Saving $$ and Getting Educated: Continuing Nursing Education

Saving $$ and Getting Educated: Continuing Nursing Education

(Note: This piece is specifically geared towards nurses--RN or LPN--or nursing students who will eventually need to deal with this business. Anybody else might be bored...) But I just paid 100 bucks to renew my license! And the next 24 credits aren’t due until December of 2016 anyway. (At least, in the state of Montana!) Stop talking about it! (Please get away from me with that CNE talk!) (From giphy.com) Note: I’m not sure if the proper term is “credits” or “contact hours” but I am using them interchangeably to mean: Continuing Nursing…continue reading →
How to Eat Food at Work. (Or How to Not Eat All The Sugar Ever).

How to Eat Food at Work. (Or How to Not Eat All The Sugar Ever).

(Okay. So, to be honest, I'm still trying to figure this one out for myself. This is a work in progress. If you have additional suggestions, please let me know). I worked twelve-hour shifts Friday through Sunday. Work was a nightmare.Work is usually a nightmare as far as food is concerned. Saturday was Valentine's Day and there were sugar cookies with pink frosting, chocolate kiss shaped containers full of chocolate kisses placed at every corner, a platter of fruit skewers with white chocolate chips to dip under a chocolate fountain. There was wine…continue reading →
When the Quitting is Good. (Or, I’m Not Your Average Motivational Poster).

When the Quitting is Good. (Or, I’m Not Your Average Motivational Poster).

I quit. I am quitting my job. To make one thing clear: I am not here to air my dirty laundry or bash my employer. Nope. I’ve quit many jobs, but always due to re-location. And those jobs were usually low pay, part-time, no benefits, no future type jobs. Of course, we’ve all quit at some point. I also hope not to quit entirely, but keep a registry (per diem) position in a less stressful environment. That is, until we move on from our current town…which is a change happening quite soon. We…continue reading →
Origins

Origins

“Why did you become a nurse?” I get that question sometimes, from friends or acquaintances or patients. If you are a nurse, you’ve been asked too. Some days (the really bad, I-don’t-even-have-time-to-pee and everyone-is-yelling-at-me days), I forget my answer to the question. I ask, “Why am I even doing this?!” So, I need to refocus. Why did I become a nurse? If you are a nurse, what are your origins as a nurse? If you aren’t a nurse, you know nurses or have been taken care of by nurses. “They” say it “takes…continue reading →
holiday work.

holiday work.

Okay. I've seen a lot of facebook posts & memes lately going something like this, "Retail workers shouldn't complain! What about nurses and doctors and all other healthcare workers and everybody else that has to work on a holiday!?" Yes. Because I have to work every (other) holiday, everyone else should have to work holidays because. Um. Just because. And the gym should also be open on X-mas day because. Treadmills. Side note: I'm really torn over Thanksgiving anyway, so working on that day didn't matter much to me personally. The origins of…continue reading →
About the Nurse blog. And other things.

About the Nurse blog. And other things.

Why another nurse blog? Because I am yet to be satisfied with the nurse blogs that currently exist (no offense to any of you nurse bloggers). Or maybe I just haven't found the right ones? I have read a few articles from nurse blogs that have fabulous content, but sub-par writing. My writing isn't always grand, but at least I attempt to use spell-check and do a quick edit. Also, reading one gigantic (like, 3 page-long) paragraph is not appealing. Or the blog is, "I am this really kind, compassionate, wonderful person and…continue reading →