This explains everything!
I could never understand why some people run to the ED for every little thing.
Now I know!
They are running from a flying pink bloated virus that causes a variety of symptoms.
The guy in the front has a kidney stone so he’s running the fastest.
The woman has abdominal pain and the young girl behind her thinks she has an STD and that 0430 on a Sunday morning is the perfect time to check it out!
The stud muffin on the right has a groin injury from soccer and the guy on the left has urinary retention.
But, the man on the golf cart thinks he should be seen first and he’ll run ’em all down to make it to triage, only to find out that an infected toenail does not place him at the front of the pack.
Of course, they are actually running to their cars, from which they will not be able to extricate themselves without assistance of three ED staff members.
Which begs the eternal question: how do these people get into the car if they can’t get out of the car?
Ah…..it is not only Good Friday, but it is also my spring break! No assignments. No responsibilities. No housework (take that, Hubby!).
Time to sit here at Seattle’s Best with a 20 oz. non-fat, caramel latte with whip and a hot asagio cheese sourdough pretzel. Time to actually blog. Ahhhhhhhhhh………
Speaking of school, I’ve got enough for 9 units next semester. I want to do twelve, so I have three weeks to find another 1000 dollars. I’ve checked the couch cushions and under the seats of my car, the crumb-laden bottom of my purse and the “change box” that holds all our spare change. Now I just need $998.50. Do I rock, or what?
My class this semester is “Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice” and I am loving every minute of it. My original nursing classes (thirty years ago) were based on the Roy Adaptation Model, and I find it fascinating to look at the amount of research that has been done on nursing theory. Some wonderful theories have been put forth, and I learn more and more each day as I apply them to my various nursing eperiences.
Yeah, I’m a nerd.
I’m so nerdy I want to discuss nursing theory with my colleagues. So, I ask a newly graduated BSN what theory her program was based on. She can’t tell me. I ask what she thought of Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. She couldn’t remember what it was about.
So I asked one of my colleagues who works as a clinical instructor for the same program what nursing theory (or theories) the program was based on. She had no idea.
WTF (pardon the language) was going on here??
I sure as heck knew who Sr. Callista Roy was when I was going through my original nursing program and I can still discuss the Adaptation Model thirty years later.
Now, I’m not trying to say I’m a brainiac. I’m not. In fact, the 1970s saw an explosion in nursing theory, yet I was exposed to only one of them. So, while I knew my theory of practice, I could not begin to discuss any others until now.
For the simple reason, and I have to thank my professor at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay BSN/LINC program (Dr. Sylvia Kubsch) for this insight: entry level nursing programs much teach with an eye toward the NCLEX exam. My program, as we are all registered nurses, does not.
Why would this matter?
Well, think back to your nursing program. Would “overload” be the right word? Were you so intent on learning the skills and how to actually function as a nurse that any “theory” you might learn got pushed to the wayside while you were educated on how to “be” a nurse?
How are you supposed to understand and delve into nursing theory with no practical experience from which to draw an understanding?
Now, when I read about a theory, I have an educated opinion on its merits because I can see it through the eyes of thirty years of practice. Of course, I don’t believe it takes that long to develop enough expertise to appreciate nursing theory, but it requires some time.
You have to understand nursing theory to know why, although we work IN the medical model in hospitals and clinics, we are not OF the medical model. To be able to stand up to a physician/pharmacist/physical therapist/psychologist with with an educational background that commands respect.
Can you see where I’m heading here?
Now, before we all get our feathers fluffed up to defend our nursing education, please remember that I am an ADN graduate and have proudly practiced as an RN, ADN for three decades.
In fact, I believe there is a place for an ADN (and a diploma grad) in the nursing profession. A very important place.
In my next post, I’ll tell you what that is.