As a nurse, I take my job seriously. I chose this profession because I care about people, and I want to help them in their times of need. Sometimes, though, their time of need because my worst nightmare. This isn’t something I do often, but perhaps more often than I care to admit to the people who know me...

I’m a nurse at a walk-in clinic. On Thursday, I went out for a first date with this guy I met online. The whole time he seemed drunk, and kept looking around the restaurant. It made me uncomfortable, but I stayed until we finished. At the end of the date, the guy asked, “Will you come back to my place for...

You may think I am being foolish by confessing to you some of the things I have done at work that I’m less than proud of. Well, that would be true, except I am doing this anonymously and so I can say what I wish without fear of reprisal. Of course, you can choose not to read it, but,...

 work at the desk at the main entrance of the hospital. It’s my job to take the patients full name and affix a wristband on the wrists of visitors, before directing them to the room of the patient they’re here to see. Sometimes I lose my patience with rude visitors. Me: Hi there, what can I do for you today? Visitor:...

It should come as no surprise that some patients can be rude and testy. I mean, people are jerks no matter where they are, but hospitals tend to bring out the worst in people. It can be scary, whether you’re in for a “routine” procedure, or something more serious. We all react in different ways, so I try to...

As nurses, we’ve all done things we’re not supposed to for the betterment of our patients. I’ve compiled a list of 5 confessions of things I really shouldn’t have done or talk about. 4) I’ve omitted medications The patient was responding well to the antibiotics and steroids they were already on to treat an infection. The doctor prescribed yet another steroid...

It can be really heart-wrenching to see someone ravaged by drugs, being wheeled into the hospital on the cusp of death. While some people aren’t sympathetic to drug addicts, I see the other side. I see the hurt and pain that it causes the family, and how difficult it is for an addict to overcome the addiction that has...

As a hospital transporter, I take patients for their x-rays, tests, and operations. It doesn’t take long to determine who is scared, needs cheered up, or just wants to be left in peace. I picked up a patient who was headed for surgery and he could only have been around 14 or 15. His mom and dad were there....

 I work nightshifts at the hospital, and one of the biggest struggles I have is keeping my energy up and staying healthy. Exhaustion often leads to carb loading, which does nothing for the waist line. I go to great lengths to pick out energy boosting snacks and foods that will keep me going all night long, and not give...

I handle HIV testing, and as part of that role I provide people with their test results. It can be really emotional giving people bad news. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping at night, because it’s a pretty heavy job. One morning I was particularly exhausted, after tossing and turning most of the night. I was handling my first patient...
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