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Ice Cream Graveyard

I guess I (and you?) might be wondering if maybe this blog is going to turn into all-death-all-the-time.  Well, that’s entirely possible.  Death rather fascinates me and it always has.  I have no idea (well, ok, I do) why I waited so long to get into hospice.

I love reading Mental Floss, and a post I came across today especially amused me.  Ben & Jerry’s (of ice cream fame) headquarters is located in Vermont.  Apparently, someone came up with the nifty idea to create a graveyard for discontinued ice cream flavors.

Someone out there in the world has the job of writing epitaphs for ice cream, you guys.  And many of them are quite witty!

(Here are some more interesting Ben & Jerry’s facts)

 

 

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Is Your Stethoscope Naked?

Recently, I was contacted by Dr. Jennifer Namazy who came up with a very cute way to decorate your stethoscope.  Dr. Namazy started CharMED, which sells sparkly crystal cuff charms for your stethoscope.  The “about” page on her site says, “From ugly scrubs to dreary white lab coats, ask any woman in the medical field and they will agree…there are few opportunities to sparkle.”

Besides jewelry (which we are normally encouraged NOT to wear), medical professionals really don’t have many ways to jazz up their wardrobe for work.  Dr. Namazy graciously gave me a charm to review AND is giving one away to any codeblog reader that leaves a comment on this post stating what color charm they’d like to have.  More on that later!

I recently received my iridescent charm in the mail and immediately went to put it on my stethoscope.  It fits well and looks great.  It does slide up and down the tubing, but it came with a foam insert that you can also use to help it stay put.  It’s very sparkly and quite pretty.

 

 

I asked Dr. Namazy a few questions about her charms.  She says that she and the other medical professionals she works with felt limited in terms of being able to show some style and bling in the workplace.  Knowing how popular charm bracelets are with the staff (giving them the opportunity to show off their favorite colors, initials, etc) she thought it would be cool to have charms for stethoscopes!

The charms needed to be seamless, preferably without clasps that could loosen or come open.  She designed the shape of the charm herself so that it would fit snugly on the stethoscope’s pliable tubing.

Of course there is always concern about germs, especially in hospitals.  To head off any problems there, Dr. Namazy chose a metal that is naturally antibacterial for the base of the charm.  It can be easily cleaned with an alcohol pad and doing so will not damage the crystals that adorn it!

The charms have been available for about 5 months and are already popping up in hospital gift shops around San Diego.  She has plans to expand nationally soon, but the charms are available now in her online store at get-charmed.com.  You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

And as I mentioned before, there’s a giveaway for codeblog’s readers.  Just leave a comment stating which color you like best, and one commenter will be randomly chosen to receive that charm.  Good luck!  The contest ends on Wednesday, December 12th.  (12/12/12!)

 

(Update:  Contest CLOSED!  The winner is Megan, who left the 7th comment.  Thanks everyone!)

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Walking for Food Allergies

I’ve written about my son’s peanut allergy several times before.  It’s obviously a cause near and dear to my heart.  When a friend asked if I wanted to do a 5k sponsored by FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network), I thought it was a great idea.  FAAN’s mission is to raise public awareness, provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.

So I signed up, and I have a donation page if anyone would be interested in helping me reach my goal (I’m almost halfway there!)  The 5k is this Saturday and I’m looking forward to participating in my first one :)

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On Leaving CCU

Recently I made an announcement that may have made a few people think I was half a bubble off level.  I’m leaving CCU.

I’ve worked in CCU (and CVICU) for 14 years.  5 years ago I had a baby, and reduced my hours to one day per week.

It took me just about all of those 5 years to fully comprehend that one just can’t keep up with all there is to learn working only one day a week in CCU.  The basics come back to you if you have enough experience with them (ventriculostomies, for example) but the New Stuff is coming in droves and is being implemented constantly – new therapies, new monitoring machines, new procedures.  When you can’t make the in-services given during the week, it falls to the weekend coworkers to bring you up to speed, and I was feeling very guilty about that.

“Why not just put the kids in daycare and work more?” one could ask.  And one would have a point.  But…

I recently had a patient that almost any CCU nurse would thrive on – unstable, many drips, lots of titrating.  In years past, I enjoyed the dance we do when trying to stabilize a patient, my brain happily bathed in adrenalin.  But this time, although my brain was still bathed in adrenalin, I found the dance… boring.  Tedious even.  Now that is an interesting feeling – all jazzed up and bored about it.

