Old School Nurse

17 Jun 2011

Check out this nurse’s erect posture and direct eye contact. Just one look tells you that she was in charge of HER unit. I bet patients never argued with her about taking their prescribed dose of Anacin. I remember when nurses wore pure white uniforms, starched caps, and white leather nursing shoes. Those nurses looked regal. They walked up and down the halls of the hospital with an air of confidence in their step. They looked professional and they especially looked striking when they toped off their white uniform with a navy blue cape.

Taking a cue from the past, I’ve started wearing a white uniform when I’m supposed to work as the unit charge nurse. I’ve noticed how people respond to a white uniform. People know that I’m a nurse when they see my white uniform and they assume that I’m in charge when I sit behind the nurses station. The white uniform gives me an air of authority and says, “She’s the boss.” My new dress code has not gone unnoticed by the young medical interns and residences on my unit. They started calling me an old school nurse. I get tickled when they say that a white uniform looks more formal than colored scrubs with prints slashed all over them. One resident told me that she had a hard time taking anyone seriously when they wear Scooby-Doo scrubs to work.

Anacin Nurse knew the secret of running a tight ship. Maybe I should freak everyone out and start wearing a nurse’s cap.

Did You Miss Me?

19 May 2011

Hello there, remember me? No, I haven’t been off with Pierre Cardin and his futuristic nurses, posing for Life Magazine, although I’d really like to get my hands on that way cool hovercraft.

I use to blog everyday, and sometimes in my sleep, but I’m back now and I have a lot of catching up to do. First, let me start off my saying thank you for all the emails from my friends and family asking me if I was dead. No, I’m not dead, and I’m writing again to prove it. I took a time out for a couple of reasons. First, I was making some extra money writing for other people, which is always a good thing, and I needed a break to collect my thoughts.

I’ve had a lot to think about over the last year. Let’s start with widowhood. It sucks, but it’s not the end of the world. I’m dating again and I’m living my life to the fullest. This has upset some people. Yes, seriously. A member of my late husband’s family thinks that I’m terrible that I haven’t cloistered myself and joined a convent. I guess you can’t please some people. And then there is the world of nursing. There is so much going on there that I can hardly keep up with all the news. Hat tip goes out to Johnson and Johnson for supporting the nursing profession. They went all out this year with some new kick ass commercials, praising the nursing profession. J&J has always been a big supporter of nurses. You guys rock. J&J also invites nurses to check out their new app at iTunes. It’s called Happy Nurse and the app sits prominently on my iPhone. Another bit of news from the world of nursing is about a bill that would establish the Office of the National Nurse for Public Health. Click here to read the bill, and then head over to the NNNO website for the details.

Take me off your MIA list. I’m back!

I can’t believe that I haven’t been putting up new posts on my blog. This would not have happened under ordinary circumstances, but that whole widowhood thing threw me off my stride. I’m addicted to blogging. It’s my drug of choice. I’ve been doing a lot of things over the last couple of months. For instance, I met someone really special on OKCupid. He’s my Gentleman Caller. He’s not a stalker, he has a job, and he thinks I’m cute. Ok, maybe he’s a little delusional about that whole cute thing but, so far, he makes me very happy.

Gentleman Caller and I have a lot in common except for one thing. He loves watching TV cop shows—they bore me to tears—and I prefer reading a good book. I’m currently reading this book. The book’s author is Drugmonkey, the Master of the Pharmacy, and the proprietor of the sardonic blog, Your Pharmacist May Hate You. I met Drugmonkey via his blog many years ago and he’s one of my good blog buddies. Drugmonkey’s book delves into the mysteries of life, like why does it take so long to get my friggin’ prescription filled at the pharmacy. He also discusses more serious issues like how Big Pharm gets away screwing over the general public. Big Pharm is evil, and Drugmonkey gives his readers the inside scoop on what’s happening in Pharmaceutical World. Drugmonkey is a champion of truth, justice, and the American way. He is Super Pharmacists, and his stories will motivate you to vote all the Congressional idiots out of office.

I’m about to test Gentleman Caller’s commitment to our relationship. Sure, he’s cute and adorable, but I’m going to see if he keeps his sweet disposition when I turn off his TV set and ask him to read Drugmonkey’s book so we can talk about it. Somehow I think he’ll do it for me. I’ll keep you posted.

