A Mixed Bag Of Goodies

A Mixed Bag Of Goodies

TheCommuter, BSN, RN (170,427 Views) Senior Moderator

Obviously you've reached my profile page! I am a rehabilitation nurse with CRRN certification and four years of experience as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) prior to becoming an RN in 2010. I take pleasure in learning new tidbits on a regular basis. Please read my assortment of blog posts and articles, and feel free to comment if any content I've posted has sparked your curiosities.

How to Stay Organized at the Nursing Home / LTC Facility

To furnish a very brief background of my nursing career, I worked as a floor nurse in long-term care (LTC) for approximately six years before making a rather unceremonious exit from the specialty in early 2012. And believe me when I say that LTC nursing is a specialty in its own right! During my LTC days, I had thought of myself as a tremendously task-oriented nurse whenever I worked at the bedside to render direct care to my residents. When I used to work in the LTC/nursing home setting, I... Read More →

Organizing Your Nursing Shift for a Smoother Day

For starters, I am an immensely task-oriented nurse when I am working the floor. I now work as a house supervisor at a freestanding acute rehabilitation hospital, but my career as a rehab nurse actually started in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) setting nearly a decade ago. When I used to work in the SNF rehab setting, I almost always jotted my upcoming nursing tasks on a to-do list and crossed each task off soon after completing it. Since rehab nursing encompasses a hefty workload of ... Read More →

Random Thoughts on New Orleans

I first visited New Orleans at the very end of last month (March 2014) and feel slightly ashamed that I have not seen the city sooner for a myriad of reasons. First of all, I have been residing in Texas, a state that borders Louisiana, since 2005. Second of all, I have previously been to northwestern Louisiana more than once to see Shreveport and Bossier City, but never bothered to venture into the culturally-rich southeastern part of the state where New Orleans is located. Thirdly,... Read More →

Signs He Might Be Married

Imagine for a moment that you've met the man of your dreams. He appears to be the whole package: tall, dark, handsome, ambitious, smart, successful, sweet to you, positive attitude, fun, great sense of humor, chivalrous, and anything else you can insert. He has swept you off your feet like a hurricane and seems like a dream come true. However, something just doesn't seem right after nearly a year of exclusively dating this guy. Every important person in your life knows about him and has been... Read More →

Involuntary Celibacy (Incel)

Involuntary celibacy first came into my awareness when I was a student in an LPN-to-RN program back in August 2009. During the evening of August 4th, I watched a news broadcast about a middle-aged man clad in black clothing who walked into a Pittsburgh area LA Fitness health club with a bag full of loaded guns, deliberately entered a busy salsa dance class full of women, and started shooting indiscriminately. The bullets struck 12 women. The man then proceeded to use one of his loaded guns... Read More →

The Technological Hermit

How up-to-date are the electronics that you own? I'll go first. My name is ___ and I am a technological hermit (gulp). I do not own an Iphone, Ipad or tablet. My stereo system was manufactured in 2004 or 2005. I purchased my first Android smartphone six months ago, and it is an out-of-date Motorola model from 2010. Prior to getting this phone, I was using a flip phone that I obtained back in 2007 and used for six years. The only reason I 'upgraded' my phone was my accidental discovery of... Read More →

The Importance Of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, a federal holiday that is celebrated on November 11th of each year, is a time to honor both living and deceased veterans of the armed forces for each and every one of their sacrifices, efforts, and selfless dedication to their country. Veterans Day is a date where we shall observe military veterans for all that they have done for us: many of these men and women have visited hostile foreign nations during deployments, been placed in dangerous situations, and allowed their... Read More →

Don't Waste Your Limited Time

One of my coworkers, a nurse whom I'll call Emma, is an average-looking blonde in her mid 30s with an even temperament. Even though she has never married or had children, she still holds out hope for wedlock and kids sometime in the near future. However, a major holdup exists. Emma's boyfriend, an immature guy in his mid twenties with current legal problems, is not exactly marriage material and does not want to be tied down to the baby carriage anytime soon. In fact, she describes him as a... Read More →

Men Who Fail To Launch Into Adulthood

Here's a little demographic background on me. I am a female who was born in the early 1980s and am currently in my early thirties, so my birth year and age would place me at the end of Generation X or the very beginning of Generation Y. The statistics for the available pool of men in my age range are really discouraging, to put it lightly. According to Associated Press, young men are almost twice as likely as young women to still be living with their parents, and less likely to finish... Read More →

Sleazy External Cues On Daytime TV

Yesterday I received a rather curious private message from a person who shall forever remain anonymous. He described himself as a low-income guy in his late twenties, and was seeking my opinion on enrolling in either a pharmacy technician program or a course that trains students to become medical assistants. I responded, "I completed a medical assistant program 12 years ago when I was 19 years old and was never able to land a job with my training." My response was also unfavorable toward... Read More →

Selling Your Future Military Pension Payments For A Lump Sum: The Lowdown

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you are John, a 43-year-old married father of three teenaged children. After an interesting career in the United States Army that had spanned approximately 20 years, John was able to retire with full benefits at the age of 38. He eventually settled in a Midwestern state and secured full-time employment as a maintenance mechanic at a local power plant. In addition, his 37-year-old wife, Abby, is an administrative assistant at the same workplace.... Read More →

Drawbacks Of The Fruitarian Diet

Are you attempting to shed some extra pounds as you grapple with a fierce addiction to sweets? Are you in search of a diet plan that will allow you to eat an abundance of sweet foods and simple carbohydrates while you lose this excess weight? Let me introduce you to the Fruitarian diet! Fruitarianism can be regarded as a particular spinoff of veganism, and the Fruitarian diet has been in existence for centuries. An individual who follows the Fruitarian diet is basically limited to consuming... Read More →