Those Emergency Blues: Nursing Week Ain’t What It Used to Be

My Nurses Week joy was shattered last night when the son of a patient reamed me out for discussing the patient’s condition and treatment plan — wait for it — with the patient. He thought his father, who was a rather elderly but very independent and shrewd man who still lived in his own house ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Thank You to Our Nurses – National Nurses Week

Today marks the mid-point of National Nursing Week.  This year’s theme identified by the Canadian Nurses Association is “The Health of Our Nation”.  The international theme this year is “Closing the Gap: From Evidence to Action”. These themes speak to the heart of our family life and what nursing means to Nicholas’ wellbeing.  Nick could ...

Those Emergency Blues: If You See a Teddy Bear, Shoot It

That would be the taste of barf in my throat Nurses Week is fast approaching. I am steeling myself  mentally for the steady drizzle of syrupy tributes from various health care apparatchiks and functionaries, who will inevitably make some reference to nurses as “angels” and the “beating heart of health care” or some such tripe. I have ...