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  1. Caring for kids with leukemia, I did the nurse tech end of a lot of transfusions (vital signs). The exact procedures (tubing and all) are likely to vary from school to school and hospital to hospital. What matters most is to understand why each item in the procedure is done. That'll keep you from neglecting what matters. For instance, I wonder about checking the vital signs after 15 minutes and not checking vital signs until the end. Where I worked, we checked every 15 minutes for the first hour and, if necessary, every thirty minutes for the next hour. The one time I caught a reaction wasn't in that first 15 minutes. In that case, the temperature spike wasn't enough to stop the transfusion. Those kids absolutely had to have blood products. My experience was long ago, so others will know more up-to-date procedures. But the principle to know why you're doing something in addition to what always applies. Google 'reaction to transfusion' and you'll find links to numerous, credible sources. Here is what Mayo Clinic tells their patients: Blood transfusion Risks - Mayo Clinic --Mike
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    Which hospital do you recommend -Seattle

    Take commuting into account, along with where you'd like to live. Seattle has one of the worst commutes in the country. Water on both sides force most commuting to be north/south and few arterial lanes have been added since the 1970s. Amazon's rapid growth at its South Lake Union location about two miles north of downtown is making matters far worse. Hating Amazon has become a new sport in the city. The city's traffic planners don't care about the traffic woes. Dominated by an ideology called 'traffic calming,' they want most people to use mass transit, however impractical that might be. Residential arterials, like the one I lived on, are getting cut back from four lanes to two to "calm" traffic, meaning make drivers angry. The city has blundered into light rail, wasting so much money that buses are starved for funding. When I moved away in August of 2012, some 175 bus routes were about to be removed or have their service cut back. That's despite the fact that the cost of bus tickets almost doubled during my last five years there. More and more bus commutes require at least one transfer which is really a pain in the damp, drizzly winters when it begins to get dark about 4:30. Bus service is so-so after the evening rush hour and ends almost completely after midnight, which can matter if you work odd hours like I did for a time. In short, wherever you work, make sure you have a sensible commute from where you live. Rent is rising rapidly in Seattle. That's one reason I left. When i worked at Seattle Children's in the 1980s, I had a nearby basement apartment. Commuting was a ten minute walk. That was nice. Seattle Children's is unusual for a hospital. It's in an upscale residential neighborhood. If you like kids, consider it. It's one of the top ten children's hospitals in the country. Most of the city's hospitals, clinics and the like are on Capitol Hill, just east of downtown. It's crowded, with dreadful parking and (I suspect) high rent. On the other hand, that's where top-notch care if given. If you love high-stress ER work, consider Harborview. It handles the city's major trauma. If you're interested in graduate work, look seriously into University Hospital. It's not only a part of the University of Washington campus, you can literally walk from the Health Science building where nursing is taught, into the hospital through a maze of corridors without going outside. No work/school commute. There's also a ring of suburban hospitals around the metropolitan area, so you might want to consider those. The Eastside (meaning east of Lake Washington) is more high tech. That's where Microsoft is. North of Seattle is more affluent and south is more blue-collar but that's a generalization. The really expensive homes are close to the water or at the top of hills. Take care where you live. Some neighborhoods, particularly those just south of Capitol Hill, have high crime rates. For all the hassles of living there, it's still an interesting place to be. In comparison, the small college town where I live now is boring. Nothing matters but football. Good luck with your job search. --Mike
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    First year nursing student and I'm worried

