If wrinkled Boomers with diabetes and heart disease amputations and hemiparesis are random collisions of worn out atoms draining our society of valuable resources... If the cost of rehabilitating the Grey Tsunami, aphasic from stroke, requiring a hoyer lift to move their paralyzed frames from bed to a rolling shower chair so nurses’ aides can… Continue reading An argument for the costly care of the least of these
(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
(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 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.
(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.
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?
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
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
(I have no pics of my work in rehab, so this image of working with a traumatic brain injury patient is from MSKTC.org ) I don't write about my work as a R.N. very often, mostly because there's so much that's confidential. But today I feel like I just need to process what happened in… Continue reading a 12 hour shift