November, 2006 Archive

November 7, 2006, 10:46 am

MASH a Godiva Chocolate at Grand Rounds


You’ve gotta hand it to Rita Schwab.

She is not only the author of the MSSP Nexus Blog.

She handles yearly blips in the time/space fiction/nonfiction continuum with grace and class.

This time she meets Charles Winchester the Third, just off the boat from the 4033rd MASH unit wandering around her hospital.

And manages to finagle a Godiva chocolate bar, all in the hosting of this week’s Grand Rounds.

Don’t tell Charles, but my favorite doctor was Hawkeye.

Alan Alda was mighty fine back in the day.

In fact, when I see him in new shows, like “West Wing”, I’m shocked that he’s aged!

But he’s still cute….


I’m thinking it may be time for a medical blogosphere discussion on the nature of Grand Rounds and how some of us have viewed its evolution in the last year.

Look for a soon-to-be posted opinion piece that I hope will encourage dialouge regarding the future trajectory of the ‘Rounds. I don’t think it should go through the Grand Rounds Google group, because not all medical bloggers are members of that mailing list.

I’ll throw out some ideas, opinions, observations and see what sticks, what irks and what chafes!

Then again, I may be the only one sticking, irked and chafing.

Oooo…way to much information. Enough of my personal problems!

Enjoy Grand Rounds!

And congratulations to Rita on two years of MSSP Nexus Blog blogging!

Here’s to another two!

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November 4, 2006, 2:36 pm

ND vs NC = Happy Me


Hell no, you don’t late-hit my quarterback!

I had a bit o’ respect goin’ for ol’ North Carolina until that happened in the fourth quarter.

Your hands stay off Brady Quinn.

Didn’t anyone explain the rules before the Tarheels hit the field?


And Jeff Samardzija? It I were twenty-six years younger I’d be callin’ YOU!

I hope my son doesn’t read this. He’d be mortified. Because if I’m old enough to be his mother, I’m old enough to be Jeff’s. Oh well.

Just because I can’t get to the restaurant doesn’t mean I can’t check out the menu, ya know what I’m sayin’?


Enough with the silly stuff. Let’s get down to business:

Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send the volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky,
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to Victory!

Notre Dame, you rock my freakin’ world and I am so upset at NC that I am typing this ten minutes before the game is even over!

Go Irish!

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12:11 pm

Nursing: Thinking Different From the Start

I love Apple Computers. I am a MacAddict.

All I need is the air that I breathe…and a MacBookPro..

It isn’t surprising that I found the “Think Different” ad campaign of the 1990s to be sheer genius.

You don’t find too many commercials that inspire. The text gave me goosebumps.

So, when I came across a transcript of the Apple “Think Different” commercial, this is what came to mind.

The following text was written for Apple by an ad agency TBWA\Chiat\Day in the late 1990s. I wish I had the names of the individual writers. They deserve credit.

I borrow the text to use here in a homage to the nursing profession.



Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.


And they have no respect for the staus quo.

You can praise them,

Disagree with them,

Quote them,

Disbelieve them,

Glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing that you can’t do…

…is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent.

They explore.

They imagine.

They create.

They heal.

They inspire.


They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

While some may see them as the crazy ones,

We see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough

To think that they can change the world,

Are the ones who do.


So here’s to the crazy ones.

To women who had the courage to shape nursing into the educated, caring profession it is today.

To the men who had the guts to buck the system and fight for their place in the nursing profession.

I’m proud to call myself a nurse.

And who knows?

Perhaps someday they’ll call me one of the crazy ones, too.

It would be an honor.


(Pictured: Florence Nightengale, Clara Barton, Mabel Keaton Staupers, St. Camillus of Lellis, the Patron Saint of Nursing is a man! See, guys! He has your back! Dorothea Dix and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (Alexandra of Denmark).)

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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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