Category Archives: Nursing Stories

“This must end now”: Nurses mobilize to protest conditions at the border

Photo: Overcrowding in Border Patrol station in Weslaco, TX

When we watch the news, when we see stories of people whose health and lives are in danger, when we read accounts of human suffering, does being a nurse make a difference? Do we bear a special responsibility? A responsibility to “nurse out loud,” to take a stand and speak out? More and more nurses Continue Reading

Congresswoman opens up about childhood trauma: “It was a school nurse who saw the signs”

Quote image: Rep. Ayanna Pressley on childhood trauma and the school nurse who saw

“There but for the grace for God go I,” Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley started off when invited to contribute to a special Congressional hearing last week about Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Childhood Trauma. She, too, had been a victim of trauma and abuse, she revealed. And it was a school nurse who had signalled what was Continue Reading

Nurses just play cards, they said. Nurses will speak up when insulted, they found out. We’ll send you a free deck this Nurses Day to help make the point!

#NursesDontPlayCards

“I understand making sure that we have rest breaks and things like that. But … I would submit to you that those nurses probably do get breaks! They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day!” State Senator Maureen Walsh That’s how it all started, with these remarks by a state legislator in Continue Reading

“The insane difference a good nurse makes”: for the patient, it’s often the little things that count. Just ask Kate!

Kate Bowler final tweet to nurses: So in case you don't hear it enough, you are the most important people I meet. I am so grateful for what you do. Thank you for being human.

We know it. Your colleagues know it. The doctors know it. You studied for years to be a nurse. You have an intricate grasp of treatments and symptoms. You know how to juggle key responsibilities during long shifts without flagging. As Mike Ginsberg, M.D., put it in a beautiful post that went viral: But in Continue Reading

All in a day’s work: The nurses who helped fight the floods

Photo: Destroyed by floods: collapse of Nebraska's Spencer Dam

When the Spencer Dam in Nebraska collapsed in the wake of the “Bomb Cyclone,” an 11-foot wave gushed through the breach, threatening downstream Boyd county and its hospital, which were already struggling to cope with perilously rising waters. One of the nurses wrote us to recount how they braved the challenge.

This nurse went well beyond the call of duty

Video stil: Terry Slinde meets his kidney donor, nurse Anna Boelman

When Terry Slinde walked into Iowa Methodist Medical Center one Tuesday morning last month to meet the person who had donated a kidney to him, he didn’t know what to expect. All he knew was how grateful he was to the person who’d helped him live. Imagine his surprise when he came face-to-face with his donor, Anna Boelman. Continue Reading

The nurses who stood by Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo: The Medical Committee for Civil Rights at the March on Washington

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman,” Martin Luther King Jr. told the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) at its 1966 convention . Hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers had rallied behind the organisation and its predecessor, the MCCR, in the previous Continue Reading

This nurse is officially the star of Christmas Eve!

Photo: Nurse turns hair into Christmas tree

It’s Christmas Eve, and families around the country are coming together to celebrate the holidays… except you’re a nurse, and you couldn’t get time off. Problem? Not necessarily! “Nursing is a 24/7/365 job,” writes budding nurse blogger Deb Aston. “Just like police officers, EMTs, and firemen/women,” nurses “know the expectations going into our roles. I Continue Reading

Who was your “Uncle Jack”?

Quote: Uncle Jack as nurse role model

A long while ago, we asked you to tell us about your personal nursing superheroes: the people who motivated and inspired you, or set an example you have tried to live by. This Thanksgiving, we’d like to share the story that perhaps moved us most of all. Thank you, Heather Wilson! Who was your “Uncle Continue Reading

Does getting there the hard way make for the best nurses?

Photo: The story of Faye Lewis, from KFC to RN:

You might have heard already about Faye Lewis. The first job Faye did was serving fried chicken at KFC. She worked her way up to manager, even as she raised her son AJ and enrolled in college. Got a job as a Housekeeper at an Assisted Living Facility. Completed her CNA training. Went on to Continue Reading