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That moment a nurse never forgets

  • Kerry D. Bruning, RN, BSN, MBA
  • 05/05/2016

Every nurse has at least one eye-opening experience that changes them forever. One of mine happened in a pediatric oncology unit almost 20 years ago. I was taking care of a seven-year-old boy, Jack*, who was recovering from a bone marrow transplant. Weakened by intense radiology and chemotherapy treatments, he had been unresponsive for several days. Despite his illness, Jack was an optimist. He was raising money to buy a bicycle so he could ride home from the hospital one day. Jack made and sold buttons for 50 cents each to help reach his goal. When I was doing rounds one night, I dropped two quarters in the jar next to his bed and took a button. I pinned it to my scrubs and gave the jar a shake to let Jack know he was one step closer to that […]