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  1. missmercy

    When One Child Is Enough

    As an adopted child, who is ...obviously... all for the idea of adoptiong, I have just recently endured the suffering with a dear friend the loss of 3 babies in a row -- she lost them all very early in her pregnancies, and has been devistated each time. She and her husband are so sedperate to have a child of their own -- as a mom, with two children -- I can understand that too. There is nothing that compares to looking into eyes that look exactly like your own, seeing your husband's smile duplicated in miniature on another face, hearing his chuckle from a little body, watching your father's walk mimiced in your son's steps..... for some... the horrible anguish and trauma of multiple loss are worth it! I can't put a price on that. I never had to . In the wisdom/ providence of God/Fate I was fortunate enough not to have to. Now that I have been granted that -- would I go through fire for it? You bettcha!! Would I fight like a wild woman to protect it? Yes! What mom wouldn't protect her gang at all cost? I know I would do my darndest to keep my gang safe! Isn't this drive similar to what drives these folks --sort of? I just know I count myself very blessed and spend an awful lot of time praying/wishing for grace and peace for those who so desperately want a baby of their own to love while there are so many unwanted, wnloved little ones out there needing homes and love!
  2. I have been blessed with a warped sense of humor too... am able to find a glimpse of a silver lining somewhere in nearly any situation or at least am willing to look for one. In spite of many illnesses and difficult situations I have been able to find joy and fulfillment in lfe and have been able to keep my family and friends in stitches humorously while I have had moret than a few literal ones. I agree with Leslie -- and many a successfull comedian, TIMING is everything! Perhaps some of those who find themselves being reprimanded for cracking jokes etc are not paying attention to the time and place they are excercising their funny bones. Keeping things light as a rule of thumb, avoiding taking ourselves too seriously and looking for the bright side of things are always a good practice and can only lead us to positive outcomes. Gloom and doom views of life, and negative predictions are only going to lead us to negative outcomes. Why set ourselves up to fail? If being positive MIGHT give us an edge -- I'm all for taking the advantage it might give me!!! Who wouldn't!?!
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    Reality TV : Nurses

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    How can you say you're not paid well?

    What I keep hearing from the nurses I represent is not really that they are ticked off about money exactly -- it is more closely related to lack of respect their profession recieves, the long hours they work, the fact that they are not compensated for higher education, they put themselves in some extremely dangerous situations at high levels of risk of exposure to deadly things and recieve no compensation for the added risks there...... and we wonder why there is dissatisfaction? Add to that the medical field has trained many physicians to view these competant professionals as their slaves, that they deserve to be treated with limited respect and should be blamed for every possible error in judgement that they (the physician) can possibly blame them for-- and God forbid that nurses be considered ad a valued part of the medical team!!! YEAH! under-paid seems to be the tipp of the ice burg in my office!
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    ER the T.V. Show

    I don't watch TV much any more, so can't say I caught the show. I am all for shows the portray the medical profession as just that the medical PROFESSION! I am SOOOO tired of shows in which the doctor is sleeping with his nurse/receptionist/patient, or the nurse sleeping with the resident/coworker/patient or the storylines that make us all out to be catty, drug abusing, lazy, and/or fraudulant. I am just glad to hear that there is a show out there that is making us out to be competent, caring professionals that are doing our best in trying situations!
  6. I pity those of you who have had poor experiences with educators. It is a shame that those bad examples have jaded you toward educators as a speciality though. If you had a dentist you were unhappy with, would that cause you to write off all dentists? How about all mechanics? All plumbers? Granted- there are aa vast number of "pseudo educators" wandering the hallways of facilities giving inservices or lecturing staff on techniques with little knowledge of the procedure and even less about the learning process fo those they are teaching: but there are also those of us who have worked very hard as staff nurses, continued on with our education to get degrees in nursing education -- specifically to learn how to best teach nurses how to be better nurses. I love being a nurse and teaching nursing as well. I love teaching adult learners -- they are motivated, intelligent and often interested. You are right, not everyone can teach! It is a specialty -- a gift - a calling -- much like nursing is. And to teach nursing - Whew!
  7. OOOOOHHHH! Low blow.:stone Educators not only CAN, but have to be able to DO it AND explain it to others in simple enough terms that the novices can understand it and be able to figure out how to do it too. Anybody can go through motions -- monkeys can be trained to DO stuff -- higher intelligence is needed to teach and train the monkeys!
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    Advice please re: evil clinical instructor

