Monthly Archives: May 2013

Please, Please, Please… Donate Blood

Earlier this week a small town in Oklahoma experienced a category 5 tornado and many people were injured and lives were lost. Sadly, the next disaster, tragic event, or emergent situation is right around the corner. We can never be sure what is going to happen, but we can be sure something will, at some

Are You Ready?

After a busy and productive day at work this past Monday, I relished the chance to catch up on the day’s events in other parts of the States and the world. So, I flipped on the news at 6 p.m. on Monday evening, and I was bombarded with the devastating images of a tornado-ravaged city

Why Don’t You Have a Seat?

Those dreaded words. You hear them, and you know it’s about to get serious. Your stomach churns, and you know something is about to change. As a nurse, I’m often in the room with physicians when they ask their patients to “have a seat” so they can discuss sensitive health information. Recently, I was present

A Girls-Only Experience… Or is it?

I know I am not the only woman that has ever thought that guys have no idea what a woman in labor goes through. Oh, sure, you can hold our hands, spout encouraging phrases like, “You can do it!” or “You’re doing good, just a little bit longer!” when we all know that “a little

Tomorrow’s a Big Day

Tomorrow finishes up Nurses Week 2013. Nurses week is about recognizing those who care. This time every year we take a week to recognize the nurses around the country and acknowledge their contributions to service and the community. I'm so thankful to all nurses who dedicate their lives to caring for people. Thank you, nurses.

It’s a busy week, but let’s honor our Mothers

There is a lot going on this week.   We are currently in the middle of celebrating our Healthcare week, which we set aside to recognize & honor healthcare employees for all the hard work they do every day both behind the scenes, and in direct patient care. We are also celebrating National Nurses Week, which is a

Silver Linings Nursing: Learning From Patients With Bipolar Disorder

Earlier this week I watched the award-winning movie "Silver Linings Playbook." The actors’ performances were exceptional and the story was emotional and moving. Interestingly enough, the main character suffered from bipolar disorder. As a nurse, I care for all kinds of different patients and over the last few months, I’ve cared for a few patients

The Post-Birth Experience Nobody Tells You About

From the second I got pregnant, I was ecstatically looking forward to having my precious little boy in my arms and spending twelve weeks of quality “Mama and Baby” time before returning to work. Sure, I knew I would have to endure getting up at all hours of the night to feed him and change

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