Back in November, I posed a question to my nursey Twitter buds:
If you were on a reality show.. what moment in your nursing career would you want the world to see? #nursingreality
The response was jaw dropping. Every single tweet I read moved me to tears… either from laughing so hard or being so moved from the sorrow, sacrifice, and experience of a fellow nurse on the front lines. It is amazing what stories we can tell in 140 characters.
Once again, grab some tissues because they’re going to tug on your nursey heart strings..
@shelby_bunch: the first time parents who have tried forever to have a baby, see their newborn.
@shelby_bunch: Tonight 1 of my residents who hasn’t had a visitor in months got 3 visitors. Her face lit up. It made my day.
@cardiackidRN: Parent saying they were going to stay the night but feeling okay to leave bc you’re taking care of their baby.
@renejanern: holding a pt’s hand while she passed away. Later finding out from her dpoa that the dr said I was outstanding.
@barbpetersen: Telling a weary pt it’s ok to go with the dead relatives. Some need permission to go celestial, and families are rarely ready.
@NewSoutheRNurse: Bundling a preemie up extra tight & taking her out the heated incubator to rock her to sleep bc she has no interaction.
@TheKatieduke: Convincing a patient that they can tell you all the drugs and bad things they have done- bc we aren’t here to judge. Ever.
@barbeedoll08: fighting for a newborns life for 12 hours straight till it dies. And still caring for it’s brother 3 mos later
@sassyfinsloan: rocking and singing to a frantic NAS baby for 6 straight hours so she doesn’t wake the rest of the unit
@TiffanyMcCain: having a pt just diagnosed w/ cancer light up as they tell you about their baptism in the creek 🙂
@r0bynRN: My home care patient with MS who looks me in the eye and says “Thank you. I miss you when you aren’t here.”
@TiffanyMcCain: rocking a baby to sleep in the NICU while holding the passy in her mouth because she isn’t able to on her own
@KaleighP13: showing an ICU pt of 9 days a photo of his infant grandson and he whispered “he’s my everything” as he cried.
@ashleycurlll: watching my stroke pt point at a coke can and say can when she started out mumbling. We both cried. Amazing.
@joskajess: when ur pts wife cries and kisses u bc she’s so grateful u took time to help them understand what was happening
@MarciaKehoe: holding the hand of a pt with 3rd degree burns to 85%, looking at each other with tears in our eyes
@cadieg: trying not to go ballistic on a pt complaining about the wait time after you’ve just called a pediatric code
@Mztr_e: Helping a confused hemiplegic patient eat even after he’s punched you and other staff repeatedly
@MoJo_RN: having it take every oz of your willpower not to fkn clock the freq flyer who just spit in your coworkers face
@nursetritri: Hematuria pt FINALLY asleep, foley clogs. Get CBI running after 20 min silent struggle so he stays asleep
@sproch66: Best was letter from Organ Alliance for your pts organs you kept going with multiple drugs/vent to transplant
@EricaYolanda: bittersweet when my fav homeless patient died in the hospital. At least I know he didn’t die alone in the cold
@EricaYolanda: while rubbing some baby powder through my 87 y/o patients hair he says “That’s the s***!”
If you would like to read more tweets, please search nursing reality on Twitter.
Note: I removed most hashtags and made small grammatical changes for ease of reading. Otherwise, these tweets were unedited.
Thank you to each and every single nurse out there, doing what you do best; taking care of the patients that so desperately need you.