Nursing Notes: Saving Lives


“You save any lives today?” and  “She was busy saving lives all day.” are comments made on the regular when I meet up with friends after a long shift. Here’s a little known secret of mine…I’ve been a nurse for over 10 years and I still don’t really know what to say to that.  Most of the time I just come home tired and hungry…anxious for a hot shower and a fat glass of wine.
Today however, was an exception to the rule. Today, I left work feeling like I really saved a life…that WE saved a life.  My coworkers and I dominated the ER today and we brought a man back from the dead.  My prayer tonight is that he will survive today’s events with not only life, but capable of the quality of life he deserves.