Companionship: Petfinder vs. OKCupid

29 Dec 2010

Hello everyone. I’ve been getting a lot of email from my readers, and to those of you who have wondered what happened to me, I am not dead, thanks for asking. I haven’t posted anything in a long time because I’ve been really busy. I started writing for NursingLink, and I’ve been busy getting my life back in order. One thing on my to do list was to find a little companionship because I get lonely wandering around a big house all by myself. This led to a dilemma. I needed to decide what kind of companionship I wanted, and figure out the best way of finding it.

After some soul searching, I decided to adopt a dog or find a boyfriend. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, which I listed in previous posts here and here. In the end, I decided to look for a dog because I wouldn’t have to pick its underwear up off the bedroom floor, and I could crate it when it was getting under my feet. I logged onto PetFinder.com and found a cute little Pekingese-Cocker Spaniel mix. I named him Woz, but quickly renamed him Lucifer after he bit my ankle, tore my pant leg, and tried to kill one of my cats. I sent the little evildoer packing. I toted his sorry doggy butt back to the rescue within three days of moving into my house.

Distraught, I had all but given up hope to finding companionship until one of my friends at work told me that she was looking for a friend online. She told me about many different dating sites and, after getting some advice from my tech savvy daughters, I decided to sign up on OKCupid. I took the leap of faith and posted a profile online. I got a lot of responses. The responses made me ask, “Why can’t I attract men like crazy, instead of attracting crazy men.” I got some strange responses, and one guy sent me a photo of his foot. I’m probably lucky that he didn’t send me a picture of another part of his anatomy. I’ve included some pictures that I found on OKCupid. Really Cupid? What were you thinking when you let these guys register on your website?

I’ve given up on finding companionship online for now, and I have decided to find a man the old fashion way. Who wants to go bar hopping tonight?

Veterans Day at Grand Rounds

8 Nov 2010

(Photo Credit: Life Magazine)
Welcome to the Veterans Day edition of Grand Rounds. Elvis and I are delighted that you dropped by. The King is very excited today because we are saluting celebrities that have served in the Armed Forces. Elvis said that his days in the army were memorable. I imagine having Life Magazine take your picture while you’re sitting in your underwear would be a memorable experience. My co-host and I want to thank everyone for their submissions, and we especially want to thank Dr. Nick Genes for allowing us to hold Grand Rounds at Nurse Ratched’s Place.

Elvis told me that the doctor gave him a lot of shots right after that underwear picture was taken. The King knows that vaccinations are important and he wants everyone to get their shots. Dr. Val from Better Health sent in this submission explaining the top ten reasons why you should get your shots. Elvis also reminded me of his show business nickname, “Elvis the Pelvis” Remember his gyrating hips? So you can imagine Elvis’ reaction when he read this post about cutting into a pelvis written by Nicholas Fogelson, MD from Academic OB/GYN. Elvis read it and got all shook up!

Before there was Dr. Heathcliff ‘Cliff’ Huxtable, there was Navy Sailor William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. Bill Cosby played basketball for the Navy and was a corpsman at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland, during the Korean War. He was also sent briefly on board ship, from Newfoundland to Guantanamo Bay, then assigned to Philadelphia Naval Hospital. I’m sure that Bill saw a lot, good and bad, while he was a corpsman in the Navy. Roberta Gately, nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and author of the new book, Lipstick in Afghanistan has also seen a lot. She volunteers her time, caring for people in third world countries. Roberta is proud to be a nurse , and I am proud that she is a member of our profession.

Bill was also quite the athlete, and so is Traci Hamilton from Because I said so. Traci, an Intelligence Officer in the Army Reserve, is raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Read her post about getting her “ducks in a row” when she was sick.

This veteran is known for his 1969 rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Meet PFC Jimi Hendrix. He enlisted on May 31, 1961, and after completing boot camp, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jimi enlisted so he wouldn’t go to jail for stealing a car. It’s a good thing that Jimi had his music to fall back on because according to Wikipedia, Jimi wasn’t much of a solider. He didn’t like the army, and the army didn’t like him, so he was kicked out of the military after one year of service. Hendrix later said that he received a medical discharge from the army. Personally, I think that Jimi made sweet music during his lifetime. HMOs, however, remind me of really bad songs. You know, they have terrible lyrics and they are full of sour notes. Jay Norris from Colorado Health Insurance Insider writes about narrow health insurance networks. He can’t see how they benefit patients.

