Nursing has always been my passion. The idea of spending hours at a patient’s bedside, putting in blood, sweat, and tears to save a life. Now that is living! I was made to be a nurse. I’m not afraid of hard work. I have worked 13 consecutive hours without as much as a bathroom break; more often in my career, this is the case than not. I’m not afraid of ...

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As a new nurse, I was constantly overwhelmed.  I had spent four years of my life learning how to become a nurse, and then here I was, being “a nurse” and wondering all the time whether I was even any good at it. My heart was in it. But every moment of every shift, I felt anxious about my understanding of the information presented to me. I remember conversations with ...

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"Compassion fatigue" is a phrase thrown around easily when talking about the health care professions. It is often spoken in the same breath as "burnout" and "turnover" while discussing the crisis of a diminishing workforce and increasing demand in health care. The phrase brings to mind the burnt-out nurse who doesn't have the emotional energy to care anymore. I can see her: deep frown lines, flat facial expression, dimmed eyes. The light ...

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I became a nurse at the age of 23. I was pregnant with my first son and dove into nursing headfirst, accepting a job in the pediatric ICU of the hospital where I worked. I still remember the call when I received the job offer. I hung up and jumped up and down, screaming in excitement. I couldn’t believe that I got my dream job, the job that wove my ...

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