What I believe

believe1. It takes a village to raise a child

2. Hate begets more severe hate, but love somehow does not

3. people kill people, not guns

4. people kill people, not cars

5. people kill people, not planes

6. we have a responsibility to suck it up and survive, not passively walk through life like a victim

7. we are our own worst enemy

8. advice always sounds great when you’re dishing it out.

9. complaining always sounds so horrible when it’s not coming from your own mouth

10. nobody communicates anymore, they just scream empty statements

11. if 1 out of every 100 people would truly pay it forward, the world would be a safer place

12. learning can be very difficult, especially when most of us are tone deaf

13. Occam’s razor can be applied to anything and everything life throws at you

14. there is a reason we have one mouth and two ears: listen twice as much as you speak – some still haven’t figured that one out

15. we’ve begun to hate each other so much that it’s now a catch phrase (haters)

16. i refuse to believe that today’s children need/require/should be treated with psychotropic medications. what happened?

17. the world is at our fingertips, yet we have lost the ability to connect to our neighbors without a device

18. health is not passive. It’s your fault you are in the condition you are in. you are not a victim.

19. happiness is not a situational result.

20. what you say is ultimately more important than what you do. physical injuries can heal, emotional ones sometimes do not.

21. excuses are not promises, but promises have some how become excuses?

22. nothing can replace good ole’ fashion hard work. Earn it.

23.freedom is not free. The only time most of us remember this is during state and national holiday recognition.

24. if experience is your only education, you might be missing something.

25. we should spend more time disconnected than connected. Go offline.

What I’m reading: A Grim Outlook on Nursing? (NP & PA Student Blog)

I came across this blog post this AM that talks about the aggravating reality we Nurses and Nurse Practitioners are facing these days. The hard truths about our health care system and the direction it’s heading:

I am currently in a class called “Societal Forces” as a precursor to my first semester of advanced assessment in the Adult/Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track. The teachers are passionate and well informed. The speakers are excellent, but the subject matter…The subject matter is frankly depressing. The class theme seems to be: “Here is how messed up the system you are entering is. Good luck.”

via NP & PA Student Blog : A Grim Outlook on Nursing. (click and read the full post)

I can’t refute any of the truths the student discusses, but I don’t think it will change my mind or deter me from keeping my glass half full.

What about you?

via NP & PA Student Blog : A Grim Outlook on Nursing.

Science Explains Why We Overeat (and How to Stop It)

So this lil video VAGUELY resembles the theory and reasoning behind eating ‘like a caveman’ a.k.a. the Paleolithic diet. Hmm…




Science Explains Why We Overeat (and How to Stop It): “Overeating is a huge problem, even for healthy people, but the solution is more complicated than just putting the fork down. Your willpower is limited, and the mechanisms that make us overeat are hardwired, as this video explains. All is not lost, however.

This video from ASAP Science explains the science behind why we overeat—namely that when your stomach is empty, Ghrelin, a hunger-stimulating hormone, is released and tells your brain to eat. Normally, when you’re full, your body releases another hormone called Leptin, which kills your appetite. It’s not that this mechanism is broken in modern humans: The theory is that high energy (fatty, sugary, carb-loaded) foods used to be scarce and our bodies are biologically wired to crave them when they’re available, overwhelming our body’s natural hungry/full response. Since we can get them all the time now, we want them all the time.

It’s not a perfect theory, and ASAP Science cites some of the studies used for the case at the link below, but it makes some sense—especially when you consider the impact widely-available unhealthy food has (compared to healthy ones) on us. So how do we fight back? Like we said, willpower is limited, so bolster it by ditching the junk and rebooting your diet. Surrounding yourself with the good stuff will make sure you eat the good stuff. Also, take it slow and make smart, sensible changes that make it easy to stick to your plan. You’re building a new, healthy you, not ‘dieting.’

The Science of Appetite – Beating Overeating | YouTube”


What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change?

I saw this posted on Facebook this AM, and thought I’d share: (shout out to Ruth)

Here’s a VERY simple, straightforward, and thorough explanation of what “ObamaCare” REALLY means; what it has done so far, and what is yet to come; in chronological order, with links to the pertinent sections of the actual bill so you can check the accuracy of the statements for yourself instead of just expecting you to blindly believe whatever the author feels like saying.

It was referring to the post below: (follow link)


CaspianX2 comments on ELI5: What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change?: “Okay, explained like you’re a five year-old (well, okay, maybe a bit older), without too much oversimplification, and (hopefully) without sounding too biased:

What people call ‘Obamacare’ is actually the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, people were calling it ‘Obamacare’ before everyone even hammered out what it would be. It’s a term mostly used by people who don’t like the PPACA, and it’s become popularized in part because PPACA is a really long and awkward name, even when you turn it into an acronym like that.

Anyway, the PPACA made a bunch of new rules regarding health care, with the purpose of making health care more affordable for everyone. Opponents of the PPACA, on the other hand, feel that the rules it makes take away too many freedoms and force people (both individuals and businesses) to do things they shouldn’t have to.

So what does it do? Well, here is everything, in the order of when it goes into effect (because some of it happens later than other parts of it):

(Note: Page numbers listed in citations are the page numbers within the actual document, not the page numbers of the PDF file)”


If you are interested in the Affordable Care Act it’s worth a look. I for one found it informative, especially for someone like me who is uninformed and is still trying to formulate my own opinion of this new mandate.

Still think obesity is not your problem??

So, do you still think that your fellow American’s waistlines and health are not your concern???

