VanLpn 3,309 Views
Joined Dec 5, '07.
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As I'm getting older, I find that I have less tolerance for meat, dairy and processed food. It actually makes me physically ill.
Every morning I make fresh juice: lemon slices, kale, berries and a scoop of vanilla whey powder. You can mix any combination of fruits you like and blend it.
Snacks are usually eggs, oatmeal, nuts or more fruit.
Dinner is vegetables and brown rice. I'll eat ground turkey or chicken twice a week and fish another day.
Everyone is different, but the processed foods and hidden sugars are terrible and promote weight gain.
Would an MSN in let's say Education or Nurse Manager track be helpful in redeeming my substandard GPA?
Probably. If you can complete a MSN with a competitive GPA, you should be able to find a program that would give you the opportunity to do as post-masters NP.
My commute is an hour which is long/far for the area where I live. I'm used to it though because the college I attended for years is about the same distance....and not only did I not get paid, but I spent money to go!
I did have the opportunity to take a job closer to home (20 minutes) but I chose the job farther away because it's where I really wanted to work. I would rather have to drive far to a job I like than walk next door to a job I hate.
It does make for a long day when doing 12 hour shifts, and I can never run late because it's not like I can jump out of the bed and race to work on time. Still, I think it's worth it in the end. Luckily, I drive an older, small car that's good on gas.
To me it just screams: Please Don't Sue Us, or Talk Negatively about Your Stay...
What's really SICK is the dissection of this idea.
That society trusts the nurse- not the Corporation.
They are writing the card through your respect, your NAME, and your reputation that you earned by your sweat, your earned trust, your sacrificed back, sore muscles, and sometimes even your tears,...all because:
They've damaged their reputations as uncaring profit driven, procedure delaying, unethical deciding, money grubbing, chess playing, jet-setting, mafia like, god complexic, and irresponsible brats. They can't even pretend to be "human" anymore.
This is mind blowing obvious- they can't write the cards because they know it will be laughed at- and they'll probably send it with their bill which they know would be hypocritical.
The patients know the hospital makes their money by diagnosis, and gets them discharged ASAP ready or not!
"...So we'll mask the monster we are by the precious, caring, and trusted name of our Nurses!"
It's all about Preventive Damage Control- NOT GRATITUDE!!! Do you think their trying to promote our name,... Or theirs? Don't tarnish my name- it's mine! You are renting my knowledge and service- you have no right to my name.
I'm NOT a Marketing Agent, a Damage Control Agent, or a Rented Reputation- I am a Nurse(who can decide all by myself where to sign my John Henry!).
"Dear Patient A:
I'm so very glad that we got a chance to know each other after you fell down 6 stairs and broke your femur. I hope that you can recall your excellent stay at Most Awesome Hospital with fondness ... the surgery, the pain, the joy of personal hygiene with immobility. Please visit us again at your earliest convenience.."
"Dear Patient B:
How thoughtful of you to make your hospital stay so memorable for nurses, physicians, ancillary staff, other patients and visitors, and everyone who came within 20 feet of you. Your colorful descriptions of your planned actions if you didn't get pain meds "on time" were so entertaining! And the Oscar-worthy performance when your out-of-town children arrived ... brilliant! We look forward to your repeat performance of Noncompliance: The Trilogy in the near future."
If y'all need more ideas I can keep writing ...
Aaaaaaand that little "must do" would effectively spell the end of CheesePotato's nursing career. Really. Because my mind immediately went to the following chestnut:
"Dear Gentleman of 513B--
That we stand here on the cusp of your release from the hospital to long term intensive care, I would like to take this time to reflect on our time together and offer heartfelt thanks.
Thank you so much for not only drinking and driving but going that extra mile for excellence and bringing it all home with a well placed, "LOL U no it buddyz" text that effectively helped you flip your car across a four lane expressway. I mean, I really didn't need sleep anyway, so getting called out at two AM to flood you with blood products, realign your pelvis, both femurs, your tibia, ulna, place a couple chest tubes and rex open a bit of your skull was exactly what I needed. Let us not forget the vomit and blood on my shoes and scrubs to the point it saturated my undergarments. I had been meaning to swap them out anyway.
Oh, and those other two that suffered from your awesomeness? Yeah, that just made my night way fantastic.
Ah yes, memories.
Thank you. Truly. Thank you.
Love and snuggles,
Can you say terminated?
For the life of me, I will never understand management. Last year they wanted us to start verbally thanking patients for "allowing us to participate in their care". Really? You flipped your ATV while high as a kite. This is not really a highlight in my world right now, thank you.
But, may I suggest writing out a few quick fill form letters and having them placed on rubber stamps? Think of the time you will save while meeting your quota of thank you letters!
