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Nurses Care About Each Other

I am often in awe of the skills of the nurses that I work with. They are some of the most intelligent, competent people in the world. Just think; nurses are saving and making an impact in someone's life every second of every day. It boggles the mind if you stop a moment and think about it. Especially if you are not a nurse. 

I suppose that is just a result of the community bond that we as nurses have. We support each other, and cheer each other on. Of course it's not always like that. Sometimes there is someone who wants to be the turd in the punchbowl. I often get embarrassed when a patient or co-worker pays me a complement. I suppose we are conditioned that way. To just quietly perform our miracles and move on. I hope that doesn't sound too omnipotent, but there is not another word for it.

The Code

My unit is assigned code team this month. Late in the shift they called a code for another unit. I was available so I went to assist. Within three minutes the patient was intubated, blood pressure restored, and a pulse recording on the monitor.  As I was documenting the code, I knew the exact times every move was made.  This was all before a doctor even showed up.

I know! Amazing, and nurses are doing this every minute of every day.


I have been a nurse a long time, and still filled with an overwhelming sense of pride when I am witness to the bravery, and skill of other nurses. Sometimes I wonder why it is such a big deal when a "civilian" saves someone's life. We do it every day.

Stop and think about this a moment. Nurses save lives every single day, and do it quietly without fanfare. No headlines, no media coverage. Then just go on about their business. Why do they do it?

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Did you know what you wanted to become when you were a child?

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Early Ambition

My first thought goes back to when I was in kindergarten. All the children in the class were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. I said I wanted to be a nurse. I often wonder if that's when we decide we want to be nurses.

I always work with the same group of nurses. Including myself there are four of us. I asked everyone if they always wanted to be a nurse. All but one of us agreed that they (as long as they could remember) wanted to be a nurse. Interestingly enough the majority of us grew up knowing that's what they wanted to be.

Not All Roses and Sunshine

I realize I am painting a pretty rosy picture of being a nurse. It ain't all that, as a matter of fact we put up with a lot of really mean people. Bosses who micromanage. Other nurses who don't know not to sweat the small stuff. Tired and grouchy doctors, and my least favorite of all; other nurses who just don't give a damn anymore.

We are all of higher learning and attended school for a long time to become what we are. Paid the cost of higher learning. Then we go to work. Most of the time cleaning up bodily functions. Being made to feel like a lesser human being. Then we go home to our families and try to forget all the things that went on during our work day. Sometimes we can let go and sometimes it is not that easy. Yet we still go on doing what we do.

I don't know about others, but I often find myself searching for inspiration to go on. I found it this past week in other nurses. Sometimes I find it reading stories from other nurses. I find it in a kind word of thanks from a doctor. Sometimes inspiration is not to be found anywhere. Yet I continue to go to work and haven't been absent from work in almost a year (I had the flu so I suppose that is a good excuse and occupational hazard). I refuse to let anyone (or anything) get the best of me.  Probably the mentality of all nurses.


I am really writing this as a tribute to one of the nurses that I work with.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer recently and she was part of the cardiac arrest code that I attended.  Yes she is still working and will be taking treatment soon.  She likely will never read this but I needed to write this anyway.  Maybe someone will see this and realize that nurses are human beings.  We get sick, and get cancer too.  Nurses are dedicated, brave, and courageous people no matter what capacity they are working in.  

My colleague is a testament to this.  She is facing a battle against a horrible foe (breast cancer), and she is there on the front line (so to speak) saving someone else's life.  I would be willing to bet that she never even thought about it.   All my prayers are with her in her fight.  I have found inspiration in her and I hope others will see that too. 

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resspenser profile image

resspenser 7 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub! I never thought about it but nurses and cops are sort of similar. A good one goes unrecognized but a bad one?

My sister had cancer a decade ago, my mom has it now and I have seen a lot of nurses. The best go about their jobs thanklessly and make life a little easier for everyone else!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

resspenser, thanks for reading and being my first comment. Public servants are everyday heros in my eyes and I am not speaking for myself but all those who I know and don't know.

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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Professions like this that are tireless in their service and dedication are so often just taken for granted. Breast cancer and still looking after others? What a stellar example of serving others! Sometimes I wish the rest of us in this world looked around and really saw and appreciated wonderful, unsung heroes and heroines of everyday life.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Shalini, it definitely takes a certain person and personality to do the things we do. That's why I had to write about my friend. Thanks for reading!

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Destined To Win 7 years ago

Tammy, thanks for the wonderful hub about a most noble profession - that of being a nurse. I can tell you love what you do and are very committed to it. I salute you and the countless others who give of themselves in service to others, often in spite of their own issues (ex. your colleague with breast cancer.) Blessings.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Destined, Thank you. Sometimes are heroes are the ones we work with. They never get the credit they deserve but never ask for it.

Hope this Holiday season brings you joy and happiness.


