Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reflecting on a nursing moment :)

As I was doing rounds/taking vitals/ toileting, my very mobile knee replacement patient asked to use the bathroom. I obliged but I noticed she had some difficulty in moving which was new for her but we both thought it was due to "stiffness." She was independent with supervision so I left her and told her to call when she was done. She did but when I returned she was on the phone with her daughter saying she needed her neb treatment and was telling her daughter that one day she would not be here. I overheard the conversation and told her know that I would let the nurse know about the neb as soon as we returned her to bed. Again upon transfer I found her to be very weak but I thought it was due to her needing her neb treatment. We quickly transferred to bed, we set up her space to her liking and I immediately informed the nurse about the neb. And told the nurse I was going to lunch, by the time I heated up my lunch a code was called on my patient.

In this situation I was still in school, and a tech. I was the first to notice the symptoms but did not recognize them as symptoms. Of course as a tech I did all that I could do but I later learned that knee replacement was a risk factor for PE. SOB weakness and feelings of impending doom were also symptoms of a PE. Although they are vague symptoms as I practiced as a nurse, I am always overly cautious of patients that say they have any one of the above symptoms because of how quickly the patient deteriorates

Friday, November 13, 2015


As we all are aware, Nursing is a profession guided by evidence. Improvements are continuous and must be tested and demonstrated through the scientific method. The purpose of evidence based practice is to provide a better explanation and more workable solutions to problems. However, one may say that Nursing is an art that requires exclusive devotion and relying solely on scientific literature takes away from the Nurses ability to hone into his/her craft by being alert and responsive to the needs of his/her patient and therefore not always used in practice.

“Art and literature are essential to help us deal with and live in a world transformed by science and technology” (Darbyshire, 1999).

Can you recognize the development of your craft?
Do you believe there is a divide in nursing as a science and nursing as an art?
Has the science of Nursing caused harm or helped the profession advance? 



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Letting go

Letting go

It’s a process to let go. It is a difficult process. It is an overwhelming process. You have perfected your life, your schedule, your routines, and your environment. Then a person comes along who alters everything you know to be true.

You wake up knowing the plan for the day. You have an idea of what can make your day crazy but this person does not. They do not have the experience to conceptualize hazards along the way so they end up making careless mistakes and creating stress for you as you know you can do it quickly, and easily.


Even though it is quick and easy, does this person develop into a person who can critically and independently think? Short term results in quick task completion. Long term results in an inexperienced person who will one day care for you.

So was it worth it to not let go?

What’s the difference between a mom and a preceptor or a mom and an educator?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A New Me!

Hello all!!!

Its been a while.

 There was a moment when my passion for nursing decreased and my focus was redirected to my second daughter. She is now 8 months old and since then have taken on a new role in the world of nursing. With this new role I am able to see the world of nursing in a new light. My new role encompasses leading, devloping, and supporting nurses who have recently earned their degree. This role is outcomes based and has no specific tasks. This is exciting because I am in the position to literally witness the Novice to Expert theory and equally frustrating at best. The long term results is what keeps me motivated in my career and in my role as a parent.

I struggled with my decsicion to take on this role and someone important to me said "dont you want to be amazing?" My initial answer was no I want my children to be amazing but then I thought who will model what is "amazing" to them. I could only come up with myself especially because I am the same sex parent.

To all of my Nurse Mom's remember to be there for yourself as well as your children because with the peak evolution of the profession in front of us, we will be  key in demostrating what a parent can become and cultivating an engaged generation of nurses who will eventually change healthcare.