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Morning 

Happy President's Day

It may be a holiday but unfortunately it's not one I get off

It was a good Sunday, usual choir and church.  Met J for lunch at one of the usual places.  Did some cooking and exercise

Work hopefully won't be bad.  Have a brief call with a recruiter, to talk about a position, will have to fit that in this morning

Am starting to become more cautious in my search.  Want to make sure I'm leaving at the right time and not jumping the gun because I got mad because my work got criticized.  I'll proceed slowly unless I start seeing more warning signs

Nothing else unusual today, just the usual exercise.  Will be heading to Milwaukee this weekend so should do some packing sometime this week

Weather is gloomy lately which is not helping my mood but at least the temps are normal, no extreme cold or heavy snow or ice expected

 

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Good Morning!

Joe, hope you have a good day at work.  Glad you had a good Sunday.  You've always been thoughtful in considering when and why to leave.  Wise to stop an not act rashly.

It's nice and warm this week in the 80's.  Little chance of rain.  Going to finally get out there and mow the front yard.  I don't water so during our dry season I don't have to mow much but parts are overgrown.   Hopefully will make a gym run and do some cooking  as I might work overtime tomorrow.  Volunteered to come in at 11:00 for post-op admissions should they need me.  As much as I hate my job sometimes, having the opportunity to get overtime and make some money is nice.  My paycheck on Friday was really nice with just one day of overtime and $150 bonus.  Might as well get what I can get if I need it.  

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Good morning, Joe.

Hope the job search is all you want it to be.

Crappy, crappy, shift last night. We were short-staffed, as usual.

My patient load was 9 patients, plus 3 assessments for an LPN.

At 0100, I lost two patients, as a nurse came in at 0100, but all of the hard work was done at that point.

Only morning med pass left to do.

Three patients with Foley's, two to in and out cath, and two with IV antibiotics.

One in and out cath requires a coude tip fr 10. So it takes 20 minutes to drain out 800 no of urine.

One patient has explosive, bowel medication induced diarrhea at 2000. The tech and I spent 45 minutes in his room getting that situation settled.

I finished med pass at 2300.

I still had dressing changes to do.

It was horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just ate breakfast. Time for sleep.

I am exhausted.

The day shift nursej handed off to this morning had these patients all weekend, too. She said she dreaded coming in this morning.

And she is a 23-year-old new grad.

Bedside nursing sucks.

 

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Good Morning -

Joe - It's good to do research and to proceed cautiously when job-hunting. When I took my present job, almost 20 years ago, it was with the guidance of a counselor. The process involved, in working with a counselor, helped tremendously in being cautious and in being well-informed when accepting the position. For me, at least, it paid off wonderfully. As shared before in past posts here, I do like where I work. It's a gem of a hospital. I just want to retire. L O L!

Tweety - Seems like you have a nice day planned for yourself. Hopefully you won't get called into work. If you do, the extra $$$ will be nice, for sure.

Lil Nel - Your shift, last night, seems dreadful. Having 9 patients, alone, is understandably anxiety-producing and worrisome. I do not miss those high nurse/patient ratios. I can't say that bedside nursing sucks. I do like clinical nursing. The situation has to be safe, though. But, we all know that. Significant changes in our society's mind-set, priorities and political climate need to take place before meaningful action takes place. (Again, we all know that.) I do wish you, and the patients you care for, well. (((Hugs)))

Had a nice day, yesterday. Church and choir was nice. Unfortunately, two choir members weren't there, yesterday. This can be frustrating. But the anthem sounded OK despite a leaner choir. For Sunday afternoon and evening, Amy and I had a date together, seeing a live comedy show followed by a delicious dinner out in a nice Italian restaurant. The live comedy show was produced by "Shakespeare & Company" (Shakespeare and Company) as an off-season production focusing on Valentine's Day, and how modern films and music, dealing with love and romantic relationships, "steal" from Shakespeare. The production was quite clever and entertaining. What is wasn't was well-rehearsed. This may be the reason why the ticket prices were relatively inexpensive. But the entertainer's lack of preparation was part of the charm, oddly enough. They said from the beginning that yesterday's comedy show was rehearsed only during the past few days. They were all "pros", though, and performed as what one would expect from professional performers (minus the scripts in their hands).  We enjoyed ourselves! I even walked away with a greater respect for Shakespeare! His works, when performed with much animation (aka "shmacting"), is easier to understand and appreciate. Much "schmacting" took place yesterday! L O L! The after-show dinner was delicious. We both waddled out of the restaurant with full bellies. L O L!

Today? I'm going to take camera "head-shots" of Amy for promotion. She has a couple of auditions coming up which she plans on attending. One audition is for a mini-series that will be produced by HBO.  That particular audition is for extras to be used for that mini-series. The other audition is for a local regional theater. (There are MANY local summer-stock and regional theaters near where we live!) We just found out that Amy landed a couple of roles for a couple of shows for another summer-stock theater (The Theater Barn), that are being produced later this summer. Amy is quite the actor, and quite the "Shmactor"!, for almost any kind of theater role. (She prefers musical comedies, to be sure!) I do like seeing her on stage.

