Palliative Care: A Day in the Life

“Life is pleasant; Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that is troublesome”- Isaac Asimov Palliative care is a field of medicine that focuses on an individual’s and family’s quality of life as they suffer from a chronic illness. It involves ensuring the individual is knowledgeable about their disease process, has all of the resources theyContinue reading “Palliative Care: A Day in the Life”

A Glass Half Full

“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.” ― C.S. Lewis I sit here alone with my two dogs on a snowy afternoon. My alone time often brings on my anxiety as my mind is able to wander. I amContinue reading “A Glass Half Full”

A Passionate Purpose

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes Wasted time is my biggest fear. Time only moves forward and you cannot get it back. So many people simply settle for the ordinary, go the safe or easy route, andContinue reading “A Passionate Purpose”

It is okay to be selfish

“If you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.”- Dalai Lama “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Maya Angelou “For the whole lawContinue reading “It is okay to be selfish”

I got the COVID-19…

Speak out on behalf of the voiceless and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. -Proverbs 31:8 After working five 12-hr shifts this week, I was one of the fortunate people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. I choose to receive this vaccine for the return of social gatherings, hugs, concerts, game days, toContinue reading “I got the COVID-19…”

I Owe You a Coffee

The hospital has hired several new hospitalists during the past few months. One in particular really clicked with me. I introduced myself to her because she had several of my patients for the day, who required a lot of attention. I had to call her several times regarding discharge planning/issues, a change in antibiotics, andContinue reading “I Owe You a Coffee”

Things nursing school does not teach you

Even after the 2-4 years of intense studying that is required to become a registered nurse, it takes about a year working full-time to feel comfortable in the new leadership position. There is anywhere between 6-12 weeks of orientation with an experienced preceptor, as well as facility-required courses and classes. Nursing school teaches the diseaseContinue reading “Things nursing school does not teach you”

How to choose a great facility

A variety of sources reveal that on average 1 in 5 nurses leave their first job within the first year of nursing. And some of these people leave nursing altogether. How do you know what facility is right for you? How do you know what facility is “good”? Below I reveal my top few greenContinue reading “How to choose a great facility”

Sample Patients in Medical-Surgical Nursing

**Identifying patient information has been altered to protect patient confidentiality Patient 1: 68 y/o male with spinal stenosis and resulting functional paraplegia presents to the ER with abdominal dissension, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pt was found to have a small bowel obstruction. GI order NGT to low-intermittent wall suction (LIWS) for decompression. The patient alsoContinue reading “Sample Patients in Medical-Surgical Nursing”

Things I’ve Learned in Quarantine- A Personal Retreat (part 1)

Staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all of the time. It means that on hard days, you know that there are better ones coming. Take every day to count your blessings. I have a healthy family, a paying job, a home, etc.. Social isolation began about 3 weeks after the Nashville tornadoes.Continue reading “Things I’ve Learned in Quarantine- A Personal Retreat (part 1)”

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