Open Heart Surgery Recovery

I spent a great deal of time recovering post op open heart patients in my nursing career. To learn this skill there was one article that was particularly helpful in Heart & Lung: The Journal of Critical Care written by Ann P. Weiland RN, MS and William F. Walker MD titled “Physiology Principles and ClinicalContinue reading “Open Heart Surgery Recovery”

The Train Wreck ICU Admission

A Little Background: 85 year old white male with a history of metastatic cancer to the bowel, liver, and lungs, primary site unknown, 65 pack year history of tobacco abuse, still smokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type II diabetes, severe peripheral vascular disease, active ETOH abuse, quart of gin a day, pedophilia, PTSD, benignContinue reading “The Train Wreck ICU Admission”

Scuba Diving Nurses

In Missouri I was certified as an Open Water Diver in the early 1980s and lucky to get stationed in California while serving in the Navy. There are pristine dive locations all over the west coast. Lajolla, Catalina Island, Channel Islands, and Leguna Beach come to mind. I was stationed at a naval hospital inContinue reading “Scuba Diving Nurses”

Adventures In Nursing: The Only ICU Bed

by Robert Schnell You are an RN in a very busy ICU, only half way through a long, arduous, twelve hour shift. The Emergency Department is full and they have a new “customer” coming to you, but, at present, you don’t have a bed available. The only potential bed, Bed #4, is currently occupied byContinue reading “Adventures In Nursing: The Only ICU Bed”

BQuick Anti-Trump Political Cartoons

I don’t support vengeful acts or wishing harm on someone but when trump was going down that escalator saying Mexicans bring drugs, crime, rapists to this country he essentially lowered the bar and set the stage for normalizing crude and vindictive tactics in political rivalries. The gloves are off. Grab a voodoo pin and startContinue reading “BQuick Anti-Trump Political Cartoons”

Camping By The River

It is winter, pretty cold out, but no ice on the road. Perfect for a day away from the civilized world. Packed up the Wolf Pup and off I went. No beeping IV pumps or ventilator alarms. All I can hear is the gentle flow of the river. No one around except these two cartoonContinue reading “Camping By The River”

A Nurse Is A Nurse Is A Nurse…

Have you ever wondered what ICU nurses do? If you are curious continue scrolling down. If not, stop now. Should you wish to continue and view this post the illustrations are graphic and may offend some but this is what nurses contend with on a daily basis in the ICU.