August, 2007 Archive

August 29, 2007, 10:44 pm

If I Claim to be A Wise Man, It Surely Means That I Don’t Know

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Hey! It’s the Monopoly Guy!

Looks like somebody did not pass go and did not collect $200!

It’s not enough that he’s yelling at a nurse, but he’s yelling at the “Prettiest Nurse on the Staff“.

Little does he know that his upraised fist just earned him a “Chance” at some restraints. He may think his hospital is “Park Place” but if that fist makes contact he may find himself getting a little Baltic Avenue Haldol.

No comments regarding the “Community Chest”.

This blog is rated “G”, you know!

(I wonder if the Prettiest Nurse on the Staff gets a differential for that title?)

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calvin/hobbes

I had a “what the hell am I doing?” moment today.

My classes don’t start for another week, but all the information was up online as of yesterday. I decided to get organized, print out all the calendars/syllabi and make my DayRunner/Binder all nice and efficient.

Ten units. Three different sites. Three different usernames and three different passwords (four, if you count my new university email I have to use).

I felt just a wee bit overwhelmed.

I am a perfectionist and I don’t do “B”s.

Oh hell, that’s a lie. I got a ton of “B”s in nursing school. But that was then, when I was young and didn’t care as long as I passed.

I’ll be fine once it starts, I always am. I figure it this way: (a) my nursing assessment class will be a breeze because I’ve been “assessing” for almost thirty years. Unless they have come up with a new lung sound, I should be okay, (b) my statistics class will take the most time and (c) my writing class will be the most enjoyable.

Then there is the National Novel Writing Month in November. Fifty thousand words in thirty days. I still have not gone back to last year’s book yet. Last year I wrote about a young, enthusiastic male ER nurse. Maybe this year I’ll write about a nurse from the old school forced to go back to work at the age of sixty. By the time it is ever published, the average age of a registered nurse will be 92, so it won’t be that far fetched. I’m actually taking the month of November off, so it is doable!

I figured I’d lighten my mood with a bit o’ Calvin and Hobbes, although I hope my writing isn’t an “intimidating and impenetrable fog.” I have, however, read many research studies that can lay claim to that description.

Maybe I’ll be famous as the nurse known for “readable research”. What good is a bunch of mish-mash statistics?

Well, I’ll be up to my neck in mish-mash statistics, so hopefully I’ll find out.

Wish me luck.

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August 28, 2007, 9:27 am

Reflect on Grand Rounds!

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Finally! I have found the perfect “logo” for Grand Rounds!

Ironically, this is the one time I’m not in Starbucks!

Susan Palwick has hosting duties this week over at Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good. Her chosen them of “narrative medicine” pretty much sums up what we do every time we post!

Speaking of Susan, I’m about ready to start her new novel, “Shelter”!
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Okay, the secret is out. I’m a sci/fi fan.

“Shelter” takes place in a future San Francisco (a place I love) and deals with artificial intelligence (which fascinates me).

What can I say but that I am so there!

My classes start in one week and I plan on getting in some good “reading-for-enjoyment” time in before they start.

I love my laptop and I think the internet is the greatest thing since the Beatles, but nothing will ever take the place of curling up in a chair with a good book.

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surgeXperiences

It’s a great week for coffee drinking blog readers everywhere as Dr. Jon Mikel at Unbounded Medicine hosts the current edition of “surgeXperiences“, the first surgery blog carnival.

The topics are diverse: some technical, some anecdotal – all interesting. Emergiblog is proud to have been included in this week’s collection.

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sumer

I never fail to learn something new during Radiology Grand Rounds over at Sumer’s Radiology Site and this edition is no exception.

Take a look at the case of the four kilogram tumor that causes hypoglycemia.

And no, it’s not in the pancreas!

How’d you like that sitting in your chest.

Hell of a way to lose eight pounds!

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cos

The next Change of Shift has a new host!

Someday Nurse is taking the reins over at How I Spent My Nursing Education.

This edition will have a special theme of nursing students.

If you are one or have ever been one or have advice for one, now is the time write those posts and weigh in on and for our future colleagues.

Click on the link for information. Send submissions to “someday nurse at gmail dot com” or use Blog Carnival’s submission form.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s colleagues (and our future care givers!). Your experience and advice can go a long way in helping them navigate the waters of nursing.

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I do believe this is the first post I’ve ever written that introduces four different medical/nursing-related carnivals!

Fire up the coffee pot, folks!

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August 26, 2007, 9:38 am

Through the Mirror of My Mind…

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Well! This pretty much sums up my weekend!

Kasey Kahne led for 305 laps at Bristol.

Brady Quinn played almost an entire half of the Browns/Broncos football game and the Browns won!

The two actually intersected – NASCAR started at 1600 and the Browns at 1800 Pacific Time so I listened to the Brady on the computer while watching the race on ESPN!

Who says multitasking has to be stressful?

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Through the mirror of my mind,

Time after time,

I see reflections of you and me…

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It was supposed to be about me.

This blog.

About my life and times as an ER nurse. What the world looked like from my perspective.

Patients stories were used as adjuncts to make my point.

Nursing colleagues and doctors were simply characters to weave into (hopefully) witty tales of my personal experiences.

It hasn’t quite turned out that way.

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It really isn’t about me, at all.

As I wrote stories of patients and colleagues they became more than just characters in a tale. In my mind I saw reflected their anxieties. I sensed their vulnerabilities. I felt their humanity.

Patients were no longer diagnoses. Drug seekers. Whiners. Wimps. They became human beings with faults, problems, personalitites and lives outside the emergency department.

Doctors have troubles, problems, good days and bad days like the rest of us. They do not rest atop pedestals. They shoulder heavy responsibilities and duties with their feet firmly planted on the ground.

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Blogging isn’t about me.

It has made me a better nurse, a more insightful person and an acute observer of life through people around me.

I’ve said it before and it continues to be true. I get much more from blogging than I could ever give through blogging.

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It’s about my patients. My colleagues. My profession.

Okay, and the occasional rock concert.

Where else can a fifty-year-old groupie wax poetic over rock and roll?

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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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