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
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 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.
The idea of serving others in Christianity is unique in that it's not the lowly who are called to serve because of their low position. The call to serve is for those who would be the greatest. When Jesus was describing the unique way his people would lead, he said: "You know that the rulers … Continue reading Nurses, you’re doing God’s work!