If you think nursing is a glorious profession, you may be in for a rude awakening. As you all know, we deal with all types of body fluids, blood, needles, and death. A lot. And the fact of the matter is people don’t want to hear about it. You’ll see this in action when a casual, “How is your job going?” turns into a 15 minute rant about how difficult it is to take care of people and watch them be in pain, or suffer, or die. The…

When it comes to doctor/ nurse interactions, when is enough, enough? Last week, I dealt with an upsetting situation involving a physician and nurse. A little background: The nurse has been working on our unit for years (since it first opened). She is very smart and savvy when it comes to nursing. She constantly gets feedback from the patients as being one of the kindest, most thorough nurses. I look up to her in many ways. The physician, also notable, one of the few physicians in this specific…

Remember when I said nurses make good inventors? Yea, I’m going to have to brag one more time. A personal friend and former coworker, Nate Lewis, RN recently founded a Clothing & Art line called Somaphony (pronounced Suh-MA-fuh-Nee, like ‘symphony’). With his T-shirt line, Nate combines his two passions, music and anatomy. His work is hand drawn and features images such as red blood cells, the brain, and the heart  (all in anatomically correct proportions, i might add). His T’s are as affordable as they are awesome. Check…