Conducting an eye exam in Nepal, organizing medical outreach brigades to rural towns in Guatemala and assisting a dental clinic in Peru are just a few ways volunteers are helping understaffed medical facilities worldwide. Through the nonprofit organization A Broader View Volunteers, hundreds of health care professionals are contributing their skills to improve health in countries that lack properly trained staff and resources.
In 1956, Majors Francis Smith, Helen Smith, and Jane Baker arrived in Saigon to serve with the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group’s Medical Training Team. Their assignment was to train the local Vietnamese in modern nursing techniques to assist in the escalating civil war. These three were the first American service women to serve in Vietnam.
Working in a hospital, you’re bound to see some interesting things. Maybe miraculous, maybe terrifying, but occasionally just strange. You surely have your own stories to share around the campfire, but here are just a few to get you started. And, believe it or not, they’re all true.
World War I was a profound event that played an important role in the placement and future advancement of women within the military. It demonstrated not only that women were capable of duties supporting active military troops, but also that their own enlistment in the military was invaluable in multiple capacities.
This is particularly true when looking at nurses and the service and care they provided the US military during WWI; both the Navy and the Army allowed women to become more mobilized than ever before.
Comedian Joy Behar learned an important lesson over the last 24 hours.
DONT. MESS. WITH. NURSES.
The hashtag #NursesUnite took over social media after Behar made comments that made nurses across the world see red.
It all started when 22-year-old nurse Kelley Johnson, who was running as Miss Colorado in the Miss America pageant, performed a rather unusual, but amazing monologue in the talent portion of the competition.
If anyone’s ever doubted whether patients are more than just a number to doctors and nurses, then they should hear the story of 12-year-old Sophia Petikas. This young patient got the surprise of a lifetime after she received a flashmob from the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in her honor.
Nurse Chronicles is about creating a space where nurses can talk about the good the bad and the ugly. You can tell us who you are or you can remain anonymous, it’s up to you.
If you have a story you would like to share with us, send it in, along with your name and position. Or if you wish to remain anonymous, just give us your position and location (City, State). Email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
As a nurse, you’ve clocked thousands of hours in your hospital, doctor’s office or clinic. You’ve built unbreakable bonds with your team and gone through similar victories and frustrations. So it’s not surprising that you develop your own subcultures.
Nursing isn’t the easiest profession in the world, but it’s one of the most rewarding professions by far. Over the last few weeks, we were fortunate enough to receive several dozen stories from nurses who entered CEUFast’s Nurses Who Rock contest and they managed to lift our moods and make us smile. We hope they do the same for you.