Most Memorable Patient
Transcending the emotional barriers between clinician and patient can lead to a stronger, more balanced professional life.
A Divine guidance helps a nurse practitioner make a diagnosis that saved a patient's life.
A dying man's wish to attend a Renaissance Festival taught a valuable lesson to a palliative care nurse practitioner.
A girl presented to a small town hospital symptoms including fever, bloodshot eyes, red lips, and rash on the palms of her hands.
A nurse's antics prompt an unexpected recovery in a pediatric patient, who sustained injuries after riding his bike over a downed power line.
A young patient sustains a serious injury while playing with his brother.
Listening beyond a nonnative English speaker's words helped diagnose and treat a medical emergency.
I tried to keep my voice steady, as I described what looked like an inch-long piece of cooked linguine attached to the patient's buttock.
A patient's deep appreciation for a quick diagnosis reminds me why I chose my profession.
Next time you become a patient remember to show professional courtesy and acknowledge the competency of the staff that is providing your care.
A geriatric patient undergoes a complex procedure for gastric outlet obstruction and causes a medical team to question their stance on geriatric surgery.
A family faces a life and death decision when a patient is given a poor prognosis after experiencing a major stroke from eclampsia.
A patient is visibly frustrated after a stroke results in expressive aphasia.
A patient with an unidentifiable, nonspecific viral illness is hospitalized and deteriorates rapidly.
A nurse anesthetist acts quickly when a child begins coughing up copious amounts of blood after a routine procedure.
An embarrassed teenager obscures the truth until a healthcare provider identifies the source of pain upon exam.
A patient with a gunshot wound to the head presents complaining of a fierce headache with a pillow hanging from his head.
An off-label treatment gives a patient in pain a second chance.
Sometimes the only thing a healthcare provider can do is pause and be present.
Responding to a crisis inspires a clinician to pursue opportunities to improve nursing skills.
'You don't have to remember it all, just enough to know you need to find out the rest.'
A nurse misses a doctor's written order not to remove a patient's hand restraints.