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RN and blogger extraordinaire; from OR , US
Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

The original Mental Health Awareness Month was actually established in 1949 by Mental Health America, an organization dedicated to advocacy for people who live with mental illnesses such as major...

When Hospice Goes Wrong

"Do not go gently into that good night...Rage, rage against the dying of the light." That was my husband's philosophy after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2013. He'd...

LTC 101: What To Expect

Not every long-term care nurse chooses LTC as a profession. Sometimes, it chooses us. But no matter how you've arrived at your first job in a nursing facility, there are challenges awaiting you...

"State's Here!": Demystifying the Long-Term Care Survey

It's the same every year: a contingent from "The State" invades your facility and commences with scrutinizing your work, poring over your records, nosing around the kitchen and dining areas, and...

The Top 10 Things I Loved About Nursing

As a nurse who has left the clinical side of the profession, I've had a little time recently to ponder both the good and bad aspects of the vocation I chose long ago. And although it got to be too...

The Hunger Games

`urp` groannnnnnn...... How in the name of all that is reasonable is it possible to eat this much and not blow up??! I just polished off a two-enchilada dinner, complete with salsa and chips plus a...

Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 4

If you are a nurse diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or any other psychiatric illness, you are probably doing all you can to maintain your mental health: you're taking your medications as ordered,...

Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 2

If you are a nurse who suffers from a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, you probably have had difficulties in obtaining, and then keeping a job. Many of us have spotty...

World Bipolar Day

This Thursday, March 30th, is the fourth annual World Bipolar Day. The date was chosen because it is also the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who is widely believed to have had bipolar disorder. It was...

The Devil and Delta Webster

I could hear the complaining all the way down the hall as I clocked in for my shift. "Will somebody tell me again why we don't have air conditioning!?" "Because the owner's too cheap to put it in."...

The Stranger Within: It Does Get Better

On my computer desk stands a brightly painted wooden figurine of a toucan, a souvenir of a part of Mexico I've never visited and probably never will. His garish red, green, and pink feathers are...

Surveyor: The First Week

I really had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I knew pretty well what state surveyors did from being on the receiving end of entrance conferences, interrogations, citations, and exit...

Hanging It Up

It seems almost unreal: in six days, I will don my scrubs, put my name badge on, and go to work at the nursing home like I have almost every weekend since last July. I will pass meds, listen to...

Just Another Day in Paradise

It's Saturday morning at Paradise Nursing and Rehabilitation Center*, and I've just arrived on the floor to pass the 0900 meds. Spying my cart, I can see that Mac has already been there, for once...

Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 3

Among the challenges of being a healthcare professional with a mental disorder, perhaps none is so difficult as maintaining one's composure during an exacerbation of illness. Not only is it...


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