Thinking about it later, I realized that although my last several employee reviews were good, I could never come up with “new goals for the next year.”  I had no desire to be an open heart nurse, take care of patients on balloon pumps, get my CCRN, or learn anything else, really.  Although I have plenty of skills, I just didn’t want to learn any more about critical care.

So although I had a great-paying job with great flexibility and seniority, I found myself contemplating leaving it all behind.  But to do what?

Over the course of my career, I realized that I enjoy working with the patients that are close to having or are having life support removed.

Why?  I’m not sure.  Why does anyone like anything?  All I know is that I felt a great deal of satisfaction when I was able to see a patient through to passing peacefully.  You form an almost instant bond with others when in that situation, and not just the patient, who was usually unconscious by that point.  I have always enjoyed working with family members.

So I decided to become a hospice nurse, and there was a company out there nice enough to hire me despite my total lack of any actual hospice experience.

When you tell someone you’re a nurse, they usually ask “what kind; what do you do?”  When I would respond, “critical care,” they’d say, “Oh! Wow.”  When I told my coworkers I was leaving to become a hospice nurse, I got a few “Oh… uh, interesting…” and lots of “oh, you’ll be great at that.”  But the prize for best answer goes to one particular doc:

Me: “This is my last weekend.”

Doc:  “Oh, why?”

Me:  “I’m going to hospice.”

Doc: “…. but you don’t look sick.”

Ah, hospice humor.

I have nothing but the highest respect for my former employer and my former coworkers.  They are a huge reason why I stayed so long and I consider several of them family.  But every time I think of the new direction I decided to go in, I feel a little thrill of excitement to learn something completely new.  Hopefully with enough tweaking and HIPAA-nating, I can share some of my experiences with you all.

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The Touch

So, Megen wrote this post recently about “Therapeutic Presence.”  The following passage really caught my attention:

Question is: are there more things in nursing, Horatio, than science can explain? Can we touch patients and zap them with calmness or take away their pain? Can we, by our mindset during our provision of care, substantially affect our patients’ outcomes? Can any of this be taught? Can we do it on purpose? I don’t know. That situation has captured my attention, though, because the flip side must also be true—if I despise my patient, she can probably tell that too, regardless of how tightly I’m controlling my behavior.

 

Little backstory:  A few weeks ago I had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.  Basically, a very nice surgeon made a few incisions into my abdomen, inserted a camera and some wrenches or something, and took my gall bladder out.  I had never had surgery before.  Never been intubated.  I have been on “the bed side” quite a few times, but never for surgery.

A week elapsed between the time we decided to do surgery and the time the surgery actually happened.  It was a really hard week for me as I was very anxious about the whole thing.  I’m not even sure what exactly it was that I was nervous about.  I trusted my surgeon completely, I had full confidence in the hospital I was having surgery at, and I know it’s a procedure that is done thousands and thousands of times a year with a very low complication rate.

Still…. well, I guess I have never been completely unconscious in a room full of people who were looking at my insides.  I have never relied on a machine to breathe for me.  I had never been under general anesthesia before.  Basically, I was going to be vulnerable and exposed.  One of the biggest things that caused me angst, though, was that I would wake up still intubated.  The anesthesiologist assured me I wouldn’t remember being intubated at all.  That was helpful.  I believed him.

Anyway, I was supposed to tie this in with the passage at the top, wasn’t I?  The point is that I was very nervous and the morning of the surgery found me in the pre-op area holding back nervous tears, sometimes unsuccessfully.  I had the footies on, had the gown on, admission assessment was done, IV inserted and then we were just hanging out waiting for the surgeon.

One of the nurses who would be with me in the OR came to wait with me and she was genuinely so sweet and caring.  Her general demeanor really put me at ease.  We really were just waiting for the surgeon to show up; it was about 10 minutes past when I was supposed to go in.  I was in the middle of mentally deducting stars from my future Yelp review of him when he finally showed up.  We had a little chat, and then he left to go scrub.

In the meantime, a second OR nurse showed up in my little pre-op area.  When the surgeon left, and it was time to go, I started crying a little again.  The first nurse was at my side and was very sweet and reassuring.  The second nurse was behind me, to help push the gurney to the OR.  When she realized I was upset, she put her hands on my head.

