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”

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…”

Clots, Codes, and COVID

A 50 y/o COVID positive male is admitted to the med-Surg floor on 4L BNC. Shortly after arriving, the patient turned blue and became hypoxic. The rapid response team was called and the patient was immediately taken to get a CT scan with PE protocol to assess for a clot in the lung. The patientContinue reading “Clots, Codes, and COVID”

The Corona Pool

As cases continue to rise in the hospital, fatigue continues to settle into the organization. We have filled the ICU, expanded the ICU, and currently have nearly two full COVID floors apart from critical care. There have been an increase in patients and a decrease in nursing staff due to also succumbing to the illness.Continue reading “The Corona Pool”

If your leg hurts, don’t wish to cut it off

A woman in her 50s was treated in a burn center and brought to our facility for continued medical treatment of her delayed healing leg. It looked like she got her lower leg stuck underneath a lawn mower, when it was actually due to a heating pad. Surgery was done to clean out the woundContinue reading “If your leg hurts, don’t wish to cut it off”

If I could only have half of the faith… angels in disguise

50 y/o female with multiple myeloma and leukemia presents to the ER for a fever… a medical emergency in one receiving chemotherapy due to myelosuppression. She has been in and out of hospitals to receive chemo and then be readmitted for the side effects of cancer. I walk into the room and she is diffusingContinue reading “If I could only have half of the faith… angels in disguise”

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”

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