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  • Jul 7 '16

    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.

  • Oct 9 '14

    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.

  • Dec 12 '12

    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.

  • Dec 10 '12

    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!).

  • Dec 10 '12

    "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 ...

  • Dec 9 '12

    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::

  • Dec 9 '12

    Quote from FaithGurl93
    Shows that it's not just people without a job or low paying jobs that can be crazy and kill people.
    Really?! Are you serious? What a weird comment.

    There have been a lot of killers who had good paying jobs that were crazy and killed people. Ted Bundy, The BTK killer, John Wayne Gacy-well, they're a few that come to mind. There's even been rumors that Jack the Ripper was a member of the Royal family.

    Why should nurses be exempt from this? I'm 50 and quite aware of a lot of the killers on this list. Why is it so shocking to read about them? You and the rest of the nurses in this big world are human just like the rest of us. Going to college and getting a degree and a career doesn't exempt someone from being "crazy" as you put it.

    You don't have to be "crazy" to commit murder.

  • Dec 9 '12

    Quote from noahsmama
    Commuter, what, exactly, is the point of this post?
    Quote from echoRNC711
    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
    There's a reason why I included a paragraph-long disclaimer at the very beginning of the article before diving into this topic which points out that some readers might feel that the topic of killer nurses is inappropriate, unbecoming or distasteful on a forum for professional nursing. Anyone who is extremely disturbed by the subject matter or believes there's no point has the option of not reading it.

  • Dec 8 '12

    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.

  • Dec 7 '12

    Quote from DC Collins
    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.

    DC :-)
    I'm a little skeptical that Detroit has more than 225 MRI machines. They do have fewer CT and MRI scanner per capita than we do (about 1/2 and 1/4 respectively) and they probably have too few, although we probably have too many.

    Canada does play it a bit cheap when it comes to healthcare, although they aren't as drastically inferior to the US as it's often made out to be. The claim that gets repeated often is that things are so bad Canadians flock the US for decent care. This is probably one of more scientific reviews of this supposed phenomenon: Phantoms In The Snow: Canadians’ Use Of Health Care Services In The United States

    There's also the story that gets repeated so often it can seem like they're all different stories; The story of Shona Holmes "brain tumor". As the story goes she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in Canada and told she would have to wait for surgery. She got a second opinion from an American doctor who supposedly told her she would need surgery immediately or she would die, the Mayo clinic in Arizona happily offered to perform the surgery for her immediately, for $100,000.

    As it turned out, she didn't have brain cancer, she had been diagnosed with a Rathke's cleft cyst, a benign cyst that rarely requires surgical intervention. The mayo clinic later stated that this type of cyst has never been known to be fatal. The surgery for this type of cyst averages $14,000 in the US (she paid $100,000) and typically involves a wait time in the US as well as symptoms are slow to progress and not fatal.

    So basically that is sort of a good example of US healthcare; you'll have something done to you that you may not need, but at least you won't have to wait long to pay too much for something you might not have needed.

  • Dec 7 '12

    Quote from DC Collins
    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.

    DC :-)
    Strange, I've waited over 16 hours in an ED. A couple months for testing. Longer for surgery. And that's here in the good ol' USA. And then I had great big bills after all was said and done. How is that better than socialized?

  • Dec 7 '12

    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 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 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.

  • Dec 7 '12

    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.
    I'm saying that I'd rather help everyone at the risk of helping a few who "don't deserve it" instead of screwing everyone, including those in this thread, just so I can punish those you think "don't deserve it."

  • Dec 7 '12

    Quote from M.Nurse
    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.
    How about we all take care of each other and stop worrying about how much it's going to cost us? Maybe then we wouldn't have children starving to death while we throw enormous amounts of food in the garbage, or people dying of diseases we have medicine/cures for simply because they can't afford it...

    What's really sad is that it is absolutely possible for there to be worldwide freedom from hunger, fear, poverty, most diseases and so on, but it will never happen because human beings are inherently selfish despite all those people who argue against evolution claiming that we are nothing like "monkeys" because of our higher intelligence, the most important of which is our ability to empatize, love and show compassion, yet we let our own people freeze to death on the street, let children starve to death, we fight with each over things that don't matter and it doesn't even have to be that way, we make it or allow it to be that way! But we can't change things because it's "too complicated", requires too much effort from us when we might have to miss the lates episode of American Idol or it might cost us a little extra in taxes even though we blow thousands each on nonsense items such as $800 purses and twenty pairs of shoes and eat out 5 days a week. Come on, do some of you people even listen to yourselves?

    Our world is BROKEN people and it is only getting worse. You can't say you don't see it because it is right there in front of our faces everyday on the news, in the newspapers, the way we see other people behave these days and everytime we flip on any random channel on TV.

    I find myself withdrawing more and more from society each year...within a few years I expect our farm to be completely self-dependent, we will have money and time set aside to help different local charities (because we ourselves had to learn how to work our way up from homeless and next year we will be college graduates thanks to help from only a few kind hearted people and government "handouts") but other than our few select friends, the only outside contact we will have to deal with will be employment. I don't even watch TV anymore, just movies with no commercials.

    Sometimes my husband gets upset with me when I will take one of the only two dollars I have to bUy me something unimportant, like an energy drink or snack and give it to one of the random people begging on the corner by the local store. He says I've seen that guy at the store buying cigerettes or beer or whatever, and I tell him I don't care what he uses it for, he says he needs it and I have it so I GIVE IT, because others have given to me. I do not claim to be God so I cannot judge someone, I cannot claim to know someones life story or why the do or are the way they are...WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU FOR HELP YOU GIVE IT AND YOU DON'T ASK FOR ANYTHING IN RETURN, THAT'S THE MEANING OF GIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec 7 '12

    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'. . .