Travel tip: Wear compression socks… err I mean TED hose

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Apparently I piqued a lot of Nurse’s interest today with this Instagram Post:

I’ve been wearing compression socks for a couple years now. I was introduced to them through CrossFit (big surprise). I wore them during workouts, then I started to wear them after workouts (for recovery). I discovered how great they made me feel after a rough workout. After some trial and error, I found wearing them overnight helped me immensely with recovery.

Then I stumbled upon a video of a U.S.A Olympian wearing them during her flights when she traveled. So, I decided to try it, and it was wonderful! I started to wear them no matter how far the distance of my travel. Each time I wore the compression socks, my feet and legs would feel great as opposed to that ‘dead legged’ feeling and of course the dependent edema that would come along with long hours of stationary sitting.

One thing lead to another and I think I might have accidentally wore them one day at work (also due to a rough CrossFit workout). And the results were astonishing at how good I felt after a 10-12+ hour shift of being on my feet. It was like  I had discovered the holy grail, some crazy secret.

Only then did I realize this was no new secret. We nurses knew all along how great compression forces were on our lower limbs…

*LIGHT BULB MOMENT*

Uhm… helloooohh. Can you say TED hose?

Needless to say, it’s no secret. And the benefits of wearing a pair of these babies is endless. So during my road trip this weekend I wore them. And I decided to share my recommendation and my Facebook Fan Page sort of lit-up:

So, here are my suggestions for purchasing some compression gear. Keep in mind, I buy my for dual purposes. Both at work and at the gym.  You can purchase them from virtually anyone on the internet, you only have to do a quick search.

http://www.insolesandbeyond.com/collections/cep-compression

http://www.spunperformance.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=UCSB-0001

http://www.hylete.com/womens/socks.html

http://shop.reebok.com/us/product/men-reebok-crossfit-compression-knee-sock-accessories/DH225

http://store.skins.net/usa/womens-compression/recovery/essentials-compression-socks-recovery

http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-compression-socks-1

Of note, some of these are $$ pricey. You can find better deals through Amazon, Zappos or even try Ebay. You only limited by the amount of time you put into researching. You can also find some good buys at your local stores, or your local uniform shop. FYI, the socks in the pic are from SKINS.

If you find a good find, be sure to share! Oh, and while you’re at it, go like my Facebook page.. I’d greatly appreciate the love.

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Playing nice in the sandbox…

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Well, the jig is up. My Podcast is now public. Let’s see where this goes.

In this episode I talk about team dynamics. “Playing nice in the sandbox” means you don’t have to like one another, but all team members will need to express mutual respect and accept each others contribution to the overall care of the patient.

My next step is figuring out where/when/how to get this Podcast onto iTunes. I just realized I have a couple options on how to publish the RSS feed so I need to figure out what’s the most ideal. I’m a lil nervous to see it on iTunes…. :)

Remember, I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts, leave a comment!

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So… A recurrent thought …

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Ever have an idea in your head that you just can’t let go of? Just won’t leave your brain. Keeps knocking on your subconscious.  Keeps buzzing around your skull like that mosquito in the bedroom.

I’m having one of those ideas. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while. An idea that still seems a bit crazy to me, but I just can’t let go of it.

Stay tuned folks. As if I don’t already have enough on my plate. I think I might be trying something new. (Is that vague enough for ya… don’t ya hate those type of posts?)

Not unless someone can tell me how to get rid of this damn mosquito in my head?

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Nursing school Pre-req’s. Who remembers Microbiology?

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Microbiology. Or ‘Micro’ as we Nurses call(ed) it. I remember it well. 8am every M-W-F. I still remember the auditorium. I still remember the sounds. I remember the sights. I remember my seat. I remember the name of my Professor. And, no, she was not difficult to look at every morning (sshhh, don’t tell my wife – even though she was in the very same class).

The crazy thing? It was over 10 years ago. It was pre-Nursing school. Remember, I attended a diploma program. I took pre-requisite classes at the local college campus, then attended nursing school. Yet, I have such vivid memories.

The paper you see above is an old homework assignment. Yes. we still had paper back then. Yes, I’m showing my age.

