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”

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”

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.