My Special Nursing Moment 2018

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Perhaps more so than any other healthcare job, working in nursing affords you the opportunity to have emotional experiences that will stick with you – forever. Whether it’s making a special connection with a patient or sharing an inspiring moment with a mentor or colleague, just about every nurse has that one special moment that defines their careers.

So… what’s yours? That’s right! After an inexplicable year off (sorry about that), My Special Nursing Moment is back and better than ever in 2018. In honor of National Nurses Week, share your sure to be inspiring special nursing moment in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win $100 Visa gift card!

How do we know your stories will tug at our heart strings? Because if past years’ My Special Nursing Moment contests have taught us anything, you’ll need your tissues ready as you browse the comments. See below for a few tearjerkers from years past, and don’t forget to celebrate National Nurses Week the only way it should be celebrated: by being the awesome nurses you are.

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The time that sticks with me the most is when we got a homeless gentleman in with frostbite. He was a veteran and was having a hard time getting situated in life. He stated that the small bag of clothes with one pair of socks, jeans with holes, and a couple shirts was all he had. We all pitched in and the nurses on our floor ended up getting him a couple suitcases full of new clothes and some warm winter clothes as well. We got him shaved and showered. In his new clothes he looked like a new man. He was very grateful for everything we did for him. The look on his face when he woke up and found the clothes was priceless.– Chasalee

I am an OB nurse. A patient came into the office in preterm labor. We told her not to push. The hospital was right across the street. She pushed anyway. We delivered the little preterm baby in the hallway of our office, while her family went to pull the car around… It has been about six years now. I see the family from time to time. When I see the little boy, I thank God that I was able to be part of his exciting birth. I am even more thankful that he and mom did well and are both healthy at this point.” – Temisha W.

I was starting my shift and one of my patients was a 15-year old girl who had new diagnosis 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 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 talked for the longest time and 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 second year of college and is in remission and doing well.” – Kelly O.

I was the administrator of an HH office and received a referral from an MD for wound care to a gentleman. Pretty common type referral, right? Wrong. When I sent the nurse, she found an 80-year old man living in a smoke shed with no running water and 30 cats and 1 dog living there with him, he knew the number as my nurse could not count them all… The first visit he told me he had lost his wife many years ago and could not live in the house where they were together so many years and found this abandoned shed where he stayed. I cleaned his wounds and dressed them and when leaving he followed me outside. I hugged his neck and told him I would be back tomorrow and thanked him for allowing me to come. A tear began to run down his cheek. I knew he had not been hugged for many tears, since his precious wife had passed away. He told me he had a gift for me, and he went and got a box of candy out of the trunk of the old car and handed it to me. I took it knowing he wanted to give something back for the love and caring he felt.” – Judy T.

I rushed to the patient’s home to fulfill my duties as a nurse: declare the time of death, contact the funeral home etc. After spending three hours with the family of this beautiful lady… it was time to say goodbye to them. As I said goodbye and offered my condolences to the family her daughter reached out to hug me. She wept as she thanked me. She thanked me for my words and for my silence… for treating her mother with dignity, even in death. She thanked me for being a bit of light during such a difficult time. I responded by telling her that it was my pleasure to be there for her and her family and for her mother. As I drove away a huge sense of gratitude came over me… this is what I do! I AM A SERVANT!” – Melissa G.

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Share your special nursing moments below for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Happy Nurses Week from all of us at Soliant!

 

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Forensic Nurses: Helping Give Victims a Voice

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forensic nursesForensics is a field that has garnered a lot of interest over the past several years, due in part to the plethora of crime-related television dramas that focus on forensic science. One piece of this puzzle that often seems to be overlooked is the work from forensic nurses. This exciting specialty is a wonderful career choice for those who want to make a difference.

Those who are highly compassionate and who have a heart for seeing justice served are well-suited for a career in forensic nursing. Forensic nurses work directly with the victims of crime to collect evidence while giving them the compassionate care that they need and assist in the examination of the deceased to ensure that any suspicious conditions are thoroughly investigated. Forensic nursing is not a job that is suited for everyone, but for those who fit the mold, it is a very rewarding career. Continue reading “Forensic Nurses: Helping Give Victims a Voice”

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Finding Nursing Jobs with No Experience

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nursing job search experienceIt’s one of the oldest catch-22s in the world. In order to get a good job, you need experience, but in order to get experience, you have to get a job. What is a newly graduated nurse to do in order to break into the field?

While you might not be able to jump right into your desired specialty, there are ways to get paying nursing jobs even when you don’t have years of experience. You simply have to know where and what to look for and be prepared to accept a position that might not be exactly what you had in mind. Continue reading “Finding Nursing Jobs with No Experience”

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Handling a Challenging Flu Season

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flu seasonUnless you’re living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard that this flu season is one of the worst in recent history. With widespread cases of influenza in virtually every state, all at the same time, health care providers everywhere are fighting to stay on top of the heavy patient load they are facing with this epidemic. This creates a stressful situation for both physicians, nurses, support staff, and patients.

So how do you handle such a challenging flu season? While you likely can’t avoid feeling the strain, there are some things that you can do to help protect your patients and yourself from further spreading illness. Continue reading “Handling a Challenging Flu Season”

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Maintaining Healthy Patient-Provider Relationships

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provider patient relationshipNo one wants to feel like nothing more than an ID number on a file or a time-slot in a daily schedule. As a care provider, it is up to you to develop healthy relationships with your patients in order to give them the best quality care possible. Outcomes are often improved when there is a solid, trusting relationship between doctor and patient, so it’s worth your time to work to develop these connections. Here are a few important points to keep in mind as you work with your patients each day. Continue reading “Maintaining Healthy Patient-Provider Relationships”

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5 Bad Habits Every Nurse Needs to Avoid

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bad nurse habitsThe new year’s arrival allows us to reorganize our lives and start working toward making lots of positive changes. As in any profession, nursing has a few bad habits that are easy to fall into. While you’re getting other areas of your life in order with the start of the new year, take a little time to examine your personal practices at work and make sure that you’re staying out of the fray and not falling into these common traps. Continue reading “5 Bad Habits Every Nurse Needs to Avoid”

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