My Special Nursing Moment 2015

by Carmela Nazareno on May 6, 2015


Nurses are very special people – there’s no doubt about it. We hear it from our clients. We hear it from our friends and families. We’ve heard it from ourselves. And last year, we heard it from you in our first ever “My Special Nursing Moment” contest.  

Your amazing responses warmed our hearts so much that we are asking nurses to share their special nursing moments for the second year in a row! Nothing compares to telling a story straight from the heart and our nurses did just that.

As a nurse, you have most likely encountered a patient, a situation, or a moment that will keep you smiling for years to come. Take us back to your most memorable nursing moment. Share your story by commenting below and you will be automatically entered to win a $100 SpaFinder gift card.

After all your hard work, you deserve it!

Soliant Health proudly celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6-12


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Lisa Moore 05.06.15 at 1:14 pm

One of my most memorable moments as a nurse came several years ago when I was a new nurse. I got report and learned a young 28 year old mother of 2 little girls ws just diagnosed with cancer that had already spread to …everything. I really dreaded going into that room. I was using avoidance. I knew I would have to eventually. When I walked into the room the patient’s mother was in bed with her and hold her, rocking her and stroking her beautiful long blonde hair. It took all I had to hold it together. I sat on the edge of the bed…told them I was sorry and hugged them both. 2 months later I walked into the local hospice center where it was my first day doing per diem. The mother came running down the hall to hug me. 2 hours later she lay in bed holding her unrecognizble daughter while she took her last breath.

Kelly Ouvry-Burleson 05.07.15 at 9:54 am

I was starting my shift and one of my patients was a 15 yr old girl who had new dx of MS! She couldn’t see and was bored! After rounds were done; I went into her room and she was sitting in the dark! She heard me and said ” I can hear the dark!” She had tears rolling down her face! She told me that she didn’t know what or why this had happened to her but that she would beat it! But she was scared ! We say and talked for the longest time! She left a BiG impact on my heart! It changed the way I looked at my patients! I saw her a few months ago and she squealed and hugged me when she saw me she told me that she had planned to commit suicide until that night! Now she is in her 2nd year of college and is in remission and doing well with all As!
That one night changed not only my life but saved a Bright and brilliant Young Lady’s life! Btw her major is nursing!!

Diane Anderson 05.07.15 at 12:20 pm

I cared for a 7 YO cancer patient for several days. Before I left to go home on the last day, she said she had something for me. She reached up and pulled out a handfull of her hair. She gave it to me and said “This is so you’ll remember me”. I never forgot her.

Jenifer Ballard 05.07.15 at 1:54 pm

A moment actually before I was a RN, I was doing clinicals in NICU(neuro ICU). After a long day of tears and fear for my pts family, I was able to tell then their family member was awake and breathing on his own. We were able to extubate him, and when I told his wife, she hugged me and cried. All she said was “thank you”. Those two little words mean everything!

Kim Stafford RN 05.07.15 at 2:02 pm

when I worked as an ADON in long term care I made some great friends, not just my co -workers but my residents and their families. One particular woman who made my day every day with her smile and her perfectly coordinated outfits was such a friend. She knew all about the comings and goings of the facility, asked about your children, and loved them to come visit. She was a sweet soul with a ton of spunk at her age of over 90. She walked the halls every day and always said hello to everyone. One particularly sad day, she suddenly fell ill. And when I say suddenly I mean RAPIDLY. We later came to figure out she had an abdominal aortic aneurysm that dissected. I was called to the unit to assess her and knew right away her time was short. I had helped her complete her advanced directive some months before so I knew that if this happened, she didn’t want to go to a hospital and wanted to remain in her room with comfort measures. When I entered the room all she could say was “Kim. Sick. Dying. Don’t go.” And I honored that wish. We were able to get emergency orders for meds for comfort and I never left her side. I held her in my lap while she left us, and I know that I provided her with exactly what we discussed those months ago. She left us with dignity without pain and with the comfort of her nurse, her friend with her the whole way. After she was gone we all cried for a long, long time. She left a big void when she passed, but she always taught us “chin up buttercup it always gets better” and it did. But I think to this point in my career despite the patients I have successfully coded, the lives I have helped save in the ER since then, I still call this day and this experience my best day as a nurse.

cristyle morrison, RN 05.07.15 at 4:59 pm

My most touching story is about a 23 year old diabetic patient who was being poorly controlled at home. She developed an ulcer on her right leg that was non-healing. She came to my ICU with sepsis and was dying. The vascular surgeon came in and told her with very little compassion that her leg had to be amputated today. He got her consent and walked out. She looked up at me like one of my children and said, ” so they’re going to cut off my leg?, “. I had to talk to her for about an hour and a half while also stabilizing her for surgery. She was all alone so when it was time to go backto the OR she said, ” can you please stay with me?” So i sat and held her hand until anesthesia came to take her back. Her mom would not rven come to be with her even after finding out this grave news. Thats sad. But i was there with her and i was glad to support her. She did very well after the surgery.

