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March 5th, 2006
07:33 am


Empathy and a Sick Sense of Humor
I wrote this in my personal journal the other day under the title of "What Nurses Think but Don't Say"

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Now it has thinking some. I know that entry sounded horrible. It's why I put it behind a cut. I know it seems that I didn't feel for the woman I was referring to, or her husband, who was my patient. (Yes, this was a real situation.) However, that's not true. I'm sure that Mrs. K. tried to get her hubby to the dentist long before he bled into his brain. I know that her primary concern isn't his teeth, but the really large possibility of infection those rotted teeth are causing.

I also know (and here's the biggest issue) that when your loved one is sick enough to be my patient (For those of you who don't know, I only work ICU and mostly only in prominent area hospitals), it's really hard to focus on the fact that they may be dying. I saw it in my own family when Mom died last year. It's easier for people to focus on the small details. It's a defense mechanism. I truly do understand this, and it's okay when it happens.

But I also understand that Nurses have to have a pretty thick skin that rejects some of the pain and the raw emotion that we see daily. Usually, we turn it into some rant on our journals or some evil sounding joke. That's OUR defense mechanism. Because, you see, Nurses aren't Angels. We're humans. Called to do a sometimes Angelic job, sure....but we're human and we can't let it all in, or we'd all go crazy. Most of us are on the edge as it is.

So, if I rant about work, please don't think I don't care. If I make a joke that's off-color or crude, please don't think I don't feel. I'm only trying to keep myself going so I can keep caring and feeling.

What do the rest of you think? What do you do to let off the stress of work? How do you deal with people who don't think you have any empathy because you sometimes *have to* make fun of your job or you'll go nuts?

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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February 22nd, 2006
12:09 pm


A wee bit of an intro
I think this a fabulous idea for a community! I'm a 21 year old CNA, training medicinal herbalist, student RN, and training doula. I work at a big state run facility for DD people. It's fun in its own way ;-) I think the worst part of it all is that I'm pretty much in the closet. We all know how much people talk at these kinds of places (we change diapers, gossip, change more diapers, gossip some more....) and I don't want to be the flavor of the week. Ah, health care. How do I love thee.
So hello everyone, and blessings!

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January 27th, 2006
04:44 pm


Merry meet, namaste, and all that jazz.

I joined this community because I think it can be helpful in my professional life. I'm a Support Specialist at an ICF/MR facility in Ohio. In English, this means that I'm responsible for primary care (including nursing care, under the direction of an RN) of adults with MRDD. I'm reasonably open about my beliefs: I'm Gnostic, which means that technically I am Christian, but my co-workers all know that I fall well within the "heterodoxical/heretical" range of religious ideas. ;-) The fact that I've freely volunteered to work Christmas the last couple of years pretty much reinforces that notion.

I think religious freedom is very important for the clients we serve. In my case, I frequently struggle to keep my co-workers from foisting their religious beliefs on our clients. At the same time, though, I make a point to allow clients their religious freedom: I have the radio tuned to Christian radio whenever I take certain clients out in the van, I'll watch religious programming on television with clients when they want (and no other client objects), and so on. Right now, I have one client with strong Christian beliefs, and the rest are alternatively open or indifferent to Christianity. None appear to be open at all to so-called "alternative" religious beliefs, which is okay; it's their right.

Is there any one else here who is in a similar scenario? How do you deal with it?

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January 26th, 2006
11:35 pm


I feel that this community is a great idea. I believe that it will reach it's best use if all of its members use the anthropological method when reading, absorbing, and discussing the topics covered. My SO recently said to me that one of the biggest distinctions between Americans and Canadians is that Canadians laugh at themselves first before laughing at others. Americans just laugh at others (can you tell he's a Canuckystani?).

Anyway, I'm Mo, 28, male, pagan spiritualist (non-denominational). I live in Sacramento CA where I'm a beginning student in an FNP program.

I'm not out of the broom closet to my classmates yet, although I did have a conversation with one today about the Frog tattoo on my arm. She wanted to know why I had it done and I replied that Frog is one of my totems. When the ink was done, I was at a point in my life when I needed a constant reminder of Frog's gifts: Transformation, Rejuvenation, Protection, Vision, Song, Fertility and Death. I did use the term magick when describing the effect that was being put into motion. She seemed to get the message without being put off. That was great.

I'd love to hear from other paganurses who work in critical care and learn about what techniques they employ to assist their patients with stabilizing their Chi. Also, since I'm going into Family Practice, what do you *look* for that is diagnostic?

Current Music: We Don't Mind - Michael Franti & Spearhead - Stay Human

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December 25th, 2005
12:50 pm


Hail and welcome to this new group on LJ. I noticed a lack of anything related to paganism and nursing, so I figured I'd try to drum up some support for us.

I've been a nurse (RN) for almost 15 years, most of it in ICU or some type of critical care. I was a travel nurse for a few years as well. I've found it increasingly difficult to be open about my beliefs at work because of our society's shift to Uber-Christianity and also increasingly difficult to keep them to myself, for the same reason.

I'd love to hear from other folks out there to find out what they feel and how they deal with some of the issues we deal with on a daily basis.

As most of us are healers 24/7, regardless of our work shifts, anything dealing with healing in a mundane setting is welcome here, as well as healing in general.

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