Walk into any educational setting and you’ll hear phrases like, developmentally delayed, differently abled. In the typical hospital you’ll hear the same conditions referred to as developmentally impaired, handicapped. Inclusive language (also known as affirmative language or person-centric language) has taken hold in certain areas of society, but unfortunately not in most acute care environments.
Born early, at 23 weeks. IUGR. Chorio. The size of one of those adorable squirrels in my backyard. Only as heavy as one of the pair of ankle weights I use during pilates. And yet perfectly formed. Continue reading
We painted!!! Isn’t it amazing what a coat (or two) of paint can do to a house?
There are tons of acronyms and abbreviations we use on a daily basis, and most of them are benign. HTN, BID, CXR… But then there are some that only another nurse would understand. Here goes: Continue reading
I’ve finally come up with something that works for me in the NICU to remember what I need to remember and keep me on track during the day. My med-surg brains were certainly not going to work in the NICU. I needed something simple that could change throughout the day in case of admits, discharges, and so on. Continue reading
Well, I can’t deny that I love my new job in a level III NICU. Compared to med-surg it’s quiet, peaceful, calm. We leave work on time. My patients are snuggly and adorable. Their families are inquisitive and ready to learn. It’s a whole new world for me. Continue reading
Oh, how I love Thanksgiving. I’m switching it up a bit this year – changing out some of the dishes that I grew up with but my family isn’t thrilled with. Here goes: Continue reading
In October I made a purchase at Zulily of several items of clothing. 5, in fact. Of the 5, only one fit the description provided on the product page. Now, anyone who shops Zulily knows that it has the longest order fulfillment time of virtually any retailer online. So when it took 3 weeks for my order to arrive, I wasn’t surprised.
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Last month I was offered the position of my dreams – a NICU position at a Level III NICU. This particular hospital delivers more babies than any other hospital in the US. 120 beds in the NICU alone.
As of today, I have one week left in med-surg at my (most awesome) magnet hospital, before moving on. I want to soak it all in, invest in my colleagues, and hopefully stamp everything I’ve learned in med-surg permanently into my brain. Continue reading