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For 2 nurses, working at the ICU is a "gift for work": NPR



Christine Solar, left, and Marci Eberts say breastfeeding is more than a job. "Sometimes I wonder why all the people in the world don't want to be a nurse," Solars said.

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Christine Solars, left, and Marci Eberts say breastfeeding is more than a job. "Sometimes I wonder why not everyone in the world wants to be a nurse," says Solars.

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For nurses Christine Solars and Marci Eberts, work is more than work.

"Don't you feel like you are a nurse wherever you go?" Solars, 41, asked Eberts, 46, for a visit to StoryCorps in May.

"I mean, let's be honest, every time we get on an airplane the way you are, the E6 didn't look good, be careful there . "

Solari and Eberts became so close as they worked together that they came to be called" working wives. "They first met in 2007 working side-by-side in the intensive care unit at St. Luke "in Kansas City, Mo.

They now work closely as nurses' trainers at the hospital, teaching other nurses in critical care. "You carry them a little with you. And they shape you."

Solari and Ebert reflect how their work influences their memories.

"When I think about this patient that is most sealed in my brain, I know exactly which bed, but I can't tell you the name of the patient," Solars said. She continues to remember one particularly memorable case: "I always think about CCU (Coronary Care Unit) Bed 2."

The patient received a cardiac arrest. "We code it and get that heart rate back," she said, describing their resuscitation efforts that stabilized the patient.

"And this was only the first of a dozen times he coded," Eberts recalled. [19659008] His wife was with him all the time.

"We gave her a bad forecast. Things looked really bad and she said, "Can I go to bed with him?" "Said Solars.

But the sisters saw this as a risk. "This man has everything we have in the hospital attached to him," Solars recalled.

"So many wires and tubes and monitors," Eberts added.

Still, they proceeded carefully, slowly lifting everything up so she

"I can just remember her sobbing, saying, do you know that I wasn't a good enough wife. I should have loved you more well "said Solars. [19659008] When the patient again suffered an irregular, life-threatening heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, Sollars and Ebberts began another round of chest compressions.

But this time the patient's wife asked the nurses to stop trying to resuscitate him. "We'll release him the next time he does," Eberts recalls, telling his wife.

As difficult as it is to witness, Solars says that the rewarding part of being a nurse is caring for patients and their families during this crucial time of life.

"Being with people and creating those environments where they can tell their spouse an unfinished business is such a gift of work," said Solars. "Sometimes I wonder why not everyone in the world wants to be a nurse."

Solar says that nursing equates to her sense of what is important.

"It affects the way we see the whole world. This guy in front of us at the grocery store is working on how that guy loaded the groceries, "she said.

" Nobody dies, "Eberts says," until someone is. And then we're done. "

Audio created for Tomorrow's edition by Aisha Turner and Camila Kerwin.

StoryCorps is a national non-profit that lets people interview friends and close to your life These conversations are archived at the American Folk Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org [19659033].


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