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My nursing woes and triumphs!

Peacock Feathers for Margaret


This is Margaret.  Margaret is one of my hospice patients. Margaret loves to chat about her past life as an “desert rat.”  She talks about how her dad would collect snakes to sell.  A rattle snake was worth 20 dollars.  She talked about a dress she made that she was very proud of and said her mother was the best in the world.  Margaret has multiple middle names.  One of her names means “sewer.”  She has dementia so carrying on a conversation can be interesting but she does love visitors and socializing.  She also loves to listen to the radio.  One day I started singing a nursery rhyme and she happily joined right in.  It was a wonderful discovery that I could say/sing something she could relate to or remember.  Margaret said she couldn’t go to school but her friend brought her books back from school and lent them to her.  She loved books and dreamed of being a librarian.  She’s blind now so I read her “Daily Bread” to her that is delivered from her church.  She really enjoys …

new love


There’s a new love in my life and this song/video is it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ZXtevJJlM I love this remake of the Sarah McLachlan song Silence by esOterica.  Unfortunately, the rest of their music isn’t doin it for me.  Too heavy.  Here’s a good Sarah McLachlan song I like too.  I heard it driving home with a friend after my first day of nursing clinicals 11 years ago and it will always remind me of that day and the patient I had.  This grumpy old man who hadn’t showered in ages- he let us get him in the shower and give him a good bath.  All of the nurses at the nursing home were shocked.  It was a good day.  The first nursing bath you give someone will leave you soaking wet and laughing.  I’ve seen many a new nurse do the same thing and feel the same accomplishment since.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0

Journal


You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments or publicity. — O.A. Battista The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition, and not our circumstances. – Martha Washington How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. — George Washington Carver The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. — Elizabeth Kubler Ross   Do you know of Elizabeth Kubler Ross?  I learned of her in nursing school.  A remarkable woman.  Firstly, she became a doctor (Psychiatrist) in the 1950’s which was an …

Wash your hands


Here is the CDC video on Swine Flu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85sD83aRUIQ&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eamandaripley%2Ecom%2F&feature=player_embedded In a nutshell, swine flu or pig flu is very similar to human flu.  Originally, people who were around infected pigs caught it but it can be passed from human to human.  Just like the regular flu, it can be mild or very serious.  It is being advised that employers encourage their employees to stay home if they are having flu-like symptoms to stop the spread.  Obama is encouraging schools to close for confirmed or suspected cases of wine flu.  The NY Times said a toddler (from Mexico) died in TX today from swine flu.  article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/health/30flu.html?ref=health   You can track the number of cases worlwide here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/04/27/us/20090427-flu-update-graphic.html It is even more important now to wash our hands.  The BEST way to prevent infections is to wash your hands.  It is hard to believe but there are still people out there who do not cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough.  I have had patients cough right in my face!  People don’t wash their hands after they cough into them …

Je n’ai pas la pêche


“Je n’ai pas la pêche” (“I don’t have the peach”) This is a French saying for I’m feeling down.     image from:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaliegarrett/ Everyone has told me that my lay off had nothing to do with my job performance.  When my position ended on my “home” floor I was offered a job on another unit (a position that couldn’t be filled- and I figured out why really fast) but I just couldn’t do it.  I knew we needed the money but this job- it was bad.  I want to give details but I won’t on a public blog.  I tried it for a few weeks but I was so miserable that one day I just could NOT go back.  Because I technically quit the hospital I was not given any severence pay even though I was not fired-  My position was CUT.   I really feel screwed because my director didn’t even give me a letter of recommendation.  (I did receive glowing recommendations from my charge nurses/direct managers).  The lay off came just a few days after a really great evaluation I …