    Sounds like you're finding all that reading intimidating. Perhaps I should share an experience of mine from the tenth grade. There's been some confusion about which of our mid-year semester exams would come in the morning and which in the afternoon. I got it wrong and showed up prepared for a math test. With all my classmates pouring over their biology books, I realized I was in trouble. I hated biology so much, I'd planned to do my only studying between the two tests. Fortunately, one of my classmates came to my rescue. With but ten minutes until test time, she loaned my her handwritten notes and I began to read through them as fast as I could. They were absolutely marvelous, summarizing everything we'd covered that mattered. If she hadn't been the prettiest girl in the class, I'd have probably kissed her. I kept reading until our teacher dropped the test in front of me. Then I shifted into answer mode, blitzing through the test while my short-term memory still recalled what I'd just read and skipping when I didn't know an answer. When I finished, I returned to the start and managed recall some more answers. Last of all, I made educated guesses on what remained. When we got our tests back, I'd gotten a B grade for that ten minutes of study. I was quite happy. I would NOT recommend that as a study technique. What I would recommend is what my friend did when she prepared those notes. When you read those chapters, create handwritten notes of what matters. Do the same with your class notes. After each class, rework you notes into something more legible and complete. Study through those notes repeated throughout the semester. Don't be an idiot like me and put studying off until the last minute. Review, review and review. Each time you do, you'll learn a little more and move through the material a little faster. Then the night before your test, you won't be overwhelmed looking at those seven chapters. You'll simply review those already oft-reviewed notes. Also take note of what your professor said about 'critical thinking.' She doesn't want you to just spit back what is in those chapters. She wants you to look at the material from various angles so you really understand it. Test yourself on all those angles. Prepare for tests by giving yourself tests. That seems to be the real key. Here's an article based on studies about what techniques work and what don't. You probably don't have the time for all the techniques, so pick what works best with you: How To Study: The Best Ways To Get The Highest Grades based on this article: '+windowtitle+' Notice the additional links in that second article. My hunch is all that 'delayed retrieval practice' and self-quizzing (including answering questions in the textbook) primes our minds to see this material as important and thus makes us remember it better. Last minute cramming won't do that. Best of luck!
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    Attorney contacted me about lawsuit

    Ah, so it's the hospital lawyers who're interested in seeing how much harm or good you'll do their side. From your remarks, I gather you have no dogs in this fight, meaning that you don't care which side wins. That makes demands on your by either side all the more frustrating. In my one occasion testifying in traffic court, I was happy to be there because I wanted to help the defendant. I might offer one suggestion from someone who has been there not merely as a witness but as the plaintiff in a copyright dispute in a Seattle federal court that went on for some 16 months. Legal disputes can exhausting and include a lot of hassles that you dislike. You can be pushed about at the whim of lawyers and a judge. You may end up feeling used. A lot that happens may seem unnecessary or even unfair. Let that get under your skin and you'll get even more angry, frustrated, and exhausted. Don't let that control your emotions. Do what you have to do and let it go at that. In my case, the other side was hoping to win by exhausting and intimidating me. I could handle the intimidation. I knew how weak their case actually was. But I had to be careful not to be exhausted by the endless delays. You think you have problems, but they were nothing like mine, which costs hundreds of hours of my time. In my case, for much of the dispute I was representing myself and thus not getting a penny for the considerable time I was investing. (I do have some legal training, so the usual rule about not being your own lawyer did not apply.) In contrast, the Manhattan lawyer I was fighting was probably billing his client, the Tolkien estate, about $400 an hour. If I'd let my mind dwell on that, I would have gotten very angry. In the end, I won and one major factor was all the patience I'd shown. In your case, that exhaustion isn't about the legal dispute itself but in its impact on your present work and personal life. Testifying may mean lost income and missed sleep. But the principle is the same. Don't let this dispute wear you down. Resolve to do what you have to do and don't try to control what you can't control. Getting angry about this and how unfair it is for weeks and weeks will do you more harm than the mere time you spend giving testimony, should it even come to that. In short, don't dwell on this. Minimize the harm this does to your life.