I look at this now and chuckle inside. Man, I remember how tough that class was back then.

Who would have ever thought I would be where I am today?

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#YoTambienMeDormi I guess a well rested physician is now a crime?

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Doctors Post Pics Where They Sleep At Work To Defend Med Resident Caught Asleep.

I saw this post a while ago. According to the article:

After a Mexican blog posted a picture of a medical resident sleeping behind a desk at a hospital in Monterrey, Mexico, and attacked her for not doing her job, doctors around the world lept to her defense by posting pictures of themselves caught napping during some of their most grueling shifts. These images are going viral under the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi (“I’ve also fallen asleep” in Spanish).

In the 1980s, a high-profile case involving the death of a girl named Libby Zion at a hospital staffed by exhausted doctors led to the drafting of the Libby Zion Law. This law limits NY physicians’ work hours per week to “only” 80, showing just how overworked some of our doctors are.

The writer criticized the young resident, saying that “doctors are obliged to do their work”

There were “dozens of patients who need care,” the blogger continued

via Doctors Post Pics Where They Sleep At Work To Defend Med Resident Caught Asleep | Bored Panda.

I then saw social media streams explode with banter. Specifically I saw how my fellow professionals responded…

*sigh*

I saw nurse after nurse repeatedly lashing out on social media about how dare that resident sleep and the unfairness of it being ok for a physician to sleep while on shift, but a nurse can’t:

“What do you think Nurses, would a Nurse be treated the same way?”

“If I was caught sleeping on the job, I’d be fired”

I was a bit shell-shocked. I was upset.

Ok, I was fuming with emotions. Which is why I had to let it marinate before I said something I would regret.

I let it “marinate for a second”.. (queue the video – to lighten my mood)

I have a hard time understanding how any nurse out there can compare themselves, their profession or their job and responsibilities to that of a resident and/or a physician. I’ve been lucky enough to walk on both sides of that line that seems to be drawn in the sand. And I’m here to tell you these are two totally different worlds when it comes to worked hours, shift length and manpower.

Hands down nurses physically have a tougher job. Always on the go, little to no rest both physically, mentally and emotionally. Getting shit on, quite literally and metaphorically, day in and day out. Nurses work anywhere from 8hr to 12 hr scheduled shifts, which can easily get extended to a double 16hr shift. They can vary from 3 up to 6 days/ per week depending on many variables, but on average they get more time away, than at the bedside (keep in mind I’m only referring to shift workers, most of which work in the hospital setting) And depending on the acuity, nurses can be directly responsible for 3 up to 12 or 15 patients. The higher the acuity the less patient assignments. It seems that the average ICU assignment can be 2 (sometimes 3).

As for physicians, more specifically residents, their job is less physically demanding. Meaning they don’t do the physical labor of moving patients, lifting, transferring, etc. While I’m sure we can agree that job where your on your feet more than off your feet takes a toll on your  body, even if your just standing still, residents don’t have the physical exhaust that Nurses have to endure. Now here’s the rub. Residents work long hours. I mean long hours. They can work 24, 36 or 48hr shift – straight.

Doctors before and after 24h shift

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They can work every day of the week with no breaks other than getting an 8hr ‘scheduled rest shift’ in-between their long worked hours. They will flip flop night and days with very little rest. They’ll get no days off away from the hospital for sometimes 20-30day stretches. Not to mention they are responsible for anywhere from 7 up to 20+ patients at any given time. And after all those worked hours, they still have to find time to study for their boards, continue to conduct research, oh and more often than not have to lead one or two ‘sub-committees’.

Now lets talk semantics. The jobs themselves are completely different. Let’s not even compare the apples to the oranges. I’m not going down that rabbit hole of doctors versus nurses. Two different professions that require to very specific skill sets. We all know that docs make horrible nurses and nurses make horrible docs, yet both professions claim they can do the others’ job better. And both continue to claim unfairness.

“Grr”

Would a nurse get fired for sleeping on the job? Damn right. It’s your job to be the watchful eye overseeing your patient(s). It’s your job to keep them safe during your watch.

