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    Potential MN Nurses Strike?

    'Zero progress' in nurse contract talks; another strike looms | Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ To the previous poster...I am a medically-retired ALPA member, To all you Nurses, do everything in your power to avoid crossing a picket line. If you compromise yourselves now, you will NEVER regain what you lost. To the strikers... Stand strong. Stand tall. Put your big-girl panties on (most of your are Female). If you give up now, you WILL regret it forever. "Those things that cause pain, instruct."
  2. wanna bet? no registration required, but almost certainly time-sensitive. chicago:nurse wage-fixing settlement http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0314-whistleblower--20100313,0,4296655.story
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    MY Employer Would NEVER Do That: Nurse wage-fixing settlement

    I'm not taking sides here, but let's not forget that reality is often a function of perception. In response, you might wish to consider this tome. http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Male-Power-Warren-Farrell/dp/0425181448 Incidentally, the author is the ONLY MAN IN THE U.S. to have been elected THREE times to the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women in New York City. Sorry, but I don't apologize for being born with a penis. I don't use it as a weapon either.
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    In Hard Times, Lured Into Trade School and Debt

    EXCELLENT choices...all around. Having the Fed pay for your education, while you gain leadership skills. Easy on the Kia reference, as you become an Officer, your subordinates will NOT take that attitude well. One of the leading causes of Leadership Failure is leaders being openly disrespectful of their troops. Here's a Female Naval Captain who refused to fall on her sword, so her superiors helped her out. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1969602,00.html And to keep it balanced, here's a Male CO that suffered the same fate. http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/05/navy_burke_co_fired_070521/
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    In Hard Times, Lured Into Trade School and Debt

    Here is ONE thing to be aware of: If at all possible avoid Sallie Mae-based loans. Try anything...and I mean ANYTHING else. Sallie Mae loans ARE NOT discharged in BK (bankruptcy). Nobody wants to be reduced to using the Bankruptcy Code for relief, but it does happen...often to people who do everything in their power to avoid THAT walk. You are then stuck with: A significant loan, with (usually) sub-market interest rates. No job (or at least not the job you hoped for). Being a young person with the rest of their life to pay off the loan. The earlier poster who mentioned her cheap Kia scored a bullseye. Treat your educational and occupational goals with the same critical analysis that you would use to evaluate a potential spouse. If it (or they) do not add value, they get the heave-ho. As a friend told me..."Student Loans - The Next Sub-prime" "...The rivers are full of crocodile nasties And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass..." "Bungle In The Jungle" - Jethro Tull
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    Good Luck With THIS Hot Mess

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/hea/1587550607.html and then in a somewhat related "vein" ...something else that I've mentioned here before "ad nauseam" Be sure to consider the similarities between these two fine professions. The stuff you see on this show on Tuesday WILL be attempted with the Nursing profession, albeit in a somewhat different format. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/flyingcheap/
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    Nursing crisis looms as baby boomers age

    Situations like this are exactly the reason why I abandoned the altruistic (and it IS altruistic) goal of becoming a Nurse. Never, ever forget to capitalize your title... Nurse. I'm a smart guy...54 years old; Daddy / Lung CA survivor / medically-retired Airline Pilot / 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate / shot at once - stabbed twice (when I was young & full of p!ss & vinegar) / boatload of real-life technology experience. Kids and animals love me (well almost always - but that's another story). I learned an old saying a long time ago... You fix the poop... Or the poop fixes you. (I'm confident you know which word to insert. If you really don't there is NOTHING more I can do.) When female Nurses are ready to put their Big Girl Panties on... And male Nurses are ready to grow a pair of balls... Get ready to walk away. Don't you realize what you have in common? Have you been SO deluded by the concept of "doing good" that you've forgotten to take care of yourselves? You've neglected your own physical / spiritual /emotional health to help others and enrich a few? Someone...anyone, please tell me why Nurses should carry the water? I've posted before about this...read some of my previous postings. The constant drumbeat cannot be ignored...get your asses to work. Nurse: You Go First. Take care of yourselves. Look out for your competent coworkers. Mentor the "young" HAHAHA Could you imagine ME as a newly minted Nurse. I'll light a candle for you.
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    Flu Spreading at Unbelievable Rate

    One major perception problem is folks feeling that when you have the sniffles and a runny nose, you have the "flu". Ergo...Swine Flu Meh When I was in my late 20's I had the "flu". Man, it was AWFUL, and I was useless for AT LEAST a week, and I was REAL tough back then. I'm keeping my head down and keeping my hands cleaner than ever. What's the old saying? "Denial...it's more than a river in Egypt."
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    So how often do nurses have sex in the hospital?

    Note to the OP: If you truly believe that television & other media reflect reality on a regular basis...remember, television is ENTERTAINMENT. You might want to pick up a book / take a walk / listen to your favorite music. Jon & Kate Exploit 8 & American Idle are two shows that instantly come to mind. Everyone needs a break, and for many television is their preference, which is fine. But there is also no doubt in my mind that television can really skew the "reality calibration" level in some folks.