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  • laura

    December 16, 2006 at 11:20 pm

    very sweet tribute to your nabe!
    about the ornaments….i love buying them too. i use my kids as excuses. every christmas since they were born they receive another ornament for their box to take when they move out and put up their first christmas tree. they have so many there was no room for my husband’s and mine so we bought another tree for, what else? more ornaments!
    cute ornamen pictured.

  • apgaRN

    December 17, 2006 at 7:09 am

    You make me want to go do something special… what an inspiration! I’d love to hear how your coworkers describe you. 🙂 You should ask them to write something for the blog.

  • universalhealth

    December 17, 2006 at 9:46 am

    Your post is truly “Greetings of the Season!”

    I hope that every ED copies it and owns it as theirs. This is one time that plagiarism does no harm. :^)

    Thanks for bringing to life the lovely people you work with.

  • Nicole

    December 17, 2006 at 10:01 am

    I bought that for my preceptor at the end of clinicals!!!

  • A Bohemian Road Nurse...
    A Bohemian Road Nurse...

    December 17, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    Sounds like a great bunch of people!

  • docwrite

    December 17, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    A very touching tribute. If everyone amongst the healthcare providers had the same attitude the year round, there would be much less illness, quicker recovery and better mental health and well-being for everyone around the hospital as well as outside.

  • jen

    December 17, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    that was a very sweet post! sounds like you work with some pretty outstanding people there!!! I absolutely LOVE everyone I work with in my ER.

  • Jon

    December 17, 2006 at 10:36 pm

    Wow you work with some great people. GO RAIDERS!!

  • ladybugkip

    December 18, 2006 at 7:07 am

    oh my!!!
    this is the first post of yours i have read…(the ornament caught my eye – i WANT one!) if you get re-gifted twice, send me one! LOL

    i work in an ED, and your description of the neighborhood was phenomenal. makes me want to make something special for EVERYONE but no money and no time. *pout*

    looking forward to reading more of your tales from the crypt, er….i mean ER! 🙂


  • Mama Mia
    Mama Mia

    December 19, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    I love the ornament too, and I hope that I get one for a gift – I’ve hinted loudly but…

    Great job describing our home away from home. Merry Christmas Kim.

  • Marilyn, RN
    Marilyn, RN

    May 1, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Where did you find this ornament? I collect Nurse ornaments….not just any…. I don’t like the snowmen, kiddie looking stuff, etc. I do like the professional looking ornaments. I have looked on line to find more, but just keep getting “cute” type ornaments.

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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