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I am a nurse. For 30 years of my career, I was a labor and delivery nurse. I took care of women through all stages of labor and through their delivery. Due to the many times that I have worked 16 hour shifts, I bonded with many women and helped them through long hours. Finally, through much work on the mom’s part with my guidance, she would be ready to deliver. In would sail the doctor, spend five minutes catching the baby, and then pose for all the pictures. I would hear from the families how wonderful he/she was.

Really?

Then why is my back killing me because I stood for two to three hours with a woman in a variety of positions including resting her foot on my shoulder while she pushed? Oh, and did I mention that she is also paralyzed from the waist down from the epidural, so I was also helping to hold her up while she squatted to push?

Why have I had to change my scrub clothes twice in a shift because someone either puked on me or amniotic fluid soaked everything?

Really?

Who is it that actually got that IV started while reassuring the poor mom?

Who is it that took the camera out of the daddy’s trembling hand and started taking family pictures because she knew that otherwise there would be no proof that he had even been in the room? And capturing the look of wonder on both parent’s faces at the same time.

Who is it that cleaned up every body fluid that can spew from a human, with a smile on her face and encouraging words for the mortified patient who has never been sick in front of a stranger in her life?

Who is it that tracked down the anesthesia people, chased them out of the lounge, and threatened them with their lives if they didn’t take care of her patient, NOW?

And when things didn’t go well, who was it that took that poor baby that didn’t make it, cleaned it up, dressed it, wrapped it in a soft blanket, and brought it to the broken-hearted parents to hold for the first and last time?

Oh, yeah, Dr. Marvelous is just great.

I’m just a nurse.

- Kathy Hurst Davis, Nurse, quoted in this Slate article. (via thedaysofforever)

Nurses are so underappreciated, like, seriously guys. All of my best memories from hospitals as a child were because of nurses.

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Having had some medical issues when in middle school and high school, and with more than half my family working at major teaching hospitals in the Boston area, I can say with confidence that if it weren’t for nurses all these hospitals would burn to the ground. 

Also, word to the wise: Always make sure a nurse is the one putting your IV in, not a doctor. A nurse will make it feel like you’d been born with it; a doctor will try to kill you with it.

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I Painted My Nails 7 Hours Ago and Thought They Were Dry Then I Did Something and it Turns Out They Weren’t: my autobiography.

The nail polish will harden up instantly if you dip your fingertips in ice-cold water.

bless u

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also spray them with spray-on cooking oil before soaking them in the ice water. it makes them shiny and slick.

I love when girls get together to solve problems

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if you dont like peeps get the hell away from me

do you mean people or is there something american called peeps

either way *gets the hell away from you*

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THE FUCK IS THAT IT LOOKS LIKE CANARY SHIT I’M LAUGHING SO HARD

hey now you have not liVED until you’ve had a peep ok

Wait, did we do it? Do we finally have something other countries don’t have/know about?? We’re not the ones who are out of the loop for once?

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