Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The making of an ICU nurse.

I've just stumbled across a Boston Globe series from a few years back about the training of a nurse on an intensive care unit at Mass General, one of the country's top teaching hospitals. As the Globe explains,
Reporter Scott Allen and photographer Michele McDonald observed the training of first-year nurse Julia Zelixon for seven months, as she cared for two dozen desperately ill patients. Massachusetts General Hospital allowed the Globe team unrestricted access to the ICU, on the condition that patients' names and photographs could be used only with their permission or that of a family member.
It's good stuff. Follow this link to the series. Here is reaction to the series from the Center for Nursing Advocacy. [The Globe changed its site architecture shortly after I originally posted, so the links were not working properly, but I have fixed them.]

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