I grew up with a favorite aunt living around the corner who was a nurse. She worked in various jobs over the years, reaching the level of director of nursing at a pretty big hospital here in the New York area. Ultimately, she became a high school health teacher, which provided a final chapter to her career that she loved.
I actually have a doctor in the family too. But when we were kids, anybody in the neighborhood who got dinked up somehow or was feeling bad in a way that make them (or their parents) scared automatically trudged over to my aunt’s place. She always seemed to know exactly what to do, and she could take care of lots of problems so that you didn’t have run off to an emergency room. Thinking back on her, I remember she seemed to have a million little tricks of the healing trade. Here, from my memory, is a little list of them. I’m sure I’ll think of more. I invite all nurses and patients to add your favorites in the comments box!
Things That Only A Nurse Can Do For You:
Get a small foreign body out of your eye.
Quickly assess whether you have a truly minor injury or something more serious.
Bandage a wound in an odd place so that the bandage will stay in place.
Know when to use cold or heat on a hurt.
Deal with a kid who’s hurt and really upset.
Take time to actually explain what’s wrong with you.
Realize when there may be a drug interaction going on.
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