“They don’t teach you that in nursing school”: This PICU nurse knows how to tell a story, and it will put a smile on your face

We came across this story by accident. Meghan is a pediatric ICU nurse with a Twitter account, and all she wanted to do was to share her day with her friends and followers. It was a day like many nurses have, every day… but we’re not kidding if we say it genuinely made us tear up.

We want to share it here with you, because it just beautifully brings together everything that’s great about nursing – and nurses! We’re sure it will lift your spirits:

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 1

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 2

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 3

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 4

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 5

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 6

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 7

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 8

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 9

Twitter story thread on pediatric nursing, part 10

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This is so beautiful and heart warming. I have so much respect for picu nurses (and nurses in general) because I’ve spent so much time as a patient in one. I was 1,500 miles away from home, just my mom and I on multiple occasions for months at a time in the picu. There were nurses in particular that we (my mom and I who never left my side. She slept on those plastic uncomfortable couches for months) really liked and connected with. In fact, I had to spend my 17th birthday in the hospital away from my family and twin sister and everyone there made it the best it could be under the circumstances. My moms birthday is 5 days after mine and I ended up having to have an emergency surgery on her birthday. As my neurosurgeon and one of those three nurses was pushing my bed to the operating room (my surgeon said “there’s no time for that” when he called for a room stat and they said they would send down for transport so he took me himself) I looked at my mom and said “I’m sorry I ruined your birthday”. The nurse said “I bought you a birthday cake!”. My mom actually teared up a little because it was such an unexpected and sweet gesture. Nurses really put their patients before themselves and make a difference in our lives.