When Nurses Smoked in Hospitals

There was a time when nurses lit up in break rooms, when there was an ashtray on every patient’s nightstand, and when nurses and doctors figured prominently in cigarette advertising. Thankfully, those days are over. It is now against the law to smoke in workplaces, restaurants, and of course, in hospitals. On October 1, a new state law goes into …

An RN’s tale: Our little hospital ghost

It was 11:30 p.m. on a rainy Friday night. I had just given in to my scheduler’s pleas and agreed to cover a night shift in Pediatrics. The secretary looked up from her computer as I approached the nursing station. Then: “You’re late,” sneered the charge nurse. Before I could answer, she shoved a packet of papers in my face. …

A Day in the Life of an NP: The Struggle for Understanding

“I have strong reservations against Nurse Practitioners.” This statement was one of the first things that came out of my physician’s mouth when I told her I was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I was her patient sitting on the exam table, fully clothed while she clicked away on a computer, typing in questions I had just answered on a survey. …

The Most Haunted Hospital in America

An apparition of a woman walks down a narrow corridor, clad in a hospital gown, singing to herself while lugging an IV pole. A television mysteriously flips itself on in the middle of the night. Ominous creaking footsteps set your heart racing and then make your skin crawl when you slowly turn to see that no one is there. We’ve …

Do TV Nurses Represent You?

“Healing, helping, fixing—fantastic! That’s why you’re a nurse. When I was a little girl, I took a butter knife and opened up a dead bunny. That’s why I’m a doctor!” — dialogue from the pilot of Nurse Jackie This scene between the title character of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and her physician sidekick is a rare example of Hollywood capturing what …

Social Media Can Cure You Or Make You A Hypochondriac

“Nurses are not on Social Media! It’s only for people in Hollywood!“ Those were the words uttered at a professional organization meeting I attended a few years ago. I was trying to beef up the organizations social media presence. Specifically on twitter. A few weeks after the meeting and comment, several million nurses took to social media and twitter when …

Does Art Imitate Life? Using Film As An Educational Tool In Nursing

I started to crack up when Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) confronted Mayor Bradley (Andy Garcia) and uttered the above quote in the movie ‘GhostBusters 2’ which premiered this weekend. I was the only one laughing in the theater. Jaws is one of my favorite movies. That’s not why I was laughing. I was laughing because I used that exact scene …