Spare Parts: First Cuts are Deepest

Part 3 of an ER nurse’s experience as a patient.

The Answers Are In!

Answers from Keeping it Real Here they are! Check your answers and see how you did. Section 1: Anatomy Identify the following anatomical locations 1] Eucharist “I’ve got fireballs in my Eucharist” Answer: Uterus 2] The nutbag and booty hole “I’ve got a sore between my nutbag and booty hole” Answer: The Perineum 3] Jawn “My jawn…… Continue reading The Answers Are In!

Keeping it Real

Certainly, the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) examination is the standard in proving one possesses the head knowledge required to be an ER nurse. This test does not necessarily prove a nurses total competence in the “real world”. I propose a more “street” component is necessary to keep the BCEN real. I’ve drawn…… Continue reading Keeping it Real

Spare Parts: Part One

The story continues…   …and with a mix of excitement and trepidation I’m off on a 60 mile trip to the transplant center. I’m traveling alone as Amy is making plans to follow later in the day. I arrive around 4 a.m. and I’m ushered to the transplant floor. Here I learn my new pancreas is…… Continue reading Spare Parts: Part One

The Test is Positive

God never uses someone greatly unless he tests them deeply.

Laughing at Death

Hearing “You’re going to love this patient” in ER nurse sign-out can go one of two ways. Fortunately, tonight is the good kind. My colleague and I finish report at Harriet’s bedside and when I say “Hi, I’m Adam.” she laughs and says, “Do you know the first thing Adam said to Eve in the…… Continue reading Laughing at Death

Second Chances

Every time our HASTE (Hospital Alerting System Tone Encoded) alarms, my ears go up, the adrenaline surges and reality strikes — someone who never expected to be in an ER today is barreling towards their date with destiny. “Attention Emergency Department. Medic 3 is en route with a Trauma Alert. The patient is a 23…… Continue reading Second Chances

Books and their Covers

Help me Lord! Got the news I’m precepting a “baby” nurse.  She’s part of our new-to-practice nurse program – Gateway To Emergency Nursing;  little does she realize she stands at the threshold of the highway to hell!  Her name is Arriddea which I destroy on my first attempt. She timidly corrects me saying, “Air –…… Continue reading Books and their Covers

My “Lives” Matter

Everyone is at your local ER and the lives I meet share one common thing