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The Life: Single, Working, DNP Student

This may be one of my favorite life lessons. Listen, don’t judge, validate, love and you’ll get along better with all kinds of folks. Life is complicated for everyone these days, single or married, kids or no kids, grad student or not. So be nice and save the envy for another day.

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Dani: One of my top five most memorable patients

Dani’s favorite word, also happened to be my favorite word – fuck. I found this so hilarious. I never heard Dani speak, other than in videos, because she was intubated and trached while I cared for her, but when she finally opened her eyes, they proclaimed nothing but, “fuck this mother fucking cancer.”

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Cs and suicidal ideation in healthcare

Then, the thought of suicide creeped into my mind. Yes, I said the dirty word; did it make you squirm a little? I quickly regained control of my emotions and scolded myself for allowing that poison to overtake me for a very brief moment.

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Is ICU nursing the new 2 year career?

Also, there is a nostalgic part of me that cringes at the thought of leaving bedside nursing behind forever – have I given up on a career I love so deeply? When I work my PRN shifts in the general ICU they go one of two ways. They either remind me of why I love nursing so much, or remind me of why I went to NP school. There is no in-between.

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Sleep 101 for the night shift nurse

Over the years, I have compiled a decent list of sleep tips I would like to share. Some are research driven, some are just my own advice – take what you can, leave the rest, and share any tips of your own.

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6 ways to make your chronic ICU patient smile

Since becoming an ICU nurse, I have always sought simple ways to humanize life in the hospital for my chronically hospitalized patients. The following are several ways to better your patient’s life in any hospital setting.   Sunshine Therapy Many ICU patients and...

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Healthcare: Welcome, the Human Race

We do not judge them for their stories, because one does not trump another. And deep down we realize in trying to help those different from ourselves, they are in turn, helping us.

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Achieving “balance” in nursing

I’m not sure balance actually exists. I think some people are givers and some people are takers; in the end, there is more of one than another. The reason hospitals survive is because of the givers, the nurses, who sway the ratio of givers to takers ten fold.

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Making sense of death and loss

Death has humbled me yet again. Whether it is sudden or expected, the deceased were old or young, we were acquaintances, friends, children or lovers; the separation of souls from other souls is deep and entangled. Death reminds me of the fragility of life and how, in...

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Thoughts on palliative care in the ICU from an ICU nurse

We forget that despite science, technology, and the amazing medical advancements that exist, we are all human beings. We need care from every dynamic in the ICU – scientifically, technologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually from beginning to end – and palliative care does not forget this.

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For the love of the MURSE

Everyone loves a murse who can minimize the estrogen overload every once in awhile, tame a combative patient with ease, and help identify with other male patients when necessary. So, this post is an ode to the various types of murses and the unique talents they bring to the table.

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