Tag Archives: Nursing

Nurse reading

A nurse is sitting at the bedside of a wounded man with a bandage over his eyes; she is reading him a letter. Photographic postcard, ca. 1930. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0   This Turkish postcard shows a nurse reading a letter to a wounded man. The nurse appears to smile, even as her […]

Balancing empathy

Nora Salisbury Vancouver, BC, Canada   Street art in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Photo by Lee Gangbar. I almost fainted on my first clinical day in nursing school. I was invited to watch a catheter insertion. While my gut reaction was to completely avoid it, I knew that as a new student nurse I was supposed […]

Two hearts beating: the history and benefits of “Kangaroo Care”

Nursan Cinar Hamide Zengin Sakarya, Turkey   Mother and her baby during kangaroo care  Two Hearts Beat at the Same Time Photograph: Hamide Zengin The rate of preterm birth is between 5 and 18% worldwide. Prematurity is the most important cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity, especially in developing countries. According to the World Health […]

Dressing the General

Rebecca Singer Chicago, Illinois, United States   While not the clinic where this story took place, this very rural health center in a developing nation highlights the challenging environment in which health care is provided by dedicated, hardworking staff. “Rebecca, can you help me with a dressing change?” Clarence, the nurse and secessionist fighter, asked […]

Florence Nightingale, The Lady with the Lamp

Florence Nightingale visiting the sick.  Wellcome Library, London For generations, Florence Nightingale has been known as the Saintly Angel of Mercy or the Lady with the Lamp, and her story has been told many times. She arrived in Scutari in November of 1854 with thirty-eight women volunteers, sent by her close friend, the war secretary, […]

The Attentive Nurse

The “nurse” peeling a lemon in Chardin’s painting bears scant resemblance to what the modern eye would recognize as a nurse.  She holds neither bandages, nor a thermometer, nor medicines. Her “uniform” leans more towards that of a kitchen helper or a housemaid. This is not surprising, because in the days before Florence Nightingale’s reforms nursing […]

Hands

Laura White Rochester, Minnesota, United States   I have long been ambivalent toward my prematurely wrinkled hands. This is a combination of my mother’s distaste for her own mitts – I am so sorry you got my hands – and the various comments of others referencing “old lady hands” and similar sentiments. My self-hand-concept has been historically unglamorous. […]

The realities of being a millennial nurse leader

Victorina Malones Manila, Phillippines   Nursing advertisement published by the American Association of the Red Cross in 1918 People may well think that being a millennial only has something to do with social media, selfies, travel, make-up tutorials, impulsiveness, recklessness, carelessness, or freedom. But as the world keeps getting smaller through interconnectivity and constant mobility, […]

Birthday party

Laura White Rochester, Minnesota, United States   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 laugh. It feels […]

Seven reasons why nurses want to leave their job

Victorina T. Malones Iloilo City, Philippines   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 the […]