I am not a touchy-feely person.  When my patients are distressed, I’ll put my hand on their hand or arm and that’s about it.  Before this experience, if you had asked me what would reassure me if I was upset, touch would actually be way down on the list, and touching my head?  No way.  But for whatever reason, her hands on either side of my head was exactly what I needed right then and I was immediately calmed by it.

Why? Why would someone find solace in something they would normally consider to be annoying?

By the time we got into the OR, I was ready for some pharmaceutical assistance.  I moved over to the (very narrow!) table, and as the nurse was strapping my arm to the board, the anesthesiologist appeared next to me.  I told him I could really go for a nice intravenous cocktail anytime and he said he already injected some Versed.  The last thing I remember saying is, “Well, I don’t fee…”  Heh.

I woke up in the recovery room and felt nausea and pain.  All I had to say was “hurts” and “sick” and I was out again.  The next thing I remember was being asked to scoot over to my bed on the surgical floor.  I said yes when they asked if I wanted some morphine for pain, and dang!!!  That stuff really burns.

I went home later that day and my recovery was very uneventful.  I was really amused to see that my incisions were covered in skin glue!!  No dressings at all.  Just 4 incisions with a coating of glue over them.

Anyway, I had barely even remembered what the OR nurse did until I read Megen’s post.  I think she’s on to something.

 

 

 

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Opening My Heart & An Interview with Tilda Shalof

Well, not my heart.

I was contacted awhile ago and asked if I wanted the chance to read and review Tilda Shalof’s new book, Opening My Heart.  (Amazon link, but NOT an affiliate link – I live in California and due to a new law, Amazon has cut all ties with us).

I had the chance to include a story in a book that Tilda edited a couple of years ago called Lives in the Balance.  So I had fond memories :)

I’ll say up front that I enjoyed the book.  I had a range of emotions while reading it – frustration, worry, happiness.  Frustration because although Tilda is a very experienced ICU nurse, she doesn’t take her own health seriously at all.  I read with disbelief as she described her incredible denial of the obvious need to treat the heart condition she was born with.

I was amused at her doctor’s and husband’s reactions when she tried to tell them that if anything went wrong with her surgery, she didn’t want to be kept alive on machines.   She explained that she used to have a dog and her husband absolutely refused to euthanize the miserable thing.  I liked this passage in particular:  “To Ivan, love means never stopping love or giving up.  This is what families say.  They can’t let go because of love.  I hope no one loves me this much, ICU nurses often say to one another.”

Amen, sister.

Tilda writes about her surgery and subsequent recovery, which I found fascinating.  I love hearing about patient experiences, and having a nurse tell it from her point of view was pure brain candy to me.

She writes a lot about her friends and coworkers and her interactions with them.  I admit I found those particular parts of the book a bit draggy, but maybe others would find them an enjoyable read.

Lastly, she wrote a lot about depression after her surgery.  I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think this is addressed much when the doctor is informing the patient about what heart surgery will be like.  I think it needs to be given more consideration and that patients need to be told that it’s a completely normal thing that happens after such a big surgery.  Not dealing with it can impede healing and recovery.  I was really pleased with how much attention she gave to this particular part of her experience.

Anyway!  Tilda very sweetly agreed to be interviewed!  I am really excited about posting an interview with her on codeblog.

How did you get started writing books?  Did someone come across something you wrote and suggest you write/publish a book?  Or did you write a book and send the manuscript to agents?

I had been writing for many years before I got published.  Taking writing courses, sending my manuscripts out, and receiving numerous rejection letters from publishing houses was the extent of my writing hobby for years.  In 2004, I got a lucky break when I sent my true stories of being an ICU nurse to one of Canada’s top publishing houses, McClelland & Stewart.  To my surprise and shock, they offered me a book contract on the spot.  They said it was a new perspective, a real insider’s view.  Well, who better to provide that than a nurse, I thought?  I hope with A Nurse’s Story and my other books, that I’ve opened a door to more nurse writers to get their stories out.

Have you always been a writer or is it something you started doing as an adult?

Yes, I’ve always been writing, recording my life and observations, but it was only in the last few years that I have been published.  It took me a long time to be ready to share my stories with the public.  I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing.

Many nurses haven’t published books – what is something we’d find surprising about being a nurse author?

The most surprising thing I’ve learned from being an author is not how many amazing nurses’ stories there are – I knew that – but how few are actually undocumented.  Nurses aren’t speaking up enough and thus their voices aren’t being heard. I hope I’ve started a trend with writing about my nursing life.  Other nurses love to read these stories and the public needs to know what we do. It’s a matter of their health and safety to understand more about the roles and responsibilities that nurses have, otherwise, misconceptions and stereotypes can flourish.  Otherwise, we also run the risk of being invisible and completely overshadowed by doctors who traditionally have had a lot more power and stronger voices.

