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  • Mar 24

    Deciding to go to Grad School is a big decision with lots of planning and choices involved in preparation and organization along the way. In this Vlog I will share with your my journey through Grad School as I strive to achieve my goal of becoming an FNP - from beginning to end.

    Every week I will share a video about my experiences, accomplishments, embarrassments, fears, and tips. I hope you will stay tuned.

    This first video is the beginning of my journey from RN to FNP and details steps before I officially began my FNP journey.

    Some highlights include:

    1 ) Why did I choose Simmons College Online FNP program?

    2 ) Deciding to go to FNP is a big decision, which will require making certain sacrifices. In my case, I literally quit my job, sold most of my belongings and moved down South!

    3 ) Make sure to thoroughly read through your syllabus. Often, there are assignments due even before the first day of class. It wasn't until I looked again at my syllabus that I realized I had a quiz and a group project due before my first class, which was just a few days away.

    4 ) Before starting grad school, it's important to be prepared

    1. Purchase supplies - books, backpack, computer, etc
    2. Books can be expensive! Definitely shop around when purchasing books. Many sites and bookstores offer different deals on the same products
    3. Make sure you have an appropriate computer

    I hope you enjoy this first video.

    Fuel your passion. Fulfill your purpose.


    Episode 101: Before The Storm

  • Mar 24

    For any person that thinks that grad school will be a walk in the park, I’m sorry to burst your bubble! It’s not only time consuming, but also mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing. Many students are initially shocked by the challenging workload, and quickly realize grad school is more than what they had originally bargained for. In my case, just going over the syllabus was enough to increase my anxiety. As a full-time student, I can honestly tell you grad school will take over your life!

    In this episode, we take a look at what happened during my first week as an FNP student and do a quick overview of my classes.

    Some highlights include:

    1) My cousin's surprising outcome at the AC-NP board certification exam

    2 ) My first grad school quiz

    3 ) When preparing for the first class it’s important to be organized. I made sure to have my notes, wear the proper attire, have a snack, and be ready 20 minutes before class.

    4 ) How to combat school anxiety? Anxiety happens to the best of us. In my opinion, it’s best for students to tackle their problems head on, and focus on finding solutions rather than mulling over problems.

    5 ) Quick class overview

    6 ) My thoughts so far on my FNP program?

    I hope you enjoy Follow Me Through Grad School Episode 102: First Week of Classes!
    Just in case you missed it, be sure to watch Follow Me Through Grad School Episode 1 - Journey Before the Storm

    Until next time,

    Bizzy Bee

    Fuel your passion. Fulfill your purpose.

    Episode: First Week Of Classes

  • Mar 24

    There is no denying grad school can be stressful. Listening to lecture, working on homework assignments, being active on discussion boards, and attempting to finish all reading material can take more than forty hours a week to complete. Then add on family obligations, bills and work, there isn’t much time left for self-care. However, if one is to succeed in graduate school, self-care must be a priority.

    This week, as I drowned further into my studies, I began to go stir crazy. Luckily my cousin threw me a lifeline and convinced me to get my head out of the books and me out of the house.

    In this episode, I indulge in some much-needed self-care and go over what happened in class this week.

    Some highlights include:

    Self-care is an important factor to graduate school success. While you’re taking care of everything and everyone else, don’t neglect yourself. Take time for self-care. A few moments away from the books helped me to re-charge and able to tackle this week’s workload.

    It’s important when providing recommendations to your patients that it’s from evidence-based research, and not from popular press articles. Popular press tends to be less rigorous and more biased. Your patients depend on you as a provider to help decipher medical fact from fiction.

    I hope you enjoy Follow Me Through Grad School Episode 103: Going Stir Crazy. Let me know below, what do you do for self-care?

    Until next time,

    Bizzy Bee

    Fuel your passion. Fulfill your purpose.

    Episode 103: Going Stir Crazy

    Don't miss the first 2 episodes:

    Follow Me Through Grad School Episode 1 - Journey Before the Storm
    Follow Me Through Grad School Episode 2 - First Week of Classes

  • Mar 16


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  • Mar 10

    A painful experience in an organization where I spent almost more than 60% of my life

    First of all, please pardon me for my English grammar as it is not my first language. My sincere apologies for the lengthy reading but I felt it was required to give details to understand my story.