Seems that your tax dollars are paying for their fatness (sorry for  being so blunt). Tax dollars are paying for a ‘bigger’ hospital for these ‘bigger’ patients. 

Seems that we are investing in their obesity instead of investing in preventing it. This is the precise difference between reactive and proactive medicine/intervention. There is nothing proactive about this.


N.J. hospitals adapting to larger patients – NorthJersey.com:

“Hospitals throughout North Jersey are buying larger beds and operating tables, and wider wheelchairs with reinforced steel frames, and building specialized rooms to treat the growing ranks of obese patients. Denise Arzoomanian and Steve Cicala lifting Harvey Weber, director of the mobile ICU/EMS unit of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, to demonstrate a ramp and stretcher used to move heavier people. CHRIS PEDOTA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Buy this photo Denise Arzoomanian and Steve Cicala lifting Harvey Weber, director of the mobile ICU/EMS unit of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, to demonstrate a ramp and stretcher used to move heavier people.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center debuted a new stretcher and loading ramp this month for ambulances to transport patients weighing up to 1,100 pounds. Hackensack University Medical Center is spending $200,000 on two new operating tables to hold extra-large patients.

And St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center has four new bariatric rooms with wider doors, special beds and ceiling lifts that can hold patients in excess of 1,000 pounds, accommodations that cost about $400,000. Renovation plans for the pediatric unit at the Paterson hospital include a room for obese teens.

‘Not only here, but across the country, you’re always looking to accommodate larger, bigger and heavier because it’s what we’re seeing,’ said Madelyn Pearson, senior vice president for patient-care services at Englewood. ‘With every new bit of construction and new purchase, we are looking at how we can best accommodate larger patients.’”

Yes. This angers me and gets under my skin.

Career mistakes = No Job?

I found this via a friend on Facebook. Why is this an awesome list?….

Because NONE of these listed mistakes apply to my career choices as a nurse!!!!

The Top 10 College Mistakes That Will NOT Help You Find a Career:

  1. Getting a degree where the only way you can get a job is by getting your masters or PhD.
  2. Heading into a career field with no jobs available.
  3. Getting a graduate degree that wasn’t necessary because you could have gotten the same job without it.
  4. Not conducting informational interviews to find out that you hate your chosen career before you start working in it.
  5. Not making a plan for what you are going to do after college so you just take the first job that popped up after graduation (that you hate).
  6. Not building a network during college because you spent too much time studying or partying.
  7. Picking a major where there is only one type of job after graduation instead of having many different options that you can pursue.
  8. Picking a major that you are good at in school but you actually despise it.
  9. Picking a major because someone else said that you should.
  10. Since you can’t find a job after college, you decide to head to grad school instead (and still can’t find a job after grad school).

via College Mistakes That Will NOT Help You Find a Job | Classy Career Girl.

Nurses week is weak

An honest opinion of why Nurses Week really isn’t much of a celebration.

Until recently, I’ve always enjoyed Nurses Week. I usually got a cool trinket or gift from my employer, and my fellow nurses would joke about the one time of the year we nurses actually are noticed.

These days, it seems the only time of the year we DO get recognized is now being watered-down (and maybe even flushed away) next to another nationally recognized week–National Hospital Week, which is also May 6-12 this year. The only difference I see from year to year is that the actual dates for Hospital Week can differ slightly, while Nurses Week always starts and ends on the same dates!

via Memo from a nurse: Why is Nurses Week so weak? | Scrubs – The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles.

Follow the link to read the entire post and leave your thoughts in the comments!!

To iPad or not to iPad… THAT is the question

I’m quite the MAC fan these days. Ever since I jumped that horrible ship called Windows.. I’ve been enjoying my computer and all it has to offer.

I even made the bold leap to include a MacBook Air into my arsenal, which has served me well. I love using it for my on-campus needs and it compliments my iMAC so fluidly.

Now the question is do I want an iPad… or should I say do I NEED an iPad. Other than a bright new shiny toy, I cannot see a good rational reason to own one.

iPhone check. iMAC check. MacBook Air check.

Would the iPad offer me something I’m not already getting out of my other wonderful iOS devices?? The Nerdy Nurse has a few suggestion over on her blog:

Benefit of Tablets for Nurses?

imageThe benefits of tablet computers for nurses are plentiful. They are great from poking around and sharing cool apps and content with your friends, but there are very real and practical applications for the nursing workforce as well. And although I feel the ability to veg-out and play a challenging round of Angry Birds has great value, I also know that tablets can have a place in the nursing workforce, if we let them.

7 Reasons Why Nurses and Nursing Students Need a Tablet

1 Get rid of the clutter. Carry your drug guide, nursing school books, and your pleasure reads in one compact little outfit.

2 Entertain yourself during downtime. During your lunch hour you can catch up on your shows with Netflix or Amazon prime. You can also read books, listen to music, or play a game or two.

3 Easy access to information. With a tablet device, and internet access, the world is your oyster. If you need additional information, want to read a nursing journal, or check your email, it’s much easier to just pull out your tablet than get the PC involved.

4. It’s bigger than a smartphone. While your iPhone or Android will likely handle most of the demands you throw at it, let’s just be honest here: it’s small. That’s great for portability, but makes it less than ideal for long-term viewing of movies or any extended reading periods.

via 7 Reasons Why Nurses Need a Tablet: Amazon Kindle Fire, iPad2, or Nook Tablet | The Nerdy Nurse. (follow the link to read her entire post)

What do you think?