Have you ever wished you had a Nurse BFF who you could ask any and all of your medical questions?
When you become a nurse, pretty much everyone feels totally comfortable asking you their most burning health questions (with intimately personal details included). I’ve had friends & family reach out to me with various questions ranging from “what's the best essential oil to use for headaches?” to “is it normal for my toddler’s poop to be this color?” to “is it normal for MY poop to be this color?!”.
And… I. Love. It.
I seriously enjoy getting these questions and doing my best to accommodate with a helpful response, whether by investigating further or researching in depth on various health-related topics… it's just sort of my thing.
So, this is what sparked a wild idea that it might be fun to open up a forum for questions that you may have a burning desire to ask a nurse, but either don’t have one to ask, or just haven’t gotten around to making that appointment quite yet.
Because of the volume of questions I receive, I won't be able respond to inquiries individually, but instead will have a weekly post or email with information in response to general questions asked. This is actually a really good thing though, so everyone can benefit from the questions you might have and that some people may feel uncomfortable asking.
All questions submitted via the “Ask Nurse Sarah” forum will be reviewed personally by me (Nurse Sarah) and only me. Again, I won't be able to respond to individual inquiries due to volume, and also since I want to be super clear that the Ask Nurse Sarah forum is not to be construed as a substitute for seeking traditional medical advice, and in no way should imply that by asking a question you've entered into a nurse-patient relationship with myself. All information received or given here is intended for general purposes only.
I'm really looking forward to hearing from you, and I will get back to you as quickly as I am able! 🙂
Stay tuned each week for my “Ask Nurse Sarah” follow-up post (kinda like “Ask Miss Manners”), where I will do my very best to address all pertinent questions asked. Responses will be based on my personal experience as a nurse and as a human being… If it’s a particularly challenging question that I’m not quite sure about, I’ll enlist the help of my nursing buddies and/or a doctor who feels like offering their take on the matter, and/or various medical/scientific journals, etc. This is what I do in real life, so that’s what I’ll do here.
And, hey, if you don't have any questions, but just think it'd be fun to see what everyone else is asking, be sure to sign up for email updates here to get notified.
As a nurse I have pretty much seen it all, heard it all (…smelled it all)… there’s not much you could say that would make me blush… With that being said, however, let's keep it clean and professional, please! 😉
Now then, how can I help you? Looking forward to hearing from you!
(FYI, Since I don't know you personally, some of the demographic questions help me to put your question in better perspective. This information will not be included or posted in any identifying way and is totally optional. thanks!)
DISCLAIMER (Yo, this is important): Nurse Sarah is a Registered Nurse, NOT a medical doctor, nor does she claim to be. Nurse Sarah is not licensed to diagnose or treat any medical condition, and does not claim to be. The information provided through the Ask Nurse Sarah follow up posts are for general and sometimes entertainment purposes, and should absolutely not be mistaken for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment plan. The information provided by Nurse Sarah in response to your question(s) is not meant to be a replacement for seeking advice or treatment from your primary care physician. For obvious reasons, Nurse Sarah may not be able to address all questions submitted, so if you have an emergent situation or a condition requiring a physician's counsel, don't play… make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. If you have an emergency, call 911 or seek medical help ASAP. (If you need more clarification on this, please refer to my full disclaimer/disclosure here).