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Nursing Moments II

Welcome to Nursing Moments II, the 2nd installment of the Carnival of Nursing! These posts are written mostly by nurses, or by others about nurses or nursing. Because codeblog focuses mainly on personal experiences in the healthcare world, most of these posts follow in that vein. (Ha ha! Get it? Vein!!) Anyway, we have a great array of posts for you to read. Enjoy!

I’m sure most of you know the popular saying that “nurses eat their young.” This post from Head Nurse has touched upon a few instances where that wasn’t the case, and has some handy tips as well. New grads would be smart to read it.

Mediblogopathy writes about a very smiley baby that followed her from one clinical to the next. As nursing students, you rarely come across the same patient twice, so it’s interesting when you do.

Nurse Ratchett’s Alter Ego lulls a child to sleep and explains why some children in psych wards fear the night.

Thinking Nurse engages in a debate with RNegade about the extent to which social consciousness should influence nursing, and the degree to which this should be encapsulated in Nursing Theory – for example a ‘Theory of Nursing as Human Solidarity’. Thinking Nurse warns that this is “meaty stuff.”

Blue pads (or “chucks” as they’re sometimes called) come in handy for an array of disasters. The Unlikely RN says she will feel a twinge of aviary sadness when using these pads in the future after what happened to her on a home visit.

About A Nurse describes how easy it is to become overwhelmed as a newbie nurse. Heck, it sounds a bit overwhelming to this not-so-newbie nurse.

Crzegrl is a Nurse Practitioner who was hired explicitly for her “nursing intuition.” She relates a scary story about a nurse she came across who lacks this intuition, and how she averted what could have ended up in disaster.

Time To Lean had an especially odd nursing moment involving a patient’s mother’s fear of the poison fluoride. Yes, you read right – that stuff that’s put into tap water.

Next up is a post from The Babalu Bark, written by a woman who is learning to take care of her ill mother. The post that I have chosen is not the one she submitted, because I think this post really describes what it’s like to start taking care of someone who used to do the same for you.

Lastly, Coral writes: “Yesterday towards the end of my shift, I wheeled a diabetic patient to the male toilet in a commode. When I wheeled him back and parked him right next to the bed his eyes looked towards the bed next to his bed vaguely and he stated: “There’s a pair of legs on the bed” I said, yes, there’s a patient, a man on that bed. There was a pause while I looked at him and noticed his eyes were squinting slightly and out of focus.. Then he said, “Well if there’s a man on my bed I don’t think I want to sleep on it anymore.” I showed him that his bed was empty (Uncle, this is your bed) and proceeded to transfer him, but his eyes kept wandering to the other bed longingly…
Needless to say I was reminded of one of those stories in Oliver Sacks’ book (The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat) about a man who kept insisting that the legs in his bed are not his and would someone take them away from his bed!”

Thus concludes this edition of Nursing Moments! Check out July’s edition, which will be hosted by Nurse Ratchett’s Alter Ego.

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Great job Geena!

Brilliant to see the Nursing Moments Carnival smash through the all-important 2nd Edition barrier – so many carnivals have only had one edition. Far from being a flash in the pan, the Nursing Moments Carnival is getting bigger and stronger. You have given Nurse Ratchetts Alter Ego a lot to live up to!

Given the growing quantity and quality of nurse blogging out there, this carnival can only go forward!

I love the idea of this nursing carnival. Perhaps I will feel brave enough to submit something one of these days. I love your wit with your “vein” line. And the story about the legs in the bed was quite charming.

>>I love the idea of this nursing carnival. Perhaps I will feel brave enough to submit something one of these days. I love your wit with your “vein” line. And the story about the legs in the bed was quite charming.


I’m a librarian and wanted to let you know that I worship the ground nurses walk upon. The story of the little kids in the psychiatric ward sleeping in the hall because of the monstrous things done to them at bedtime broke my heart. I am so glad there are people like nurses to be patient advocates, have nursing intuition to save my life in some hospital setting, and above all to take care of the hurt children.

To think that I am fallen, I was looking for the info for several days and then I fall a little random on this page , thank you :)

So, what brought you to the hospital today?

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  • profileI am Gina. I have been a nurse for 15 years, first in med/surg, then CVICU, inpatient dialysis, CCU and now hospice. This blog is about my experiences as a nurse, and the experiences of others in the healthcare system - patients, nurses, doctors, paramedics. We all have stories!

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