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Tammy, what a lovely tribute to a coworker! And what a tribute to the profession of nursing. I have had some recent experiences with them and it has brought to mind what a great profession it is. I couldn't do it, but I am so very thankful for those of you that do. It was a nurse such as you mention that recently saved my father-in-law's life and we are ever so grateful that you folks know your job so well.

I really enjoyed your hub, and I truly hope that many nurses read it and hear the thanks from all of us who are grateful.

Thank you.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Duchess, thank you. This is our Thanksgiving weekend here. I though that I would pay tribute to the exceptional people that I work with. We have so much to be thankful for.

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

THE TURD IN THE PUNCHBOWL!!! That is a hilarious metaphor. I've never heard that before. I laughed out loud for the first time today. :D

One thing I don't want to be is intubated. I don't hear good things about that one. Do you guys use a checklist?

I agree with DTW: nursing is a most noble profession. I cannot think of a better profession than being a nurse. God Bless You!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

James, I am glad I made you laugh, especially coming from you that is a great complement!

Not sure what u mean by checklist. But we are required to know everything without having to consult a manual in case of an emergency. Patients care wishes (like do not intubated) are asked pretty much as soon as a patient walks through the door and the chart is marked accordingly.

Thank you again for reading and commenting. This one was written entirely from the heart.

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This I can feel. What I meant by checklist is this: I was reading an article maybe a year ago in the New Yorker I think, that some hospitals are using a checklist, similar to pilots, and that in the few places where it has been used so far, the mistakes by staff have been cut by 2/3. I found this to be amazing. I just wondered if you had heard about it.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

I come from a family of nurses: my mom, my daughter, my sister-in-law, and my first cousin. I have great admiration for all of you! Enjoyed the read!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Habee, thanks for reading. I enjoyed writing this one. Glad you enjoyed reading this one!

James, I thought that I had replied to your last comment... Surgery has a checklist and we do everything by computer in our hospital. We scan all medicines and patient armbands before we administer medications. I will have to track down that article.

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christalluna1124 7 years ago from Dallas Texas


You guys are the true hereos. As you so eloquently put it "Doing your miracles not expecting anything in return".

Well just in case some people forget... here it is

Thank You for a selfless job so well done for so long".

and a smile to go with it to brighten your day.

Warmest regards,


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks Christal, I needed that!

Tammy :-D

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Bail Up ! 7 years ago

What an honorable profession to be a nurse. Just wanting to be one shows great character and altruistic love. Thanks for taking care of our families.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Bail Up!...thank you for writing such a nice comment. We are the invisible profession. Thanks again.


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

I read this one again! I was going to tell my daughter about it - now I think I'll just have her read it for herself!

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RNMSN 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

greetings and salutations Tammy!! Fantastic article...Im going to read the not flushed toilet next...glad to have anoter nurse-hubber with me!!James ma have been referring to pne of the JCAHO patient safety goal for time outs prior to any invasive yeah lets do that during a code right? but 3 min? dude you girls are so right on!! Keep on loving and giving!! did you know that the shrinks say the ones of us who have KNOWN all our lives what we were to do all our life have not met all our developmental milestones of childhood? Sooooooo.......

Can I go to recess now? :) love to you

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

RNMSN...Greetings, Very funny...what does a shrink know that a Nurse doesn't LOL...I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. I'll be seeing you got to work this weekend but I'll get some reading done tonight.

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

Tammy -

Re James question on checklists-well ,skill and experience count for a lot especially in emergency situations-wouldn't you agree?Checklsting is so automatic ,we don't even think of it as extra.

I remember one night we had a very well known patient in ccu-he had a poor hx and bleak outlook.During the night ,he went into V fib up to half a dozen times -which my colleague and I dealt with(d-fib etc),He passed away in the early hours of the morning-and of course the 'press' were on for 'news'.On my way home I saw the headlines -'Doctors fought through the night to save the life of...'

Humility is a very necesary virtue in this job-methinks.

It is a great profession-and offers such a variety of choices.

Great hub and tribute to a great profession-no bias!!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Ita...Yes we usually don't get the credit...We have had instances like that too and only to the credit of the Doctors. We are really the most versatile people on the planet.

Thank you my friend for taking the time to read and comment. I always enjoy reading your comments and your stories. Have a hot toddy for me tonight it is cold here so I gather it is cold there. Cheers.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

I came from a country with so many nurses, and nurses do care for the world, thanks for the tribute to nurses and your friend too, Nurses come rain or shine, they do still work, salute to all the nurses, Thanks Tammy, Maita

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Maita...You are just like a ray of sunshine you always have something nice to say. Thank you my friend...Tammy

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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

I have a special place in my heart for "first responders" my son's a firefighter and like nurses you run into danger while others are fleeing.. Thank you Tammy for all you and your co-workers do.

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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

pmccray...Thanks my friend we don't get much encouragement so every good thing that someone says about us is taken straight to the heart. Thanks again.

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