A certain Lemur mentioned something about a Thank You note meme and after I got done coughing my gum back up out of my lung, I decided that was a splendid idea. Give me a day to get it all ironed out, but it will be a sister blog to my current one *see my profile for details. All credit goes to Lemur for something that is pure hilarity and genius. ::salutes::
Shows that it's not just people without a job or low paying jobs that can be crazy and kill people.
Commuter, what, exactly, is the point of this post?
Nurses are no different from the rest of the population. Why would we think we are exempt from deviant behavior ? Kind of a macabre topic
If you are not a good communicator in the country you are working, you are not a competent nurse.
Not only do you need to communicate well with your patients - and they can have all types of accents speaking english (if we are discussing english speaking country) but you need to speak clearly and precise to all colleagues and medical staff - and this means on the phone as well, which is where many fall down, in non and emergency conditions as well as the natives, even if you are from the Phillipines.!!
Been there, done that, been in coroners court with overseas educated nurse that had no idea, in emergency situation, what anybody was talking about and took no responsiblity because they were proud of where they came from professional....not.
I can speak french, very well, but would not think myself a competent nurse, in any french speaking country. As i have never had a french test.
I can be as proud to be as I like....I tend to think Australian Nurses are best and proud of it......but if they cannot speak the overseas country's language, fluently and pass language tests for said country they want to work, then they are not competent.
They may just be great in all nursing skills only - and thats being task orientated not giving holistic care and dangerous with misscommunication.
Because, anecdotally, that has not been the norm, though such things do happen. I was referring, however (while failing to mention it), to more emergent things like cancer screenings when other diagnostics point toward it, organ failures, and the like. And chest pain will get me a room right away.
I don't know about where you live / work, but in my ED, if I go in with the worst headache of my life, I get an immediate head CT. If something shows, and immediate MRI. Same with bad abdominal pain - CT. They find a brain bleed or clot, immediate surgery. They find seriously blocked small intestine, immediate admit and treatment.
I remember reading a few years back (may have changed by now) that *all* of Canada had only as many MRIs as Detroit.
/shrug YMMV. I can only go off of my experiences and those with whom I communicate / read about.
I don't find waiting 16 hours in an ED (socialized) a better system. And we do have one of the most advanced / more equipment per capita systems in the world.
Waiting several months for a CT because there are fewer machines per capita is, IMHO, *not* at better system, though yes, it is cheaper.
Plus, the main reason so many other nations' citizens have longer life spans is because of better health *choices* made, not because of better health 'care'. Again, IMHO.
There are also people who through no fault of their own...done everything right....worked a good job, worked hard all their life, paid more that their fair share of taxes, and been a n upstanding citizen and employee that have fallen on hard times or been stricken with a debilitating/catastrophic disease who have lost their jobs, their insurance and now are "UN-insurable" and are denied insurance. Does this mean they don't "deserve" healthcare? That they are better left for dead and kicked to the side of the road as unworthy?
There is a growing population of working poor, especially in suburban America, who bust their behinds..... working 2 and 3 mediocre jobs.....to give their family the best possible life..... that don't offer insurance because corporate greed is too cheap to lose their profit margin and simply cannot afford commercial insurance and make too much money to receive assistance, they simply don't qualify....that go to the emergency room for basic care because they can't be told "no you can't have an appointment because you don't have insurance" or cash up front before we will treat you. Who come to the ED because they are give an appointment 3 months down the road because that is the next medicare/medicaid appointment available.
You never know when you will find yourself in that place..There but for the Grace of God go I.
The system is completely broke...shattered into pieces. I know this personally these days.....I don't know if it can be fixed. Being ill has been....shall I say....enlightening, unpleasant, shocking, and disappointing. Words cannot express what I have experienced as a new chronic consumer (chronic being the key word). Appalling...and I have insurance....at least for now.
But I also know that healthcare should not be doled out according to the ability to pay.....that only those who pay receive....for then we are deciding who lives and dies by their wallet....and that's not right....the first true of medicine is...Do No Harm.
Please think about that...
We have people on this forum who are working, yet can't afford health insurance. WORKING, and have no health insurance! WORKING, and have no health insurance. WORKING, and have no health insurance. WORKING, and have no health insurance. Yet you believe it is ok to fund the healthcare of those who don't even lift a finger to help themselves?
Does that really sound right to you? I'm asking.
The problem is really where do we draw the lines? Who do we leave out and let in? Who gets stuck with the check? There really is no perfect answer.
We all grew up learning that socialism is bad. That is not necessarily true. Other industrialized countries do a very good job with government supported health care. Check out this organization:
Physicians for a National Health Program
Physicians for a National Healthcare Program
Last I checked the data the U.S. ranked 49th--yes, 49th--in infant mortality. Given the resources of the United States, this is a disgrace. As a nation, we are only as strong as our weakest segment of the population. Just sayin'. . .
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