The Call

The Call – a tribute to Emergency Nursing – Happy Emergency Nurses Week!

Why God? – a story of faith, hope and love

Vicarious trauma, burnout and moral distress define the symptoms experienced by those of us called to help people in need. The definitions are easy; the cure is elusive.

Again

I’ve experienced perfect storms of moral distress and know, given the right circumstances, suicide may look like the only escape for a nurse. It Is Not!

Who’s the “Troll”?

I get what I’m asking for – a frustrated and angry patient.

Spare Parts: Final Cut

I’ve never felt better from a diabetes standpoint; the only problem now is that I’m dying.

Spare Parts: First Cuts are Deepest

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

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

My “Lives” Matter

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