Thursday, March 9, 2017

Adventures in Nursing #2: Mister D.

Next to being a book blogger and a fanatic reader I work fulltime as a Nurse in an Academic Hospital in the Netherlands. Since being a nurse is such a big part of my life I decided it’s time to share some of my adventures in nursing here on my blog.

Over the years I’ve seen some crazy stuff as a nurse. Life definitely never gets boring when you work as a nurse. After working in the health care for more than 10 years now I’ve seen a lot. Aggressive patients and aggressive family members. People dying, family members arguing about dying patients and what will happen to that pearl neckless. Teens who’ve been neglected by their parents, homeless people etc. etc. I can write complete books about the things I’ve seen over the years.

And every nurse probably agrees there are some patients who will stay with you forever. And for me that would be Mr. D. I took care of him when I was in my third year of Nursing school. I was working on the surgery department and he was brought in with intestinal problems. After several tests and exams they had to remove part of his colon and he got a stoma. He was the first patient I took care of with a stoma and I remember how brave he was about it.

Over the years I forgot a lot of the little details of Mr. D’s hospital stay but I remember how kind and caring he was. He knew I was a nursing student and hadn’t seen a stoma in real-life before. Instead of being freaked about the fact that he would have to life with a stoma, he decided to learn how to life with that and let me and other students be able to learn. I remember him telling me that I needed to take a good look in how to take care of a stoma so I could teach him. 

After seeing my mentor taking care of the stoma, it was time for me to take care of it myself. I was a little nervous about it and my hands were shaking a little. But Mr. D. kept telling me I did a great job. It surprised me how kind and caring someone could be while having so much problems of their own to worry about. 

Mr. D. was the kind of patient that made me want to become the best nurse I could possibly be. I had some insecurities about becoming a nurse and somehow he was able to make me feel I could do it. Mr. D. was released from the hospital after three weeks and I never saw him again. I still wonder about how his life went after that hospital stay and if he is still with us.

It’s patients like Mr. D. that makes being a nurse such a beautiful and grateful job. And I wish I could tell him I still think about him!

Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.
These views are based on my own experiences and my own interpretations in my life as a nurse.


  1. I love the health are didn't apply for medical or nursing school precisely because of all the human suffering. However, hearing people arguing about jewelry of a dead relative it has to be even more upsetting!
    Life with a stoma is something I can't even start to comprehend so find someone that faced it so courageously and besides finding the time to be kind must have been life changing! I can understand how it impacted you and made you a better nurse. I thank god for nurses every time I can!

    1. We definitely get to see some strange, and sometimes upsetting stuff. But in the end it's worth it. I love that I can make a difference for someone, even by doing something small.
      Thanks for stopping by! ;)


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