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25 Complaints My Son Will Share With His Future Therapist

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

For years, Elmo was a furry guy who existed only on T-shirts. When you finally saw him walk and talk, you practically sh*t yourself.

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.

Registered Nurses Are Ebola Fighters and Scientists/Researchers

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

If you or someone you care about has benefited from modern day health care, chances are a nurse researcher/scientist was involved in the design or innovation. In fact, those hands that care for you at the bedside may well be delivering interventions pioneered by a nurse scientist.

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.

Dear Boobs... A Thank-You Note

Camia Gavin | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Camia Gavin

I'm sorry for all the years that I (mistakenly) thought you weren't enough. I'm sorry for the torture I put you through, stuffing you into Victoria Secret padded bras and hoping you came together to give me the perfect cleavage for prom. It wasn't you, it was me.

Our Bodies Wear Out

Abby Pingree | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Pingree

Perhaps with courage and acceptance we can make friends with our own mortality, and with acceptance we can be a peaceful presence when given the opportunity to experience the death of a loved one.

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

A Farewell to Arms (1929): Giving Thanks...

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

One wonders how Frederic Henry would handle the job of evacuating wounded from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan, 85 years after he was deployed to the World War One Italian front as an ambulance driver, by Ernest Hemingway, in A Farewell to Arms.

Reflux, Colic and Breastfeeding -- Oh My! How Two Different Nursing Experiences Changed My Perspective

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

Armed with the skills and confidence, I found nursing more natural (and fun) the second time around. Did I ever get to rockstar "second freezer" status? No. But I sure worked hard at it. Do I regret anything? No way. Each baby was different, each experience beautiful.

Antidote to Fear: Identify, Isolate and Inform

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Now is the time to continue to take swift, commonsense action to protect the public from Ebola and other infectious diseases. But first we must address another contagion spreading across the country. We must confront the epidemic of fear.

Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce: Holistic Admissions Makes a Difference

Santa J. Ono | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Santa J. Ono

Whether it's new tests, tools and treatments or the reforms in the ways people access and pay for care, health care is always evolving. Yet we're still struggling to change the health care workforce.

Oncology Occupational Hazards

Pamela Brill | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Pamela Brill

've learned a lot about life and humanity from working as a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology. Some of those lessons have undoubtedly made me a better person than who I was before I learned them. They shifted my perspective. They gave me insight I never would have had.

When Nurses See More Than Birth and Babies

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Perinatal nursing is sweet and magical and everything you think it would be. But everyone only thinks of the birth and the babies. No one ever thinks or talks about the pain of pregnancy, the heartbreak of infertility or the difficulty of death.

Waiting for the Bat Signal: The Passing of a Parenting Legend

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Not a week passes that a breastfeeding mother is asked to cover up, take it to the bathroom, or leave a store entirely. But La Leche League is still normalizing nursing, still supporting breastfeeding rights

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

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.27.2014 | 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.

'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.

I Cried And Nursed My Daughter

Rachel Joyce | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Even in the midst of searing loss, nursing my daughter helped me to find my voice and my confidence in myself. She fully believed, despite all of my own failings, that my body would be able to provide for her what she needed.

Shades of Blue

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

A part of me wanted to sit in the bed next to that patient and hug her until she could finally let go and allow herself to cry with sound that could give depth to her grief. I wanted to get hysterical. I was so angry that anyone could hurt someone so vulnerable. But I knew I had to stay focused.

The Beauty of OB

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When we see a baby born, we observe a flood of emotions from every single person in the room. At that moment, no matter what the situation is, that family's life changes forever.

Lessons From a Year as 'Just a Nurse'

Kateri Allard | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

We nurses are desperate to be understood but fall short of fixing the problem, so pick your head up, stop whining about long shifts, sore feet, and stunted emotions that come from the work you have chosen to do. Instead, find a way to share the pride you have in what you do.

My Complicated Relationship With Breastfeeding

Emily Hatch | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

What a wild ride breastfeeding has been. I've never been so determined to do anything, or so ill prepared.

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.