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Rotten Past Few Days - Nurses Can Lead the Way Out

Published December 19, 2012 8:45 AM by Pat Veitenthal
Rotten last few days, huh? That horrible event in Connecticut really knocked the wind out of everyone's Holiday Spirit, that's for sure. I have nothing to add to all that has been said or left unsaid...God. The horror.

I dealt with my own trauma as well. Not that I would dare compare the events, but I had to put a beloved pet to sleep. That can really knock you down too. Not to mention those poor terrified souls who believe the world is ending in a few days, and the ones who fear the U.S.  is about to plunge over a fiscal cliff.

I'm just plain exhausted from all the bad things going on.

But let's remind ourselves that this is the time of year for peace on earth and goodwill towards men, followed by the New Year that brings a chance for new beginnings. We cannot stay in this negative groove forever. We must grieve and mourn, and then get back on track to move forward. Slowly, yes, but forward none the less.

Nurses are usually quite good at this. And while this time it might be a little more difficult than usual, we will press on, our nursing hearts and hands continuing to go out to all who are in need. And as usual, most people will follow the example we set. So lead the way.

Happy Holidays to all my friends and colleagues.


posted by Pat Veitenthal


We DO have some solutions but who is listening? Our role is unique because we are usually caring for the sick IN ADDITION to caring for our own and multiple other associated roles. Until we can be united in our focus and be respected to work collaborativly can we "go forward"? Don't we have to be able to" play together" before we can "go to school and play with others"?

N V February 12, 2013 9:59 PM

I love your real, down to earth pep talks. Thanks.

Lauren December 20, 2012 5:04 AM

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    Pat Veitenthal, BSN, RN
    Occupation: Per diem nursing supervisor and cruise ship nurse
    Setting: Community hospital and cruise ships
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