The beautiful state of Arizona is the setting for this week’s compilation of medical blogging, and what a compilation it is!
(Check out the red-shirted cacti, while you are there!)
Talk about feeling totally out of the loop, it’s been a week since my last post and two weeks since I was last in Grand Rounds.
I’ve spent the last two weeks drowning in a paper on the Terri Schiavo case, coming up for air from the chaotic body of water known as statistics and trying to understand why a textbook on health and physical assessment would have this line in it:
The right atrium and the right ventricle make up the right side of the heart.
This is from a textbook being used in an assessment class for those who are already registered nurses!
I kid you not.
Never mind that my kids learned this around sixth grade. Never mind that every single RN I’ve ever known, from any state (or country, for that matter) had to pass Anatomy. Granted, I worked in Coronary Care for eight years so maybe I have a bit of background, but geeze!
I must admit that the text went on to provide a very detailed account of heart sounds….that was boring as hell.
And I paid $1,440 for that one class. Okay, I have become somewhat proficient at tympanic membranes, and I can see an optic disc with an opthalmoscope. A thrill a minute, my life is.
Screw heart sounds, though. I just bought an electronic stethoscope. Got an S3? Bring it on, baby! Go on and split yo’ bad ol’ S1 ‘cuz I am gonna hear it from the door!
Seriously, the price of electronic stethoscopes have dropped dramatically – Littmann has them for $300 and now on sale for $265 at amazon.com. Those of us who suffer from chronic rock-n’-roll induced hearing deficiency can now find a rale with the best of ’em!
Lest you get the idea that I am totally burned out with taking a full load of classes, let me assure you that I am so burnt I make the 1906 San Francisco fire look like a hibachi.
What the hell made me think a full load would be easy? Well…I’ve come to a drastic decision.
Only four units next semester. I would have taken seven but I didn’t have the money.
If ten is too many, and four is not enough, seven should do it.
Speaking of money for education, the Army Reserve is now taking nurses under the age of 55, with ADN degrees! A 13,000 – 15000 dollar bonus. My husband had to physically restrain me from running to the recruitment office. I mean, here is my chance. A baby during the first Gulf War – had to stay home. Too old for this war….until now! Hubby says no, said it was “stupid”.
There is one thing you do not say to me when I want to do something and that is, “It’s stupid.” Them’s fightin’ words.
They probably need us old war horses for stateside coverage while the young whippersnappers get to see action, anyway.
I haven’t given up.
Keep on sending in those Change of Shift submissions! You have until tomorrow at 1700 Pacific Time! Blog Carnival or email me, either way is just fine! It will give me a great excuse to get my nose out of a book!