July 14, 2012, 12:38 am

Will Work for Half-and-Half

I love my co-workers.

When things get absurd and all I want to do is smack my head, they make me laugh.


We were informed that Half-and-Half would no longer be provided to staff or patients. Those choosing to use creamer in their coffee would be offered Coffee-Mate, or could choose to “BYOH&H.”

“Corporate” decided this would make a good cost-cutting measure.


“Corporate” is like the “Not Me” character in the “Family Circus” comic. Blamed for everything, but never actually seen.

Normally, this would have engendered an eye-rolling, how-much-money-do-they-think-they-will-save, 5-minute conversation and that would have been that.

However, the email noted:

Half-and-Half would be available for all physicians and administrators!

Say what?


But, no.

This was legit.

And I was pissed.

Not at the loss of the half-and-half, but the principle of the thing.

Surely the idea that physicians and administrators were more important than staff or patients, or were superior groups to be coddled and pampered was a remnant of the 1950s, something to be looked back on as a relic of a less enlightened time!

Er, no.


This was such a slap in the face to the staff, and in writing, no less!

Combined with everything “Corporate” has done (or been blamed for) over the last year, it was just too much.

Then one day, I walk in and see the “Will Work for Half-and-Half” jar.

With donations in it!

I LOL’s until I had chest pain.

That’s the kind of humor that permeates my department.

And that is why I work where I work.

Working with colleagues who have a great collective sense of humor is worth its weight in…well, Half-and-Half!!!!

And right now, that stuff is like gold in my ER….

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June 12, 2012, 2:21 pm

World Turning

Ah! A Barbie nurse outfit!

We’ve come a long way from my 1962 Barbie with the starched white uniform and blue, red-lined cape. She carries a hot water bottle and wears the best cap ever.

Now, Barbie wears scrubs with sparkly pants and carries charts with hearts on them.

Give them credit, this comes with an otoscope and a stethoscope.

I was about to give hell for the hooker-high open-toed shoes, then I realized my Barbie wears open-toed white pumps.

No controversy here, moving along.


I’ve been busy!

First, I was blogging for multiple sites, which left me little time or energy for my own blog. It was a great experience, and I learned much about writing under pressure. I will say this: blogging with deadlines is totally different than having your own “space” and just putting down thoughts and communicating with readers.

Writing became something I had to do instead of something I wanted to do. I didn’t want to lose my passion for blogging, so I made the decision to scale back to writing solely for Emergiblog. I want to thank Masters In Nursing.com and AllHealthCareJobs.com for the opportunity to be on their writing staffs.

Then, life has gotten a bit exciting!


My youngest daughter, Rebecca, graduated from nursing school last month!

She sat for the NCLEX at the end of May, and passed with the minimum number of questions needed.

Am I a proud mom?

You better believe it!

And the minute she passed the NCLEX, the job interviews started coming!

We are keeping our fingers crossed.


In March, we became grandparents for the first time!

Ewan was born to my oldest daughter, Lillian, and son-in-law Jim. I was in the delivery room when he was born. The last delivery I saw was in nursing school and I fainted at that one! I’m happy to say I did not faint when Ewan was born!

He’s a big guy, 9 pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches long at birth. At 2 months he weighed 13 pounds. Nana (me) is getting pumped biceps just lifting him.


As if that weren’t enough, I’ve been spending the last month on a different type of baby:

I’ve been fostering these four feral kittens, caught by my son around his apartment complex.

It’s fun! I feed them, pet them, scoop their cat box, and in return they treat me like a human cat tree and eat my earrings.

Fortunately, they all now have homes and I will be saying good-bye by the end of the week.


Oh, and did I mention I’m working a ton of overtime?

Yep, things have been jumping around here, but in a good way.

My writing mojo is back now that the pressure is off to produce on deadline. My goal for my MSN is on hold – somehow, there are just other things I want to focus on right now.

School will always be there.

Babies grow up.

How well I know that…

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January 24, 2012, 9:18 am

Grand Rounds is Up…at USATODAY!

Okay, this is exciting!

The host for Grand Rounds this week is none other than USATODAY!

Our very own Dr. Val took 100 (!) posts, representing the best of the medical blogosphere, and will

roll them out in four sections over the course of the day. The theme: patient-centered topics.

The sections are:

1. Health Tips

2. True Stories

3. Mythbusters & Controversies

4. Healthcare Costs

Emergiblog is in the Health Tips section! : )

You can find Grand Rounds here: in the “Your Life” section, in the Healthy Perspective blog!

Many thanks to USATODAY for hosting Grand Rounds and to Dr. Val for a fantastic job!

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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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