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    Attorney contacted me about lawsuit

    Testifying is not up to you. As another poster has mentioned, you can be subpoenaed and forced to testify. If you were someone important, say a politician or rich, the judge might be differential about your time. But as a nurse, he's unlikely to care about the trouble you'll be caused, 60-hour weeks or not. That said, lawyers have a principle that they should only ask a witness a question when they know what the answer will be. That's to ensure that their client isn't hurt by testimony. That factors into who they call as witnesses. As RiskManager has noted, its rarely to your advantage to voluntarily meet with plaintiff lawyers. Don't talk with them, and bringing you in to testify is a risk. Do talk with them and you only increase your risk of being forced to testify. Even worse, having heard what you saw and heard outside the courtroom, they're likely ask questions in ways that distort what actually happened, leaving your frustrated and feeling used. Lawyers are often clever that way. I know one legal assistant who spends hours pouring over the other sides emails, looking for something that, rightly and wrongly, can be used to influence juries. If you're tired and sleepy, there's no need to hide that. But don't let that spill over into hostility. You could then be treated as a hostile witness and face a barrage questions phased in ways you won't like. Simply answer the questions as briefly and clearly as you can. The less you say, the sooner you'll be able to go home. If you don't remember, say so. Also, remember that if your nursing notes are a major factor in the lawsuit, you may be called on to testify about them. Be prepared for that. Court trials can move slowly, so if you are forced to testify, you might find yourself doing a lot of waiting around. Come prepared for that. You might call the court's clerk in advance to find out what you can and cannot do while you are waiting to testify. In your case, your first question might be, "Is there a nap room I can use?"
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    So...What Kind of Nursing Task Do You LIKE?

    I loved pediatric oncology. The emotion risks were great, but there's no satisfaction like beating leukemia in a child and realizing that they've got a rich and full life before them. One patient I cared for as 10-month-old baby now runs three nail salons.
  7. Thanks to Dr. Google: "The Material Services Department at UI Hospitals and Clinics provides a comprehensive selection of patient care products in a cost-effective, efficient and convenient manner..... Our four divisions include: Processed Stores, Mail Services, Shipping and Receiving, and Linen Services. Our 90 full-time employees include storekeepers, mail handlers, sewing machine operators, supervisors, and clerical staff." https://www.uihealthcare.org/materialservices/ ----- In general, it's the "material" a hospital needs apart from drugs and perhaps instruments. Think bed sheets, IV bags, patient gowns and, at that hospital, processing the mail. Hospitals vary in what they include. This could prove a good first job. They'll have starter positions where you'll be taught what you need to know. Work hard and stay with it and the job will look good on your resume. (In the cold, cruel world, you need to have had a job to get a job.) Show a willingness to learn and be flexible. If you do, you'll get the chance to move on to something that pays better and by the week rather than by the day. Some hospitals will even cover all or part of the costs of further education, such as LPN training, for their staff. Best of luck.
  8. Even COBs can have good ideas. Similar to you, I'd love to see these changes. 1. The iPhone's Siri adapted for patient care. Say, "Reminder, 15 minutes, Take blood pressure in 307." And in 15 minutes Siri would say, "Take blood pressure in 307." That's much faster than typing everything into some so-callled nursing app. 2. Know those little Amazon buttons that will order laundry soap for you? Have a similar set of buttons in each patients's room, perhaps on an easily summoned touch screen. Pushing "Vital Signs" would record that a patient's vital signs were taken, with the data being taken from the appropriate device. 3. When I worked in a hospital, my biggest time waster was finding the nurse I worked with. A five-second communication might take a minute of my time, repeated endless through the shift. A quick, touch-a-button, staff-to-staff communication system donned at the start of a shift would save a lot of time. And it would need to be voice. Texting is way too slow. ----- Keep in mind a critical distinction. What nursing administrators need for their work is typically a "getting things done" to-do list with priorities and weeks-later due dates. That adapts poorly to nursing when tracking a task via a to-do list can take longer than the task itself. Also priorities work poorly with patient care. Getting Mrs. Jones a glass of water may not rank high as a priority, but if she asked at 9 am and still hasn't gotten that glass at 11 am, something has gone dreadfully wrong. Unfortunately, administrators tend to want to force their work-management schemes onto nursing and, as you note, they're typically the tail wagging the dog.
