Rand Paul

by Mr. Schnell Sometimes I get a little bummed out about the news but I am lucky to have an “earth-wondering” friend to lift me out of my pitty pot. We were talking about new cases reported in the news when over the wire came word of Senator Rand Paul and his recent misfortune alongContinue reading “Rand Paul”

Back In The Day

by Mr.Schnell When I first got into nursing, back in the day, I took a job at a teaching hospital somewhere deep in the Bible Belt in a place at the time that wasn’t on any map. My orienting nurse was experiencing a very hectic shift plus burdened with the task of orienting me toContinue reading “Back In The Day”

EVER BEEN NAKED?

by Effah Bin Newd, RN Of course you have? We all have. But that is not what this post is about. The topic here is EBN. EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING; the sound-byte, catch phrase from our prestigious nursing “Think-Tank” universities. Those are the places where redundant nursing research studies are done that effect the way you practiceContinue reading “EVER BEEN NAKED?”

Let Me Show You Something

by Mr. Schnell Every so often, on a regular basis, enough is enough. Time to get away. To sit and think. Alone. Oh yeah, before we get to far…no cell phones. There. Just ahead. See it? In the clearing ahead. It is not Yosemite or the Grand Canyon but for me much more. Solitude. Sanctuary.Continue reading “Let Me Show You Something”

If This Art Line Comes Out

by Mister Schnell We admitted this patient at three in the morning. She was an emergent open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair; in hospital jargon “a triple A”. The procedure went fine. In and out of the operating room in record time. The decision was made to extubate then ship to the ICU. They slice andContinue reading “If This Art Line Comes Out”

A Walk In The Park

by Robert Schnell The 54 year old male came to the hospital for an elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. You know, gall bladder removal. Go in early morning, gall bladder out before noon, home before 5 PM, out bowling with friends that evening. A “walk in the park” procedure! Yeah, right! The patient goes to surgery. ItContinue reading “A Walk In The Park”

The Health Care Fortress

by Robert Schnell (Disclaimer: The following post contains profanity, gallows humor, and graphic illustrations. No warm fuzzy today. Intensive Care Nursing is not a profession for the delicate and squeamish. Bedside professionalism always. Not the case in the break room or the local watering hole after work. You have been warned.) How about the powerful,Continue reading “The Health Care Fortress”

What Nurses Deal With At Work

by Robert Schnell Nurses deal with body secretions, increasing violence, dysfunctional families and disease everyday at work. Many times they go home exhausted, bruised, and fatigued only to discover urine, vomit, blood and stool on their shoes, shirts, pants and even in their hair. Patients (and even coworkers) are becoming more unpredictable and violent. IContinue reading “What Nurses Deal With At Work”

Original Nursing Cartoons

By Robert Schnell RN (and his various pen names) Microcosm of society. I had worked with nurse “hair loss” for over a decade, having no idea she was a “Jeckyll/Hyde” until I overheard this exchange she had with another co-worker she was trying to recruit to care for her father post op. I couldn’t believeContinue reading “Original Nursing Cartoons”