Nurses as Patients

December 10, 2009
Lisa Schulmeister

A nurse shares her experience in her blog and receives support.

A nurse blogger "tnbutterfly" on the AllNurses.com website described how she walked into the oncologist's office as a patient in her post titled, "From the Other Side of the Bed Rails-When the Nurse Becomes the Patient." This post received over 5,000 views and elicited 63 comments. I suspect most of the people commenting were in fact nurses themselves, based on their screen names (eg, "Peds nurse") or the content of their messages. As is typical of nurses in general, many of the 63 people posting comments wrote to say they were sending good wishes to the nurse undergoing cancer treatment.

This nurse's blog is in stark contrast to the other nurse blogs on the AllNurses.com site. Most of the other nurse bloggers write about nursing-related problems and issues. It's nice to see so many nurses take the time to write to this particular nurse, and I imagine that "tnbutterly" appreciates the posts as well. With so many blogs (not just nursing) sounding more like a rant than anything else, it's nice to see someone writing about themselves from the heart. And equally nice to see that nurses care enough to respond.