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List o’ books

What have you read lately? What are you currently reading? What's on your "to read" list?Most recent:Flynn Brothers Trilogy by Heather GrahamNightwalker by Heather GrahamSizzling Sixteen by Janet EvanovichCurrently reading:Storm Cycle by Iris Johansen and Roy JohansenMy pharmacology textbook - yippie!!Up next:More from my pharmacology textbook.

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Fall term 2010

The new term starts again (tomorrow). This time around I'm taking Pharmacology and Community Assessment: a bit of deja vu, did this one in the bridge year, but it's a different course on the Masters level.Pharmacology looks like it's going to be a very comprehensive course. The two books are humongous. I printed out the […]

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Biting my tongue

Have you ever been in a situation where you know that you cannot speak freely, even when you have the utmost desire and urge to do so? Do you realize just how hard it is to bite your tongue?That would be me, when an entire family started pretty much bashing all midwives.Well, you see, they […]

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Welcome back the chaos of life

Started the school term (Fall 2010) with my two classes this week: Pharmacology and Community Assessment. Pharm is as one would expect it to be: chock full of reading assignments and tests/quizzes! As I finish up the first week here, I am about halfway done with the readings for the first of ten modules. Is […]

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Family life

Yes, I noticed too that I didn't really talk about what I do to ensure that family life is taken care of during the stress of work, school and family.Well, for one thing, we try to take day trips to various places. Granted, this isn't an every week thing, and depends on the weather and […]

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How to handle working, family life, and school

Some people wonder how I'm able to juggle everything: working full-time, family life, and midwifery school. I suppose the fact that I like to be super-organized really helps! I keep two calenders: one on the fridge and a personal sized day planner. I put everything on both calenders - work hours, doctor appointments, family get-togethers, […]

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Things that make me happy

When a baby latches on to the breast easily with no assistance.When I work hard with a mom to breastfeed for the first time, and with lots of support, the baby latches on.When educating a mom about pros and cons of breast vs bottle feeding, and she decides to give breastfeeding a try.Mom and baby […]

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Sign of the times?

It's not just a select few that have noticed the rising rate of c-sections at work. Other nurses are finally noticing: L&D nurses, postpartum nurses, and nursery nurses. Just a few days ago, the nursery nurse that I was giving report to had said to me, "what's up with all of these sections? We had […]

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Treading water/keeping afloat

Just chugging away at my studies. The reproductive A&P class seems to involve a whole lot more reading and studying than one would imagine a two credit course to be! It's exciting though, since it's getting into the nitty gritty of midwifery foundations.Research seems to be a continuation of the theory course I took last […]

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Triage: tales of woe and suffering

It's amazing how much we can fluctuate in our census on L&D from one day to the next.For days, we were jam packed, constantly busy with rule out labors that were admitted, babies born left and right, etc. I know I've said that I enjoy doing OB triage, but it was just ridiculous when we […]

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My *virtual* trip around the globe

Just a sample of where I would go, if I could (no financial or time constraints):Spanish StepsBird watching in the amazon jungleEgyptian pyramidsClimb Machu PicchuLay around on Hawaiian beachesMore of the Amazon....African safari

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I think I’m stressed

I had a dream last night that I broke down and cried at work - and then walked out of the job.I think I'm a wee bit stressed with everything going on in my life right now!I admit, there are definite times when I think of how great it would be to get out of […]

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Jumping ship: away from a worsening fire or into shark-infested waters???

I'm becoming rather frustrated at how things are progressing at work. We're losing nurses - GOOD nurses - left and right. Nurses are becoming frustrated, angry, disillusioned. Our management seems to be operating on some other level than the nurses. Management comes out with dictates left and right that are overwhelming the staff nurses and […]

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Peace, love, and death

When I write this, I do it with the intention of showing that sometimes things are not always so clear cut when it comes to morals and beliefs.I will not tolerate hateful or mean comments from this post. If things get nasty in the comments, I will close comments. End of discussion.*****************************************That being said, I […]

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First failed quiz

Ok, now the hard stuff is here for midwifery school. I have been studying/reading/studying diligently my reproductive A&P, especially the menstrual cycle.Those hormones? Yeah, well, no wonder us women have such bad PMS.To top it all off, I really am at my PMS portion of my cycle. How ironic. So that really doesn't make it […]

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Back to school again, week #2

My, how time flies! It's week 2 of the summer term for me. This term is Reproductive Physiology and Research for my two classes. It's a shorter term over the summer, so the material is packed a wee bit tighter to get it all done.Reproductive physiology -- a lot of memorization of tons of material. […]

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Get your drink on!

I'm not talking about all you non-pregnant people. I'm talking about those wonderful, gravid bellied women.Please, when it's as hot and humid as it currently is, you need to be drinking at the very least, 60 oz of water a day. That's almost a liter. Actually, come to think of it, drink MORE than a […]

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Nurse, can I have some tylenol for my headache?

Alternative title to the post: how to wait an hour or more to get medication in the hospital.Let's say that you (the patient) are requesting some tylenol for a headache. Assuming that tylenol is not already ordered by your physician, the nurse needs to make a phone call to your doctor to get that order. […]

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We need more Dr. Wonderfuls

Over at Navelgazing Midwife she talks a bit about a "Dr. Wonderful" in California (aka, Dr. Robert Biter). Those on the birth circuit have probably been following the latest about Dr. Biter. I'm not going to comment about the particular situations that have been going on with Dr. Biter. Instead, I want to talk about […]

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The "little things"

It was a busy shift, right from the start. It actually did get better after the first few hours, but it left me with some important reminders.No matter how busy it is for me (the nurse), always take the time and listen to what your patient is saying. Simple, right? When you're with your patient, […]

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Getting report/change of shift

Welcome to my little world of getting report. I wanted to share with you an example of how I take notes (also known as "my brain") on little cheat sheets when I get an assignment at work.I like to write down a lot of little odds and ends, otherwise - I will forget those finer […]

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For a non-birth related post

Time to deviate from the birth related posts for a bit.I got my hands into the dirt - literally - and was working on my flower pots and garden today. Oh how therapeutic it is to work the dirt! Pulling off dead leaves, pulling weeds (my least favorite part of gardening, by far), planting some […]

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Birth plans: from the L&D nurse point of view

I'm going to give you some straight up talk about birth plans, from the L&D nurse point of view, ok? It's not always going to be pretty, flowery, shooting rainbows out my butt kind of talk either. Because, let's face it: sometimes things don't go as we like or plan. I invite everyone to agree […]

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Is hands on nursing care a dying art?

I was just reading at Birth Sense about how we're becoming more and more high tech and less hands on with caring for pregnant women. Is hands on care becoming a dying art?With increasing alarm, it feels like the technology and gadgets are slowly taking over. Fetal monitoring has advanced from intermittent auscultation with a […]

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Unhappy vs content: weighing of newborns

You know me, always thinking about being more mother-baby friendly. I just thought of something recently: how we weigh newborn babies. Normally, they are placed on a thin paper cover on top of the scale, lying supine, like this:(Note to HIPPA police: this were random images found on google search - none were pictures taken […]

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