  9. If you're concerned about trends in hospital nursing, you might want to read this recent NYT expose about "bruising workplace" Amazon has created for its white-collar workers: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html Similar behavior toward those who work in their warehouses is well-known but has been written off as directed only at low-skilled workers who are easily hired and fired. This is about the brutal treatment of highly skilled professionals. What's happening is something called metrics. Factory worker metrics—meaning how much they accomplish on the job—has always been easy to measure and the results, brutal working conditions, are well known. The resulting ill-will that created in the auto industry many decades ago is why the UAW regards Ford and GM as their enemies to this day. It'd be terrible to see the same happen with hospital nursing. But measure the apparent productivity of white collar jobs has been much harder to. You can measure how many people a customer service rep talks with an hour, but how do you measure the productivity of more complex jobs such as management or nursing? ----- A friend of mine illustrates what used to be. She was an editor at Microsoft Press. Coming back from vacation, she found over 200 emails in her In-box. Rather than grind away for weeks to catch up, she simply deleted all of them figuring, as she told me that "if it is important, they'll contact me again." That was the mid-1990s. Microsoft had no way to tracking that she'd done that. She was safe. Amazon in 2015 not only tracks that sort of thing, it does so in real time and in great detail. If an Amazon employee did that, she'd be in a "conference" with her supervisor within a few hours. Amazon not only tracks deleted emails, it tracks and reports how quickly its white-collar staff respond to their emails and even tracks if they're not responding well into the evening by logging on from home. White-collar workers can warned and even fired if they don't keep their scores on these various metrics high. What you're seeing as hospital nursing becomes more computerized are attempts to introduce metrics into nursing management. Older nurses are right to sense that that data doesn't measure the quality of their work. Some younger nurses are, I fear, being seduced into thinking that doing all the proper data entry is what constitutes good nursing. ------- Keep in mind that the change isn't the introduction of something new. It has always been possible for administrators to hassle nurses about small things and make their lives miserable. That dates back to the early days of modern hospital nursing, which I describe on page 78 of a book you can find for free online here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/c1892142-ecf8-4621-a7a9-eee8f0ce19ab Be sure to note what's said about "scientific management," a fad of early twentieth-century business that's making a comeback. It's precisely what Amazon is doing and thinking it is being bold and innovative. If you read more on the topic, you'll also find it called Taylorism, after its chief promoter. It's core value is to view workers as tools, stupid and in need of being forced to be more productive. Not a good environment to work in. Charlie Chaplin's 1936 movie, Modern Times, dramatized what it was like. Notice that the boss has screens to watch his workers and subordinates to demand "more speed." That's today's computerized metrics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwwSACBFmn4 The principle has been around for a long time, but it has been held back the difficulty of measuring how productive white-collar workers are. It is that this wealth of new data that computerization makes possible gives far more information to administrators and thus enables them to better hassle their subordinates for failures to do this or that. That is where the danger lies. ------ Years ago, when I worked on the teen unit of a major children's hospital, day shift when I worked was horribly overloaded. One of three shifts, we did at least half the work. Nurses endured it in order to have a day shift position. Stupidly, in the midst of all our other work, the administration expected us to take care of patient baths and linen changes despite the fact that both were more appropriate for evening shift, where the work load was far less demanding. I coped by a simple expedient. I simply decided that linen changes weren't a day shift task. When I resigned after 10 months on the unit, I even made a point of suggesting in my resignation letter to the director of nursing that baths and linen changes be formally moved to evening shift. Many of our teens were bed-bound after major surgeries and required a lot of care, so not doing linen changes enabled me to give them excellent care. When I started, no problems arose because the temporary head nurse was one of the sweetest nurses in the hospital. She knew how overworked we were. When the permanent head nurse returned, she was another story. She was ill-tempered and excessive critical, always finding faults. I don't recall her ever praising a one of our overworked nurses. She was aware that I was rarely doing linen changes, but could only gripe about it from time to time. Why? Because collecting data like that would have been a lot of work. Linen changes were only recorded on nursing notes as a handwritten entry. To document who was and wasn't doing them would have been quite a bit of labor. She'd have to acquire the nursing notes even for discharged patients, read through them line by line, counting what was done when. And since the notes weren't alway clear about the staffing, she'd have to correlate that with staff assignments. Not so with the new computerized systems. They can (and probably are) being designed to collect all sorts of niggling task data and, with that data readily available to administrators, they can use it as a weapon to threaten and even fire. This discussion illustrates that. I can't write more here, but I think many of you realize that the most important work a nurse does isn't easily quantified by computerized metrics. Changing bed linens and the like can be a check box that is easily tabulated. Taking the time to calm a frightened child or encourage a depressed older patient isn't something that can be measured and thus isn't a part of these metrics. And often, to do the latter, you must slight the former, passing some niggling task to the next shift or doing it later that some arbitrary time. ----- One final note. Computerized metrics is clearly a "coming thing" in nursing administration. You find it everywhere. Elsewhere on this site, I blasted IBM's new nursing apps. They make it easier for administrators to track certain types of nursing activity, I wrote, but they do nothing to help nurses accomplish more in the time they have. If anything, by putting work into clumsily prioritized to-do lists, they slow nurses down. Spending more time accounting for how they spend their time means less time actually working. ----- If you know someone who does research in nursing, please encourage them to do an intelligent, fact-driven formal assessments of the value of these changes, measuring their real impact. Administrators are inclined by their very personalities to like these changes. Only by documenting that they come with a major downside will this trend be reversed. Do watch that Chaplin film. It's funny, but also makes its point brilliantly.
