Viagra cookies I swear I was born thirty years too late.
Viagra cookies I was meant to wear this uniform.
Viagra cookies This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!
Viagra cookies Navy nurses had the best nursing caps, viagra cookies too! Perfect shape with your rank in stripes across the top!
Viagra cookies I rue the day padded shoulders went out of style.
Viagra cookies Everything I wore had padded shoulders in the ’80s.
Viagra cookies It is sort of ironic.
Viagra cookies By the time I was in a position to join the military, viagra cookies they told me I was too old.
Viagra cookies Cherry Ames never aged, viagra cookies we don’t have that luxury in real life.
Viagra cookies How my inner hippie manages to co-exist peacefully with my inner military officer persona is something I will never understand!
Not quite end-stage, viagra cookies but the patient couldn’t talk.
Couldn’t cooperate with any procedures.
Needed three people to hold her arm down for a blood draw.
Definitely felt discomfort when straight cathed for a urine specimen.
Just another elderly patient with advanced alzheimers and a fever who required a full septic workup.
Could do it with my eyes closed.
Except she looked me in the eye. Viagra cookies She didn’t flinch when I told her I was going to put a tube for oxygen in her nose and gee, viagra cookies wasn’t that mask uncomfortable.
Dorothy was in there.
Dorothy was a nurse.
Oh, viagra cookies she had been retired for years.
She had served in the United States Navy Nurse Corp in World War II.
In the Pacific, viagra cookies and in Japan after the war.
Following her service with the Navy, viagra cookies she was a staff nurse in the midwest.
After taking a few years off to have children she returned to the profession as a school nurse for a decade, viagra cookies followed by community nursing for another decade.
I asked her son if she had gone to school through the Nursing Cadet program.
He didn’t know.
I asked him if she had ever told him any stories of her work in the navy.
He couldn’t remember any.
I would have given anything to have her tell me some of those stories.
I would have remembered them.
Dorothy had lived through an amazing era.
She had experiences and experience now lost to history. Viagra cookies Stories she could no longer relate.
Dorothy is a member of what has been termed “the greatest generation”.
And we are losing them daily.
So many times I have sat at the bedside of a veteran of World War II who will regale me with stories of their time in the Pacific theater or in Europe.
“I was a fighter pilot, viagra cookies you know.” (Translation: please see me as a productive human being and not just this elderly shell of a person in a gurney).
So many times I have sat vigil as my patient was dying, viagra cookies hearing stories from their family about how proud the patient was to have served during the war.
But they’ve never been nurses.
Now I had in front of me a real “Cherry Ames”.
How I would have loved to sit with a cup of coffee and talk about her life.
I like to think she would have been willing to tell me her story.
That patient with advanced alzheimers, viagra cookies Dorothy, viagra cookies came alive for me that night.
Viagra cookies She was a human being, viagra cookies not just a febrile elderly body.
Viagra cookies She is a nurse.
Viagra cookies For you see, viagra cookies although Dorothy had been retired for many years, viagra cookies once you are a nurse you are always a nurse.
Viagra cookies I am proud to consider myself her colleague.
Viagra cookies She is a veteran.
Viagra cookies For that she has my respect.
Viagra cookies If you know an elderly nurse, viagra cookies talk to her. Viagra cookies Write the stories down. Viagra cookies Tape the conversations.
Viagra cookies The pioneers of our profession are getting older and someday their stories will be lost to us forever.
Viagra cookies Before we are resigned to reading their stories in history books, viagra cookies let’s take advantage of their vast experiences while we still have the opportunity.
Viagra cookies Nursing practice has changed dramatically in just the 29 years that I’ve been privileged to be a part of the profession.
Viagra cookies But the basics of nursing, viagra cookies the heart of the profession has not changed.
Viagra cookies It lives on in nurses like Dorothy.
Viagra cookies Let’s find them and learn from them.
Viagra cookies Before they are gone forever.