A Nurse’s Hands

And now, for something a little different. Lately I’ve taken to looking at my hands, which appear to have morphed into my grandmother’s in recent years. They are well-worn and the skin is thinning rapidly, much to my dismay. While a layer of fat fills in the lines in my face, the same thing can’tContinue reading “A Nurse’s Hands”

Hangin’ It Up

My stethoscope, of course. What did you think I meant? I’ve made my decision: I’m done with nursing once and for all. Today I turned down two referrals from the unemployment office for nursing positions at the brand-new veterans’ home over in the next town—a place where I would very much like to work—because I’ve searched myContinue reading “Hangin’ It Up”

Stuff That Really Grosses Me Out

WARNING: Not for the faint of heart…..or stomach 😉 You might think (being a nurse and all) that mine is made of cast iron and nothing gets to me—blood, guts, puke, poop et. al. And for the most part, you’d be right, because none of those things bothers me. I’ve had patients pee on my shoes, seen an elderly womanContinue reading “Stuff That Really Grosses Me Out”

Gonna Go Eat Some Worms

Admit it—you said this verse at some time way back in your childhood too: “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m gonna go eat some worms!” Now, I never did resort to punishing myself in such a slimy fashion (ulp!), but I remember the feeling of being the outsider all too well. It’s the way I felt todayContinue reading “Gonna Go Eat Some Worms”

Kickin’ Butt and Takin’ Names

Ahh, sweet are the uses of a little hypomania…….I just got done with eight hours’ worth of work in only six, and with only a minimum of assistance. I’ve been orienting to the float nurse position at my facility for a whole two days, and completed only parts of two admissions. (For those not inContinue reading “Kickin’ Butt and Takin’ Names”

For Rent: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

I’d better explain that. I am not, of course, a ‘lady of the night’ who dresses up in a nurse costume and gives bed baths to her, um, patients for money. What I AM is a newly unemployed, 50-something nurse who’s showing her age, and as such, does not suffer fools gladly. Although I wasContinue reading “For Rent: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!”