  10. For a time, I wondered why my parents rebelled against computers. My dad never learned how to use them and my mother retired from the Department of Agriculture to avoid learning computers at work. They drew the line at using a cell phone as a phone only. Then I recall all the changes they had adopted in their lives. My father, born in 1921, grew up in a home lit by candles and kerosine lanterns. There were no radios. News came days later through a newspaper. Virtually everything they needed, they grew or made themselves. And yet they adapted and changed. As a boy, my dad helped put in and maintain an electric generator to light their home. He and his neighbors strung wires from tree-to-tree to give the community a phone system. His home was the "switchboard" between the north-south line and the east-west line. In World War II, he gathered weather data in central Africa. While I was growing up he managed a power company supplying power to rural areas. After he retired, he and my mother traveled all over the world on vacation. Compare the last to my mother's parents, who rarely traveled more that thirty miles from their farm. The changes they went through in the lifetime—and accepted—were far greater than anyone living today will have to cope with. Changing from a feature phone to a smartphone and a smartphone to a newer model is nothing in comparison to adapting to electric lighting, air travel, radio and television. That's why it's wrong to claim there's something wrong with the when, faced in their seventies with computers and the Internet, they threw up their hands and say "no more." And keep in mind that they knew far more about the changes they went through that those going up today. My dad knew how to create a phone system and fix a Model T. Do today's adults, with their cell phones and complex cars, understand how they work or how to fix them? Almost certainly not. You're a generation removed from my parents who, were they still alive, would be in their nineties. But like them, you've probably seen more changes in nursing than those younger will ever see and adapted to them well. You've also kept your attention directed to where it matters, on your patients. ------ Recently, I underwent my first hospitalization ever, three nights for prostate woes. The nurses who care for me were great, but I could also see with them, and with my family physician, that computers and other gadgets are intruding in the physician-nurse with patient relationship. A machine took my blood pressure, which they then need to enter into a computer. Half their time in my room centered on fiddling with it. My family physician spends about half his time with me staring at a computer screen because he now has to enter so much data it can't wait until later. And the hall at my urologist is filled with screen after screen, one for each exam room. All that draws attention away from the one-on-one interactions that are so important at giving good care. I suspect soon hospital floors will look like our streets. Rather than looking up and out at patients and other staff, each nurse will be staring down at a screen, confusing it with the more important things in front of their eyes. It'll be like one of the scenes in a Pink Panther movie, where Inspector Cleauseau hassles a man about whether he has a license for his monkey while the bank behind him is robbed. ----- Years ago, when I worked on a Hem-Onc unit caring for kids from birth to nine with cancers, particularly leukemia, I rebelled against some of the expectations the hospital had for me. I was expected to collect numbers, record them (then on paper), and report when any got out of line. I did that, but I also watched my young patients like a hawk, looking for the subtle changes in behavior that can come before the numbers go bad. On two occasions, I was able to get intervention in play before those numbers turned sour. Both needed to be rushed to the ICU. I speeded that up. One reason I was able to do that was because I had no screens to draw off my attention. Our paper notes were expected to be terse. We weren't expected to be data collection engines for who knows what purpose. That was good. What's going on today, nurses becoming little more that data scribes, may turn out to have serious downsides. ---- There's even a chilling parallel coming out of research with college students. They've compared students who take notes the traditional way with those who enter them on laptops. The result was clear. Those taking paper notes learned more and did better on tests. The researchers surmise that, because handwriting is slower, those students had to understand what the professor was saying and process it enough to summarize the content. On the other hand, students using computers could type fast. They took more extensive notes, but what they were noting was almost verbatim what the professor was saying. They weren't listening. They weren't processing. They weren't learning. They were simply stenographers. My fear is that nursing as data collection with have