Category: Nursing

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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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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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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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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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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