Disclaimer: All stories are composites of different patients, doctors, nurses, and situations. Details about stories have been changed to protect patient and healthcare worker identities.
1. What is this?
This is a weblog specifically for personal medical stories. Many interesting things happen in hospitals, clinics, schools, hospices, at ball games, recitals, and on planes and trains. Almost everyone that comes into contact with someone in some sort of medical situation has at least one good story, be it an RN, MD, LPN, nurse’s aide, unit clerk, unit support, manager, or volunteer.
This is a place for sharing stories. It all started on our personal weblog. As an RN, I started posting stories about what happens at work, and people really enjoyed reading them. A friend suggested that I start an entire blog dedicated to medical stories. I thought it was a great idea.
2. How does it work?
If you want to submit a health-care related story, click on “submit your story” at the top of the website. It emails the story directly to me. You can also use this link to email me with any other questions, concerns, etc.
3. What will be posted?
Any health-care related personal story. Stories about patients, nursing school, med school, that unbelievably awful night your Med-Surg self had to float to the Psych floor….
4. What will not be posted?
Detailed identifying characteristics. Definitely no patient names, not even specific ages. No dates. Location is okay if you feel comfy with providing that.
Otherwise, obviously no gratuitous profanity, vulgarity, solicitations, nude photos or recipes.
Certainly no research papers, journal articles, or anything academic.
5. What are the guidelines for submitting stories?
You know, just use common sense.
6. Can the general non-healthcare-public submit anything?
Absolutely! Was there a nurse or doctor that made an experience especially awful, or especially good? We’re only human… Sometimes we forget that we’re being perceived somewhat skewedly because patients typically aren’t thinking completely straight when they’re in the hospital. Some of us really like to be reminded of what it’s like to be a patient. And some of us NEED to be reminded.
7. I submitted a story weeks/months ago! Why hasn’t it been posted yet?
Because I procrastinate. This is unfortunate, I know, but that’s how it is. I also work full-time and don’t post as much as I’d like. Every story submission is read and the ones appropriate to post will be posted in due time.
8. Who did that awesome Nurse Blythe painting in the upper right hand corner?
9. Who made the buttons on the right side of the page?
I made them in Photoshop using the actual graphics from the blog, when I could. Some I had to do myself using the colors of the blog that I was buttoning. If you download any of these for your own use, consider linking back to my site. The first 20 buttons were really fun to make, the rest – not so much. I tend to really procrastinate on adding links to the sidebar for this reason. If you think you could do better, be my guest. Buttons are 90×25 pixels.
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