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Flight Nursing Notes – The Feel of a Homecoming

July 14, 2014

Observations of an experienced ICU nurse and long-time AJN blogger who recently made the transition to flight nursing. Marcy Phipps, BSN, RN, CCRN, ATCN, TNCC, is an occasional contributor to this blog. Some details have been changed to protect patient privacy. “We’ve been married for 58 years,” my patient’s wife says. “Fifty-eight years…” She turns […]

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Not Compatible With Nursing

February 5, 2014

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular contributor to this blog. Her essay, “The Love Song of Frank,” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. “His family knows this is not a survivable injury, right?” This question, posed to me in the doorway of my patient’s room by a trauma surgeon I regard as […]

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Taking Flight: A Nurse Recharges Her Batteries

September 9, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular contributor to this blog. Her essay “The Love Song of Frank” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. You’re part of a fixed-wing flight transport team called to pick up a 32-year-old male who’s been involved in a paragliding accident in Puerto Rico. Upon landing, you see […]

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Something Like Grace

July 22, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular contributor to this blog. Her essay “The Love Song of Frank” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. Mark was in town to be the best man in an old friend’s wedding—on a vacation, of sorts—when the unthinkable happened and he was involved in a horrendous traffic […]

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Get the Job Done

July 8, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular contributor to this blog. Her essay “The Love Song of Frank” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. I remember being a new nurse and having an order to place a Foley catheter in a female patient. I was filled with dread. Urinary catheter placement was the […]

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On Its Own Terms: An ICU Nurse Considers Human Adaptability

May 30, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular writer for this blog. Her essay, “The Love Song of Frank,” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. Some of the patient’s identifying details in this post have been changed to protect privacy. I caught an airing of The Shawshank Redemption the other day. It’s one of […]

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Good Medicine

April 22, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular writer for this blog. Her essay, “The Love Song of Frank,” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. Last week I saw something extraordinary. I watched the music of Amy Winehouse soothe a patient who was recovering from a traumatic brain injury while suffering withdrawal symptoms from […]

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When Nurse-Patient Boundaries Blur, in Fact or Fiction

March 15, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular contributor to this blog. Her essay, “The Love Song of Frank,” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. She currently has an essay appearing in The Examined Life Journal. Professional boundaries, as defined by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), are “the spaces between […]

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Unanticipated Codes

February 20, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular contributor to this blog. Her essay, “The Love Song of Frank,” was published in the May (2012) issue of AJN. She currently has an essay appearing in The Examined Life Journal. My mentor once told me that there are almost never unanticipated cardiac arrests in the ICU. I’ve found […]

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The Depression Project

January 9, 2013

By Marcy Phipps, RN, a regular contributor to this blog. Her essay, “The Love Song of Frank,” was published in the May (2012 issue) of AJN. She currently has an essay appearing in The Examined Life Journal. Lately, as a long-time runner, I can’t help but draw parallels between working on a nursing research project […]

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