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Birthday party

Laura Anne White Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Fall 2017)   Chemotherapy drug I scan the chemotherapy data into the computer system, noting the date of birth listed at the top right of the screen. Happy birthday, I say, hanging the bag of liquid on the IV pole. Thanks, he replies, and we share a contemptuous […]

Sunday Sally Rose

Matthew Kinsella Browns Mills, New Jersey (Spring 2017)   Rose symbolism on gravestone, submitted by author As the new triage nurse on  the City Department Of Homeless Services Street Outreach Team, I could observe at first, orient, get my bearings. Well acquainted with the stark reality of life on the street, my three interdisciplinary teammates […]

Seven reasons why nurses want to leave their job

Victorina T. Malones Iloilo City, Philippines (Spring 2016) Some years ago I wanted to work as the best hospital nurse I could possibly be. I worked hard to become a staff nurse. I passed the board exam, had a successful interview, and after months of gaining experience by volunteering, I was hired. After I got […]

Heartland down

Stephanie Ezell University of Illinois, Chicago, United States (Fall 2011)   Saying that we see emptiness in the eyes of a mentally ill person is a means for the rest of us to be ok, to stand apart. There is nothing there, so we feel better. But if we allow ourselves to soften and be […]

The male nurse in literature

Solomon Posen Sydney, Australia (Fall 2013) Fictional nurses continue to be predominantly female. In a brilliant essay Fiedler1 makes the point that in literature the terms “Nurse” and “Woman” are almost synonymous. As a result, male nurses, who currently constitute between 6 and 8% of the nursing workforce in the USA,2 Canada3 and Australia4 are […]

Medicine and culture: on becoming a nurse

Shirley Stephenson ACCESS Community Health Network, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Fall 2013)   Photography by Mark Belokopytov There are things that make us uncomfortable, such as public speaking or taking a seat on an airplane as coats, bags, or limbs spill over the border of armrest. We are uncomfortable for a moment when we first […]

I can take care of myself – if you teach me how!

Nancy Burke (Spring 2009)   Rhiannon is five. She has rheumatoid arthritis. Every Monday she gets an injection of an anti-inflammatory drug, and she doesn’t like it! During her Christmas visit to see “Nana” (her nickname for me, her grandmother), there were three Mondays. Katy, Rhiannon’s mother, had requested that “Nana” give her the injections. […]

Stella

Mathew Kinsella Browns Mills, NJ (Spring 2016)   Oak tree Public Domain One flew east, one flew west And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest                                                 -Ken Kesey   The cacophony of egregious expletives coming from the crisis reception room astounds even the seasoned psychiatric staff working the hospital swing-shift. All spit and vinegar, the […]

Nursing diagnoses

Mat Matteson & Geraldine Gorman University of Illinois, Chicago, United States (Winter 2011)   Introduction: An inoculation in just time Manic heart Mark W. Lubich Detail of original, Acrylic paint on canvas 21 X 21 inches   Ah, the end of the semester. In the best of times it hauls with it taunting deadlines, a gaggle of […]

Portrait of nursing

Lynda Slimmer University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Winter 2011) Sunday Treat by Robert Hayes   Using your mind’s eye, imagine a painting that my husband and I bought several years ago in the Smokey Mountains. An old-fashioned, wooden, crank-type ice cream maker rests in the foreground surrounded by heaps of fresh red strawberries […]