Category Archives: Nursing Stories

She helped me through three open heart surgeries, and inspired me to become an RN myself: Nursing superheroes

#HelpFindPat: Quote

We asked: Who’s your nursing superhero? Who’s the nurse who made all the difference to you? Your role model, your dream colleague, or simply the nurse you admire most? You responded, and how! You sent in an impressive range of submissions — moving stories, inspiring stories, colorful stories, and above all: heartfelt stories. We will be Continue Reading

The Future Face of Nursing? This Nurse Is Very Experienced Indeed

Photo: Kathryn Hodges, New Jersey's oldest nurse

Kathryn Hodges is 97 years old. She’s also the Public Health Nurse for the borough of Emerson, New Jersey. That makes her easily the oldest licensed registered nurse of the state, and quite probably the oldest in the country. “Crazy, isn’t it? I always wanted to be a nurse, and I’ve always been one!” Imagine this: Continue Reading

Who’s your nursing superhero? Share your story with us

Photo: RN Superhero t-shirt

If you’re a nurse, you’ll have had that one colleague. The one who just has this gift with patients, who they remember with a smile. The one you learned something from that changed the whole way you looked at your work. The one who makes you laugh, right when you need it most. If they hadn’t been there, how Continue Reading

Dear nurses, these two chronically ill college students have a message for you

Quote: Thank you, nurses

Online, they call themselves “Nemo” (“just keep swimming”) and “Tremors”. They’re college roommates, fighting the odds to get their degrees while struggling with severe illness. “Nemo” had her first heart surgery when she was six months old, and her second when she was six years old. She’s been diagnosed with Polysplenia, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and Continue Reading

Many centuries before Florence Nightingale, this Muslim woman introduced nursing to the Arabic world

Ancient map: Arabic lands

In the West, everyone knows Florence Nightingale, in many ways the founder of modern nursing. But many centuries earlier, a woman named Rufaida Al-Aslamia introduced nursing to the Muslim world. She is estimated to have been born in the year 620 — exactly 1,200 years before Florence Nightingale. Just like Florence Nightingale, who became famous Continue Reading

Nurses On The Go: Weary Nurses

I read with a tearful heart and eyes the article submitted about remembering our calling as nurses. I have been nursing for 36 years, called by God when I was 4 years old. I just wanted to help heal not just the body but the soul. I got my dream and have loved my career Continue Reading

Nurses On The Go: Remember The Calling

When I wake in the morning, I never know what God has in store for this ole’ Nurse. As I drive to work, thoughts of what can happen stream through my mind. Will I loose my patience, or will the twelve hour shift take a toll on me, seven hours in? Will my mind stay Continue Reading

Nurses On The Go: Rashmi Sharma

As a usual night shift, I was taking handover from my co-worker from previous shift. She continued her patient reporting, and I was being attentive throughout that. She mentioned about a new patient admitted during her shift. After receiving report from her, I headed to see my patients. I happened to know other patients since Continue Reading

Nurses On The Go: Why I Became a Nurse

by Ann Mathiews MSN, RN, CEN, TNCC The sun was shining. The blinding light reflected off the apartment pool surface as Lori and I sat sipping frozen margaritas and watching our four children splash in the shallow baby pool. Laughing as freckles emerged on our skin instead of the even tan we were seeking, we Continue Reading

Nurses On The Go: Bernadette

by Bernadette M. Bailey, R.N. I was working in Labor and Delivery about 2 years into my nursing career, when I was assigned to a young patient who was in labor. This young girl had a hard life, was poverty-stricken and surrounded by friends and family who abused drugs on a regular basis, and she Continue Reading