December 11, 2008, 8:38 pm

Just Dropped In, to See What Condition My Condition Was In

Ah, the many talents of the registered nurse!

Apparently this facility was so short of funds, the nurses had to function as IV poles…

…while opening the airway at the same time!

Is it just me or does the patient look like he just had breast implants?

And do NOT get me started on the coffee filter cap on her head. It’s either that or a urine strainer!

I shouldn’t be so critical. I’m embarrassed to say I had glasses just like that in 1966. Fire-engine red glasses.

Hip and groovy, I was not !


I’ve been off work for long stretches the last couple of months and one of the problems with being off the normal routine is that you get lazy.

Writing a ten-page paper was absolute torture, but it’s done and I’m done for the semester.

Feel free to ask me questions on the health of the Hispanic population – that was my topic!

School starts again on January 20th and I will be taking my ethnic course (Introduction to Muslim-American Relations) and my world culture course (Religions of the World). I am aiming for a Spring, 2010 graduation, but for the next four weeks I can get back to blogging and enjoying myself!


The latest edition of Change of Shift is now up over at Marijke: Nurse Turned Writer ! It comes complete with a video introduction; a CoS first! Many thanks to Marijke for hosting!

The Christmas edition of Change of Shift will be hosted at Nurse Ratched’s Place, so send submissions to “motherjonesrn at yahoo dot com” or use Blog Carnival (button on right sidebar)

If you haven’t had a chance to read this week’s Grand Rounds, Alvaro does a great job of hosting over at Sharp Brains.


The poll for topics at the future medblogger conference/track is done; many thanks to all who voted for their favorites. We should have more information on a 2009 conference soon.


  • NPs Save Lives

    December 12, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I’m glad that you are finally finished with your 10 page paper. I don’t miss those at all! I have been getting a little itch to return for the DNP but not quite yet. I can’t believe I just said that!

  • Julie

    December 13, 2008 at 5:23 am

    There seems to be no fluid left in that IV bottle and the poor man could do with something more than the bed to rest his head on!

    Glad your paper is done and you can now relax and blog. Your course modules sound really interesting. 18 months after finishing my MSc Dissertation I am thinking of study again – you can’t keep a good student down. I am thinking of a coaching course but we’ll see (that is coaching people through their work etc rather than sport)!

  • Gurl

    December 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Good for you on getting closer to graduation. I on one semester down on mine and feel like I have forever to go…..

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