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How to start a birth center

As you know, I attended the AABC workshop a little while ago about how to start a birth center. I highly recommend this workshop for: midwives, nurses, student midwives, student nurses, physicians, business owners, birth advocates, doulas, people who want to be any of the above, and consumers. Basically: if you have any interest in […]

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Traige queen

First shift back after going to the conference, then subsequently being sick for too many days, and what happens? We're slammed on L&D. Completely, utterly full. I'm triage queen for the shift. No dinner break, but I did manage to get in a quick pee break. I must have triaged at least eight women tonight. […]

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Coming home, and being sick

Go figure. The last night in South Carolina, and I start to get a tickle in my throat and a cough. Wake up the morning I'm due to leave with a full blown sore throat and ear pain. Nose started up with congestion/running, etc.And.......it gets worse when I get home. My asthma is flaring up […]

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Greetings from sunny South Carolina!

Do you believe, I forgot to bring my camera? 3 new lenses going to waste, sitting at home........For the majority of the time, I'm here attending the AABC "How to start a birth center" conference. It's actually rather exciting to me, to have this opportunity to learn about the various aspects of creating and running […]

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Weekend birthin’!

It sure seemed like the weekend to have a baby on L&D!I had three - yep, three! - births on Saturday. Hurray for the babies!!! I had one birth on Sunday, but helped in two others. The baby I cared for yesterday had some trouble with transitioning after the birth, and it was decided that […]

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Birthing without an epidural – you can do it!

Hi everyone! It has been so super busy on L&D that I haven't had time to do any posts for the past few days.I had an amazing, wonderful birth lately. (Well, come to think of it, aren't all births wonderful and amazing?) Mom was on pitocin, having her first baby. She didn't want an epidural, […]

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Giving thanks

In light of Nurses' Day/Week, let me just sum things up.The absolute best present I will ever receive, is not some cheap do-dad from management (ex: eyeglass case, scarf, tote bag, umbrella, ice cream, cookies, etc). No, it is not the free lunch that I never got a break to take.It's the simple thank you […]

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Nurses’ Week, the L&D Version

Let's see........I found out Miss AMA (against medical advice) came in the next day and delivered her baby. I'm so glad to not have to worry about being her nurse should she come in, because now that point is moot.Nurses' Week - we're not officially celebrating it at work until next week. Go figure. I […]

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Happy Nurses Day!

Happy Nurses Day to all of my fellow nurses and nurses-to-be!How will you show the nurse(s) in your life how much you appreciate them?I plan on working this evening with some of the most awesome nurses I know. We are amazing team players, always helping each other out, even when our own patient load might […]

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Post with cursing up ahead…….you’ve been warned!

Yeah, so, now that you've been forewarned.....Had a lovely specimen on L&D recently. Oh, actually, several times on L&D. She likes to sign herself out AMA (against medical advice), after coming to us, repeatedly, with her sundry of complaints. Some/most are true complaints that need addressed medically. However, once she arrives, she promptly wants food. […]

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Put a mask on!

Infections at Ohio hospital prompt national reminder This is an article about the two women who received epidurals during labor and both contracted bacterial meningitis from the bacteria Streptococcus salivarius - a bacteria that was colonized and transmitted from the unmasked anesthesiologist who administered the epidural placement to each woman.Here is another article - different […]

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school week, work is busy!

Hi everyone! I haven't sunk into complete oblivion of classes.......I have been, however, working diligently on my middle range theories paper (see my last post). My partner and I have been sending parts of the paper back and forth to each other for rewrites and editing. Hopefully it will be good to go for submission […]

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Response to comment, re: depo provera

Anonymous wrote:"I've never seen or heard of any data linking Depo failure to increased defects. Can you provide a study?"I went directly to the official FDA prescribing information for Depo Provera (Medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension).I have highlighted some important information in blue, and have highlighted the studies/causation information in red.For full info, see this link:FDA […]

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Bias in healthcare

For one of my classes, we had to write a forum post about specific instances of bias in healthcare that we have either experienced or have witnessed. I wrote about weight bias in healthcare - specifically on L&D.Obesity is a huge issue. Not just in one area of nursing, but in all fields. Bias against […]

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Birth control: when it fails

Do you ever wonder if sometimes, things are just meant to be? No matter what we do, if it's supposed to happen, something will happen?I've taken care of women who have had a variety of genuine birth control "failures" which resulted in fullterm, living babies.- IUD failure: vaginal birth of a healthy baby girl. IUD […]

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Lessons learned

First day back from my "stay-cation":I volunteer to circulate for the next scheduled c-section. Interesting psychiatric history on the woman. I end up doing recovery/PACU for her and her baby as well. Despite her long history of issues, she was actually a rather nice lady, once I got to know her more.Lesson learned: put yourself […]

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3 years since my WLS

It's my "surgiversary" today! Today marks three years since I had my WLS (weight loss surgery). My weight, as of yesterday was 158.6 lbs. Down from 310 lbs! YEAH!!My lowest weight post op was 137 lbs, that was January 2009, when I was having stomach pain for months and months, with little reprieve using medical […]

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Today’s hike (only one more day of vacation left!)

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The hills are alive with the sound of………….

Well, not quite music. How about.......a babbling brook?The trickle of water....Er, uh, scenes from the cabbage patch?rrrrrribbit!

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Short vignettes: lost and found

What do you do when you lose a pager? Why, you page yourself, of course! And then the hunt begins to try to track down where you hear the pager beeping. The problem with that, of course, is: you have to have some basic idea of where the pager might be and the pager needs […]

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Choices: The ball is in her court

I had a great birth last evening! Momma was having her fourth baby, but it had been quite a few years since the last one. That can sometimes make it difficult to predict how quickly (or not) the birth will happen.She had her water broken to get things started, and took off slowly. Too slow […]

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Creativity, projects, writing & school

You like the new layout? I played with it last evening. I wanted to create a header that showcases some of the flowers I've photographed lately. I was tired, so I didn't make a new background design/color, so I just chose one that I had made previously.************************************************I started the new school term on Monday. The […]

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Pretty flower goodness

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The season….for allergies

I can, without a doubt, tell you that my allergies get worse every single year. I have them 24/7/365. Spring, summer and fall are definitely worse than winter. I can always tell when the seasonal outdoor allergens are peaking. My eyes itch and water, my skin breaks out and itches, my chest gets tight (with […]

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One more day until….

My lovely spring break from school is almost over. Tomorrow marks the first day of the spring term for my courses. This time I'll be taking "Nursing Theory" and "Decision Making for Primary Care". Sounds exciting, right?While on break, I certainly did live it up with some fun and relaxation! I'm almost finished reading the […]

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