WATCH: 5 videos every nurse should see

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Summer is here, but that doesn’t necessarily mean our schedules are any less hectic. My kids are out of school and I’m taking a summer break before completing my RN to BSN program in the fall, but I’ll be teaching an ER nurse course next week and a football injury class in August. I’m also working on articles for two different journals and laying the groundwork for an IV study in the fall. I’ve volunteered for the medical team at the Special Olympics here in Lincoln, Neb., this summer, and of course I’ll be working my night shifts in the ER. To say I have the summer “off” is laughable!

Does your summer sound like mine?

It definitely feels like summer calls for a special treat. To all of my fellow nurses I offer my favorite videos. That is to say, my favorite medical- and nursing–themed nuggets from YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet. I present them in the spirit of fun and encourage you to share the links with others. Enjoy!

1. ER Nurse Rap
2. Scrubs musical number – “Everything comes down to poo!”
3. Glottal Opera

4. An Horse’s music video, “Postcards”
5. The award winning HBO movie, Wit

Video #1: Weirdest thing you’ve seen in the ER? How about rapping nurses…

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Curtis Olson

Curtis Olson is an ER nurse in Lincoln, Neb. He is an EMS and nursing instructor. Olson has also worked as a paramedic/firefighter, bookstore manager and barista. He wrote most of this article between midnight and 6:00 a.m.

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4 Responses to WATCH: 5 videos every nurse should see

  1. I think nurses are trying to do too much in too little time and their focus is not on the patients they are caring for….no wonder there are so many medical mistakes! I cannot believe what I see and hear when I HAVE to go into a hospital to visit someone, have tests, etc….”I had CT Scan and the results showed need for referral to cardiologist”….nurse called back…”I can’t find any echo on you”…..duh…I didn’t say echo…I said CT scan….was that so difficult…Why not do less and focus more and concentrate and stop killing people like my husband!

  2. John

    Rhona, I am very sorry for your loss. The good Lord came and took him from you, it was his time, no ones fault, no one to blame. He now enjoys the beauty of heaven and wants you to let this go and live until that very day when you will see him again. Nurses are definitely overworked, but it is hospital administration that should evaluate staffing and make changes.

  3. Sherry

    I can see this being a Broadway Hit Play!

  4. Sherry

    Rhona: John is correct. Things that nurses do or do not do, most likely we are instructed to follow. Nurses care for the patients the best way possible given the restrictions; ex. staff is cut when patient census drops, medical care reform bills decrease available supplies and give nurses higher nurse to patient ratios, many patients seek care too late, some mistakes are made because the nurse/staff member is over worked or too busy to notice fine details, etc. Death of a loved one is difficult to accept, especially if they die in a hospital. Unless an investigation is done to prove negligence in your husband’s death, please do not allow your anger to trickle to other staff/nurses. Even if the hospital is responsible, please consider, your experience is not a common problem, and hospitals will learn from the mistakes made to prevent it happening it again. Our society is bond by human and technology, both are infallible. The media focuses on the rare occasions where deaths occur, getting the viewers uptight and fearful. So when patients come to the hospital, they feel their life is over. I hope you do not let this prevent you from seeking medical care, but question everything, if not for your understanding then for your safety in helping that staff member or nurse from preventing an error.