Does a physician deserve some restful sleep when working a 20+hr shift stretch? Damn right. Because when they receive a phone call in the middle of the day/night from the nurse wanting to know the why about the patient’s medical diagnosis, or lab result, or test findings, etc, etc, that physician needs to have a clear and sharp mind to continue to save lives.

Nurses and doctors each have a specific job and a specific part to play. If you continue to feel the need to bark unfairness, then maybe you should go back to school and work towards the degree you don’t have and work towards the job you’re not doing. Don’t harp on someone’s skill set, job requirements or stress level unless you have literally walked in their shoes. Working side by side with them doesn’t afford you the right to judge their path.

I was one of those nurses. Prior to NP school. Prior to becoming a CRNP, I was one of those nurses. That nurse that thinks they know more than the physician. Thinks that most docs are “dumber than a box of rocks”. I was that nurse that got tired of “saving the docs ass” every time they screwed up. I was the nurse that rolled their eyes every month of July, because I have to teach the new doctors how to “doctor”. I was the nurse that felt residents needed to go back to medical school. I was the nurse that scoffed at a resident denying me a verbal order request for my patients, because I mean, seriously, “What do they know?”

Then I ‘visited’ the same path that 1st or 2nd year residents walk. I was scared (shitless I might add) into the realization that being the primary care provider for another human life form requires an insurmountable amount of education, training and endless hours of making mistake after mistake trying to do your best every time you sign your name as the provider for that human life. Your decisions dictate the fate of another life. Physicians, NP’s, PA’s and other providers don’t get to say it was someone else decision that caused such pain and suffering. They have to bear the burden of death just as much as life. When those “why” questions get asked by the nurse, the physician (and/or provider) is the one who is supposed to have the answer.

And if that means falling asleep on the counter of a nursing station from utter exhaustion just so you can awaken to learn how to better provide for the next human life, then so be it.

Whatever happened to supporting one another? I know one thing. I want a semi-well-rested physician caring for me, not someone who was require to stay awake for 24+ hrs prior to caring for me. How well do you function on no sleep?

 

 

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Blog reheated: 5 cold, hard truths of being a nursing student

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How badly do you really want it? Nursing school is not for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached. And, contrary to popular belief, nursing school is not a place for would-be medical school flunkies. It’s tough. It tests your intellect, but also challenges you emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Nursing students have to do more than just pass exams and tests. If you think you’re up for it, then you had better accept the following dirty little secrets:

1. You will have to prove your worth

You will prove it to your instructors, your fellow classmates and your family. You will have to prove yourself worthy to the staff nurses precepting you. You will have to prove yourself worthy to the physicians. You are being judged on a continuous, unrelenting cycle, every time you set foot in the classroom, every time you put on your uniform. Get used to it.

2. You will get crapped on

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via 5 cold, hard truths of being a nursing student | Scrubs Magazine


This is an old blog post I wrote for Scrubs Magazine. Check out the original article to read the rest.

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Another Nurses Week comes to a close..

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Happy Nurses Week one last time everyone. Tomorrow is Flo’s birthday, which signifies the end of another week long celebration of our profession. How was your week? Did you get recognized for the work you do? Did you take the time to celebrate and thank you colleagues?

Did you find a Nurse who was a  complete stranger and thank them?

You still have time.

I spent my week working a long 7-day stretch.  I drank a lot of coffee:

This past month’s work schedule was a tad brutal, the stars aligned just right and I worked an endless number of shifts over the past 4 weeks. I think the last 3 1/2 weeks I only had 4 total days off.

But I survived. The week had its moments, but at the end of each day I still work where I work. I love my job. I love my co-workers and  I work for some pretty amazing people.

Did I mention I drank a lot of coffee?

Don't judge. It's 1pm. #coffee

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So, while it was exhausting and body-aching long you won’t hear me complain.

I’m still living my dream.

Oh, by the way, an added bonus was the warmer temps my area of the world is starting to enjoy. That sunrise is what I get to see everyone morning from our office before I start my day.

Not too bad I think.


Good morning Friday. Let's do this!

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