home care visits were so much easier to work before the governm...