Monday, March 21, 2016

Certainties in life.

Look at him, with his smug little face. 
Well, sir. I believe you are wrong. 

As an ICU Nurse, I don't deny that death is certain. I have seen many people post-pone it. I have seen  families avoid it. I have seen countless co-workers battle it. 
However, even if we "keep 'em alive until 7:45." it will catch up to you eventually. 

I also don't deny that taxes are certain. Although, I'm starting to see a bit more grey area on this one. My husband is an accountant attempting to get a job as a tax auditor. You'd think this would incline me to boast the veracity of Benny's certainties, however... My husband forgot to file his own taxes a few years ago...
So many people advised against filing back-taxes...
So many...
I'm looking at you H&R Block. 
So where exactly do I find fault with Mr. Franklin?

He's so sure that nothing else can be certain. 
I posit another theory. 

Now, while Goodreads attributes this quote to Hilary Clinton most other sources credit EH Carr. 
It also happens to be the title of an article about Coronary Bypass trends published in 1998.

Unfortunately, I am not going to address any of those subjects in this post. Today. 

Today I am going to talk about some changes.
Mostly, how I've changed.

I have had a lot of things shift on me. Not, terribly recently, but recent enough. I hope to resume our little one-sided chats, however. There will appear to be some continuity issues for the purists. 
I am back, and because of my assertion that change is also certain, be aware that changes have occurred.

The important ones:
I have three cats (Pistachio, Rydia, Cricket)
I am married to an accountant (technically, still a student)
I work in Neurotrauma ICU (with backgrounds in ER, Cardiovascular ICU and Education)
I'm pregnant

Feeling positive!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Today's Accomplishment is...

I was going to ramble a bit about Susan Komen and Planned Parenthood, but that was quickly turned around.

Now what?

Oh yea. I ran a 15k today (about 9miles)

Wahoo. Was not expecting that. It was great. All of this work now feels validated. 1 month into the New Year and I've already met a goal of placing in a race. Sweet. Now I can smooth sail the rest of the time.

I did however cause a bit of an issue at the Awards Ceremony.
Sadly, this want not the first time this has happened...

It's nice to get this sort of validation. From my thesis work I'm learning the importance of instant feedback to my generation (Millennials FTW!) Now, society is not exactly set up for instant gratification or feedback (unless you've been sucked into facebook et al.)
This is exactly why I try not to get too involved in social media. Life does not happen instantly. It takes a long time to become good at something, or learn most things of value.
Running is like that.
It took me 1hour and 34 minutes, but it felt really good.

If only it could be faster...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My how we've grown

For once it's not sideways...
I've been laying on the floor for about 30minutes re-reading some of my old blogs. Interesting to see where life has taken me in a year.

I've still got half a year on this
EMR business and by the time thats over I'll have my MSN in education.

Who knows what I'll be doing professionally.

I've got a half-marathon in 4 weeks and plans for a triathlon in 9months.

I think I'll make a concentrated effort at a well researched post tomorrow.

Probably something about Womens Heart Health. (National "wear something red day")

Be ready for it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


For the those lucky people who don't have to know what CME is, it is Continuing Medical Education. I listen to some podcasts that give me the option for free CME, Medscape sends me free CME quizzes, and I can go through my works' web portal for free CME but I really feel that I should get CMEs simply by sitting on my couch while these beautiful people I live with study.
Really, every nurse should live with med-students. One really gets a good idea of the hell they go through. The HESI was nothing.
Keep on keeping on doctors.

However, I'm still going to call you a 1 am if you forgot to write orders.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Testing the blogger app, because... Maybe we're doing this thing again.
Photo of cat, the Internet loves cats.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Complexities of Simplicity


Happy Halloween.

I've been working at making life simpler, then harder, then simpler again.

I gave up on social media for a month. Did not really change much in my life. True, I am not in "contact" with as many people as often. (Those "facebook friends" that you have not seen since highschool.) Not a great loss.

I did not really blog. Someone had to have noticed. I think it was my Dad. Because of this I also did not spend as much time on the internet "researching" things. Maybe I was a bit more boring of a person.

I tried not to play on my phone when in the room with other people. This was probably the worst effect. I was not playing games on my phone, but everyone else was. So I was just sitting there trying to make conversation with people too busy flinging birds at pigs.

What this did do however, was make everything on my phone harder to use.
This is why and how I became a Socially Awkward Penguin.
Turns out if you do not have a facebook account, you pretty much do not exist and signing into THE INTERNET is near impossible.

So much for all that.

I posted all this to say.
I get a new phone today.
Maybe I'm back online.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Just when I thought about ending it all...

Just when I had some serious thoughts about giving up on my blog I get this gem.

The Potential Use of "Blogs" in Nursing Education

I'm my homework for today, I'm researching the different uses of technology in nursing education.
Tweets and Blogs are at the top of the list!

How crazy. I guess I'd simply never thought about it, but instructing students to utilize a blog for reflective assignments beats sitting through post-conference any day.

Schon addresses three steps in reflection.
1. Knowing in action
2.Reflection in action
3. Reflection on action

Knowing in action is the knowledge the student brings with them.
Reflection in action is the thinking that goes on while they are using their knowledge
Reflection on action is the thinking that happens after they've completed their task.

For example.
The student brings with them the technical knowledge of how to initiate a peripheral IV (and all the anxiety that comes with it.) Then he/she gets the opportunity to practice and while they are performing the task they are thinking about how it functions. After this activity is over the student reflects on how it went, what went wrong, what could have gone better, etc...

I have to go now, so more later, but turns out blogging is a future wave for nursing students.
I probably better keep my skills up.

Warning to my future students, follow my blog or fail.