You mention your coworkers and friends many times in the book – do you use real names?  How do they feel about being mentioned?

Yes, I use real names of friends/co-workers and usually ask their permission to do so.  So far, no one has objected, and most are pleased, or at least in agreement with what I’ve said about them.

Do you do a lot of book promotion (signings, readings, etc)?

Not much book promotion per se, but a lot of speaking to groups of nurses, doctors, and the public at large about what nursing is all about.  Now that my new book, Opening My Heart is out, I enjoy speaking also to patients.  I love to be invited as a guest speaker and wherever I am invited, I am thrilled to go.  Also, I enjoy connecting personally with nurses on my Opening My Heart Facebook fan page and one-to-one emails through my web-site – www.NurseTilda.com.  That’s truly the best part about being a nurse author – connecting with other nurses.  If anyone writes to me, I always write back, usually in a day or two.

Do you have marathon writing sessions or do you write a little every day?

Both!  I love the opportunities to immerse myself in my writing world for extended periods of time, but for an hour in the morning after a night shift, or on a day off from work, in between household responsibilities and being with my kids – two boys, 16 and 14 – I squeeze in some writing, too.  If you wait for the perfect conditions for writing, you might not ever do it.  You just have to plunge in amidst the chaos of a day.

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I thought Opening My Heart was a great read and I recommend it.  And thanks to Tilda for taking a few moments out of her day to answer some questions!

 

(My post about this project and a list of interviews done so far is linked here.)

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GIANTmicrobe Winner!

I hope everyone had a great Nurse’s Week!

To pick a winner for the GIANTmicrobe, I printed out the names of everyone who commented and put them in a bowl, then had my 4 year old pick.  And the winner is…. Katie!  Congrats!  I’ll email you soon with details on how to get your lovely plush microbe :-)

I spent many hours last night revamping my blogroll.  I updated buttons for those blogs that adopted a new look over the last year or so and weeded out some blogs that seemed, well, dead.  I also added a few.

I also had a chance to interview a few more nurses for the interview series!  I’ll be posting those soon.

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Happy Nurse’s Week!

Hi everyone, happy Nurse’s Week!  I’m sure your hospitals are doing fun and exciting things for you this year – giving out free penlights, stethoscope name tags, a little bag of candy?  Maybe an ice cream social?

Actually, I kind of like the ice cream socials.

Anyway!  Here at codeblog, we might have a little something to give you in honor of Nurse’s Week!  Remember when I got mono?  Well, courtesy of GIANTmicrobes, you can get mono, too!  Or if you’d prefer, we could get you some cholera, toxic mold, or even gangrene!

How freaking cute is gangrene?!  Those vibrant green eyes!  The cute little ruffle!

Or Giardia??  Don’t you just want to cradle it and tell it everything will be okay?

One commenter will be rewarded with the bacteria, virus, amoeba or cell of their choice.  And pursuant to my post all those many years ago, they have indeed added C. Diff and MRSA!  And one of them could be yours!

To be eligible for your disease-of-choice, just leave a comment telling me something you got for Nurse’s Week from your place of employment.  If you aren’t a nurse, leave a comment suggesting something nurses SHOULD get for Nurse’s Week.  Or what your mother, father, sister, brother, 3rd cousin twice removed or dog’s best friend’s owner got that one time.

One lucky commenter will be chosen at random (which may or may not involve throwing all of your names into a hat and letting my preschooler pick).  And, of course, the fine print:  this is open to U.S. residents only, please leave a valid e-mail address because that is how we will contact you for your address and choice of toy.  The lucky commenter may choose any 5-7 inch plush doll.  Although those little petri dishes are really very cute, you are on your own if you want one of those!  :)

Any comment made at this time until midnight PST on May 17th, 2011 will be eligible.  One comment per person, please.

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The Evolution of Pill Crushing

We have to crush pills sometimes.  Either the patient (through aversion or physical limitation from stroke) can’t swallow whole pills so we crush them and put them in applesauce, or the patient gets their pills through a tube, so we crush them and dissolve them in water.

When I started nursing, we had a mortar & pestle.  (Yes, it’s an affiliate link.  They all are.)

