Nursing Voices

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I’ve been tagged by At Your Cervix. In today’s meme, I am to reveal what five songs I want played at my funeral. I’m sorry, but death is not an option. My employer has forbidden the Grim Reaper from taking nurses who are scheduled to work Christmas. However, just in case Mr. Reaper didn’t receive the memo, here are my top five picks.

To Where You Are, by Josh Groban. This one is a tear-jerker.

Fields of Gold, by Sting.

Over the Rainbow, by Eva Cassidy.

Here Comes the Sun, by the Beatles.

My friends and family may sing any drunken Irish pub song they choose as they dump my ashes into the Chesapeake Bay.

I tag Julie, RN, Sean, Mad Mike, Deacon Barry, and rx850.


Blogger Dr. A said...

Great songs. I like Josh and Sting as well.

6:50 AM  
Blogger kario said...

I love them all! Except for the whole having you dead part, your funeral is one I would like to attend. Hmm, that came out wrong. Damn, guess it's just too early to be sensitive.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Deacon Barry said...

I've just posted my five funeral songs on my blog. I haven't a hope in hell of getting any of them played, but it's good to get them out there.

2:04 PM  
Blogger AtYourCervix said...

You must give at least a 4 week notice before your death so that we may adequately staff with your replacement(s). Your death will not be deemed a valid excuse for not working on Christmas, so you will not be able to give your 4 week notice until after that time.

The Management

6:05 PM  
Blogger Julie, RN said...

...pre-existing conditions do not qualify for emergency leave of absence. Do your dying on your own time.

I'll post mine soon. :-)

6:13 PM  
Blogger RX850 said...

I love your choices! I'll post mine sometime today. This could be great fun...especially the part where I don't die after I do it. :)

(I don't, right?)

10:06 AM  
Blogger MadMike said...

How cool! I've been tagged! I think I am going to followe Deacon B's lead and post them on my blog with a reference to yours. I love this!

Oh..Like rx asked: I don't I? LOL

6:32 PM  
Blogger softrockchina said...

i am very happy to see your blogger
i am a Chinese and could speak a little english and want to make a friend with you!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Helen Wall Fussell said...

I have often made the statement, "I have never met a nurse I like." Why? First of all, flashback to age 6,isolation ward of T.C. Thompson's Childrens Hospital. I had yellow jaundice. I remember that day after being admitted, when my parents were standing outside looking into the glass of the isolation room and waving goodbye. I sobbed out, "I want my mom and dad!" I remember a very young attractive nurse busy in my room, who placed her hands on her hips, and with a sarcastic voice mocked me with "I want my mommy and daddy!" Then she left. I remember the bewilderment of that to this day. I can't imagine what would provoke a nurse to do that to a child who had never been in the hospital before, much less away from her parents.

1977 - complicated childbirth with toxemia, 2 week hospital stay. Never saw a R.N., only cleaning people and nurses aides they had back then. Vein collapsed in my hand where the IV was because of lack of care. After the baby was born by cesarean, I retained gas like a helium balloon, and anything that touched by bloated stomach was screaming territory. I had a hard time holding my little girl,whom I wanted to breast feed. Anyway, I remember a nurse brought my little girl one day to myself and husband, and seemed enamoured by her, but said, "too bad she has parents like you." She wasn't joking. I had never conversed with this nurse, she worked in the nursery and had absolutely no basis for that remark. She knew neither myself nor my husband. Our only child was anticipated and very much wanted.

Then, I became a medical transcriptionist. Now, as to nurses and doctors getting together, you better believe it, and you know it. Many doctors in our hospital were married to former nurses. Some left their present spouses for a nurse. Our family doctor when I was growing up left his wife for his office nurse. Yes, it does happen a lot!

My observations while working in a hospital? Nurses do a lot of paperwork and work with charts, but they don't like to answer the buzzer for patients who have to ring repeatedly. Often they will be irritable when they do enter the patient room. RNs do no hands on, LPNs and others do that, but no nurse ever does a bedpan or anything like that anymore.

A majority of nurses smoke. I see them on break furiously smoking that weed. Some look like escapees from a mental institute, and I think some belong there.

Are there dedicated nurses who are "sweet tempered and modest" Maybe, but I have yet to meet one. I hope you are one.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Your Blogs are EXCELLENT Love em...

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant ... laff out loud funny.

9:39 AM  
Blogger spongebob said...

interestering site. I think If I would like on my grave stone 'beneath this sod lies a sod. Oh and for anyone out there who is interested there is death clock on the internet that you can go to and find out when your time is up. Not done it myself but if you dare have posted like on my blog.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Wilson Jay said...

What do you mean Playboy has articles?

7:33 PM  
Blogger Skyelarke said...

I enjoyed your blog ~ all the sarcasm and reality. I'm forwarding it to my friend who's in studying to be a nurse right now.

6:50 AM  

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