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work and play: life in 4 words... movies, work, sleep, eat..my life occurs in that order, in a repeating cycle. Ok so it isn't totally that lame. I caught up on scrapbooking, did some family history, and actually went out to one of the movies I have seen this week. There is a old-school theater in downtown Logan (yes, there is a downtown) and it is Alfred Hitchcock month. Michael Ballum, the crazy opera man, bought it and shows old movies with a cartoon every weekend. This weekend was Vertigo, and the upcoming weekend is the Birds...which is one of my favorites.

[Comments] (3) trauma junkie: I have been offered a job as a 911 dispatcher. I will make significantly less that I do now, but it is only a part time position so I could still work as a CNA. I am getting burned out as a CNA, so this could be an interesting change. It would still be a graveyard shift so I am still stuck being up all night. I guess when I go in for my second interview I will see what happens.

[Comments] (1) Black Jake strikes again...: I am trying to decide how much I believe in ghosts. well I guess you would call it a ghost. At the hursing home we have the legendary "Black Jake". Jake, is a black man who appears to our residents during a time of death. For example (I have heard and seen this many times) Some one will pass away of the south end of the building, and I will have completely competent, and immcompetent residents on the north side call, me in the room and complain that, "the big black man has been bothering me again, or "I was talking to that black man, and I told him to go away and leave me alone" and then later we find out someone died. These types of things have occured dozens of times over the almost 4 years I have worked there. it is quite fascinating. honestly I have a lot of patients who hallucinate occastionally, plus a whole hall of alzheimers, but to have different people seeing the same person, over time, is very odd. Besides black Jake, we have the call light phenomenon. 90% of the time after someone passes away, the call light in their room with spontaneously go off for at least a day or two after. it is so extremely random, but kind of freaks you out at night when there are only 6 employees, and you know where they all physically are, and no one pulled the light. I guess if anything it keeps us entertained as we get to warn the new employees about these odd occurrences. The reason I bring it up is we are on a new cycle of 3. People really do go in threes and we have a couple on their way. Poor sick old people, I hope they rest in peace.

Hello? Hello...: funny moment at work. one of my favorite resident's Z, is a squishy, funny, Alzeheimer's resident who sleeps and wanders around constantly. one of the only this that comes out of her mouth is, "I love you, let me kiss you." as she grabs you, hugs you, and kisses your cheek. So last night she was in a particularly crazy mood and she wondered over to Marsha, picked up her hand, put it to her ear, and said, "Hello? Heelllloooo." Marsha said that nobody was there and she said, "okay, goodbye" put Marsha's hand back down, and said, "Click. guess noboby was home. I love you." we laughed and laughed.

[Comments] (2) new business venture...: I was at a work lunch with my friend's Matt and LaDawn and we came up with a money making scheme. In Utah an engagement ring is considered, by law, a gift. Thus if you break off an engagement the girl doesn't have to return the ring to the boy, and there is nothing the boy can do about it. Matt stated this as the plan, "all we need to do is find some dishonest women at BYU. They can get meet a boy, get engaged a week later, and then break it off. Then we sell the diamond, and split the money." sounds like a plan to me :)

: funny new quote I heard from a friend... " Mormons don't have to get drunk to do crazy things. We just do them and accept that we are crazy." --Rules of Engagement

[Comments] (4) caring is the essence of nursing...: "Ten Reasons To Become a Nurse" 10. Pays better than McDonald´s (though the hours aren´t as good.) 9. Fashionable shoes and sexy nurses uniforms. 8. Needles: ´tis better to give than to receive. 7. Confidence in reassuring patients that all bleeding stops ... eventually. 6. Opportunity to expose yourself to rare, exotic, and exciting new diseases. 5. Interesting aromas. 4. Courteous and infallible doctors who always leave clear orders in perfectly clear handwriting. 2. Celebration of holidays with all your friends ... at work. 1. Comfort in the knowledge that most of your patients survive no matter what you do to them. In case you haven' t guessed I got into Nursing school today. It is here in Logan at The tech school, Bridgerland Applied Technology Center. I am way excited, and it is one of the better programs in the state. I start school August 2nd. yikes !! I am so excited.

more nursing quotes...: Some funny things I've been told since getting into nursing school... "oh yea! you got your welcome to Hell letter!" and a random list of... "You Might Be a Nurse If..." *You can drink a pot of coffee and still go to sleep in the morning. *You believe every patient needs TLC: Thorazine, Lorazapam, and Compazine. *Your sense of humor seems to get more warped each year. *You think it is acceptable to use "penis" and "vagina" in a normal conversation. *You hope there´s a special place in Hell for the inventor of the call light. *You believe experience is something you don´t get until just after you need it. *You see stress as a normal way of life. *You know the phone numbers of every late night food delivery place in town by heart. *You believe the problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard. *You´ve ever been telling work stories in a restaurant and had someone at another table throw-up. *You write a patient report and have to translate it to medical records because of all the acronyms in it. *You notice that you use more four-letter words now than before you became a nurse. *You look in your closet and can´t find anything non-medical to wear. *You´ve ever told anyone in pain to "stop being a baby and deal with it." *You don´t get excited about blood loss unless it´s your own. *You believe the pain will go away when it stops hurting. *Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and if nothing has gone wrong, you´ve obviously don´t understand the situation. *When you get a call telling you the name of your next admit and you can do the care plan before the patient gets to the floor. *When called for orders, the MD says, "Write them yourself; you know the patient better than I do." *You´ve ever had to contend with someone who thinks constipation for 4 hours is an emergency. *Ever rolled your eyes when the 14 year-old says, "No, I´ve never had sex." *You refer to motorcycles as donor cycles. *You´ve ever held a 14-gauge needle over someone´s vein and said, "Now your going to feel a little stick." *You´ve ever had a patient with a nose ring, a brow ring and twelve earrings say, "I´m afraid of shots." *You´ve ever thought, "As long as he´s got a pulse, I don´t care about the rhythm." *You think the ultimate cruel joke is get someone drunk, take them to the ER and tell them he OD´d on "some kind of pills." *You automatically multiply by three the number of drinks a patient claims to have daily. *You don´t believe 90% of what you´re told, and 75% of what you see. *You believe a book entitled "Suicide: Getting it Right the First Time" will be your next project. *You have ever had a patient say, "I´m not pregnant, I can´t be pregnant! I can´t be having a baby!"


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