    Being one of the pioneer nurses, in an international institution with 28 years of experience, I am well known and respected by my professional colleagues including doctors, nurses and top management staff. For last 15-18 years, I was rated excellent in my annual performance appraisals by different supervisors.

    Couple of years back, I had a new supervisor Ms. Cathy (Pseudonym), the Director Nursing Services who was rejoining the institution after 15 years gap. I was one of the few members that recommended her hiring as I was on the interview panel. Things changed for me faster than anything after Ms. Cathy's joining. With passage of time, I felt that she did not like me and this was later on verbalized by many senior colleagues including the then chief executive officer who confronted this to my other colleagues.

    Using her authority, Ms. Cathy changed my assignments from clinical areas to nursing practice office where I was expected to develop policies, devise forms, conduct audits of patient care areas etc... Definitely I was not interested in these tasks. I love to work with patients and families. Nevertheless, I accepted but verbalized my feelings. Gradually, my assignments were reduced to do paper work that was the responsibility of her secretary. Once she assigned me to write her biography that she wanted to send to hospital's newsletter. I tried to protest but she did not listen. One day, she asked me to make hospital round to count number of stretchers and wheelchairs and check where these are parked in the facility. This task could be performed by a porter. I was feeling so devastated but could not raise my voice. Basically, I am a very strong person but I was unable to gather myself against the injustice. I was emotionally paralyzed by the treatment. Every night, I used to cry for hours in my bed. I spent a full vibrant life setting up policies, commissioning new units and participating in all the activities from beginning.

    One day, I received a call from the secretary that the Chief Operating Officer wants to see me. I went to his office. He welcomed me and asked how life was going. I said going fine but next what he said surprised me. He said, “I was wondering that you being a very strong woman; did not come to me to complain about what was going on with you. He said that he and the CEO was very well aware and could not expect that I will keep quite. I was in shock to hear this from him but for the first time, I bursted into tears in front of a senior leader. I do not know where I got the courage but I said that it is nice to know that you knew and but why the senior leadership not take any action. Still, I felt relieve that at least they knew and realized that I was a victim. Nevertheless, things remained almost unchanged for couple of months.

    One day, I was in my office when I noticed Ms. Cathy passed by my office. Her office was next to mine. In few minutes, she called me in her office to follow up on a workshop that was planned after two days for Head Nurses. I was responsible for logistic arrangements!!. I gave updates then she called another nurse manager to discuss on the day’s planning. At 2.00 pm I received a call from Human Resource Manager to check for my availability at 4.00 pm as the new CEO wanted to meet but did not share the agenda. The new CEO joined the organization only 3 months ago. When I went to his office, I was surprised to see the entire Nursing and HR management team there. The CEO asked HR manager to call Ms. Cathy. Everyone looked confused as no one knew what was going on. As Ms. Cathy came, CEO thanked her and requested her to take charge. Ms. Cathy with a heavy voice and teary eyes said “I wanted to inform you all that today is my last day at the institution” She then got up and left.

    Now everyone was shocked. We could not believe but in next 10 minutes, we received an email from CEO that Ms. Cathy has resigned with immediate effect. Next day, I received many calls and the colleagues that I met said they remembered me when they read the email. I kept silent…….there was no need to respond to this comment.

    I acknowledge that partially, I was responsible for not raising my voice. But tears roll over my cheeks whenever I remember the time I spent in those days

    Currently, I am working as Nursing Administrator in a different country but same institution

  • Mar 6

    Excellent article. It's too bad that the general public is intellectually lazy and doesn't take the time to appreciate the nuances of life with health conditions such as obesity, which is a multifaceted issue. Like you said, food is an integral part of our existence. Also, here is another point: food can be addictive. But while one can stop drinking, smoking, drugs etc. we cannot abstain from food. We have to eat to live. No, we don't have to eat Big Macs and chase them down with a quart of Coca-Cola, but if that's our usual diet, it's incredibly difficult to change.

    We have had many debates here on overweight/obese healthcare professionals, and I hope this one doesn't devolve into bickering between fat and fit. This article is well thought out, and it sets an example for the discussion that will inevitably follow. Thank you for providing a fresh perspective.

