Book of Nurses: Erin.

  Don’t forget….We would love to read YOUR story. Click on the ‘Share your Story’ link below for more info. Hello everyone. My name is Erin and this is my story. I remember when I was in primary school I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said I wanted to be a teacher. Nursing was never on my radar as a job that I wanted to do, but when I think back on my life til now everything I’ve done has lead to me becoming a nurse. When I first left high school I [continue reading this...]

Social Media Nurse of the Year 2013.

Nominations will open soon for Social Media Nurse of the Year for 2013. Time to start thinking about nurses that have most influenced, encouraged and inspired you over the last 12 months within the social media noosphere. More details on how to nominate are just around the corner……  

Book of Nurses: Angela.

Angela is an Enrolled Nurse working in North-West Tasmania. And don’t forget….We would love to read YOUR story. Click on the ‘Share your Story’ link below for more info.   I’m a student EN in Tasmania, and Nursing has always been a dream career. I started studying the Bachelor of Nursing at UTAS in 2006 at 18, and completed over half of the degree before I realised that I have a massive difficulty in communicating openly and honestly with people. I failed one of the practical components of an assessment, mainly due to the fact that I couldn’t talk to [continue reading this...]

emergency nursing #101.

Received the following question today from Sophie: Love your blog, been a follower for a long time! Just writing for some advice.. So I’m an EEN, studying B. Nursing (graduating next year) I’ve been hiding in Theatres for the last 5yrs doing Anaesthetics, I have just accepted a job at a major Sydney ED as I needed a little change.. Anyways, do you have any advice on textbooks, literature or anything that I can use to make me a half decent ED Nurse? As in ED Nursing 101.. I have played in ED previously, but that was a while ago.. [continue reading this...]

Book of Nurses: Jennelle

Jannelle has been nursing since she was 17 and has been qualified since she was 23. She worked in emergency departments in England and NZ before returning to Australia. She was initially working in an ED in Alice Springs, where she progressed to a senior role, but due to bullying decided she wanted to try something different , and so “went out bush”. This story happened 1 month later. Janelle is now back working in Alice Springs, where she is  looking forward to undertaking a forensic nursing diploma course. Reflection on one day as a nurse. At approximately 2015 on [continue reading this...]

Book of Nurses: Tamara.

Tamara works in the Emergency Department at Caloundra Hospital on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. I never wanted to be a nurse. I always wanted to be a mother. When my waters broke, I was ready. My bag was packed. My carefully crafted Birth Plan laid out all the options. Only, it hadn’t taken death into account. Death of my dreams, my hopes, my very definition of “mother”, and most of all the death of my son’s independence…. the birth of his disability. After life was carefully coaxed back into his heart, his lungs, his brain, his cells, we [continue reading this...]

Book of Nurses: xxx

  This story is from a nurse who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons soon obvious. They contacted me and asked me to post their cautionary tale to the book of nurses. In many ways, it is an important one. My tale of woe. I’m doing this for 2 reason 1st hopefully to cleanse myself and to scream…. “you shits”. I have been nursing for over ½ my life, a late starter, marriage fell apart and thought if I have to earn to look after my kids I might as well do something rewarding, nursing seemed to be the deal. [continue reading this...]

Book of Nurses: Collette.

Collette lives in Adelaide, and has been nursing since 1986. She trained in the hospital system, working through the time of “nursing changing from a vocation to a profession”. She has worked in Emergency departments, trauma units, operating theaters, anaesthetics and recovery. And – She is currently a patient. In the last 10 weeks I have been a patient in 2 public hospitals I have been employed, one I currently work at. I have spent 6 weeks in a private hospital. As a nurse I have been saddened by the many of the nurses in the private hospital. And a [continue reading this...]

Book of Nurses: Sarah

Sarah Gehrke is an Infusion Nurse in an integrative medicine clinic located in Beverly Hills. This is her philosophy of nursing. Philosophy of Nursing Nursing is a work of art. The art of nursing is a skill learned by study, practice, and observation of patients and their families. To paint a personal picture of the philosophy of nursing, ethics and human creativity combined with critical thinking act as mediums to translate beliefs and values. The core medium, ethics, is based on ideas of what is right and what is wrong. The central medium is human creativity. This medium provides nurses [continue reading this...]

Book of Nurses 2013: Lorie

Lorie Brown runs a Web site called Empowered Nurses where she aims to help nurses protect their licenses, so they can do their jobs with confidence, focus on serving their patients, and regain the joy in the profession they love. She also provides nurses a forum to exchange ideas and change the practice of nursing for the better. When I graduated from nursing school and took my California Boards, I was invited to interviews at seven different hospitals, each with a different job offer. At each, I would be allowed to pick where and on what unit I wanted to [continue reading this...]

  • 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...