    Thanks for posting this!! This must have been REALLY difficult to do at the time-- risky, scary etc. BUT it was really the best move for everyone involved. by NOT saying anything to anyone, not only do you make other students suffer with this horrible teacher, demoralizing yourself and tme, but you put patients at risk!! IF she is coming off a 12 hour shift and them supervizing ( we must use that term very loosley in this situation) inexperienced students, she is putting people in a very dangerous position!!!! I am sorry if she is stressed at home or if she doesn't really want to teach any more -- all that considered, maybe she (like the other teacher mentioned) is looking for a way out -- you COULD be doing her ( along with countless students, patients and theri families a favor) regardless of the surrounding circumstances, her behavior is unprofessional and needs to stop!! I would think your lecture prof, your advisor or the program chair would all be potential folks to go to. P{LEASE consider talking to someone though!! Express your concern about potential backlash but make sure they know that your concern for your fellow students, the patients you all care for, their families and your own well-being is on your mind too!!!
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    taking priviledges away

    Are they yanking privileges because they are punishing staff for not getting enough done -- like grounding you?! Or what?! How big of a unit is this? How big is this organization? I can only imagine what kind of riot would ensue if management tried to remove coffee pots from our nursing units here!!! I think talking and reading would have been more easily tolerated than caffine withdrawl!!!! Something is seriously wrong with how this scenerio is sounding!!! If management there thinks that they have to police their staff that strongly -- they have either done a very poor job at choosing their staff, a very poor job at training their staff or have some serious control issues which sound like they were potty trained WAY TOO EARLY!!! Whispering in the back room?! Give me a break! Do they have the place bugged yet?:angryfire Not even allowing you to read professional journals that would relate to improving patient care?! HMMMM! There has to be some major history to this story -- would love to hear it.
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    I hate Anatomy/Physiology class!

    As noted above, the instructor can be a huge factor!! Unfortunately, you can't wave a magic wand and turn your boring, dry, snoozer of a prof into a dynamic, interesting and fun professor who gives you neat acrostics and funny stories to help you memorize the materials. Your best bet -- don't assume the worst about the material!!! The human body is just too cool for words! It is a fantastic machine, a complex and incredible work of art, chemistry in motion and a design wonder!!! Look past the dry lists of bones and muscles, insertion sites and origins. Try to consider those lists as parts of the whole -- imagine them as parts of this incredible symphony - each vitally important to the proper function and poetic flow of this awesome creature - each with a specific function and form that enables it to serve a specific purpose that enables the whole to serve a greater purpose. It becomes rather incredible and mind boggling!! Then, when you have sufficiently put yourself in awe of how cool this thing (this body) is, and you have developed a respect for how it has to work together to function correctly -- then take it apart in your mind to find out how each piece does it's own thing to make the whole thing great!! We had study groups that made up hystericlly funny annagrams or acrostics and poems to help us remember things -- and being able to see how they all fit into the BIG picture -- seemed to make it all make more sense.
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    nursing school survival kit

    Small bottles of H202 -- to get nasty stuff off your uniforms!!!(or trial sized stain removers) Love the "big brother/big sister" phone number idea!!
  12. missmercy

    think my tonsills may be colonized...

    Uh-OH! I'll probably hemorrhage and die!!!:rotfl:
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    think my tonsills may be colonized...

