Intuition. A sense. A feeling. Gut instinct. God’s way of talking to you. The Universe trying to point you in the right direction. Nurses are particularly keen to this sort of thing. For the most part, we can probably eye a patient up and get a sense of things to come. That’s part of the… Continue reading A gut is not always a bad thing
I have to admit that I was super apprehensive about making this career change. Death is something that scares the bejeezus out of me. As a critical care nurse for many years, death was often times an answer to endless suffering. That doesn’t ever mean that I got comfortable with it. But, because I never… Continue reading Week Two or Weak, Too?
Everyone talks about the benefits of a long life. You get to see your children and your grandchildren grow and flourish. But, is there such a thing as too long of a life? I do believe there is. Imagine seeing those around you disappear… You would be the only one of your siblings still alive…… Continue reading I Wouldn’t… Would you?
There are people ailing everywhere. In the rich part of town, in the poor part of town, in the city, in the country… you get it.. Everywhere! People are also able to stay in their homes for longer periods of time when they are ill. Medical professionals travel to them and provide the best care… Continue reading Among The Thorns
The day began really early today… Much earlier than I would like. The coffee didn’t have a chance to even make it to my gut before we were on our way. We were going to see a patient… younger who had been diagnosed with ALS. As typical for me, I was full of nervous anticipation. … Continue reading That Smile
Nervous anticipation, fear, uneasiness, sadness and an eagerness to learn the ropes. I’d say all of those things smooshed together is exactly how I felt this morning. That feeling of uncertainty because I don’t know what I am doing is almost overwhelming. Sure, I can assess a patient – but, I look for signs of… Continue reading Day One
The new journey starts tomorrow.. Exciting first line, right? Catchy… Well, it’s true. Tomorrow my career really takes a totally different turn. You see, for the past close to 10 years, I have been a nurse. I’ve been a med surg nurse, I’ve been a step down nurse, I’ve been an ICU nurse and finally,… Continue reading The Night Before