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In Oncology, Every Day Counts
June 20, 2016 11:06 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
As the morning sun comes up over Table Mountain and I climb the final steps up Lion's Heads hiking trail, I get a sense of just how small I actually am, looking around at all the majesty of God's artwork. How blessed am I not to be able to experience Read More...
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What Nursing Means to Me
April 28, 2016 12:30 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
May has nurse's week...so I decided to speak to some nurses about what nursing means to them. I spoke to nurses who are close to retirement and too young, hopeful bright eyed and bushy tailed nurses, fresh out of University. And boy there was a huge difference Read More...
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Reach Out a Hand
December 21, 2015 12:29 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
As I sit and stare out the window of our tearoom, looking out at Table Mountain ,I cannot help and feel a sense of wonder and how I blessed I am to live in such a beautiful country. I get a sense of pride. I think of how blessed I am for all I have and Read More...
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Making Friends in Nursing Isn't Easy
October 23, 2015 7:56 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
The opposite of the hard shell of armor you keep around yourself is the love and protection and companionship of your fellow students who need friends as much as you do. Need to make some friends in nursing school? Admit defeat. I was so closed off in Read More...
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Giving Advice
September 17, 2015 7:15 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
It seems now I am a student nurse, people presume I am the font of all knowledge for any medical condition, ailment or general problem, regardless of whether I'm on duty or not. One time, I was lucky enough to have an afternoon to myself, without tests Read More...
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Crossroads of Life
August 20, 2015 2:59 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
The last couple of months I have been struggling to find my purpose in life. Did I choose right and all those sorts of questions. And lately after two bad test results, I felt like such a failure at life I should just give it up. I am not good enough. Read More...
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Choices that Change your Life
July 20, 2015 2:39 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you wonder to yourself, "Did I make the right choice?" Lately I have been wondering just that. Am I where I am supposed to be? Why did certain things have to happen to me? Have I listened enough and made Read More...
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Do We Stand up for the Human Rights of our Patients?
June 22, 2015 2:57 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
Being in nursing college is really teaching me, not only valuable professional skills, but also, life skills. As I am going through my general nursing work, I am realizing what is expected of us, what rules we must adhere to, what the government expects Read More...
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Newfound Respect
May 20, 2015 1:13 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
Okay let me start by saying; "I have new found respect for Registered Sisters." I have started my first official block period at college, and okay I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park to do this Bridging Course, but I did not think it would Read More...
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What Makes a Student Nurse?
April 21, 2015 3:36 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
Well to start off let me say this, nursing is not at all as it is portrayed in Grey's Anatomy . If you think you will look as fresh as a daisy at the end of a 12-hour shift and meet Mr. McDreamy, I have really bad news. That rarely, if ever happens at Read More...
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Intimidation Gives Way to Confident Care
June 30, 2014 5:01 PM by Frank Visco
While looking for a full-time job, I've been working for a home health care agency. I've been working an every-other-weekend case for about three months, and it's gone well enough that I'm readying to take on another case. I recently oriented on the new Read More...
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Getting Used to Being That Nurse Guy
June 9, 2014 4:35 PM by Frank Visco
An interesting thing about being a nursing student, and you can double down on that when you're actually a licensed nurse, is that those around you expect you to know just about everything related to healthcare. If they are sick or something is wrong Read More...
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Doctors Are Not Nurses
May 23, 2014 11:47 AM by Mia Ross
Hey, New Grads, you’ve just finished nursing school! This leads me to believe that you are a very intelligent, competent person. And I’m sure you’ve learned so much! You know about pharmacology, physiology, nursing theory and patient care. Did anyone Read More...
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Becoming a Working RN
April 23, 2014 12:59 PM by Frank Visco
It's been almost seven weeks since I passed the boards, and I'm still hard at work on the job trail. I've filled out quite a few applications, and have gotten a lot of rejections in response. There are a ton of jobs out there, but it seems everyone wants Read More...
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Adjusting to Parenting as a New Nurse
April 9, 2014 11:42 AM by Frank Visco
I'm almost three months into fatherhood, and it's been an awesome experience thus far. I'm not going to be one of these people who say their life didn't start until they had kids - I enjoyed my first 28 years very much - but I will say that my little Read More...
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