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The Holiday Warriors

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Tube feeds and turkey. Sepsis and stuffing. Code blues and "thank you's" and teamwork and tears. I am a holiday warrior -- I am an ICU nurse. Even when my feet are sore and my belly is hungry -- every holiday, every shift -- my heart is full.

A Letter To The Family Of My ICU Patient

Brie Gowen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Some people love us. Some people hate us. I can promise you that you do not want to be a patient in my unit. If you are then that means you're really sick. But I can also promise you that if you end up here you will get stellar care by a team of the best health care providers available.

A Letter to the Baby Nurses

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Right now, there is a baby nurse who is searching online and deep inside for an answer. There is a brand new member of the profession who is questioning her calling. Dearest baby nurse, don't let this scary new world drag you down

A Nurse Did That

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

The one who sat next to me the first night, as my newborn was whisked away and a medical team swarmed like honeybees around him. The one who passed tissues, held my hand, rubbed my back. Without her, my tears and I would have been alone as I whispered fervent prayers for my son's life to be spared. A nurse did that.

Why This Nurse Still Has a View

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Don't worry, you don't have to worry about this nurse banning your show. After all, I'm the nurse that works 13 hour shifts at two different jobs, the nurse that volunteers once a week teaching prenatal classes to underserved women, the nurse that is still in school (for my Doctorate in NURSING Practice) so I can do better for my patients and my nursing profession.

10 Warnings for All Working Parents

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, you don't know what tired is until you're a parent. Exhausted doesn't even begin to describe it. It's kind of like every ounce of energy has been sucked out of you, leaving you fighting a constant state of exhaustion.

19 Pet Peeves Every Nurse Will Understand

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Nurses are pretty much unstoppable, but every so often, they get pissed off like the rest of us. Endless hospital shifts, vomiting patients and not en...

A Nurse to My Own (Part I: Are You Okay?)

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Today I am feeling quietly concerned but calm. Yesterday I was motivated to overcome the challenge at hand. Tomorrow? Who knows. Every single day will be punctuated by a different emotion, a different version of the woman who I am.

What You May Not See When You Look at Your Nurse

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Nurses perform their duties with a smile, with an air of efficiency, and often what seems to be an indifference. You will not see their calm expression falter even as the feces hits the fan. You might see them stoic while you cry, or even laughing later in the hall.

30 Truths Your Nurse Wants You to Know

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

We don't usually have to work five days a week. We're so lucky. Instead we work a string of grueling, exhausting 13 hours days. We also work most holidays with little to no compensation for the fact.

Help Others for a Living? Here Are 5 Ways to Care for Yourself So You Can Care for Others

Nancie Vito | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancie Vito

Remember, the more care you take of yourself, the better care you can take of others. It's not selfish and it isn't taking anything away from others. On the contrary; it allows you to give the best care you possibly can, without suffering for it.

Unapologetically A Nurse

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

I will never be the same. I border on crazy. I'm slightly irrational. I'm absolutely neurotic. I'm completely invested. I'm a woman. I'm a wife. I'm a daughter. I'm a friend. But through it all, I am unapologetically a nurse.

If Nurses Could Talk To You Like They Talk To Their Kids

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Disclaimer! I am a labor and delivery nurse. I'm just kidding around... kind of.  Like, 90 percent kidding, 10 percent not.  Well, maybe 80/20.  Just remember, if we didn't joke around sometimes, we'd be miserable!

Astoria Characters: The Woman All Set for Success

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.11.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The fingernails on Jamuna Gurung's hardy hands are just the right length: Short enough to do work, long enough to be stylish.

Inside The Quiet Culture Of Pregnancy Loss

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Every word used to describe the way you feel after a miscarriage epitomizes everything you are in that moment... empty, hollow, exposed -- but none of those words describe what you really are... overwhelmed, devastated, and incredibly sad.

The Worst Things I've Heard as a Nurse in Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

"Put in an extra stitch." From a father talking to the provider AND from a provider talking to a father. Yeah, 'cause that didn't make me just throw up in my mouth.

Rising Stars of Nursing in London

Brian Boyle | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

I recently had the opportunity to share my story and appreciation to a group of 25 rising stars of nursing that were being honored in London for their outstanding contributions to healthcare.

Nurse Accidentally Drops Newborn, Keeps Job

AP | Posted 07.07.2015 | Crime

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A spokesman for a Pennsylvania hospital says a veteran nurse who accidentally dropped a newborn baby, fracturing his skull, wil...

5 Things Labor Nurses Want You To Know

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

As a labor and delivery nurse, here is what I wish I could say to every mother out there, what I'm sure many of us would want to say to the families we care for: 1. Accidentally hurting your baby is one of our biggest fears.

10 Signs You're Being Raised By A Nurse

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

You have to be bleeding to death or unconscious to go to the emergency room. When my dad started complaining of chest pain in the middle of the night and said he wanted to go to the ER, my mom warned him that it better not be his gallbladder.

Everyone Can Heart Science

Marion Leary | Posted 05.01.2015 | Science
Marion Leary

My advice to those kids, and to all kids, is to keep thinking outside the box, think up, and work on, solutions that seem unconventional. Because it is the unconventional people just like them who have moved STEM fields forward, and it will be the unconventional thinkers like them who will continue to do so.

This Is Nursing

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 05.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

This is why I fell in love with my coworkers and with our nursing profession. I cannot look at this picture without getting a little teary. If you're ...

10 Signs You're Married To A Nurse

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 05.26.2015 | Weddings
Shelly Lopez Gray

There are many tell-tell signs you are married to a nurse. These are just a few of them. God help our poor spouses!

Even In Nursing, Women Are Paid Less Than Men

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business

Even though nine out of 10 nurses are women, men in the profession earn higher salaries.

Retired Nurse Uses Pension Money To Help Provide Meals To 7,000 Hungry People Each Month

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.09.2015 | Good News

Charolette Tidwell, 69, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, worked for more than 40 years as a nurse before retiring. But when she left that job, her work was fa...