Your Most Memorable Nursing Moments

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.

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It should come as no surprise to you that nursing is an extremely unique occupation. On any given shift, you witness human kindness, pain, strength, suffering and even the occasional miracle. The shifts are long and the naps aren’t long enough, but there’s something inexplicably incredible about your work that keeps you coming back day after day.

We asked the nurses on our Facebook page to share memorable moments from the past year that will stay with them. Their stories had us grinning from ear to ear…and sometimes tearing up.

“Being part of the preemie’s journey is a gift every shift! No matter how hard…. But to pick one…probably two night shifts with one so adorable active preemie girl fighting for her life…then a few days later trying to do everything to help her (and her parents) as she lost her fight…”

—Martina B.

“An rt whom I had cared for from her admission many, many years ago as a ‘walkie-talkie’ with early signs of Alzheimer’s and was now basically non-communicative and sat in her gerichair staring blankly. I approached her one day as I made rounds as supervisor, having not seen her for over three months. I caressed her cheek as I leaned down to speak to her, and she raised her face, touched my cheek and said, ‘You came back, you always come back. I love you.’ The floor nurses gasped as I stood crying like a baby. Those moments make EVERYTHING worth it!”

Lisa R.

“A patient allowed myself and my clinical student friends to watch as a cyst on the genitals was cleaned and packed. Very thankful as we were a co-ed group and it was such a private area. Kudos to that patient!”

—Cris L.

“STEMI patient’s family asking me to be with them as they let him go as I’d been with them since admit even though he wasn’t mine that night. Such an impact on my heart.”

—Kelly C.

“Telling a mother who had been severely burned trying to reach her children in a house fire that her children were all alive and doing very well. She had lingered in limbo (for lack of better words) for a week and she almost instantly made a complete turnaround and came back up to life.”

—Jennifer C.

Now it’s your turn: What was your most meaningful on-the-job moment this year? Drop your story in a comment below!


This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.
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PAUL C. BALCOM
2 years ago

I am 88 years old and still maintain my RN license which I received in 1955. My nursing background (which in the 1950’s included a 3 month OR rotation) was taken in career preparation to become a hospital administrator, an 8 year academic journey. I retired as a major medical center CEO at age 67. After I retired my wife (also a nurse) of 47 years passed away when I was age 72. I was very despondent following her passing. At that time I shared with a physician associate that had been a medical director for Medical Ministry International that… Read more »

Margo Algarra
4 years ago

I have tears in my eyes from reading Greg’s letter! I, too, have had a similar(s) feeling during my hospice nurse experience. I graduated from nursing school in the early 60’s and done many types of nursing in my more than 50 years in the field but my most special memories are from my time with hospice in Miami. The different ways you know that your patient is nearing the end of their life here on earth and will be going on are memorable, indeed!! From visits from angels to a visit from a beloved grandparent (the patient was in… Read more »

Greg Robins
4 years ago

Many months ago I had an experience with a patient I was caring for, that I can only describe as a Divine/God moment. This patient had been diagnosed with one of the more rare and difficult to treat forms of cancer medical science knows about, and had a severe reaction to her initial chemo treatment that wiped out about 90% of her short-term memory. I cared for her, along with another Hospice Nurse, for almost 2 1/2 weeks in 12-hour shifts. One of the issues we encountered and had to help her with was she would get very tired of… Read more »