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To err is human: A personal perspective on preventing falls

To err is human. These words keep dancing around in my mind as I sit here as a family member rather than a nurse. I am in a haze of uncertainty and grief as...

“It Hurt My Heart”

It Hurt My Heart—The Heartbreaks of an ER Nurse is a compilation of my 40 years experience as an ER nurse and the lasting impact it had on me, even after retirement. The profession...

Lessons in nursing from a life behind the lens

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” — Irving Penn, Photographer As I...

Facing the challenge of masked communication

“Can you hear me now?” was the byline of a popular TV ad in the early 2000s for a cell phone company, promising excellent cellular connectivity for life! (Can you imagine?) These days, I...

Do you have a BS or a BSN? Does it matter?

Christina is concerned when she learned that she would graduate with a bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in nursing, not a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Christina lives in New...

A slow push

It’s been nearly 3 years since I began my nursing career, and a lot has happened. I’ve been blessed with amazing coworkers, physicians, and management. They have fostered my growth and helped me become...

State of pandemic: Coping with daily change

The morning of March 4, 2020, was a bit different from my usual workday routine, although it didn’t start off that way. When my alarm sounded at 0500, I said my morning prayers, got...

Sense of loss

In third grade I asked my Dad whether we would be thrown out of our home and into the street. My Dad, a chemistry, physics, biology, and math teacher and a track coach, explained...

Have we forgotten or become complicit: A story about our code of ethics for...

How many years ago did we take an ethics class in nursing school? Do you remember the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (the Code)? It’s not unusual for the Code to...

400 years in 15 minutes: Why depression screening in primary care is vital for...

Have you ever had an African American patient walk into your office and say, “I’m tired, just tired”? Or treat a young Black patient for uncontrolled hypertension? As a primary care provider (PCP), would...

Here now, but heard nothing

It was a busy day on the cardiac unit where I had one of my first patients as a new nurse. I’ll call him Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith was about 80 years old, as...

What do we learn when the unknown suddenly appears?

When COVID-19 found its way into New York City, the healthcare system’s Achilles heel was exposed. Public health officials scrambled for resources as the pandemic approached. Many media outlets presented unfounded and unverifiable information...

Patient prejudice toward nurses

Recent crises have led to a renewed focus on disparities in health care and social status among those who belong to minority groups. Yet despite educational and political efforts, implicit bias against patients who...