Drew Carey, the star of The Drew Carey Show and the current host of the Price is Right, served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1980 – 1986. According to Military. com, Carey adopted his trademark crew cut and horn-rimmed glasses during his time of service. Mr. Carey still supports the troops, and does overseas touring with the USO. Thank you for supporting the troops, Drew. You rock! Drew is also a big supporter of a healthy lifestyle. Drew lost a lot of weight recently and he credits his healthy life style with helping him win his war against the bulge. Dr Rich from the Covert Rationing Blog thinks that there is another kind of war going in our country involving the obese. Read his thought provoking post, Major Victories In the War Against The Obese. There is one other thing that you might not know about Drew. He’s been treated for depression. A lot of famous people have mental health issues. Dr. Charles from The Examining Room of Dr. Charles sent in this post about Rep. John Boehner, the presumptive new Speaker of the House. Is Rep. Boehner suffering depression, and if so, are depressive leaders fit for duty?

This is a picture of my favorite comedian. Say hello to the “Hippy Dippy Weatherman”, George Carlin. This picture was taken in his pre-hippy-dippy days. George quit high school to join the US Air Force in 1956. His AFSC was in the field of avionics. George looked great in his uniform, but he wasn’t so great as an airman. He was disrespectful to authority figures (imagine that) and was discharged for poor conduct after three years of service. Uncle Sam can’t take a joke. He has issues with irreverent military personnel. We all know that George was a very outspoken guy, especially when it came to government policies. It makes me wonder what he’d be saying about health care reform and the mid term elections. David E. Williams from the Health Business Blog sent in this post about the subject. Read his interview with Dan Mendelson, President and CEO of Avalere Health. David Harlow from HealthBlawg sent in his post, commenting on health care reform and the “truthiness” of this year’s election season. And of course we all know that George had a keen sense of humor. The Happy Hospitalist also has a funny bone and sent in this post suggesting that physicians develop the art of telling a joke because it’s good for business.

Well, hello handsome. Meet Aviation Radioman 3rd Class, Paul Newman. Too bad this is a black and white picture. I’m sure that his navy blue uniform accented his sexy, blue eyes. Paul enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 22, 1943 — four days before his 18th birthday — with the hopes of becoming an officer and an aviator flying off carriers. Unfortunately, Paul was colorblind, so he trained as an aviation radioman and reported to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 8, 1944. During his military career, Paul was awarded the Navy Combat Action Ribbon and his Combat Aircrew Wings. Paul had many talents. He was an award winning actor who, later on, cofounded an organic food company, Newman’s Own. Newman believed in living a healthy lifestyle and so does Bob Vineyard from Insureblog. Bob wrote an open letter to Congress, making the case that life-style choices can have a major effect on the cost of both health care and health insurance. I’m sure that Paul would approve. And speaking of the cost of things, Jacqueline from MedLibLob Laika’s sent in this post about the hidden cost of the Pink Ribbon campaign. Do you think that companies use breast cancer as a marketing ploy? Tell me what you think after you read her post.

Does this “doctor” look familiar? This is Alan Alda, the actor who is best known to his fans as Dr Hawkeye Pierce from the hit TV series, M*A*S*H. Did you know that Alan served a six-month tour of duty as a gunnery officer in Korea? Alan’s character cared for critically wounded soldiers, many of whom would have developed PTSD. A psychiatrist from How to Cope With Pain sent in this timely blog post about pain control and PTSD. I highly recommend that you read this post.

Here’s Marine Corps Aviator, Ed McMahon. The most famous second banana of late night television was no second banana in the Marine Corps. Ed enlisted with the goal of becoming a Marine fighter pilot. He served in the Marines Corps during WWII, earning his wings in 1945. Later on, he also served during the Korean War. McMahon remained active in the Marine Reserves while he was working on the Tonight Show and retired as a full colonel in 1966. Many people don’t know this, but Ed suffered from bouts of depression throughout his life. Dr. Deb Serani from Dr. Deb Psychological Perspectives sent in this post highlighting Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Ed also had many serious health issues near the end of his life, and all through it, his wife stood by his side. Barbara Kivowitz from In Sickness and Health: A Place for Couples Dealing with Illness sent in this timely post. Barbara has a lot of friends getting sick and she writes about it in her post.

Please say hello to the 2000 year old man, PFC. Melvin Kaminsky, AKA Mel Brooks. Mel enlisted when he was seventeen years old and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Mel served as a combat engineer for the United States Army, where his official duties involved defusing landmines and working with explosives. His unofficial tasks, however, included entertaining his platoon with irreverent imitations of the German propaganda playing over the radio. Mel didn’t like war. He said, “War isn’t hell. War is loud. Much too noisy. All those shells and bombs going off all around you. Never mind death. A man could lose his hearing.” Mel proves that it’s always helpful to have a good sense of humor. ACP Hospitalist agrees. Grady Hospital is “going live” on their new electronic medical record (EMR) in less than one week. Read the good news and the bad news about their project.

