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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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Sunday, July 11, 2010

When You're A Nurse:

When you're a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 12:37 AM

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Nursing Students - One of my main reasons for blogging:

Some of the following are comments that I've received from Nursing students/aspiring nursing students and wanted to share one of my main reasons for blogging. I love teaching new nurses (and have been a mentor for multitudes) but never realized by sharing my experiences, it would encourage others as it has. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I do. And thank you to all the up and coming nurses who I know will make such a difference in other's lives!

I'm currently a nursing student going into my 2nd semester in the fall and I just read your blog from beginning to end. I've laughed and cried and am more inspired to become a trauma nurse by reading your blog. You are a great blogger and a great nurse. Thank you so much for all that you do!!!


I am 25 years old and work as an accountant. It is not a fulfilling job for and I am not satisified either personally or professionally. I have wanted to be a nurse since I used to spend many hours in the hospital visiting a sick grandparent. I was always inspired by the care and knowledge those nurses had. I have recently been thinking of taking a leap into the field of nursing. Your story is inspiring and I hope that if I choose to pursue nursing, I will be as passionate about it as you are. Thank you!
# posted by Anonymous Jennifer : 1:44 PM

I love reading your blogs, so please keep posting. I'm getting ready to begin Nursing 203 and I'm sure when the stress level elevates, I'll need a laugh or two. Cassandra

I love reading all your blogs!! Because of you, I plan on pursuing a career as a trauma nurse after graduation in June. I have always been interested in the medical field but reading your blogs has made it much more clear on how bad I really want to be a RN. I know it's a lot of work and that with being a nurse, you face ups and downs but to be able to help anyone or impact their life in some way, is the real reason why I want to become a nurse. If you could give me any advice at all, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the great blogs! =) -Brittany

I am a senior in High School and I just finished our senior project involving the career we want to persue after high school.. and I an VERY interested in Nursing. I just wanted to let you know how much you have inspired me even more to persue this career. Iv'e always been pretty interested in trauma, but ever since I read some of your stories of your experiences, it really made me realise how much I want to make a difference in society just like you. I just wanted to thank you for making a difference... I hope I can become like you someday.
# posted by Anonymous sara : 4:41 PM

I'm now 28 and am going back to school...hoping to get into a nursing program this fall to get my ADN. It's my dream job to be a trauma nurse. I randomly pop by your site and read your entries. I love your posts...and, hopefully, one day I can be like you. :)
# posted by Blogger Jennie : 12:17 AM

That is really beautiful and I am keeping it with me under my name badge so I remember when the day has been too long. I am so glad I found your blog. I will finish nursing school next May and I am excited and terrified all at the same time. I work really hard to learn as much as I can squeeze in my brain, because I love patients and want to be the best I can be for them. I am 32 with 2 kids and a husband.... so I relate. Trauma is where I think I belong and your posts make me smile and cry and give me confidence! So thanks!

# posted by Anonymous Andie from Nebraska : 4:48 PM

Thank you for responding to my comment. You are absolutely right to say that I went into nursing for the right reason. I had wanted to become a nurse for a very long time. While in nursing school I got very sick and was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma with mets to the brain, not long after lost my grandfather to cancer, then found out my grandmother had breast cancer. All of this only made me stronger and made me want to continue on the path of nursing and be as great as the nurses that cared for myself and my family. I will NEVER forget how wonderful those nurses were. I know how stressful and scary it can be to be in the hospital, and I want to be able to make the patients as comfortable as possible.
Your writing has been an inspiration to me and I hope you continue to write and inspire me as well as others. Thank you so much for taking the time to write! If you ever have plans to visit Florida we'll have to meet!

I am a 29 year old mother of five. I came across your page while doing research for an essay in my english class. It is about the carreer that we have chosen. I have a passion for emergency nursing. While reading your page and your stories i am even more motivated to persue my dream in hope that I too one day can as many life changing expererences as you do. You have inspired me....thank you

This is such a great message. There were many nights where my parents thought I was somewhere I wasn't. I was always the "good girl," got straight A's, etc. They never thought I'd sneak out or go to parties. Looking back, there are SO many horrible things that could have happened to me. I simply thank God for His protection. It's so true though...KNOW WHERE YOUR KIDS ARE...even if you don't think they're the "type" that would be doing *something.*

My names maria and im 16years old.Well ive read alot of your post and the little about me section that you put. && thats EXATLY what i want to be. (Trauma/ER/ICU) && i was just wondering if you can answer some questions and stuff lol. If you have like a facebook or anything that would be great. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Thank your for your time :) -Maria

Hey Cory, My name is Madalina, and I have been reading all your postings , i wish u to post more often because your stories are great and you r really a winner by everything you r doing , I hope one day I can speak out just like you ,i am preparing to become a trauma nurse .... english is my second language so please excuse my misspells .
ps : hope u dont mind i post on this story of yours , but i just finish reading all of them
# posted by Anonymous madalina : 4:57 AM

I love to read through blogs like yours because it gives me a sense of what I am working so hard for in nursing school. After reading this post I have come to realize more than ever that nursing truly is the hardest and most rewarding career out there. I am so proud that one day I will be working with someone like you. Thanks for all the inspiration that you give to us struggling nursing students.
# posted by Blogger Christy : 9:34 AM

I'm so glad that I found your blog. I intend on reading every post. I have always been medically inclined, I'm 20 years old and my name is Talia. I want to be a Trauma Nurse. I've always wanted to work in the medical field. After all the years of watching every medical show under the sun and seeing in real life I know thats for me. Im not asking for a mentor but I can tell you now your blog is going to inspire me in ways unknown to you. If you do have words of wisdom or advice I ready with open eyes and a pen! - Talia

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 11:40 PM

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There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.
-Elisabeth Kubler-ross

Sometimes we nurses just have to say "ok, enough" it's time to spoil myself. (Of course this trip hubby was the one spoiled. LOL)

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 11:33 PM

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