Tara Johnson 05.07.15 at 6:02 pm

My moments are everyday now I am a LVN that is contracted to work within the school district with Special Needs children I am a 1:1 nurse for a 5 y/o newly diagnosed Autistic Diabetc child. I would have to say the challenges I endure daily with him is a struggle if you’ve worked with an Autistic child before you would know that they are runners, for him his communication is minimal so he acts out his frustration with aggression by running, falling out on the ground, hitting, kicking and/or head bunting me which is very painful at times. But still with all of this I love him dearly and I am continuely working hard to teach him to use his words to communicate and/or to teach him to do things that we all take for granted such as his parents and I are always trying to get him to drink water and to teach him to drink from the water fountain so when he walked up to the water fountain and used it himself although he didn’t swallow he spit the water out on the floor I became very excited and felt this was a breakthrough and I couldn’t wait to tell his mom about and she was just excited as I was for him to understand and go do something I asked just gives me an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. I love being a nurse!

Wanda 05.07.15 at 6:27 pm

My most memorable moment as a nurse was last year while at work. Im a hospice nurse and 1 of my clients family was completely distraught. Their mother was brought in from the hospital and the family was told she had 2 weeks left. Upon meeting the family & the client one can see the look of worry & apprehension. The family was informed on what hospice was all about. The daughters were still a bit confused & worried. The youngest daughter asked me, do you have any idea what we are going through? I told her, “yes”. She wanted to know my story & after I told her that I had lost my mother, she began to cry & apologize. You see she assumed that all the nurses there were just there doing our 8hrs, going home & not caring at all. Her family was relieved to know that at least one of the nurses knew what they were going through. The client died 4weeks later. The family came back 2 weeks after to hand deliver a letter of gratitude, sincerity & love for the staff. They also wanted to thank me personally for making their transition from denial towards acceptance. I began to cry it was the 1st time a family actually gave me words of encouragment.

Jaime RN 05.07.15 at 10:06 pm

My first nursing memory was when I was a new grad and training for my role as RN on a very busy med Surg floor. It was so overwhelming and I cried everyday, wondering what I got myself into. We would start our day getting report on 6-8 patients. These patients had multiple diagnoses and I was still trying to figure out how they all connected with the other, let alone the floor layout. I was about 6 weeks into training and had an elderly patient who was so sweet. She had to have multiple testing done with frequent bloodwork and other things that were great for a new nurse to learn. She was very kind and allowed me to perform all things required without question (she knew I was a new grad). I spent a lot of time in her room that day during my 12 hour shift. I began asking her about her family and she opened right up and began with her whole life story. It was an amazing story that included a post war love story and a death of the love of her life. She shared her whole life with me and now at the end of it, she was alone. She had lost her whole family, spouse and children, and she lived alone and her elderly neighbor checked up on her. It was this patient who made me realize that all the clinical stuff I needed to learn was important but so was listening to her story. This lady influenced my more than I could ever express. She taught me how to be a caring and compassionate nurse. I thank her for that!

Jill Pic 05.08.15 at 5:08 am

I have had many special moments in the past 20 years as a nurse, so it’s tough to pick just one to share. One I think about a lot is the time a non-English-speaking mom had come in after going to her 38 week prenatal visit and finding out that her baby’s heart had stopped beating. She became my patient after he was delivered, and he was in the room with her, but she was terrified to look at him. Although her family and her husband were holding him and grieving, loving his little body for the time they had left with it, she had pulled the partition and was sobbing alone in her bed. I speak a little Spanish but not enough for the conversation I needed to have with her. One of our facility’s fantastic translators was paged and came immediately to help us. We talked–I told her how sorry I was and how I could not imagine her pain. She said several times , ” I still feel him moving”. After a lot of talking and crying by the patient, the translator, and me, I understood her belief that if she saw the baby it could affect her future fertility. She desperately wanted to see and hold him but she and her husband were too afraid. I asked what I could do to help her, and she asked if I could hold him for her and tell her about him. He was going to be baptized and she wanted me to hold him for that ceremony there in the room. I agreed, and went around the partition to where the baby was in a family member’s arms. I looked at his face and eyelashes and hands and feet and hair. He was just beautiful, like a doll with closed eyes. The translator helped me tell her about him, and I held him while an elder in their community baptized his little body. I told her it was an honor to hold her son for her. Our hospital has a wonderful bereavement program and she had the memory box with footprints and all the other mementos of his little life. I hope she is able to look at those if she wants to now.


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