From a hospital nurse: We need to treat the community like a hospital right now

I don’t work in a Covid unit. I don’t have to wear an N-95 mask all day. But I do work in a hospital full of very sick people with rapidly increasing numbers of people with Covid 19. This month a friend, and church member died from Covid 19. At the hospital my nurse friends… Continue reading From a hospital nurse: We need to treat the community like a hospital right now

Bedside nurse

(Image Credit) It's a small army I see two or three days a week. While it's dark and cold we march in uniform, feet shod with shoes ready to keep a steady clip for the next thirteen hours. The building we raid looms tall and overwhelming, pregnant with arrhythmias calls for help to the bathroom… Continue reading Bedside nurse

Nursing : A ministry of dignity

(image credit) I'm up late. Tomorrow I'll start working night shifts at the hospital where I work as an Acute Rehabilitation nurse. It's just temporary through the end of the year when I'll complete my BSN... finally ( it only took 18 years). I'm up late doing research for my Capstone project. It's about how… Continue reading Nursing : A ministry of dignity

I’m not a medication technician. I’m a nurse.

I met him at the time clock. "How are you?" "Great, now."  He smiled reaching for the barcode side of his badge to swipe out. It was the end of our shifts. He worked the observation unit where patients stay in the hospital for less than 24 hours.  He admitted 4, discharged 4, so had… Continue reading I’m not a medication technician. I’m a nurse.

A PSA from a short-of-breath nurse: Don’t go to the hospital to get pampered.

(Image credit here) Amidst the cacauphony of I.V. alarms, bed alarms, chair alarms, call bells, overhead pages for code blue, code purple, stroke alert, ringing phones and the chatter of nurses, nurse's aids, doctors, therapists and social workers, a nephrologist walks up behind me at the nurse's station where I'm trying to get a handle… Continue reading A PSA from a short-of-breath nurse: Don’t go to the hospital to get pampered.

Will Christian nurses lead the way in providing healthcare for the marginalized?

  In the days of the Norwegian awakening in 1850, the revival of faith in Christ among Christians sparked a birth of an order of service to the sick and poor.  The Kaiserswerth deaconesses began serving their communities as trained nurses out of a renewed joy of their salvation in Jesus. Their renewed fervor for… Continue reading Will Christian nurses lead the way in providing healthcare for the marginalized?

Nursing service has to be driven by love or it’ll burnout

(Image from Nursing Times) There's a tension between the idea of nurses being professionals who are above the tasks of caring for a person and the idea of nurses, from their Christian roots, being called to serve the poor and most in need. As I'm reading Called to Care- A Christian Worldview for Nursing, I'm… Continue reading Nursing service has to be driven by love or it’ll burnout

Nurses, we are our patients

Friday the 13th I became a patient at the hospital where I work.  I had a robotic total hysterectomy with salpingectomy and cystoscopy.  After years of battling endometriosis, and recently bleeding, pain and fibroid issues I decided it was time for the worn out organ to go. Being on the other side of the patient/nurse… Continue reading Nurses, we are our patients

Burning out nurses are a seismographic reading of the coming tsunami in healthcare

It's a buzz I hear every shift I work, "The hospital is short nurses and aides..."  The tension on the unit is thick. Will there be enough nurses? Will I have to take more than 6 patients?  Will I only have 1 CNA for my unit of 25 patients? Will I be asked to check… Continue reading Burning out nurses are a seismographic reading of the coming tsunami in healthcare

Nursing: a degree that honors the profession is not the evidence of competence

(A Red Cross nurse in France) Today is the last day of my second week in the BSN online program at GCU.  Tonight after 14 hours at work I submitted the first collegiate paper I've written in 17 years.  The assignment:  A formal 750-1000 word paper discussing the difference in competency between the associates prepared… Continue reading Nursing: a degree that honors the profession is not the evidence of competence