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Anyway, this is what we used to crush pills.  (Pro tip:  the mortar is the bowl, the pestle is the bat-shaped object)  I always found it very satisfying to fill the mortar with pills and grind them up with the pestle. Of course, we had to then clean both very well afterwards to avoid cross contamination of pills, but overall it was a good system and worked well.  It felt good to crush up the pills and also offered a gratifying CRUNCH sound. Bonus:  Whenever the mortar would inexplicably get separated from the pestle, you could still crush pills!  You’d just take the pill (still in its package), put it on the counter and bang the hell out of it.  A professionally and socially acceptable way to vent your frustrations :)

Cost?  About $10.

Then came along the plastic pill crusher:

pillcrusherThis is a very simple contraption.  You put the pills in, then you affix the top and turn … it’s like a giant screw.  Every once in awhile I’d get the pills in there just right, and would be rewarded with a very lovely CRACK.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t extremely efficient – I’d usually have to unscrew it, jiggle the pills and redo it a few times in order to get them ground up enough to dissolve in water.  Cost?  About $5.

For whatever reason, TPTB decided to do away with the mortar and pestle and pill crusher.  Our then-manager decided to get us something called the Silent Knight.  Maybe the cross contamination became an issue, I don’t know.  But with this device, you would put the pills in a plastic pouch and crush them.  You’d then dump the crushed-up pills out of the pouch into a med cup, mix with water, and viola!  The only clean-up involved was throwing the pouch away.

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This device was pretty handy, I guess.  No pleasing cracks or crunches, unfortunately, either tactile or aural.  Cost: about $90, and from what I’ve seen, pouches are about 5 cents apiece!!  Doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up, and keep in mind that the pouches end up being one more thing taking up space in the trash.  Boooo!

Recently, a new contraption showed up in our med rooms – the First Crush.

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Now we’ve gone completely automatic!  You put the pills into one cup, put the second cup on top (so that they nest, not form a dome) and put it in the machine.  Then you choose the desired level of crushedness (“standard” or “extra grind”) and press a button.  It then whirs into action!  Whereas the Silent Knight is, well, silent, this machine isn’t very quiet at all – you get all kinds of cracks and crunches and machine-like sounds.

It’s very efficient, but also a bit wasteful as well.  You can add water to the bottom cup containing the pill powder and use that instead of the medicine cup, but you just throw away the top cup, which is wasteful.  The bottoms of the cups are “wavy” and the pill powder often gets stuck in the waves and it takes awhile to stir it all up.  The cups cost about 5 cents apiece, and you need to use 2!  If it were just one, it would be okay since you would have had to use a med cup anyway.  Cost: About $200-300 plus the cost of cups.

So we’ve gone from the mortar and pestle, which is cheap, immensely satisfying to use and creates no extra waste, to this electric machine that’s a whole lot bigger, a whole lot more expensive, and creates a whole lot more waste.

WTF?  If they’d kept the mortar and pestle in the med room, I’d just continue to use it, but they got rid of it!

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Interview – Nurse Journalist

For this interview, I sent Jamie Davis some questions.  Jamie is the force behind the website The Nursing Show. Jamie’s primary background is in emergency care both as a nurse and a paramedic.  He currently works as a nurse journalist hosting multiple online radio and TV programs on the ProMed Network.

Before he started working in the health care field, he pursued and achieved a media and journalism degree.  He worked in both studio and field production for TV, independent feature films, and on training and industrial videos.  He eventually transitioned from that to a career as Mr. Mom before becoming involved in local volunteer emergency medical services.  He continued to pursue training for a career as a nurse along the way.

When podcasting became a viable programming option in 2005, he discovered that there weren’t that many regularly produced health care programs for nurses, paramedics, or other health care professionals. He began the first of my many shows (the MedicCast) in late 2005 and the Nursing Show was started in 2007.

He has since started the ProMed Network as a location to bring together the best independent health care programming for and by health care professionals in all fields.  With over 40 shows on the network from a variety of disciplines, it is now one of the premier locations on the web for high quality online radio and TV style programming in the health care arena.

What do you do all day?

I spend a lot of my day working on staying up to date on what is going on in nursing and health care worldwide. I record 5 weekly programs on nursing and EMS topics that include discussions and news overviews and I have to be able to spot trends and hot stories each week.

I also spend a lot of time mentoring and educating others about online media, social media, and using them in relation to a business and health care practice.  In addition to this mentoring work, I am proud to be able to work with several corporate partners to help them create their own high quality medical content. These include Physio-Control, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future (DiscoverNursing.com).

