Repost: There Will Be No Inspirational Holiday Season Stories Here

[Call it my cranky emergency nurse writer artistic credo. First posted about this time, last year.]

There will be no stories of profound wisdom conveyed by patients on their death-beds, or insights into living by that sweet, quiet, elderly lady who reminds me of my grandmother in Resus 3. No words of suffering children drawing life lessons will ever grace this weblog. Pregnant ladies or newly diagnosed cancer patients gently pointing out flaws in my practice and making me a better nurse — no, sadly, their stories will never appear here either.

Sorry. Just don’t have it in me.

I am a sour old cuss who thoroughly believes such saccharine bupkes properly belongs on greeting cards and in the pages of the lower-end nursing magazines and Reader’s Digest.

And I really don’t think the world works like that anyway. The emergency department is filled with stories — sad, tragic, funny, desperate, ridiculous, maddening, empowering, life-altering — some of which I am privileged recount here, and some of which are cause for reflection and learning. But none of them are neatly tied up with a bow, ready for presentation like a gift basket. Not every story has a moral. Some stories just are unvarnished tales with no point at all. Life is too messy, and the ethical and moral lessons, if in fact there are any to be found in the ED, are usually far too ambiguous and make for periods of lengthy thought and hard-won insight.

Not fodder the short, snappy, sickly-sweet story with the moral tacked on the end. Can’t do it. Won’t do it.


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  1. #1 by Jenn Jilks on Friday 24 December 2010 - 1110

    That’s our TERN!!!

    As is our practice, having spent some hours in emerg. in a couple of cities, hubby has bought a gift basket of cheese & crackers and will be taking it into emerg. tonight or tomorrow, with a card thanking staff for being on duty at this time.

    He does it wherever we are living at the time!

    Merry Christmas, ya grumpy goose! :-)

    P.S. There *is* a bow, too!

  2. #2 by cartoon characters on Sunday 26 December 2010 - 1710

    Daresay – would say that this is a put down for any other type of publication that doesn’t meet *the golden standard* of academic sophistication? I think the world is big enough for any type of literature, whether it be nursery rhymes or thesis type writings …..I would say that any type of creativity has it’s merits….. and to relegate that work deemed to be less prestitgious to ” greeting cards and in the pages of the lower-end nursing magazines and Reader’s Digest”…. it just doesn’t sit very well to me….

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