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The Internal Paradox of Being an RN + B.I.T.C.H.E.

Then, I will wake up tomorrow, I will wear my smile, and I will proudly be that bitch – the one I would request to care for my family members. And I will do it for the sake of my patients, my career, my degree, my calling, and this life for which I am ever so thankful.

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Dear Unsupportive Nurse

So, define what you’re doing and just do it. This confidence will give you the motivation to overcome the barriers of the unsupportive nurse, because when you truly know yourself and your purpose, the unsupportive nurse only evokes pity. In fact, when you know yourself, the unsupportive nurse induces further support, so…

Dear Unsupportive Nurse,

I support you.

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Nurses: My Hope For You…

So maybe my hope is a coping mechanism, but either way I think it’s something more people should have. I hope for rom-com happy endings. I hope for love and peace. I hope one day I’ll add Harvard to my resume, but for now I just have that t-shirt in the picture. I hope for my friends’ and families’ happiness and I hope I graduate from this crazy pursuit. I hope I write a book. I hope you all try to accomplish your dreams, whatever they may be.

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Dear Cancer, Kindly Fuck Off

I will never forget the moments he gave me. I will never forget his name, his courage, and his deep brown eyes. He was the first patient to show me what a real fight was. He taught me true empathy and humility. I will never forget the day he struggled to stand up or the nurse who relentlessly encouraged him stand. Without that nurse and her persistence, I truly believe he wouldn’t have ever made it home.

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Ode to the Healers

We are healers at the molecular level. We love our patients and truly try to know them. We strive to give them one good day even if their future is grim. We sing to them, we bring them flowers, we smile when it seems like an impossible feat, we anticipate their needs, we give them joy – recognizing that joy is medicine

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Is your nursing job killing you?

What if you went in to work and only cared for one ICU patient for eight hours, then made it home in time to have dinner with your family and sleep a full eight hours?

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A Response to Dr. David Glener from a Nurse with an Adequate IQ

I do not know Dr. Glener in real life, I only know him from these comments. What I do know, is that despite everything, if he were my patient, I would care for him the same way I would care for a nun, my mother, a criminal, the president, a VIP client, or a regular Joe – wholeheartedly and expertly, because that is my core and that is truly what nurses do.

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My Name is Danielle, RN, CCRN and I Will Be Running this Code

About this time, the patient lost a pulse. I started compressions and asked for a backboard. While doing compressions, I noted the time we started coding, and delegated the jobs of medications, recorder, bagger, and someone to switch with me when I became tired. I directed the nurses on how to connect an ambu bag and how to place the defibrillation pads on the patient’s chest. It was like riding a bike and my years of experience reminded me to stay calm. While the nurses and techs didn’t know exactly what to do, they were incredibly receptive and trusted me.

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The no B.S. way to communicate with doctors

Do not underestimate the difficulty of communication. Heck, I have an entire degree in it and frequently do not express myself well. Communication is sometimes perceived as “easy” or an afterthought, this is not the case. It is an art and the skill must be developed, so if you have to practice, then write scripts and practice.

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Welcome to the ICU

There is no doubt, an ICU is a very challenging place to start a nursing career, but it is right for some people. If you have a high attention to detail, thrive in high-stress, constantly changing environments, want to manage your patients with more autonomy, and learn the in-depth physiology of what is happening to your patients, then the ICU might be for you.

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To a new nurse – you’ll be okay

You are not a saint, you are not a nun, you are not a sex symbol, you do not work for free, and this may have not been your calling, but there is a reason you are a nurse, conscious or unconscious.

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Private vs. Public Nursing School

I cannot express to you enough that it is not about the letters after your name or the privilege of attending a fancy school. It is about your grit, passion, determination, and love for the profession. There will be some nurses who attend private schools who will do extraordinary things, but there are plenty of nurses who attend public schools who will also do extraordinary things. Choose what is right for you, your budget, and your life, and you cannot go wrong.

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A Love Affair for FIGS Scrubs

I have good news for you all! Do you remember when I posted the Instagram story about my first pair of FIGS scrubs? Well, I’m teaming up with FIGS to provide a discount for my followers. I have never promoted any product on my blog before and I’m happy that FIGS will be the first. Before I really get going, if you want to receive 20% off on FIGS apparel, click and enter the code – FIGSxNurseAbnormalities – continue reading to find I why I am obsessed with FIGS.

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The never fail report sheet for ICU nurses

However, most importantly, it is empowering to be able to give an accurate report and have the necessary information on your patients at all times to tell to various providers. For instance, a patient is crashing and you need to intubate. The physician wants to use succinylcholine for rapid sequence intubation and asks, “What is the patient’s potassium level?” You will know because you have it on your report sheet.

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