Most Memorable Patient
We walked the tightrope daily trying to keep her comfortable
I will never forget the intent of his teaching as he knew the prognosis was grim for him.
A PA reflects on a time when a patient complained of left-sided neck pain and was diagnosed with a 12-cm mass.
A PA reflects on a time when a patient arrived for an annual check-up and showed curious signs of abuse.
More aggressive depression screening for patients with stroke will help detect and treat symptoms sooner.
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.