Nurse's Watch: Conversations on contemporary nursing,
nursing education, leadership, spirituality and blogging.
~Start date February 2010~

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Survived...

       Well, this nursing student has survived this semester to see another one. This blog was started for my Nursing Literacy class. It was phenomenal and by far my favorite class! Sigh... Soon I will begin my last semester to complete my B.S.N. Yay!!!

       So what, you may ask, am I going to 'do' with myself for the three weeks off. Ahhhh, garden, work, BREATHE!!! Oh, and start studying for the GRE. Don't ya know that will be fun.

       In the meantime I will continue to visit nursing blogs (hence Nurse's Watch), post information to assist other RN to BSN students, and examine our profession and the conversation that is going on out there.

       See ya  :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ragbag ~ A little bit of this and a tad of that...

         Today I visited with a lovely young lady who is a labor and delivery nurse. You know that stole my heart. I found it interesting that she was having a book give away and asked the questions: How did you find me? Do you have a blog? and What do you think about nursing blogs and their contributions to the profession? Wow, very coincidental and convenient! I had fun reading the comments. My favorite was by St. Catherine.

 I believe that most healthcare blogs help the healthcare industry. They provide a way for a patient or a prospective healthcare worker to peer inside the life of a nurse. Why should a professional nurse's thoughts, ideas, or feelings remain secret? Patients and prospective nurses alike, gain insight on what it takes to be a nurse. Fellow nurses share in your challenges and joys. I think it's a win-win situation.

       St. Catherine can be found at Highs, Lows, and Career Changing Woes which is located at @  She states her blog is about "A Girl's Journey From Dropping Out of Law School to Becoming a Nurse." Wow, with a name like St. Catherine Alexandria you know I'm going to be popping in! Note to self: I love her musical selections! Oh yeah....

       Anyway, Prisca's blog is called N is for Nurse @ I found her blog an interesting mix, a little bit of this and a tad of that which we are going to dub a Ragbag ( creative little word search from the word mixture). Great little visit; which may be why I had saved it. Enjoy!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rest well and good night...

        I found another wonderful blog! It falls under several of our previous titles. It is warm, funny, insightful and informational. I enjoyed visiting with this "lady of the night." Her blog is called Night Time Nursing. She introduces herself as follows:

       "I'm Tracey, a 32 year old critical care RN who works the 12 hour night shift.  I now work as a critical care resource nurse.  I started this blog as a way to deal with the stress that nursing has delt me.  They say getting it all off your chest is the best therapy.

        I also wanted a way to remember some of the more special stories.  Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments as you please." 

       Immediately, I took a liking to this nurse. As previously discussed many nurses do write to reflect and remember.  Her posts were well written and positive. I encourage you to drop by one evening for a visit.

   Tracy @ Night Time Nursing

       The photograph for this post pictures a hospital at night. It looks quite a lot like where I worked nights several years ago. Though I found it physically draining, I loved the camaraderie the night shift shared. This team spirit and support was not to be found on days.

       Years later I spoke with a nursing buddy who worked nights and managed to enjoy it, not simply endure. I explained what I had felt like physically and my usual daily schedule. She responded,"No wonder you felt awful, you were living on both sides of the clock! You can't do that and enjoy nights." Thanks Beth, wise words and true. To all our night nurses, thank you! Our own Florence Nightingale was called "the lady with the lamp." You are following in a grand tradition.