  • Mar 6

    I think people who propose "Healthcare workers should be fit otherwise they can't be trusted." or "I can't trust a fat doctor." have not properly thought out the situation. The statements are front doors to a complex situation of lifestyle that is similar for those working in health promotion and those that are not. Being a health professional should not place automatically place us on a pedestal with unrealistic standards.

    Divorce the Truth From it's Source.

    First, the truth is the truth no matter the source - whether it's coming from a fit doctor or one who's 50 pounds overweight. Objective information spread from a physician successfully crosses lines of culture, language, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and so on.

    Time Management.

    Second, it's perfectly plausible that the health professional is spending more time caring for others than caring for themselves. We all have 24 hours in a day. So if that nurse worked 36 hours of the past 72 hours at the hospital, then in the remaining 36 hours went home and took care of the kids, then went to sleep, then cooked dinner (again and again for 3 days), then they couldn't have been at the gym. I've yet to meet someone who's mastered being in two places at the same time...

    Elements of Lifestyle Consistency

    Third, consider the environment for being healthy. It's more than what your professional title is. Gym compliance goes down if you live farther from the gym. Imagine living 30 minutes away from it. You get dressed. Drive 30 minutes there. Work out for 1.5 hours. Shower. Drive 30 minutes -back- home. Eat/unwind at home and the total process took about 3.5 - 4 hours. That's 40 minutes more of a commitment than if the doctor could walk 10 minutes to/from the gym. This affects compliance with workouts.

    Food Beliefs

    How about beliefs about food? Imagine coming from a culture where food is a means of celebrating and showing affection. Do you think that deep seeded lifelong influence the nurse grew up in just vanishes the moment they get their nursing degree? No, it doesn't. Food is often a part of the celebration for a new college graduate. It's also a mainstay of funerals, birthdays, anniversaries, weekends, vacations, and so on.

    Imagine growing up in a household where it was acceptable to eat McDonald's regularly. In the U.S. one typically gets a Bachelor's of Nursing at 21 years old. So for 21 years, this McDonald's food belief has been embedded in that person and again, they don't just go away the moment a nursing degree is conferred on the graduate. Over 2 decades of thinking McDonald's is acceptable won't just vanish with a college degree.

    Remember growing up in this household and now add the social support system that's important in maintaining health. Your support system probably has similar food beliefs as you and that makes it hard to think differently. For example, the parent/caretaker tends to set eating and cooking habits for the entire family and they are often around for life - possibly being passed down to your children and circle of influence. Our social groups can be formed along common food beliefs as a means of likeness and a barrier towards cognitive dissonance. If you don't want to feel guilty for overeating or being non-compliant with a diet, then you will tend to eat with the like minded and avoid those who diet successfully.

    If a person makes such a claim as described above without acknowledging the whole conversation and factors I've listed: food beliefs, time management, elements of consistency, and divorcing the truth from it's source, then I believe you're talking to an unenlightened person who so readily makes foolish claims.

  • Mar 1

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    Ah the good old random number generators
    Yep. Accuracy of body temperature can be important. Which is why I'm amazed these things exist.

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    I love the idea of this thermometer. Sadly having used it I found it to be was wildly inaccurate clinically.

  • Mar 1

    We use temp-sensing Foleys on our more severely injured trauma patients for constant monitoring. As for possibly septic neonates, rectal is standard. I have a rectal thermometer on my baby registry, period. While I appreciate the convenience of temporal thermometers, I might hesitate to base treatment off of them, knowing there are a lot of variables (user error/bad technique being a big one). I will have to look further into the statement that it correlates with a PA catheter — that is interesting. The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) also has some recent best-practice guidelines that I am going to revisit. Food for thought.

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  • Mar 1

    This thermometer is the WORST. You can try three times in a row and be off a degree centigrade. I've tried on both sides of my own forehead and been 38 on one side and 36.5 on the other.

  • Mar 1

    The video was very helpful. I think we would have had better luck with these in my clinical setting if staff had been educated better - I imagine that many false readings were due to poor technique.

  • Mar 1

    When my hospital switched to Exergen, we had a terrible time getting accurate temps, we didn't even have consistency in how much they'd be off. I wrote to the company to find a way to improve our readings, but their suggestions made no difference. It wasn't unusual to have temps 1-2 degrees Celcius positive or negative. My personal worst was 4 degrees Celcius off, and nearly missing a septic kid.