Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nursing infographic

Remember to hug a nurse this week (and heck every week too)

Courtesy of MyNursingUniforms & Dickies Scrubs.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rethinking vaccines...

I remember reading a book, Might have been Freakonomics. I read about ignorant mother's who, since they couldn't 'see tuberculosis' tehy wouldn't vaccinate their kids.

BEcause there hasn't been a case of mumps in years they wouldn't get their kids vaccinated.

Because they heard something on the news about vaccines linked to autism they weren't going to get their kids accinated.

Even though the news is wrong, there is no link to autism, and wrong again when it comes to reported cases of mumps, and wrong again when they determined h1n1 vaccines were safe, dumb moms and fearmongering news agencies perpetuate the lies.

Vaccinate your kids. Yes, measles is mostly gone but in case you haven't noticed we have airplanes now, and they go everywhere, and we have big airports that bring people in from everywhere. worldwide these diseases exist, and tehy can come back if enough dumb people don't get vaccinated.

But then again, i guess the first to die off will be the idiots. fitting.

rant over.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ecstasy may harm your baby

A report shows that consuming the drug ecstasy while pregnant may harm the fetus.

Of course, this doesn't require a conversation or dialogue. It requires a two word response with numerous punctuation's.

YA THINK?!?!?!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Demograhpics of Boomers and Impact on Healthcare

With an aging boomer generation the cost of healthcare will only get progressively worse. Compound that with the overall poor health of fat Americans and you have a perfect storm of healthcare woes.

The Census Bureau reports that median household incomes dropped from $49,777 to $49,445, a of 0.7%. The employer share of healthcare premiums increased from $9,773 to $10,994. So let's add this up:

2010: $49,777 + $9,773 = $59,550
2011: $49,445 + $10,994 = $60,439

That counts as an increase of 1.5%. Adjusted for inflation, this is still a net loss, but it's a smaller one: about -1.2% instead of -3.4%.

With continued declines in household cash and increases in healthcare coverage everyone is taking home even less.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Harm Reduction for Addicts

Harm reduction is another method of treating patients, particularly those with addictions. Ironically, the conservative right, usually full of so-called 'Christians' are the opponents of harm reduction tactics in healthcare because they believe it borders on 'enabling'.

These individuals perhaps need to think things thru.

Studies are coming out that clearly point out the necessity to reduce the harm of individuals engaged in high risk behaviour. Because the solution is not always, "get a job and get off the street" as if it was that easy, other methods need to be employed to help the most vulnerable, but as well reduce healthcare costs.

Herein lies the punch, harm reduction requires an increase in grace from practitioner to patient, and it also reduces the cost to the system significantly.

Do we really watn to hear about how to make people comparatively better and save money? Or are we to preoccupied on a crutch of political appeal to care about the person behind disease?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Nurses and their Backs

Injury in the workplace probably occurs by lifting fat patients.

I'm just saying, obesity is not only an epidemic on the system, it's an epidemic on th ebacks of healthcare providers (literally, no pun intended).

Anybody else lose their spine shifting the obese?

Get a friend and save your back, don't be a hero and try to move somebody large without help.....maybe frmo a forklift.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

this is an oldie, but a goodie. . .

You know you're a nurse if...

You would like to meet the inventor of the call light some night in a dark alley.

Your sense of humor gets more warped each year.

Almost everything can seem humorous...eventually.

You know the smell of different diarrhea to identify it.

You wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom.

You check the caller ID on your day off to see if anyone from the hospital is trying to call and ask you to work.

Discussing bodily fluids over a gourmet meal seems perfectly normal to you.

You think that caffeine should be available in IV form.

You get an almost irresistible urge to stand and wolf your food even in the nicest restaurants.

You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if you say,"It's unusually quiet around here today."

You have ever had a patient look you straight in the eye and say "I have no idea how that got stuck in there."

You notice that you are using more 4 letter words than you ever knew before you started nursing.

Every time someone asks you for a pen you can find at least 4 of them on you ..

You live by the motto "to be right is only half the battle; to convince the doctor is more difficult."

You've told a confused patient that your name was that of your coworker and to holler if they need help.

Your bladder can expand to the size of a Winnebago's water tank.

You find yourself checking out other customers' veins in grocery waiting lines.

You avoid unhealthy looking shoppers in the mall for fear that they will drop near you and you'll have to do CPR on your day off.

Your finger has gone places you never thought possible.

You have seen more penises than any prostitute.