A inmate, while a patient at Delnor Hospital in surburban Chicago, escaped and took two nurses hostage.  One of nurses was raped and tortured at gunpoint.  There is little mention of this horrific story in mainstream media.  Violence against health care workers cannot remain silent. ZDoggMD recently spoke with this individual, who shared her story. #silentnomore Please send your notes of support to her: Delnor Nurse PO Box ...

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It was a case that every physician dreads. I took a deep breath, mustered up some courage and walked towards my patient’s room. When I entered, I saw an apprehensive and anxious family who was patiently waiting for some answers. The mother was sitting at bedside with eyes closed, hands clung to a rosary and lips whispering a prayer. The patient’s sister was standing by the window, looking out with ...

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July 10 will mark my tenth year as a nurse. When I began, I was shy and naive. Now I am already an old nurse, surprised by nothing and filled with battle stories. I’ve spent the last seven years working in a medical ICU, and I’ve seen and done so much. I counseled a bewildered husband on withdrawing care on his cancer-stricken wife. I got in a fight with a ...

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Recently, a nurse at Children's Hospital Los Angeles noticed that comedian Jimmy Kimmel's newborn baby had a murmur and was cyanotic and brought it to the newborn intensive care unit for further evaluation. That triggered a rush of activity that led to a diagnosis of a congenital heart defect and heart valve problem and surgery to save the baby's life. Here's what the public doesn't understand: Nurses do this every day. ...

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Welcome to the land of happiness, sadness, confusion, self-doubt, defeat and heroism. You have only just begun. This is not an easy job. And countless times you will say, "What was I thinking?" Or "Why did I do this?" But it's not really a job. It is a lifelong sentence. It can be insanely gratifying, or you can throw in the towel. But be patient. It will consume you, and you will ...

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An excerpt from The Mindful Nurse: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Help You Thrive In Your Work. Do you ever feel panic at the end of a long weekend or vacation, wondering where the time went? Do your days, weeks, and months blend into one another, each ...

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We fought. And we fought hard. We were smarter and quicker and we could multi-task, and critically think beyond any MD or NP or PA or beyond any cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) nurse. We always thought we had the higher acuities. We had the critical patients. The multi-system failure patients. The hemodynamically unstable patients. We had to figure out the lungs, the heart, the kidneys, the brain, the pancreas, the gallbladder, the liver. And ...

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It is one of the most boring truisms on the planet: “Practice makes perfect.” It is also one of the most misleading. Practice merely ingrains certain patterns after deciding on the best course of action after constant criticism and problem-solving. Performance requires that the body forget the work required to ingrain the pattern and let the pattern happen. Performance requires that we drop all criticism and technical considerations. These two ...

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"Nursing students needed to work in the University Hospital. Good pay. Orientation." As a rising nursing school senior in the 1970s, I naïvely applied for the job above without getting the full details. No one mentioned that I'd be working in a psychiatric unit housing twenty-five aggressive, catatonic or schizophrenic patients, many of whom had been locked away for years. The entrance sign, which should have read "Locked Psych/Med/Surg Unit," said simply, ...

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On the day that I penned this post, I rounded at our community hospital.   My first patient was in the step-down unit, which houses patients who are too ill for the regular hospital floor.   I spoke to the nurse in order to be briefed on my patient’s status.  I learned that this nurse was assigned six patients to care for -- an absurd patient volume for a step-down unit. “Why so ...

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