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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

What's Your Story?

Published July 25, 2011 11:15 AM by Chuck Holt
Great ideas come in many forms. And sometimes great ideas are forms.

Take for example, the idea for a "Stages of Surgery" form brought to our attention by its creator, Kevin Visitacion, BSN, RN, an OR nurse in Chicago.

The aim of the form is to keep patients and their families, as well as OR nurses and other healthcare staff, including surgeons, quite literally on the same page. But before you think families might be overwhelmed with such information, consider the growing trend of OR staff, again including surgeons, sending Tweets to families in the waiting room during procedures!

I'll let Visitacion tell you about more his form. It's his nursing story after all, and one he recently decided to share it with ADVANCE readers in an entry for our special online exclusive feature Tell Us Your Nursing Story. It's live right now, as a matter of fact, on our Lifestyle for Nurses page, along with other columns and features intended to help you in some small ways to juggle, balance and other wise manage work and home. 

If you're familiar with Tell Us Your Nursing Story, you'll recognize the name Kristene Diggins, DNP, author of some of the most memorable entries we've featured over the years, including "From the Mouths of Babes" about a very brave little girl facing her fears and "Invincible Spirit" which is about the strength and diginity in patients she treated on a medical mission in Brazil. As evidenced by these two entries among dozens we've published over the years, Diggins has a talent for sharing lessons she's learned on the job with wonderful anecdotes about her patient care experiences mostly in long-term care and community-based clinics. 

Many others of you have, over the years, submitted stories about your most memorable patients, your mentors  and role models, your proudest achievements, and often your most embarrassing moments and downright funniest moments on the job and away.     

And speaking of great forms ... all you need to do to let us know what's on your mind is click here to download, complete and submit the Tell Us Your Nursing Story entry form. What's more, if your story is selected for publication on our Lifestyle for Nurses page we'll send you $25!

So ... what are you waiting for?!


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