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7 Comments

  • Marie
    Marie

    September 20, 2011 at 1:08 am

    The one other thing I would have tried to add, & it sounds like you did a great job, would be alcohol poisoning…as in, never waking up. Even the parents probably knew nothing about that….”oh, all kids experiment with drugs & alcohol”….Its a hard one to explain, but in my point of view, crucial.


  • Kristine
    Kristine

    September 20, 2011 at 2:05 am

    That patient is lucky to have had you for a nurse. As both a former teenager and a future nurse: thank you!


  • Geno
    Geno

    September 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

    The first time waking in the hospital after drinking too much is scary but it gets easier after that. The freedoms slowly slip away and drinking becomes a habit then a necessity. Those who pass out need help, it was not just a party. It may have just been the beginning of a life style.


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  • lifenurse
    lifenurse

    October 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    oh, That patient is lucky to have had you for a nurse


  • Black Cloud ER Nurse
    Black Cloud ER Nurse

    October 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    This story is a daily occurrence in my ER… and having to leave the voice mail leaves a sick feeling in my gut.


  • Shirley
    Shirley

    October 29, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I?m from Brazil and nursing student. I?d like congratulate you for your wonderful profession.


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