Author Archives: Agatha Lellis

Agatha Lellis

About Agatha Lellis

Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at

Image: Devon Yu + Keith Bell | Veer

Ridiculous nursing tips that really work

Nursing textbooks and apps are great, but some of the best tips in the world come from practicing nurses. Ever used a coffee machine to unclog a G-tube?

A guide for civilians: How NOT to be a nightmare in the hospital

A guide for civilians: How NOT to be a nightmare in the hospital

We’ve got some advice for civilians in the hospital. We bet you have some, too…share it here!

Hemera | Thinkstock

The 10 essential items in a nurse’s first aid kit

Head Nurse Jo’s wise words about what to keep in your first aid kit at home. What’s your best emergency prep advice for East Coasters during the Frankenstorm?

‘Twas the night before Christmas—for nurses

You’re sure to appreciate this nursey take on a holiday classic!

10 New Year’s resolutions that nurses wish patients would make

Yes, here is that list of resolutions we fervently hope our patients and their family members will make this year.

My 3 nursing wishes

If a genie suddenly appeared out of a bag of Zosyn, what would you wish for? A million dollars? World peace? A cure for cancer? A pony?

A pros-and-cons look at nursing through the ages

“When I get really frustrated and start thinking of going back to waiting tables, I read historical accounts of nursing. Then I feel better.”

Ask Auntie Aggie: “The new doctor is making me REALLY uncomfortable”

Is a doctor’s behavior making you uncomfortable? Read Auntie Aggie’s advice.

How to have a happy holiday while working in the hospital

So you’re working on Thanksgiving or Christmas or Festivus or whatever holiday you celebrate? Here are some ways to make your shift a bit better.

The top 10 things I’ve learned after my first 10 years of nursing

Nurses—we present these valuable pearls of wisdom from Aunt Aggie.

A peek into Kris Kringle’s care plan

What would Santa Claus’ care plan look like? Find out!

The biggest differences between on-screen and real-life nursing

Some people learn everything they know about nursing as a profession from TV. Those are the people whose attitudes about nursing are the most annoying.

5 tongue-in-cheek ways for the overworked nurse to get a head start on the holidays

This year, Auntie Aggie has some humorous suggestions to help de-stress your holidays.

7 tips for making the most of your Thanksgiving dinner on the job

7 tips for making the most of your Thanksgiving dinner on the job

Are you working on Thanksgiving? Here are seven tips to make your holiday dinner a little better.

How to have a good Thanksgiving at work

How to have a good Thanksgiving at work

if you don’t have a potluck on Thanksgiving, you’re stuck with the hospital cafeteria. Here are simple suggestions for making it a better day.