Last night, I edited the video-recording that I did of my VP of Operations (aka the "D.O.N."). It came out well. (No. I did not punch in when I video-recorded her. I forgot.) I did not finish my composition, though. I was too tired at the end of the day to be "creative". I still have two nights off from work (Monday and Tuesday nights). Hopefully, during the next couple of days I can reach DEEP into my bowels, and pull out some original music. 😜 😆

Hope all have a pleasant day today! Cheers! 🙂

Ted

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Morning-

We got about 6" of snow last night.  It was light and easy to clean off the cars.  It's not a holiday for me today, but it's school vacation week and a holiday for most so traffic was very light.  I had another crappy night's sleep.  I think I need to get off the computer at least 2 hours before bedtime.  I saw Mom yesterday and took her out to lunch.  She's doing well and has a full week of activities planned for herself.  As usual, I went home with a bag of stuff she bought me and my kids.  She still loves to buy me clothes, and had also picked up some stuff on sale for the kids.  She's such a generous person and I'm very grateful she is healthy and active at age 86.

Tweety-glad the warm weather is back!  Overtime is nice, once you get the paycheck.

Joe-Take your time in looking for a new position.  It's always better when you can leave on your terms.

Nel-Sounds like an awful night.  When do you hit your 1 year anniversary there?

Ted-Amy is a lovely subject to photograph.  Glad you had a nice time on your date.

Hope all is well with everyone.

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I just got a call that step-Mom is sick again. Her physician's office opens in about 30 minutes, IF they don't take President's Day off. If so I think it will be the ER.

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1 hour ago, herring_RN said:

I just got a call that step-Mom is sick again. Her physician's office opens in about 30 minutes, IF they don't take President's Day off. If so I think it will be the ER.

Oh no.  Hope all is well.  How lucky she is to have you.

 

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Happy President's Day, 

I am old enough, as are a few other posters here, to remember when Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays were separate holidays.  My birthday is the same as Washington's, so I used to have a school holiday for my birthday! I have a greater appreciation for both of these presidents, especially after visiting the DC area. And I have today off. It was supposed to be sunny, but its looking pretty gray so far. 

BC, That meal sounds lovely. For some reason, I seem to have lost some sense of smell and food just doesn't taste that good anymore. But I do enjoy hearing and reading about others' experiences. 

Joe, good luck on your employment search. I concur on the effect of weather on one's mood. 

Tweety, a four hour shift seems like a sweet way to pick up OT, as long as patients "behave themselves", that is, arrive/depart on time and avoid unforeseen events. 

Ted, is that where your creativity comes from? Wow.

herring, I hope step-mom is okay. Ugh, sitting in a ED sounds dreadful. Hopefully the provider can see her. 

I have no firm plans today. Travel prep, food shop, and trying to stay away from Netflix. 

j22

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herring, hope you can get step-mom in to be seen, and she is easily diagnosed and treated.

Sorry to read some of you have work on this FEDERAL holiday.  Makes no sense to me.  What holidays does your employer deem eligible for recognition????

Tweety, good you are able to pick up some extra shifts to fund, well, LIFE. 🙂  Love hearing about your trips and seeing your photos -- even the obligatory beach photos!

We (dh and I and K) drove to the high desert (in the rain, which wanted to turn to snow as we went over the Cajon Pass!) yesterday around 3, and met bass player E at his recording studio.  Listened to the songs yet again, made a few more tweaks to some areas.  Just so they weren't as grating to our ears ;).  

Then went out for sushi and some good wide-ranging conversation (theological, sociological, general topics as well).  Had safe trip home, got in around 11. 

I had trouble getting to sleep (the usual after doing a program or working on our music), so slept in.

Dh is up playing bass to the revised versions of the music.  Next step in getting the music out in CD form is arranging them in a preferred order, then getting them and "liner notes" and our CD cover choice to the man who will put it all together for submission to be replicated.  Will probably use CD Makers, although we have used CD Baby in the past, for distribution.  

Gosh, we just want to make the music.  This marketing stuff, we are not good at.  And that's OK.  🙂

Will do chores today.  Decided to go to Disneyland another day. 

Have a good day!

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Ted, I enjoyed watching The Reduced Shakespeare Company's presentations.  Dh came in when I was watching them (somehow found them on TV, the first time, years ago) and after about 30 seconds watching, shook his head and left the room, 😂!

I do like reading Shakespeare!  I have not been exposed much to full-on Shakespeare productions.  Maybe should look some up...

 

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Lil Nel, hope you sleep well today, and that Talli and Biggie and the barn cats are well.  I hope that work tonight, for some strange freaky reason, is much better!  I hate that there is such dysfunction that results in such wretched working conditions for you, and possible substandard care for the patients (how can one give excellent care under such conditions???).  Good you are politically involved, and can possibly work for changes.  

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2 hours ago, herring_RN said:

I just got a call that step-Mom is sick again. Her physician's office opens in about 30 minutes, IF they don't take President's Day off. If so I think it will be the ER.

Herring hope you don't end up having to take her to the ER

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