August 26, 2007, 9:38 am

Through the Mirror of My Mind…

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Well! This pretty much sums up my weekend!

Kasey Kahne led for 305 laps at Bristol.

Brady Quinn played almost an entire half of the Browns/Broncos football game and the Browns won!

The two actually intersected – NASCAR started at 1600 and the Browns at 1800 Pacific Time so I listened to the Brady on the computer while watching the race on ESPN!

Who says multitasking has to be stressful?

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Through the mirror of my mind,

Time after time,

I see reflections of you and me…

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It was supposed to be about me.

This blog.

About my life and times as an ER nurse. What the world looked like from my perspective.

Patients stories were used as adjuncts to make my point.

Nursing colleagues and doctors were simply characters to weave into (hopefully) witty tales of my personal experiences.

It hasn’t quite turned out that way.

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It really isn’t about me, at all.

As I wrote stories of patients and colleagues they became more than just characters in a tale. In my mind I saw reflected their anxieties. I sensed their vulnerabilities. I felt their humanity.

Patients were no longer diagnoses. Drug seekers. Whiners. Wimps. They became human beings with faults, problems, personalitites and lives outside the emergency department.

Doctors have troubles, problems, good days and bad days like the rest of us. They do not rest atop pedestals. They shoulder heavy responsibilities and duties with their feet firmly planted on the ground.

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Blogging isn’t about me.

It has made me a better nurse, a more insightful person and an acute observer of life through people around me.

I’ve said it before and it continues to be true. I get much more from blogging than I could ever give through blogging.

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It’s about my patients. My colleagues. My profession.

Okay, and the occasional rock concert.

Where else can a fifty-year-old groupie wax poetic over rock and roll?

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6 Comments

  • [...] Burton Through the Mirror of My Mind… » This Summary is from an article posted at Emergiblog // The Life & Times of an ER Nurse on Sunday, [...]


  • AlisonH
    AlisonH

    August 27, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    And how many extra copies of Sir Paul’s latest did you help sell? (One here, I know, and thanks for the heads up that it was coming out!)


  • may
    may

    August 27, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    i wish i can say the same thing about my blog. most, if not all of the itme, it is definitely all about me :)


  • Alvaro
    Alvaro

    August 27, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    “a better nurse, a more insightful person and an acute observer of life through people around me”

    Kim, great to read this :-)


  • Jen
    Jen

    August 28, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Hi Kim,

    Here’s a link to another nursing leader: Genette Lamire Roger. She recieved the Order of Canada (nation’s 2nd biggest award) this spring–it’s a great interview and had heaps of themes that had me sitting in the car thinking “Yeah, like that story on that blog in Change of Shift…”

    Scroll down to the Aug 23rd program, mp3 or ipod (I’m betting you’re an ipod kinda gal…)

    http://www.cbc.ca/soundslikecanada/podcast.html

    Cheers, Jen


  • NYC EMS
    NYC EMS

    August 28, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Just when you thought you had grown cold and jaded…..your true self comes out from behind the psychological barricade that we build to protect are selves from what we experience as health care professionals.


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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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