I record shows two days a week for editing and release on their respective release days later.  I currently work almost entirely from a home based studio I built myself slowly over the last 6 years. I also am able to employ my children in the “family business” and it gives them a steady job with more flexible hours than most teens can find. I’m looking forward to the fact that because my business is online, my son will be able to continue to work with me while away at college next year.

I continue to be active in my community, volunteering as both an active paramedic and an nurse in various capacities.

Jamie has been involved in nursing for 6 years and was an EMT and paramedic for 10 years before that.

He loves being able to care for patients in some very special ways. While he enjoys the face to face patient contact he gets in his clinical activities, he is most excited about the opportunities he’s had to influence and instruct so many in the nursing and health career fields via his programs. He says he is passionate about providing high quality patient care and improving outcomes and believe it is important to spread news and information via online programming targeted at health care professionals like nurses.

What frustrates you about your job?

I wish I had more time in the day. As an entrepreneur who has built a business with very little starting capital and expanded slowly, I have to be careful about how I spend my time. While I’m working on several exciting partnerships and enjoying a lot of success, there is so much I’d like to do.

As advertisers in the nursing and health care marketplace begin to move in to supporting and advertising on our programs, I hope that the podcasters and hosts on the ProMed Network (myself included) can expand the scope of their content and continue to create a 24/7 resource for high quality, trusted programs in their fields.

What about your job makes you proud to be a nurse?

It makes me most proud when I get an email from a listener or viewer who tells me about some way I influenced them to improve their patient care or their studies (in the case of students). When I cover a news item, I try to convey my commentary about why it’s important to the individual professional and how they might apply that knowledge in patient care and education.  When I hear that this goal carries through and actually works for someone, I’m ecstatic!

Do you feel you receive adequate support for your responsibilities?

Being the boss, I’ve got no one to blame but myself.  I will say that this is going to be one of the biggest issues for nurses moving forward. As we continue to have to work harder and harder to care for a larger patient load, workplace support is going to be vital for the nurse involved in direct patient care.

What is something a nurse who does not work in your particular field might find surprising about your job?

I think that those nurses whom I have helped to become involved in blogging, social media, or podcasting (creating online shows like mine) are most surprised at how easy it is to get started. When I tell someone that they can create their own webshow and talk to nurses worldwide for about $100 using their home computer, they are amazed. When I take the time to show them how easy it is to set up and do, it empowers them to begin sharing their nursing experiences with a broader audience and help more patients by default.

Are you salaried or paid by the hour? What are your hours?

As an entrepreneur, I’m salaried but it will vary from month to month.  Most weeks, I work about 40 – 50 hours. I’m paid through advertising and consulting revenue primarily.

While I started working on my programs alone, they have all become a team effort. I value the input from my listeners and viewers for their insights in to what is going on in their areas.  I also work closely with the team of programmers and hosts at the ProMed Network to continue to build the audience for everyone.

Was there any extra training besides on-the-job learning that you were required to complete for this job?

My B.A. in communications and training in the media field was instrumental in helping me work in the field I am today.  I think that one of the biggest strengths in nursing is the capability to carry your career in so many directions based on your passions and experiences. I don’t know of any others that provide that kind of range.  I truly apply my entire scope of learning and experience in my nursing career.

One of the biggest complaints given by hospital unit-based nurses is that they rarely have time to eat or go to the bathroom. Do you find that to be the case with your job as well?

I have no one to blame but the boss when I work through meals (which I do too often).  In the hospital arena, and in my experience, this is largely based on an antiquated expectation and tradition that has no place in the current workplace. It is not healthy or productive to care for patients this way. Unfortunately, nurses are great at caring for others’ needs but not so great at caring for our own.  This needs to change and it is up to the nursing supervisory staff to change this paradigm and become advocates for their nurses.

Thanks to Jamie for giving us a glimpse into the world of nursing journalism!  If you are a nurse who works in a non-traditional setting and would like to be interviewed, send me an email at codeblogrn at gmail dot com. My post about this project and a list of interviews done so far is linked here.

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  • profileI am Gina. I have been a nurse for 15 years, first in med/surg, then CVICU, inpatient dialysis, CCU and now hospice. This blog is about my experiences as a nurse, and the experiences of others in the healthcare system - patients, nurses, doctors, paramedics. We all have stories!

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