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Old 06-26-2007, 03:14 AM
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Smile Memorable Colleagues: Elsie Schumacher

Yep, I'm using her real name.

Elsie was the very experienced nurse who basically taught this then-new grad what good nursing care consisted of, way back in 1978.

Elsie was of the "old school" - she was probably in her late 50s or early 60s at that time - but she was THE best nurse I have ever met in my career.

Elsie never wore a cap, but I could see it on her head plain as day.

She was working in Intensive Care when we met, and trust me, you had to EARN Elsie's respect.

I like to think I did.

Last I heard (many years ago)she had transferred to a med/surg unit night shift.

I often think of her. She never knew what an inspiration she was then and still is now.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:05 PM
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There is one nurse who I worked with when I was still a volunteer, non-nurse at a facility for end-stage HIV/AIDS (back before the protease inhibitors came out), who said something that I found incredibly memorable, and sometimes use to coach others: "just because someone is dying doesn't mean they have a right to be an a**hole."

I'm not saying we don't cut our hurting, scared, etc. patients slack, or keep in mind any altered cognition, but no one deserves to be abused.
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:27 AM
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There is one nurse who I worked with when I was still a volunteer, non-nurse at a facility for end-stage HIV/AIDS (back before the protease inhibitors came out), who said something that I found incredibly memorable, and sometimes use to coach others: "just because someone is dying doesn't mean they have a right to be an a**hole."

I'm not saying we don't cut our hurting, scared, etc. patients slack, or keep in mind any altered cognition, but no one deserves to be abused.
This is SO true - I used to say that about the elderly! While they deserve respect, being old doesn't give you the right to be a jerk!
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I worked with a nun who was a nurse in the deep south during the 1960s. She and the other nuns started a hospital for African Americans during the days of Jim Crow. She was threatened by the locals--she was scared for her life--be she never had second thoughts about helping the poor.
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