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herring_RN ASN, BSN

retired registered nurse

I'm a spicy (seasoned) retired hospital nurse with 42 years experience (counting two years as a CNA)

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  1. herring_RN

    Presidential Election 2020

    In 1986 we had a beautiful travel nurse, who was saving for a big wedding. She talked with her fiance twice a shift, and old us of his great accomplishments. After returning to Texas she called us at 3:00 am to tell us she broke up with him. She said, "Ge took me to a Randy Travis concert and I realized I couldn't marry him because I was more attracted to Randy Travis than to my fiance." Operator please connect me with Nineteen-Eighty Two I need to make apologies for what I didn't do I sure do need to tell her that I thought the whole thing through And now it's clear that she is what I should have held onto. They say hindsight's 20-20 but I'm nearly goin' blind From starin' at her photograph and wishing she was mine It's that same old lost love story, it's sad but it's true There was a time when she was mine in Nineteen-Eighty-Two. Postman can you sell me a special kind of stamp One to send a letter from this crazy lonely man Back into the wasted years of my living past I need to tell her, now I know, how long my love will last. They say hindsight's 20-20 but I'm nearly goin' blind From starin' at her photograph and wishing she was mine It's that same old lost love story, it's sad but it's true There was a time when she was mine in Nineteen-Eighty-Two. Losing my mind, going back in time, to Nineteen-Eighty Two.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    The title of your link makes me think that whether true or not that is either not true or not a friend. That is very classy compared to the insulting vulgarities President Trump tweets and yells almost every day. I will not decide who to vote for until at minimu after a couple debates, BUT, if true, we at least have a candidate with a sense of humor.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    We had that at my hospital from 1977 to 1989. Then out hospital was purchased by PacifiCare, a for profit chain. In their second year they fired the excellent nurse managers, laid off half the pharmacists, 25% of the direct care RNs, and all the LVNs, and moved units to different locations. All that in two weeks time. Then they became punitive because medication errors doubled. Almost all were meds given late because they weren't delivered or because a nurse could only be in one place at a time. WE tried and tried to have a voice in patient care to no avail. In 1992, after a campaigned in which we were forced to attend anti-union meetings after our shift with no overtime. One nurse was fired for falling asleep during that unnecessary mandatory after working a 12 hour night shift. Another was ONLY written up for missing that meeting because she had to get home to her children. We finally got a first contract. That led to that company selling our hospital to a better system that was already unionized with the California Nurses Association.
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    Thursday March 21 2019

    I won't see step-Mom until her birthday on Monday. I am sending her those big chocolate dipped strawberries to share on Sunday. I've sent the to her for two previous birthdays when she lived in the resort like complex. I posted about a wonderful gift my Daddy gave me a few years ago. Here it is: https://allnurses-breakroom.com/monday-october-t150177/?do=findComment&comment=1445202 Sorry. I made a technical error. Click the link or arrow to read the post.
  5. I enjoyed the video with Ted's beautiful family and music. Wonderful! I too was blessed to be with my Dad when he died. Took Step-Mom to the doctor yesterday. Her KUB CT with contrast was normal. Dr. " could find no medical reason for her lack of appetite. When asked what flavor drink she wanted step-Mom said, "Whatever." Me, my sister, and caregivers had told the doctor they think she is depressed. She has always been proud to have never been depressed. Yesterday when asked she said, "Probably." MD had her drink an Ensure and eat a meal bar with protein. She told her she would stay until she ate them. She did. She is now on an antidepressant takes at least six weeks to help. A side effect is increased appetite. Monday will be her birthday. Sister is bringing wine to have with lunch and birthday cheesecake, her favorite. She knows she has to eat half her lunch before the wine can be opened. MD agreed with the plan. The head caregiver said, "I'll drink to that!" The party will be with the other ladies who live there. I'm wondering how to get her to have a conversation with one woman. She is over ninety. Type one diabetes took one leg and most of her eyesight. She is friendly, pleasant, and smiles a lot. She has lived in four countries and I find her good to converse with. Step-Mom is polite, but told me," I don't like to be around her because if is too sad that she can't walk and can't see. I guess people feel the same about me having to live in an old folks home." That same woman's granddaughter painted everyone's nails last week. All their hands look better than mine, including Step-Mom's. Oh well. Maybe she will feel better with one class of wine a day, starting on her birthday. If she is better nourished she may feel better before the medication helps.
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    Media behaving badly

    I seem to remember both Senators Romney and Isakson stating that the atacks on Senator McCain were deplorable.
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    Media behaving badly

