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


Story 26:  Nursing Professionalism by Karen Thomas, MSN, RN

Story 25:  The PACU Crew: The Forgotten Few by Robin Baxter, BSN, RN, CPAN

Story 24:  P-atient A-dvocacy and C-are is U-tmost by Evangeline M. Pagulayan, BSN, RN 

Story 23:  Walking In Their Shoes by Hildegarde C. Shaw, BSN, RN, CPAN

Story 22:  Why Recovery? by Lisa Harris, BSN, RN

Story 21:  Snowflakes by Hildegarde C. Shaw, RN, BSN, CPAN

Story 20:  A Bloody Mess by Hildegarde C. Shaw, RN, BSN, CPAN

Story 19:  Dominican Republic Mission Trip: A Rookie’s Perspective by Amy Eubanks, RN

Story 18:  A Note From Afghanistan by Myrna Mamaril, MS, RN, CPAN, CAPA, FAAN

Story 17:  Caring and Compassion, a Box of Mints and Two Hugs by Robin Baxter, RN, CPAN

Story 16:  Team Sinai Haiti - Excerpts From a Mission by Merrill Chaus, RN

Story 15:  Sometimes It Takes a Village by Hildegarde C. Shaw, R, CPAN

Story 14:  The Little Boy Who Wouldn't Let Anyone Touch Him by Christine Hartigan, BSN, RN

Story 13:  Give Me A Boost! by Amy Eubanks, RN

Story 12:  Why I Love My Job! by Rebecca D. Hartley, MSN, RN, CPAN

Story 11:  The ENDO Experience by Beverley Jane McCord, RN II

Story 10:  Two Thumbs Up by Charlene Makowski, BSN, RN, CPAN, CPN

Story 9:    The Redhead by Miriam Tobin, BSN, RN, CPN

Story 8:    Angel by Catherine Nee, BSN, RN

Story 7:    Above and Beyond by Laura Haynes, RN, CPAN

Story 6:    Down Syndrome by Sandy Boswell, BSN, RN, CAPA

Story 5:    Visitation by Diane Ewoldt, RN, BSN

Story 4:    Snowstorm by Kelley Kelly RN, BSN, CAPA

Story 3:    Double Banding Procedure by Sandy Boswell, BSN, RN, CAPA

Story 2:    Kayla by Kelley Kelly RN, BSN, CAPA

Story 1:    In Just One Day by Joy Shiller, RN, BSN, MS, CAPA


  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.