With over 3 million nurses in the United States it’s not surprising to hear about ways they practice nursing that are a little less traditional. Nurses are becoming authors at an increasing rate and bringing quality content to a growing library of books written for nurses. It’s not surprising that the best nursing books are written by men and women who have actually practice nursing and can identify with other nurses.And these nurse author aren’t just writing text books or “how to” guides for nurses. The are writing compelling stories of the drama they face everyday on the floor. They are writing powerful tales that nurses can identify with. They are telling the untold stories of patient care.
There are various accounts as to the origin of the follow poem. It is most commonly described as a found in the possessions of an elderly woman who passed away in a nursing home. Regardless of the origins, the contents of this poem will pull at the heartstrings of any caring nurse.
My nursing career started in a private for-profit corporate hospital. As nurses on the floor, we were governed by decisions and rules made by distant administrators in the their fairy tale corporate castles. They had little to no interests in our community. They didn’t live there. They didn’t know they unique challenges and cultures that impacted the care we provided and needed the ability to provide. Decisions almost always felt like they were made from the benefit of the company as a whole rather than the patients and the communities that the hospitals serve. The administrative process always felt detached to me with middle management, and even CEO’s often throwing their hands in the air and always having “corporate” as the answer to all the tough questions.
You expect a nurse to have integrity and use good clinical judgement, but not every one does. It’s even possible that not everyone can. Judgement is subjective, and even though the it is the goal for any prudent nurse to give the same level of care as another, it just doesn’t always happen that way.
You’ve done it! You’ve graduated nursing school, passed your NCLEX and you’re ready and eager to start your first job as a real nurse. You want to be an excellent nurse, and you keep hearing about how nurses are so in demand. There is a massive nursing shortage, right? So why is that you still …
It’s not uncommon to hear nurses making jokes or talking about completely unrelated topics during a code. It’s a coping mechanism. It’s not that they do not respect the patient or the crisis, but if we actually stopped to think about the fact that a life is in our hands, then we would not be nearly as efficient at our roles.
“There is nothing golden about the golden years”. These words are softly spoken to me as I attempt to start an IV on a very confused, agitated patient. His wife stands beside the bed, looking exhausted and remorseful. They’ve been married for 25 years. He has no idea who he is or where he is …