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  1. Buckeye.nurse

    Nursing Dreams and Nightmares

    I've had many a dream when I worked night shift (and slept at night on days off), where I would sit bolt upright in bed, panicking that I hadn't checked on my patients in awhile. Probably the craziest dream I had occurred while I still worked in pediatrics though. I dreamed that I came to work, and was told that I was floating to the NICU. Upon arriving, the charge nurse handed me my assignment with the 3 babies I was responsible for on it. When I walked over to the first bassinet and looked inside it was a baby *SQUIRREL*! I looked at my notecard for the patient, and it said "baby boy McNut". All I could think was "I can't believe I got floated to the NICU to take care of a squirrel!". Then I woke up. Ironically enough, when I went to work, I WAS floated to the NICU, but I cared for 3 human babies. :)
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    I don't have any baby names to add sadly. But, my favorite physician name of all time is Dr. Pepper. She was a pediatrician in North Carolina, and, needless to say, a hit with the kiddos!
  3. Buckeye.nurse

    What Did Joe See?

    Elkpark can certainly speak for her/himself, but I just had to say something after your last post Have Nurse. I respect your journey, the story you shared, and the spiritual peace you have achieved after troubled years earlier in your life. I've noticed though, over the years, that many Christians (not all, but many) assume that *THEIR* path to spiritual peace is the only path. Some people are Buddhists, Muslims, practice Hinduism, or are simply most at peace meditating in the middle of nature. To quote Maynard James Keenan from the band Tool~~ And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping The moon tells me a secret - my confidant As full and bright as I am This light is not my own and A million light reflections pass over me Its source is bright and endless She resuscitates the hopeless Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting And as I pull my head out I am without one doubt Don't wanna be down here soothing my narcissism. I must crucify the ego before it's far too late I pray the light lifts me out Before I pine away. So crucify the ego, before it's far too late To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical, And you will come to find that we are all one mind Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable. Just let the light touch you And let the words spill through And let them pass right through Bringing out our hope and reason... before we pine away. I don't want to argue with you Have Nurse. I just want to point out that there are many different interpretations of the light, and many different paths to inner peace.
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    Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide.

    Nurses are definitely part of the shrinking (and struggling) middle class. We are the link between 2 increasingly unequal extremes in America. On one side we have the working poor, such as Carla, who don't earn a livable wage, and only survive due to government assistance in one form or another. Between Carla and many nurses we have the working class that many forget about. They earn too much for government assistance (think $13/hr to $18/hr), but still struggle to meet all their financial obligations with the growing cost of living. Above nurses, (who top out at around $95,000/yr at my employer working 36 hours a week...a little overtime easily bumps that to $110,000), are the professional upper middle class....these are the lawyers, administrators, successful physicians, and engineers that we think of as "rich". The extremely wealthy that Brownbook mentions in her article (those making multi-millions) tend to stay hidden. They use the 150,000-250,000 income bracket as a shield, and cry about how affected that category will be when tax adjustments are mentioned in Congress. A completely different arm of the argument is the one that ApplewhiteRN brought up. I've been a nurse since before the crash in 2008. I remember the days of a 3-4% merit raise per year, plus a cost of living adjustment every other year. Our health insurance was affordable, and being admitted to the hospital was a flat $250 co-pay....MUCH different than what we have to budget for today. None of this probably will change though. I *do* feel lucky to be making a very solid middle class salary. I work 4 hours of overtime per week, and brought home enough last year to stay on budget, pay extra on the mortgage, put away a decent chunk of savings, pay for some small remodeling around the house, and fund a vacation. We need to find a balance where we don't turn a complacent eye to inequality (vote people!), but still enjoy the life we've been given to live.
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