    Representative Nunes is suing for defamation because he was mocked. Last year he started his own news site. At the bottom of the page it states, "Paid for by the Devin Nunes Campaign Committee" Is it a "News" or "Campaign" site? Here is his news site: http://carepublican.com/category/u-s/
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    Winning...the economy under Trump

    Of course I want the economy to be excellent with high employment and pay that allows workers to meet their needs. But we need him to tell the truth and demonstrate respect for others.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    I am interested in your "guess" regarding Senator Sanders reason for stating, “I am proud that our campaign is the first presidential campaign to unionize.” I "guess" it is just as possible that he knows the benefits of a contract. Having a union contract makes if easier for both employee and employer. With a written contract no one has to have a perfect memory. All workers and their bosses know the rules. All employees are classified and a complete description of their job duties and responsibilities is negotiated. Hours of work including lunch periods and breaks are negotiated. Pay, overtime pay and conditions, health insurance, retirement benefits, sick leave policy, vacation policies, funeral leave, and many other policies are in writing and the same for everyone. Specific health and safety requirements are negotiated with workers and employer agreeing on contract language. An employee handbook can be changed and interpreted by the employer. A union contract requires BOTH employer and employees to negotiate any changes.
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    Tuesday March 19 2019

    Ted: I am so sorry. Prayers for you and family in this difficult time.
  11. Hoyer says protest will continue until votes are scheduled Leaders want votes on barring terror suspects from buying guns Democrats staged a sit-in on the U.S. House floor Wednesday in an effort to force Republicans to allow a vote on a plan to ban suspected terrorists from buying guns. 'Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Democratic Representative John Lewis of Georgia said on the floor while surrounded by fellow lawmakers from his party. 'We have to occupy the floor of the House until there's action."... Democrats Hold Sit-In on House Floor Demanding Gun Curb Vote - Bloomberg Politics
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    Democrats Hold Sit-In on House Floor Demanding Gun Curb Vote

    Naperville middle school kids organizing March for Our Lives chapter to fight gun violence A year ago, Peyton Arens was one of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., calling on Congress to adopt gun-control measures. This year, the Naperville eighth-grader is working with the same group that led the D.C. rally to organize a Naperville chapter of March for Our Lives, or MFOL... https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-march-for-our-lives-st-0315-story,amp.html
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    Democrats Hold Sit-In on House Floor Demanding Gun Curb Vote

    House Passes Bill Mandating Universal Background Checks on Gun Purchases Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the bill. Along with King, four other Republicans are co-sponsors, including Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Mast of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey. Meanwhile, two Democrats defected to oppose the bill. The bill would require universal background checks for all firearm sales, including private transactions. Current federal law only mandates background checks for purchases from licensed gun dealers. "Gun violence is a true national emergency," said Thompson, who noted that he's an avid hunter. "If this bill did anything to erode gun rights … I wouldn't support it and have my name on it."... ... A Republican amendment was adopted which would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be notified when a person in the country illegally attempts to buy a firearm. In a surprising move, 26 Democrats joined Republicans to adopt it... ... The measure includes exemptions to permit transfers that are loans or gifts between family members in addition to allowing temporary transfers for guns used for hunting or on shooting ranges... https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-02-27/democratic-house-passes-bill-mandating-universal-background-checks-on-gun-purchases Text of the bill:
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    Media behaving badly

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    Sunday March 17 2019

    I attended a local Baptist church this morning. Congregants and guests signed a letter of support and prayers to the Christ Church, New Zealand people with a group picture. We had eggs scrambled with onions and green bell peppers for breakfast. Husband has a breakfast cookie with his. We both shared half a cantaloupe. Yesterday at his lodge they celebrated a daughter's quinceañera complete with Mariachi music and Tacos, rice, and beans cooked by the Ladies Auxiliary. Today they plan corned beef and cabbage and a member from Ireland will lead some singing. He will call me when he finds out what time they will all sing. The bar will open early at 2:00 pm today and serve green beer. I think my 91 year old husband looks extra cute wearing green so took a couple pictures:
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    Friday March 15 2019

