18 September, 2015 § Leave a comment
The Washington Post published “Is nursing a talent? You can bet your life on it.” The article is very well written and it confirms what many of us already know: it is a skill that we continually work to keep sharp and update. In some ways, it is a lot like many of the other talents that were displayed in the Miss America pageant. We juggle a patient load, orders, varying degrees of patient acuity and needs. We move so quickly up and down the unit that we often feel like we are on (and sometimes need) roller skates. We have sung to our patients. We have read poetry to them. We tell them jokes. We often work magic. Indeed, we have many of the same talents as pageant contestants, but we also have so many more talents and skills that are necessary to be a Nurse.
Since the jokes made by the hosts of the View, I have used my skills and talents as a nurse to perform CPR, stabilize a cervical spine with my hands until we were able to place a collar, managed the trach of patients so that they may continue to breath, placed an IV so that a patient could receive live saving medications, comforted and calmed scared and confused patients, decreased someone’s pain, increased someone’s hope, and gave families peace of mind that their loved ones were in good and caring hands. That is only a small fraction of what I and my 3 million colleagues have done.
19 June, 2013 § Leave a comment
I do not think I could have said it any better. It is often that I am short on time, short on sleep, and short on patience (and high on patients to care for) but I remember that I am there for the people I care for and they deserve the best that I have to offer, that the profession has to offer. I am not alone. There are millions of you, my fellow colleagues, that also short on time, sleep, and patience but we are high in compassion and we stand together for our patients.
- Pondering on Pediatrics (straightcathnochaser.wordpress.com)
- Film Features Real Nurses and Their Stories (nursetopia.net)
- A NICU Experience shows the Art and Heart of Nursing (straightcathnochaser.wordpress.com)