similar results. The focus will be on getting numbers from one source and transcribing them into another with little thought as to their meaning. That could be bad. ---- Aviation has an example. I believe it was in the 1990s that a Florida-bound plane leaving a DC airport failed to achieve enough speed to get airborne and crashed into the icy Potomac River. Their were a number of causes, but one of the critical ones came when the pilot and co-pilot were going through their pre-flight checklist. One said "Anti-icing?" The other said, "Off." Keep in mind the context. Everything outside the plane was iced over and covered with snow. Why did neither see that they're not done a vital step to configure their plane and its engines to take off in below freezing conditions? They were too caught up in a process to think clearly, and that because our machines blind us to physical realities. We get focused on abstractions on screens and forget the patients lying in front of us. ----- If you have the time, you might watch this documentary about could have been the worst single-plane aviation disaster in history and one that would have taken place on the most sophisticated and computerized airline in existence, the giant Airbus 380. The pilots brought it in safely because they learned to see beyond the distracting data their computers were spitting out and simply fly the plane themselves, using their own judgment about what to do. They used "old school" flying. Machines only see what we program them to see. One of the wonders of the human mind is that we can see beyond mere data and draw on our intuition for answers that defy explanation. Anything that distracts us from that will have bad consequences. ------ Things may be changing now, but if you wait, I suspect hospital nursing will again recognize the value of your hands-on, patient-centric "old nurse" skills. If we don't learn to master our machines, they will master us. To paraphrase J. R. R. Tolkien. "All that glitters is not gold. All that's new is not better."
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    First Week - Grave Mistake!

    Stage actors have a similar rule. They don't wish someone good luck. They tell them, "Break a leg." Wishing bad luck is thought to bring good luck. There's a rationale reason. When others in a hospital, including Admitting and the ER, hear that a nurse has uttered the dread "Q" word, they set about to correct that deficiency. "Quiet huh, well we'll give them something to do."
  12. From your remarks, there's a bit of uncertainty as to whether you're being asked to be family court to testify in some family dispute, to serve in some professional role as part of your work in family practice orthopedics, or to just do jury duty. If it's a family dispute, the the real issue may be whether you owe those involved your presence there, meaning can you help settle this dispute in a way that's good for your family. If so, you might ask yourself if that's more important than attending one class. Would not attending strain family relations for years in the future? If it's professional testimony, perhaps of something you have seen, then you have a professional responsibility to attend. And if that is the case, by all means tell your nursing professor. It'll impress her and show her you had a professional life before nursing school. Find some other way to make up for not being in class. If it's just jury duty, ask for a hardship exemption, include a note from your professor, and offer to serve at a later date. Whether you get that exemption depends on the court's ability to fill slots. When I tried to get one, pleading self-employment, I got nowhere. At that time, filling jury slots in Seattle/King County was so difficult, only being on my death bed in an ICU would have gotten me off. ----- One suggestion Courts move very slowly. if you have to go for whatever reason, bring school work with you because you're likely to spend quite a bit of time waiting. Also, if the judge won't let you study in his courtroom, ask to remain in the lobby and get called. If it's jury duty, you'll just have to grit your teeth, pay attention and hope the trial ends quickly. If you're there for testimony, it may be brief. The one time I appeared in court for testimony, my role took five seconds. I did it to lighten the traffic ticket of a guy who'd hit me. His life was falling apart. Out of work, his wife had left him, taking their baby. His brother had tossed him out. Getting him a fine reduction of $100 seemed the least I could do for him even though he'd hit me, being there took most of an afternoon, and paid only $10. Sometimes you just have to do what is right. Also don't forget the opportunity for a little income. When I did that jury duty, I was only paid $10 for each of two days even though each took up most of my day. The court did its best to get me to bus there, but I found out that if I drove I not only saved time, the court paid me car mileage, which was far more than the microscopic pay for jury duty. Good luck whatever happens.