Scotty, please beam up U.S. Army Air Corpsman, Gene Roddenberry. Gene was an aeronautical engineer and served as a fighter pilot during World War II. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions and was awarded the prestigious “Flying Cross” and “Air Medal.” He ultimately retired from the military to go work on a some crazy television script that involved space captains and inter-galactic ships that he dreamt up while working on military aircrafts. Science fiction is a funny thing. With time, fiction can turn into facts. Remember when everyone said that you could never cure the common cold? ACP Internist sent in this post, Curing the common cold no longer unthinkable. Jamie Rauscher from Bedside Manner sent in this post about what caregivers can do about the pervasive problem of low health literacy. I wonder how Dr. McCoy would handle this issue with his alien space patients. I’m sure that Dr. McCoy appreciates the headway that scientists are making into the “final frontier” of medical research. Walter Jessen from Highlight Health sent in this post about new research in Celiac Disease.

That’s it for this edition of Grand Rounds. Elvis and I had a great time reading your posts. You can follow Grand Rounds on Facebook and on Twitter. Nick Genes wanted me to pass along that he is still looking for a Grand Rounds host for next week. There are also some dates open at the end of the year. Contact him on facebook or twitter if you want to serve as host.

UPDATE: Grand Rounds will be at Emergiblog next week. See Kim’s beautiful poster for details……

Celebrity Veterans Day at Grand Rounds

1 Nov 2010

I’m so excited. Yes, I’m all shook up. Elvis Presley and I are hosting Grand Rounds on November 9th. Elvis is a veteran you know, and he has invited other celebrities to help us celebrate Veterans Day at Grand Rounds. We hope you drop by to see who shows up. In the meantime, trade in your blue suede shoes for army boots and start writing. Elvis and I want your posts! Please send all posts to motherjonesrn AT Yahoo.com by Saturday, Nov 6th.

Thank you very much…..

Happy Halloween

30 Oct 2010

This came in an email from my mother. She said that it reminded her of me. So Mom, do you think I have anger issues? I’ll have to hop on my broom and fly over to your house so we can talk about this. In the meantime, I want to wish everyone a happy Halloween!

The King of Podcasting for Nurses

27 Oct 2010

Jamie Davis on podcasts for nurses from Marybeth Mills on Vimeo.

This is my good friend Jamie Davis. He was interviewed while attending Blog World in Las Vegas by J.D Lasica from Time For Nurses. It’s true. Jamie is the king of podcasting for nurses. He and I have fun together on his podcast show, Insights in Nursing. Check it out, and remember, it’s good to be king!

Mother’s Book Review

26 Oct 2010

I need to tell you something just in case you didn’t get the memo. I’m a bibliophile. Next to collecting mid-century furniture, books are my passion, so imagine my joy when the publisher of this book asked me to write a review for my blog. Consider this my disclosure. I didn’t pay for this book…but I would have because it’s that good. The Post Traumatic Insomnia Workbook by Karin Elorriaga Thompson, PH.D and C. Laurel Franklin, PH.D gives nurses the tools they need to help patients suffering from PTSD. Patients with PTSD generally have sleeping disorders and this book gives concrete, step by step instructions and exercises that will help patients work through their issues. I just sent in an article to NursingLink today about PTSD. I’ll put up a link when it’s published next month. In the meantime, buy this book, and check out my latest article at NursingLink about how to write your yearly self evaluation. Every nurse deserves a big, fat raise.

Thank You NursingLink

23 Oct 2010

I want to thank the good people at NurisngLink for giving me the opportunity to write for their website. My goal is to share important information that will improve patient care and the general well being of the nursing profession. Let’s face it. The nursing profession is taking a beating. I will be writing articles based on my personal experiences as a nurse, as well as commentary about what’s happening in the news. Yes, I’m opinionated, and I invite you to send me your comments. I also want to hear your story ideas for future articles. In the meantime, check out my latest articles for NursingLink:

When a patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse

Patient Boundaries in Nursing

Nurse Ratched

There has been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere about medical bloggers and HIPAA regulations so let me make this very clear: I write composite stories about many different people that I've cared for over the years.

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