    Nel: My Dad probably did know Hal Blaine. They both worked the studios in the 70s. I looked him up and Hal Blaine was on Glen Campbell recordings. Glen was a studio guitarist before his singing career. My Dad knew him then. My Dad was asked to discuss the Tijuana Brass, but didn't like the business side of show business. He went to a gig and played his horn. Herb Alpert started the Baja Marimba Band led by Julius Wechter, who worked with my Dad at Disneyland for many summers. The drummer I knew best was Jack Sperling: https://medium.com/tell-it-like-it-was/king-of-the-big-band-drummers-398f2b314e72 When we first came to California we stayed at his house for two months until school started. His daughter, my sister, and I slept on a mattress on the floor. We felt like sisters and are all still close friends. Once I ran into after only sending each other Christmas cards for several years. We were so comfortable with each other, not like we'd been apart for so long. One night drummer Louis Belson and Pearl Bailey came to Disneyland. They came to the Carnation Plaza, where they would perform with the Elliot Brothers Band, where my Dad played trumpet. Their two kids, younger than we were as young teens, amazingly had never been to Disneyland. We made sure they got to ride all the funnest rides. All four of us held hands and ran from ride to ride as we sisters knew all the short cuts then. We all had fun that one summer night and never saw each other again. I was sad when they each died.
  17. https://www.theroot.com/candace-owens-who-thinks-racism-is-all-in-the-past-go-1825536071
  18. I know a nurse, who is both Muslim and White. She said it is disturbing that most acts of terrorism seem to be by ISIS or White Nationalists. We told her it is a minority of people in those categories. She said, "I know but it bothers me."
  19. Alleged New Zealand Mosque Mass Shooter’s Manifesto Praises Donald Trump As ‘Symbol Of Renewed White Identity’ A man who opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, causing multiple fatalities, also says that prominent Donald Trump supporter Candace Owens inspired him... ... The shooting was carried out by at least one gunman who posted on online “manifesto” stating white supremacist viewpoints and naming prominent Donald Trump supporter and right-wing American media personality Candace Owens as the person who most inspired him to commit acts of violence... https://www.inquisitr.com/5343540/new-zealand-mass-shooter-trump-supporter-candace-owens-manifesto/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+google%2FyDYq+(The+Inquisitr+-+News) Candace Owens' Tweet:
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    Media behaving badly

    When I was a kid in Oklahoma our nuns, including teachers and nurses, were mostly young Americans or from Ireland. They smiled a lot and had fun with us children. (young = 20 to 40 years old) In California our local church had nuns from Germany. They were in their fifties and sixties and grumpy. They also hit kids knuckles with a ruler. I told my Dad, "They are mean. Sister Greta hit Reggie for not learning his Catechism. The nuns here never joke or smile." My Dad told me they had hidden Jews in their convent back in Germany all during WWII. If they had been caught they would have been killed. No wonder they were not fun loving after being afraid every day. That was one of many times I learned people often behave according to their life experiences.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/us/politics/trump-white-voters-politics.html
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    Friday March 15 2019

    Oh! I usually have my taxes done by The Ides Of March, but haven't done it yet. I'll do it today or tomorrow. Yesterday I mowed the front lawn. After so much rain it looks great! The back is a forest of pig weed, too tall to mow. I'm getting exercise clipping it down about ten minutes a day. I'll mow it another day.
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    The Caravan

    From your link. Read about the cramped facilities where children and parents were neglected. slept with lights on, and abused. It has gone on for decades. What do you think could be a solution? Should the be deported without a hearing so they can suffer outside the United States? Many have done that an died young too after deportation. I do NOT think blaming Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama does any good. Blaming President Trump will not do any good. I think we need new statutes and regulations AND oversight so child abusers and others don't get away with harming people who came here to stay alive. Is there a solution? I wish Catholic Charities could run all the shelters. Please read this short timeline: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/06/27/immigrant-children-family-separation-border-timeline/734014002/
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    The Caravan

    Juan Sanchez founded the charity in 1987. Probably he did need better government oversight between 2012 and now. In 2012 his salary was high for a non-profit charity to pay at $279,000.00 and his wife as VP was paid $500,000.00. But in 2018 he was paid $1.5 million. The first evidence of financial cheating was in 2005. Child abuse reports and complaints seem to be only in recent years. I think it good that he recently stepped down. Now I hope Southwest Key is watched and investigated carefully. https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2019-03-11/southwest-key-ceo-juan-sanchez-steps-down/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/02/us/southwest-key-migrant-children.html?module=inline https://theslot.jezebel.com/meet-the-man-getting-rich-off-detaining-migrant-childre-1830819166 https://www.propublica.org/article/immigrant-youth-shelters-sexual-abuse-fights-missing-children It is not a priority for me, but if someone knows when he began getting government contracts I would be curious to find out.
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    Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Good day nurses! Was with step-Mom yesterday. Doctor sent young physician for house call regarding her not eating. Today I plan to pick up container at the office and get a clean catch from step-Mom. He will have phlebotomist come and draw blood. This guy finished his family practice residency in June and joined the practice.
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