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A good nurse…

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My friend’s friend just had a baby. Apparently the baby had some trouble coming out and the doctor wanted to use those suction cup thingies (what is their official name oh esteemed L&D nurses?) and the patient didn’t really want a cone-shaped head baby. The nurse told the doc they should wait a little while, she thought the patient could deliver without those. And sure enough, an hour later, my friend’s friend pushed out a healthy, normal head shaped 8 pound 6 ounce baby boy. She remarked to our mutual friend later “I didn’t know how much influence the nurses had over the doctors.”

Amen sister.

I think the public really doesn’t know that much about nurses until they need a nurse or have some sort of nurse related ancillary experience. A good nurse will advocate for his or her patients. A good nurse knows the limits of the human spirit, pain threshold, and physical parameters and will advocate accordingly. A good nurse knows that nursing is a respected and trusted profession and does not act in such a way as to undermine that trust and profession. A good nurse knows tha

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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