1. "I wish I could bring a Xanax or a Prozac salt lick, and just let everyone everyone come up and get some beforehand."
    — My professor, talking about our upcoming NCLEX practice tests. 

  2. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be shown dramatic hospital videos on a regular basis for the rest of my nursing career. 

    (And yet I’ll ashamedly admit the corniness is still compelling.)


  3. Today I pumped my fists into a stranger’s chest in a team attempt to bring them back from the dead. It didn’t work.

    Today I felt strange feelings that have no words to name them.



  5. I just wanted to share this beautiful little moment I experienced on Facebook today. 

    Stephen Cantrell is a doctor who attends the same church as my parents. For further clarification, you need to know that he did his own independent research and cured his own cancer. He now treats others who have cancer, with great results. Insurance companies have yet to cover his method, but it is in the slow process of gaining approval. 

    I was also reminded of this post.

    (I’m not bothering to blur out any names because I don’t think any of the parties involved will mind.)


  6. Payoff

    Today in my clinical I was assigned to Trauma rooms 1 and 2, which are reserved for patients with the highest levels of acuity. I saw people arrive with anything from COPD exacerbations, to allergic reactions, to injuries from motor vehicle accidents. I participated in a “team heart”, which is the rapid-fire volley of interventions and diagnostics for any patient experiencing a heart attack.

    For the first time I truly got a taste of the environment I have made my goal for the past year. I was worried it would underwhelm, but it exceeded expectations. The ER is the first place I’ve worked so far that has felt completely unified, free of petty gossip and workplace rivalries. “We’re like the Marines down here,” one of the nurses explained, and I understood. Unlike most other clinical sites, the ER nurses never just keep to their assigned patients. They immediately sense when another nurse needs help and show up to lend a hand. The camaraderie is infectious and the staff never cease to be upbeat, full of smiles and laughter. In between saving lives, they swap toddler stories and show each other smartphone pictures of their pets. It’s a bit strange, but it’s exactly my kind of strange.

    After trudging through 12 months of endless classes and mostly menial clinical tasks, I have finally fallen in love. 


  7. Walt Whitman was a nurse.

    And that’s a fun fact for me to occasionally revisit.


  8. "Preventable disease should be looked upon as a social crime."

    Florence Nightingale, 1894

    Wash your hands and get your shots, folks. 


  9. For new nurses. 


  10. Good morning. I’m about to take my Adult Health I nursing final. 

    I’m tired.

    After today, I will have been through 12 months of a 15-month BSN-RN program. 

    The 4.0 GPA I kept for the entire duration of my English degree is long gone, but I don’t mind at all. 


  11. Trivia

    The best time to buy shoes is at night, because that is when a person’s feet are the largest. 


  12. The best way to learn about heart dysrhythmias: old school.


  13. Medical fact of the day

    10 to 15% of all pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion (miscarriage). Some women never know they were ever pregnant, because it can happen so early.


  14. Fun fact

    According to Gallup polls, nurses have come in first place almost every year since 1999 (that’s almost 15 years in a row) as America’s most trusted profession. 

    The only year they came in second was 2001, when firefighters took the first place spot in the wake of 9/11. 


  15. "Many nurses work 12-hour shifts, not 10-hour shifts, and workloads have not been decreased or additional breaks added. Anecdotal data, recent collective bargaining agreements, and court cases suggest that nurses are regularly sacrificing their breaks and meal periods to provide patient care. Only one study, focusing on the eating habits of 125 English nurses, provides objective data about this common practice. Faugier and her colleagues noted that more than one third of their participants reported that they never, almost never, or only sometimes took a meal break when they worked. When prompted to identify the reason for not taking regular breaks, these nurses, who worked on high dependency units, intensive care units, and emergency departments, cited heavy workloads and understaffing.
    Similarly, a recent study of medication administration procedures in American hospitals also suggests that nurses frequently skip their breaks and/or meal periods because of heavy workloads. “Nine out of 10 nurses we observed stayed an average of 45 minutes after their shift had ended, often without extra pay, to complete patient care duties. They ate their lunches in much less time than allotted and postponed taking personal breaks in order to provide the care they felt their patients deserved.”"
    — Rogers, Hwang, & Scott