nursing perceptions.

This nursing meme has been doing the rounds on the Internet for some time now (and there are quite a few variations). I’m just throwing these two up here  because……well because they made me grin at the grains of truth they contain. Tweet Pin It

things a nurse can do with a toilet-paper tube.

Nurses are renowned for being able to adapt, modify, fix and gerry-rig their clinical environment using whatever equipment or resources are available. Duct-tape may not hold the universe together, but countless rolls of medical tape pretty much hold the health system together. So in an exercise to get your mental juices flowing and to demonstrate our combined lateral thinking acumen, I am asking you to consider some uses for the humble cardboard toilet-roll tube in the clinical setting. get out a pad of paper and start brainstorming. If that sounds too much like homework, just sit the pad down beside [continue reading this...]

Compassion Fatigue?

Compassion fatigue ….is a condition characterised by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. …. It was first diagnosed in nurses in the 1950s. Sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, a decrease in experiences of pleasure, constant stress and anxiety, and a pervasive negative attitude. This can have detrimental effects on individuals, both professionally and personally, including a decrease in productivity, the inability to focus, and the development of new feelings of incompetency and self doubt. – Wikipedia. Tweet Pin It

Sometimes....death fails.

A short film on death. Dji. Death fails from simpals on Vimeo. Tweet Pin It

Carpe Diem: it's a nurse thing.

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caption this: the paramedics.

Our paramedics. Can you come up a caption that best tells the story of this picture. The best caption will be awarded 1,ooo impactedpoints. Impactedpoints can be exchanged for extra days off,  free coffee & cake,  and back massages from your unit manager (at participating hospitals). Tweet Pin It


I am thinking of going into business running a Medical Bootcamp. You-know, to imbue a little cellular understanding of everything we put our patients through….bootcamp style. Here is the draft program for Day 1: 0600: Registration & Roll-call. 6 AM sharp. Teams will assemble at Medi-boot HQ, then wait around for 3 hours without much information as to what is going to happen next. 0855: The Pain-scale wall. Each team member will have a small elastic band wrapped tightly around their little finger. Pain scores will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the day. Anyone rating their pain 10 or [continue reading this...]

Give the gift that shows them who you are.....

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The picture NASA does not want us to see.

There has been a lot of buzz around the scientific community over the last few weeks with the news that the Curiosity rover may have found organic compounds on Mars. Earlier this month, Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that recent data would be “one for the history books.” In the next couple of weeks NASA is expected to make an announcement. But in a world exclusive, I have managed to obtain a copy of one of the as yet classified high resolution pictures sent back from Curiosity. And Ill bet it doesn’t surprise a single nurse out there….. [continue reading this...]

Unwinding at the Gym.

After a hectic shift in The Sus (resuscitation), many nurses turn to a good old workout session to de-stress, wind down, and relax… Tweet Pin It

  • will soon be gone. (3)
    • Zeke said: Are you keeping an archive of this site on the nurse path site?

    • jelly said: Just work a few more hundred Sundays!

    • matgrad said: Bye Ian will miss the site but as you say everything has its day. Good luck for the future.

  • Nurses are F*cking C*nts. Verbal abuse in our workplace. (32)
    • Rose said: I have read this article and found it very relevant to me and my own experience.Unfortunately a lot of people think that it is quite OK and acceptable to take out their anger and frustration against a sometimes inadequate health system on nursing staff. I also think that gender is an issue as I often feel that female nurses are...

  • Nominate Now: Social Media Nurse of the Year. (21)
    • Belynda Abbott said: I would like to nominate 3 amazing nurses that contribute to nursing and social media in many different ways: 1. The amazing Philip Darbyshire @PDarbyshire and blog&view=entry&id=44& amp;Itemid=13&utm_source=b uffer&utm_campaign=Buff...

  • When a patient leaves with cannula in-situ. (17)
    • Andy said: Good thinking! At my hospital the Oncology staff are trained/instructed to bleed CVADs before every use regardless, to remove potential clots, discard, flush, then use. Another excuse if you need it ;)

  • bully nurse. (40)
    • G Boucle said: This is not surprising at all to me! Nurses can and do bully patients, I was on the brunt of this after a surgery with spinal fusion on 5 segments! The pain was blinding, they bickered in front of me over who would change the cath bag on the floor already filled and looking about to burst, I found this extremely upsetting....

  • The art of bleeding. Art, insult…or just plain WTF? (6)
    • Contrarian said: I have seen at least one, maybe two live performances of the Art of Bleeding (they were performing at the periphery of other attention-immersive events). Of course the nurse-slut costume is a standard image, but they turn it on its head and dissect it. So, yes, as they say, while the nurse slut draws in the viewer, the viewer is...