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Clinical Narratives

Telling Our Stories

ASPAN recently requested clinical narrative submissions to share with the perianesthesia community as a new feature on the Web site. Sharing stories and having stories heard can help create the balance between the intrusive world of healthcare and the caring practices of nurses. What is the public image of perianesthesia nurses? How can the media accurately portray the work of nurses if nurses are not able to effectively describe that work? By speaking out, we can set the stage for a deepened understanding of the scope of practice and our commitment to safe and ethical practices. As you read the words of Annette Simmons, please heed the call to share your stories: “… the problem is that you haven’t realized how much your stories matter. You may not realize every story you tell is important … Nothing is more important than the stories you tell yourself and others about your work and your personal and community life.”1

Please take time to read the clinical narratives listed below!

If you have a clinical narrative or feedback to share, please send it to tclifford@aspan.org.


Narratives 
 Story 1:    In Just One Day by Joy Shiller, RN, BSN, MS, CAPA
 Story 2:    Kayla by Kelley Kelly RN, BSN, CAPA
 Story 3:    Double Banding Procedure by Sandy Boswell, BSN, RN, CAPA
 Story 4:    Snowstorm by Kelley Kelly RN, BSN, CAPA
 Story 5:    Visitation by Diane Ewoldt, RN, BSN
 Story 6:    Down Syndrome by Sandy Boswell, BSN, RN, CAPA
 Story 7:    Above and Beyond by Laura Haynes, RN, CPAN
 Story 8:    Angel by Catherine Nee, BSN, RN
 Story 9:    The Redhead by Miriam Tobin, BSN, RN, CPN
 Story 10:  Two Thumbs Up by Charlene Makowski, BSN, RN, CPAN, CPN
 Story 11:  The ENDO Experience by Beverley Jane McCord, RN II
 Story 12:  Why I Love My Job! by Rebecca D. Hartley, MSN, RN, CPAN
 Story 13:  Give Me A Boost! by Amy Eubanks, RN
 Story 14:  The Little Boy Who Wouldn't Let Anyone Touch Him by Christine Hartigan, BSN, RN
 Story 15:  Sometimes It Takes a Village by Hildegarde C. Shaw, R, CPAN
 Story 16:  Team Sinai Haiti - Excerpts From a Mission by Merrill Chaus, RN
 Story 17:  Caring and Compassion, a Box of Mints and Two Hugs by Robin Baxter, RN, CPAN
 Story 18:  A Note From Afghanistan by Myrna Mamaril, MS, RN, CPAN, CAPA, FAAN
 Story 19:  Dominican Republic Mission Trip: A Rookie’s Perspective by Amy Eubanks, RN
 Story 20:  A Bloody Mess by Hildegarde C. Shaw, RN, BSN, CPAN
 Story 21:  Snowflakes by Hildegarde C. Shaw, RN, BSN, CPAN
 Story 22:  Why Recovery? by Lisa Harris, BSN, RN
 Story 23:  Walking In Their Shoes by Hildegarde C. Shaw, BSN, RN, CPAN
 Story 24:  P-atient A-dvocacy and C-are is U-tmost by Evangeline M. Pagulayan, BSN, RN 

REFERENCE

  1. Simmons A. Whoever Tells the Best Story WINS. How to use your own stories to communicate with power and impact. AMACON: New York, NY; 23, 2007.

 
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