    I have been "chatting" with my Doc about this too -- constantly irritated throat, allergies make it truly miserable, snore like a hurricane and have apnea too -- he thinks it may be a good idea to get them out and give the airway a bit more "breathing room" so to speak. Have heard pros and cons to laser removal as opposed to "the old fashioned way" -- most guys around here are lasering. My son had the same difficulties: allergies/drainage, swollen/sore throat,snoring etc. He doesn't have any trouble now --occasional seasonal bouts with allergies but no more LOUD snoring, no more constant colds.... sounds good to me!!!
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    Dui

    Lost a childhood chum to a drunk driver 2 weeks ago. 6PM -- left the 7 kids (all under 12) at home with hubby and went to get groceries. 5 miles from home, drunk speeding sown the back road, hits a bump, goes airborn -- out of control -- right into Terri's van - she never saw him coming -- at least no time to react. Cops had to inform the guy he had killed someone -- he "thought he remembered hitting something -- thought it was a dog or a tree or something." Now I have 7 psuedo nieces and nephews who are without a mommy, their dad drives a truck for a living and they have been homeschooled until now -- talk about major life changes!!!! Yes, the pictures are graphic and yes, they are terribly sad! But as the poster stated -- maybe seeing what happened could stop someone else from making the same stupid mistake of thinking that "just a couple" won't hurt anyone!! I could post one of the kids at the funeral or of the husband sitting out by the garden staring off into space trying to figure out what to do next....or the three of the four musketeers that are left -- trying to get through a song at the funeral -- Christmas this year at their house....... People NEED to know how their choices affect others!!
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    Just when you think you've heard it all......

    It doesn't surprize me -- unfortunately I think it probably happens alot more than we find out about. When I was in high school -- I was a certified NA, worked at a retirement home -- "assisted living at it's finest" or so they said. I worked from 3-11P. After the kitchen crew had finished cleaning up (usually by 7), I was the only staff member on until the next shift -- she was then the only person on until the kitchen gang got in to start breakfast. (like the kitchen gang was going to leave the kitchen and come out to help with ANYTHING!) We had 35 residents -- all 70 or older, a couple of rather excentric gals, a few senile folks and almost every a medical condition of some sort. The building was 3 floors tall, and I carried a cordless phone with me on "security rounds" - so residents could call me if they needed assistance -- or I could call 911 "just in case". I was also responsible for "giving meds to any residents who required suppertime or bedtime meds. Nothing horrible ever happened on my shift -- a couple of falls, a drunk guy sneaking into an empty room to sleep it off, a resident dropping his cig butt in the trash -- got the fire out right away -- he was sitting in the dining room -- just happened to be locking DR doors to the patio when he did it. But a midnight gall found a resident on the floor in the hallway -- apparently she had started down to the desk for some reason and then fell in the hall on her way to her room -- tried to get to her room to phone for help -- had an MI and died -- probably within 10 mins of the staff member doing her 2A rounds.
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    Just when you think you've heard it all......

    It doesn't surprize me -- unfortunately I think it probably happens alot more than we find out about. When I was in high school -- I was a certified NA, worked at a retirement home -- "assisted living at it's finest" or so they said. I worked from 3-11P. After the kitchen crew had finished cleaning up (usually by 7), I was the only staff member on until the next shift -- she was then the only person on until the kitchen gang got in to start breakfast. (like the kitchen gang was going to leave the kitchen and come out to help with ANYTHING!) We had 35 residents -- all 70 or older, a couple of rather excentric gals, a few senile folks and almost every a medical condition of some sort. The building was 3 floors tall, and I carried a cordless phone with me on "security rounds" - so residents could call me if they needed assistance -- or I could call 911 "just in case". I was also responsible for "giving meds to any residents who required suppertime or bedtime meds. Nothing horrible ever happened on my shift -- a couple of falls, a drunk guy sneaking into an empty room to sleep it off, a resident dropping his cig butt in the trash -- got the fire out right away -- he was sitting in the dining room -- just happened to be locking DR doors to the patio when he did it. But a midnight gall found a resident on the floor in the hallway -- apparently she had started down to the desk for some reason and then fell in the hall on her way to her room -- tried to get to her room to phone for help -- had an MI and died -- probably within 10 mins of the staff member doing her 2A rounds.
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