Author Archives: annemorris31

About annemorris31

I am an emergency-room nurse, wife, mother, friend, daughter, artist, arm wrestling emcee, purveyor of fine whiskeys and just looking to make a difference while getting more kick-ass everyday...

The Faces of Depression

I work in a suburban hospital emergency room and each and every day, we care for at least two (oftentimes more) individuals who have attempted or are contemplating suicide, what we call “suicidal ideations”. Sometimes these patients come in on … Continue reading

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What I Learned This Week…

Last week was my first full week in the emergency department. What a wild ride! In reflecting on the 36 hours, there are certain things that bubbled up to the surface. Here they are: I love the ER; The more … Continue reading

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Why do we procrastinate?

Have you ever put off studying and watched TV instead? Have you put off a crucial conversation with someone just because it was just too uncomfortable? Have you walked by a basket of clean laundry for days because you didn’t feel … Continue reading

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Ditch the Shortcut

A few weeks ago, I was driving into my driveway and a cardboard box I had put outside for recycling had blown into the driveway. I debated getting out of the car to move it out of the way, but … Continue reading

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Challenge to Spring Graduates…

Graduation…what a gas! It was the end to a fabulous two years at USG and a great beginning for all of us starting our nursing careers. There are lots of college graduation traditions including the hanging of scrub tops in … Continue reading

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Job Hunt 101

Next week, I will be starting a new nursing job. It seems like yesterday that I started classes at USG. Those two years went by fast! For those who plan to graduate this spring, I thought it might be helpful to … Continue reading

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How Resilient Are You?

I am sure you have heard the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Recently, I have had a few friends and acquaintances who have experienced major life events that have tested their emotional and mental strength. Whether … Continue reading

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Ode to a Colonoscopy…

Now that I have your attention… I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing this past December and feel honored to have been asked to continue writing my blog for this semester. Since then, I have gone on … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a New Degree

Ok, it’s this Friday. My nursing class’s graduation. I am tempted to say it went by quickly, but I feel that would suggest that it was easy. It. Was. Not. Easy. It was challenging, aggravating, thrilling, surprising, tedious, joyous, insomnia-inducing, … Continue reading

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Lights, Camera, Action Under the Mistletoe…

For me, holidays always conjure up the thought of sitting around the TV watching Christmas movies. When I was growing up, there was no way to record a TV show or movie and then watch it later so you had … Continue reading

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