February, 2006 Archive

February 17, 2006, 1:15 am

Twenty Thousand Reads Under the “E”

Sometime during this evening, while I was working, the site counter for Emergiblog hit over 20,000.

I am floored.

I’d like to thank the following:

  • My mom for her 500 hits.
  • For all the Grand Rounds hosts who included Emergiblog in their posts, and to those who may not have included Emergiblog, but gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the best and to expand my horizons.
  • Those who were searching for a 1976 Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skater’s Haircut and thought they could find it here for their 500 hits.
  • To Bora at Circadiana for my very first link.
  • To everyone who reads Emergiblog, thank you so much for taking the time to read. Most of you are bloggers, you know what it is like to have someone appreciate your work. I am humbled by the number of readers who consider Emergiblog a place to laugh, cry, commiserate and learn.
  • And to those bloggers who I have found and linked to – I look forward to reading you every day. The list is getting long! Monday may have to be doctor’s day, Tuesday, nurses day, etc! LOL! I have just begun to link!

And finally, this blog was recently visited by someone who I consider one of the best writers of any genre in the business. Blogs, books, novels, podcasts, op-ed pieces, columns. You name it, they’ve done it.

I’ll go as far as to say it wasn’t Glenn Reynolds, but other than that I shall keep it anonymous.

To me it was like being a lowly law clerk having your brief read by the Supreme Court!

You know who you are….your visit was the highlight of my blogging “career”. Thanks .

If this were the Acadamy Awards, the orchestra would have started playing now to tell me to shut up.

So I will…..except…..

And thanks again to everyone – I look forward to more fun and posting in 2006!

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February 16, 2006, 1:18 am

Certifiably Certifiable

She’s baaaaack!

It’s Beulah France, RN! Of New York!

The a nurse who made a career out of fondling toilet tissue.

The first nurse with an endorsement contract.

Now she is speaking to parents and teachers about the importance of toilet tissue to health.

Apparently it was no longer appropriate to use one’s hands now that toilet tissue had been invented.

I’m trying to be delicate here.

Which is exactly the point!

If your toilet tissue is too rough it can irritate tender nether region areas.

Who wants to wipe with wood chips?


Why am I blogging?

I don’t mean that in a philosophical sense, I mean why am I blogging at 0133 am when I have a twenty-three page ACLS study guide sitting here on the end table.

And the class is Friday. And it’s only a recert class so I have to actually be prepared when I get there.

At least I was able to download the study packet.

Only to discover I have the same book that I just purchased.

They sure grabbed us by the gonads when they made certification mandatory. I paid about $150 for a five hour class. At least this company also gives you a BLS card, too.

And then somewhere along the line I realized that every four years my BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC and NRP are all due within two months of each other.

BLS and ACLS are pretty self explanatory.

PALS (Pediatric Life Support) is also required by my facility, but it should be required at EVERY facility. You would be surprised at the number of ER nurses who are not comfortable taking care of kids with anything more than a virus. I’m not putting them down, it’s just not an area they are comfortable in. The newborns with temps of 101. The tripoding, drooling epiglottitis patient (thank God I have yet to see that). The lethargic two-year-old that should be screaming at everything you do, yet lays there and just takes it. The croup patient who is retracting to the point that his supraclavicular area is tapping his scapula. The sick ones.

(Just a note: I had a doctor once tell me to never describe a pedi patient as “lethargic” in a chart, but to simply describe the behavior witnessed. Apparently “lethargic” is a trigger word when it comes to lawsuits. But that is true of most of nursing charting: you describe what you see, you do not label it – for the most part).

TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum) is not required for employment at my facility, but stabbings and gunshot wounds don’t always come in by ambulance. Sometimes they ar courteous enough to walk through the entry portal. Or as I’ve noted before, they can be in an MVA and three weeks later their spleen blows up. Trauma patients….they can sneak up on you like Dracula on a carotid. And lose just as much blood!

NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) is also not required, but you never know when the only thing standing between you and a crowning head is….well….YOU!

Like the time a particularly assertive newborn pushed aside his mother’s Victoria’s Secret maternity undies and plopped on the floor. In the ER.

Or the time I stood there with a hand in a sterile glove watching the curly black hair of another little boy just one contraction short of landing in my hand. Oh, I had plenty of helpers, but they were all standing five feet behind me because, as the actress Butterfly McQueen so succinctly put it in that grand movie so very long ago: they “did’n know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies!”

Hell, neither did I. I just figured that millions of babies have been born and this one would be unique because it was my hand that guided the head. I looked as cool as a cucumber and felt as calm as if I had an amp of adrenaline shot in my derriere. At the last minute the doc delivered the baby. It took me sitting down 20 minutes before my legs stopped shaking.

Hence, my wish to have NRP under my belt.

Alas, I am rambling. It is now 0206. I must study for my ACLS. I paid good money for it, I want my card!


Oh, and for those of you who watch “American Idol” I have two things to say : (1) If I wasn’t married, I would run off with Simon Cowell in a New York minute and (2) I have already picked the final twelve AND the winner of the contest so you can all save your votes and just enjoy the show. Thank you.

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February 15, 2006, 2:19 pm

What Have I Done?

Dorothy HamillOkay, I know there are various ways to increase traffic, but I never thought that putting the name of “Dorothy Hamill” on this site would lead to Emergiblog being one of the top hits on the search engines for her name!

If you are here looking for a photo of Dorothy’s new hair cut, welcome to Emergiblog. However, you will not find it. If and when you DO find it, please will you email me? My address is on my profile.

Emergiblog thanks you!

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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