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The Tale of the Tape

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.22.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

At the risk of being challenged to a fight by Sylvester Stallone, who could beat me with one hand tied behind his back (though I might have a chance if he were blindfolded, too), I am going to call my ongoing kidney stone saga "Rocky."

All Nurses Share the Same Struggles

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To any patient out there, know that your nurse gives each and every one of you everything they have. We don't care where you're from or how educated you are. Our only goal is to take care of you and your baby to the best of our abilities.

A Nurse's Wish in Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I couldn't talk about what had happened that day at work with my family. That night, tears flowed down my face and into my bath water. When I finally fell asleep, I dreamt of that perfect baby, her incredibly sweet parents and the little lace dress hanging on the closet door in her room.

Every Nurse Has a Secret

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

If you've ever been the patient or the family member who watched as a nurse's step quickened, or if you've ever seen a nurse magically get help, even if you never heard them ask for it, know that every single thing we do has a purpose. Know that your health is always our top concern.

The Miracle of Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To every nurse out there that dedicates their hard work to their patients and profession, THANK YOU. When you're exhausted, and you don't know how much longer you can do the work you do, remember that beauty is all around us

Epidemic, War or Car Crash, the Dead Are Loved

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Wars and diseases, intrigues and coups and all the rest are indeed interesting things. But more important, and more terrible, is the fact that grieving humanity suffers at the center of it all. Maybe that knowledge can make us love everyone better.

If You're a Nurse, Be Someone's Superhero

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

For any nurse out there -- whether you're the nurse that loves to take care of the mother, or the nurse that really loves taking care of those babies (the good ones, and ones that like a little drama!) remember what we are all working for. We all want healthy moms, we all want healthy babies, and our patients need someone to fight for this.

Every Single Patient, Every Single Day: Before Ebola and After

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I doubt there is any nurse out there that is just dying to take care of a patient infected with anything. But someone has to take care of them, and we will do so to the best of our abilities.

The Big, Unanswered Questions About Ebola

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Hoyt Hilsman

While some accuse the media of fanning the flames of fear, it does seem reasonable for the press and others to be asking these larger questions of the social and economic impact of a potential epidemic, even if it is still fairly remote.

'I Want To Be a Labor Nurse'

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When people from the outside look at labor and delivery, they see birth and babies and happiness. And that's true... it's like the icing on the cake after a lot of really hard work. But sometimes, the birth isn't what we thought it would be.

The Nurse With No Empathy

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

he lived in a very rural area, and did not have much family here. Honestly, she was very young, very poor and very uneducated. But here she was in front of me, flushed, sweating and swollen. I was still a new nurse, just off of orientation, but even I knew that something was very wrong

Not Just a STAT Section

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

Even though I was not working triage that day, I knew to follow every other labor nurse as they ran towards the room. As I made my way in, I saw a mother lying there, soaking in a pool of dark red blood.

The Secret Work of Nurses

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I distinctly remember thinking that if a few more minutes had gone by, he wouldn't have been holding a camera.

It Happens In The United States

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

No one thinks that this is something that could happen to them. No nurse thinks this is going to be her patient. But it can happen, it does happen, and it is happening every day in the United States.

Astoria Characters: The Death Racers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.24.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Erin and Eldar have been competing in adventure races for nearly a decade, but this one, which is billed as 48 or so hell hours in the wilderness, will present them with their greatest challenge.

It's Nursing, Every Time

Erin Lucas | Posted 08.06.2014 | Good News
Erin Lucas

There are orders, there is screaming, there is pain, there is chaos. For every second of my 12-hour shift, there is something. But then, as if the universe knows you're on your last leg, there is the patient who looks you in the eye and simply says thank you and you know they mean it.

Finding Our Compass

Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN

I am in no way diminishing the need for ongoing advocacy and increased recognition and value for nursing. Nursing is, and will always be, a big part of who I am -- but we need to be confident in the important role we play in health care delivery.

To the Mother of My Patient

Kateri Allard | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

Because of you, I am beginning again to believe in miracles. Because in the depth of despair over losing your beloved son you took me into your arms and guided me back onto a track where love is real, positive thinking is a choice that saves us, and miracles do happen.

The Art of Uncertainty in Medicine

Marlene Pearce | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marlene Pearce

I've long felt that the art of general practice is being comfortable with uncertainty. In my first training term in general practice, I frequently ca...

Promising Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside

Frankie Rendón | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Frankie Rendón

Federal and state governments are struggling to get health care right. Nurses can play a role by looking out for the people on the receiving end of new laws and policies.

"They've Got My Number"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 03.15.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Not many people know this, because I just made it up, but when Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call, to his assistant, Thomas Watson, and said, "Watson, come here, I want you," he heard a voice on the other end say, "This isn't Watson. You have the wrong number."

A Fierce Advocate

Kateri Allard | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

The definition of an advocate is a supporter, one who will argue, even plead for a cause. How often are we willing to plead for others? I mean really plead, beg even, put ourselves in a potentially vulnerable position in the interest of someone who can't do it for themselves?

Dear Labor Nurse

Rachael Clarke | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

You don't look at the clock. You don't sit down. You don't look tired, or impatient, or frustrated. You act as though there's nowhere else you'd rather be than here, like nothing is more important than this moment.

The Handover

Sue Averill | Posted 01.31.2014 | World
Sue Averill

After two months here, I can tell you -- Nuevo Laredo is not a destination hot spot. What was once a thriving border town has been engulfed in such extensive violence, it's become a ghost town. With violent ghosts.

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 01.29.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima I am a geezer who believes that being healthy is nothing to sneeze at. I also believe that preventive medicine can be a real shot in ...