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Rightness: A Flight Nurse Taps Into the Universal Language of Nursing

February 1, 2016

“Immersed in a nursing role that I didn’t even know existed when I entered the profession, I find there to be a common language—one rooted in science but strongest in humanity and compassion, transcending culture, geography, and words.” By Marcy Phipps, BSN, RN, CCRN, chief flight nurse at Global Jetcare I’m standing in the doorway […]

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Thanksgiving in the ICU: Woven into the Tapestry of Traditions

November 25, 2015

By Marcy Phipps, BSN, RN, CCRN. Editor’s note: This post, originally published in 2011, remains as timely as ever. The author is now chief flight nurse at Global Jetcare.)  I’ll be working this Thanksgiving. I’ve worked so many Thanksgivings that the ICU feels woven into the tapestry of my own traditions. I don’t really mind; […]

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The Underlying Connection Is Nursing

September 22, 2014

Marcy Phipps, BSN, RN, CCRN, ATCN, TNCC, an ICU nurse who recently took up flight nursing, is an occasional contributor to this blog. I recently experienced a series of events that seemed interconnected and orchestrated. It started with my usual morning run. I was jogging out of my neighborhood, already sweating in the summer heat […]

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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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