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    Having no car for nursing school?

    You illustrate a point I try to drive home to young adults who have been indoctrinated with anti-car propaganda. Outside big cities, a reliable and inexpensive car is often a necessity. It saves you valuable time. It lets you live where the rent is cheap. It lets you shop where the prices are lowest. It lets you take jobs almost anywhere, including better paying ones that more than cover car costs. And it your case, I makes your clinical assignments far easier. Options: 1. You might spread the word about your situation among friends, family, and at church or like institutions. Lots of people today have older vehicles they hardly ever use. One might be happy to loan that spare car to you to tide you through to graduation. 2. Talk to your school advisors about your situation. It's unlikely that you are the only nursing student with this problem. Perhaps they can come up with a way to pair assignments, linking a student with a car with one without. Remember, there is a solution to your woes. so don't despair. Keeping plugging away until you find it.
  14. Sorry, but good sense isn't discriminatory and any of us can spot the exceptional situation when a male nurse is a weakling and female nurse is strong. And if it's that easy, why walk on tippy-toes? Why regard being chosen for a job because you're best suited for it as bad? Why regard when someone else is chosen for that reason as bad? Why be blind to such obvious realities? When I worked nights at a children's hospital, the night supervisor would sometimes get me for a transport to the hospital's morgue. They were larger children, now wrapped in a shroud. She was six-inches shorter than me and had back issues. I didn't relish the actual task, but I was happy to help her. Lifting would put her back at risk. I could easily lift a child without straining. It didn't bother me in the slightest that she'd picked me because I was the only guy on night shift nursing. She'd also picked the most competent for the task. Unfortunately, in our poor, muddled society, we often confuse discernment, which means meaning making decisions that make sense, with discrimination, which draws lines that have no rational reason for them. The result is a lot of unnecessary anger that does no one any good. ---- One thing that men in nursing might teach the women is to not be so easily insulted. All Nurses is filled with examples of that. Try a website for mostly male professions and you'll find far less of that. Part of growing up as a male is learning to take criticism, laugh at it, and keep your cool. If you can do that, you get respect. If you can't, you don't. This funny scene from Gran Torino illustrates that perfectly: And it's a cultural thing. Badly reared, men are thugs. That's one reason why inner city minority males murder each other in such high numbers. They haven't had a Clint Eastwood as a father to teach them otherwise. At the slightest insult, they blow up. You see that in this scene from Grand Torino. If you haven't seen the movie, the plot centers around that Asian gang trying to recruit the boy and Clint's efforts to prevent that. It's a masterpiece, showing how a sensitive topic can be handled with humor.
  15. Size and upper-body strength is perhaps the only differences that matter. When I worked on an adolescent unit, some of our patients were huge high school athletes in to get a mangled knee fixed. As a 5' 10' guy, I was nervous walking them to the toilet. I coped by being ready to stop their fall the instant it started. Once they were going down there was no way I could stop them. I can't imagine managing that as a 5' 2" and 110-pound nurse. That and perhaps embarrassment issues with some male patients. ------ Why were these interviewers asking this question anyway, much less expecting him to talk for 10 minutes on the topic? I can't imagine a guy who hates women choosing nursing as a profession. It'd be like someone who hates chocolate getting a job in a chocolate factory. I can imagine the opposite though. Were they looking for reasons to reject him?
  16. GuEsT78

    Kids are amazing.

    You're right. Kids can be amazing. I once cared for a boy of about eight who'd saved his little brother from drowning in a lake. When he reached his little brother, he realized that he didn't know how to hold his brother and swim to shore. So he dove down, lifted his brother up on his shoulders, and walked to shore with his head beneath the water, leaving him unable to breathe. In the process, he swallowed some water and was in overnight for observation.