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My name is Cory. I am a mom, a wife, a NaNa, and a critical care nurse that lives in Nashville, TN. I have found my calling in ER/Trauma/ICU. Each day I find myself experiencing life changing events and hope that by reading my posts, you will experience and feel some of what I do. If you read nothing else, please take time to read "The Hardest Question Ever Asked". It's my very first posting. And if for some reason you think you see your story don't. It's not about you or anyone you know. =)


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Saturday, November 17, 2007


Today I received affirmation that I'm doing what I was meant to do.

Some days I question if I might be better off doing something else. Some days I get tired of fighting doctors to do the right thing or to get things done that need to be done. Some days I hate facing another overdose just trying to "gain attention". Some days I feel like I can't do another 12 hour shift where lunch was a "goal unreached".

Today was different somehow.

I had a patient who'd had a massive stroke. I took care of her for two days. Before I left I had time to help her bathe, put on her own nightgown and put on some makeup and even curl her hair. Things that are typically unheard of in the critical care unit. As I hugged her she kept trying to say something. It took multiple attempts and then she said slowly, "people like me are lucky to have people like you". That is all I needed.

Some days we just need to hear that what we do does make a difference.

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CoryTraumaRN posted today at 9:40 PM

"Some days we just need to hear that what we do does make a difference."

It makes such a difference! Whenever patients say something of the like it gives me strength. Even when I just see gratitude in the eyes of someone who cannot talk, it boosts me.
I love your blog, and we all experience those "ah-ha!" moments where we smile and realize why we're cut out to do what we do. I'm glad you find your job rewarding.

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It's great when we get that affirmation that we've made a difference -- whether it's from patients, colleagues, or. Nursing is a daily career commitment, and it's easy for nurses to burn out, especially without that positive feedback. It may not be for everyone, but when the time is right, I recommend that nurses consider travel nursing if they're looking to refresh their commitment to the profession.
Traveling can give you a change of scenery, help you meet new people in your field, and even help you learn new skills.
That's really beautiful. *tear*
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