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    The Question Mark Equation

    Thanks for waking up my post MI patient with my laughter. It's so nice to see an occasional fun thread among the constant wash of the same.
  2. I've noticed more hospitals doing this too. At all three of my physicals for all the nursing jobs I had, I had to perform a series of repetitive movements and lift weights, etc that were all included in the job description. I'm in fairly decent shape, I have to haul around a 25 lb baby all the time, and I know that I could afford to lose maybe 15 lbs, but I struggled with it. I've heard of people not passing and not getting the job. I just know that as a medical profession, if I partook of unhealthy activities consistently, I can't be a hypocrite and encourage others to do what I do not. How am I any better? And in my experience, that's how they view us, hypocrites, if we are eating cheeseburgers regardless of our weight when we tell a post-CABG they should not.
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    Dr. Oz: Is letting child become obese, abuse?

    It's the parents responsibilty, but I don't believe that taking away children and placing them in a foster setting is going to be emotionally beneficial for the children or the parent. Usually a lot of education and re-training both the parents and the kids. This issue has always been a passion of mine, but I think that fostering children would result in even worse issues and probably further exaggerate the over-eating. About 2 months ago I saw a child that was somewhere between 10-12 in age, morbidly obese. I can't even begin to describe how round he was and how he already had a pendulum. I just couldn't help but wonder where the lack of medical care was in his life, and how did his mom let him keep eating the cheetos that were in his hand. Obviously this child needed an extensive list of help, I imagine Type II Diabetes was around the corner if it wasn't already present. As well as a huge list of other ailments.
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    Gay Marriage

    Everyone should have equal rights regardless. I am very disappointed with this country
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    To All the Heavy Nurses

    I watched this video as a follow up and all the science is explained behind fructose, what it has done to us, etc. This is a physician who works at UCSF childhood obesity clinic. For those of you (who are like me) and always want the science behind something:
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    To All the Heavy Nurses

    I finally got the chance to watch it today after seeing your post a few days ago. It definitely has some interesting concepts and I definitely agree that we are responsible for our own decisions. I also think that the large amount of advertising for fast food commercials should perhaps be limited. There have been many times where I was watching TV and a fast food commercial made me hungry/crave food when I was not hungry at all. I believe the healthiest diet is the one that we already know: fresh fruits and vegetables, and real protein. If it wasn't naturally made, it's probably unnaturally influencing our body's natural rhythm.
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    You win lottery, quit or keep working?

    I would keep working, I really like my new job. I would probably cut back to part time though, 2 days a week. I'd go back for my masters and probably doctorate. It sounds like it was only several million, so I would hopefully invest it right. Just want a nice little house and get my husband a nice little boat. I'd probably let hubby stay at home too. One thing I would really like to do, is that I'd hopefully be able to donate my time and use my nursing skills to help those who really need some care.
  8. I think in the grand scale the reason health care is going broke is because mainly of non-compliance across the country. Additionally our system is backwards, many prevention programs are not backed by insurance companies but tertiary care is. I recently was hired at a new hospital, which had the choice between starting an open-heart program or a Diabetes Education Center. The open heart program was going to make them $$$$ but help approximately 50 people a year, whereas the Diabetes Education Center would cost them $, insurance didn't cover it, but it could help 50,000 people a year. What do you think it's going to choose? Oddly enough, they decided to take the lost of funds, and open the Diabetes Center anyway, but most hospitals aren't going to do that. They need to make money. We have to change our entire healthcare system, and the way we think about things. But for the most part, most individuals are not going to change their lifestyle choices. I did a research paper on the obesity epidemic and in it, I compared the amount of food commercials present in the media to that of commercials that could be ran on crack for a crack addict. Even with will power, who can resist when they seen all these fantastic looking cheeseburgers flashing across the screen? McDonalds spend 100 million on advertising compared to the "5 a day veggie/fruit campaign's measly 1 million dollars for funding. Not stating that people aren't responsible for their decisions, but they are definitely harder to make than some people think. Convenience and want have become standard in our lifestyle, and frankly, the alcoholic in AA usually has to drop his friends since they are at the bar, but you cant typically drop society's standards and lifestyle. People will say I am wrong to compare the obese to an addict, but most people in our society are strongly addicted to sugar and salt, why else would they add all this sugar to hamburger buns? No one wants to be obese and no one wants to die at a young age because they are so overweight, but they do.
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    'Intactivists' to San Francisco: Ban circumcision

    I believe it should be a personal choice. My son is not because it is his choice. We had no preferential motivation because we are not religious, we do not believe that what "everyone else is doing" should influence our decision. When we looked at the medical aspects and saw that the evidence suggested that it should not be routine, we felt the best choice was to leave him intact. My husband is circumcised, he has no strong feelings one way or the other. But when he saw a video of a circumcision I made him watch, he knew he would not be doing it to his son.
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    My teenager just dx with psoriatic arthritis

    I am so sorry.... My husband was diagnosed with it at age 30. It took a long time to get a correct diagnosis because he was a truck driver and they kept just saying it was a back injury. He went on methotrexate and it made an incredible difference in his life. He went from me having to help him get dressed and tie his shoes, to being almost pain-free. I know a medication like that can be devastating to use, the side-effects weren't great, but being able to get out of bed in the morning made it worth it. Hopefully it will allow her to go into remission, he did after about 8 months and no signs yet of its return. You are not alone and hopefully with time they will find a cure, that's what we keep hoping. :hug:
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    Great places to raise a Family?

    Wow, thanks for all the responses! I have been researching like crazy. We would like to move somewhere that has seasons. (snow, rain and sun) not just sun and overcast. Hubby lived in virginia and says he wont live there again....not sure why I think it was the humidity? He's pushing for colorado springs. So we will see what happens. Wherever we go we will visit first, so we will see. Glad this post has been useful to others too. : )
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    Great places to raise a Family?

    How are the nurses treated in Colorado? We were thinking about there (specifically colorado springs), but I had seen several forums where nurses were complaining about treatment. I may be coming from a slightly "spoiled" state though, since the union is strong here, and in ICU I never get more than the two patients I'm assigned. (No CNA's, techs or anything like that though, I do it all) I think the issue nurses seemed to complain about the most was the cost of living in regards to salary, but as my husband and I would both be working (he's currently in school to be a respiratory therapist) and the cost of living is still lower than California, I would think it would be a non-issue. I think we'll have to visit Colorado after this baby comes. Thanks!
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    Great places to raise a Family?

    Thanks to all for your suggestions. : ) I'll check out Australia. I'm finishing my BSN to help streamline my marketability so hopefully that will help.
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    Great places to raise a Family?

    Hi All! Hubby & I are expecting our first. We're excited, financially wasn't good timing, but I guess it never is. Unfortunately, we live in a fairly ghetto part of California, not somewhere I would really want to raise children. I was raised in California most of my life, but the nice areas are so expensive that I don't want to spend my entire life just barely getting by to ensure a safe neighborhood for my family. The move will have to wait until I finish my Bachelors, which is about a year and a half away. I'm currently an RN working in Critical Care though I hope to move to Emergency eventually. Anyway, I was figuring some of you more experienced nurses might know nice places to raise a family with a decent liveable salary. Area of the country is not an issue, the only places I'm not very fond of is very flat, desert regions. But, as it is now, family is first! Thanks!
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    What I believe as a Christian and an aspiring RN

    While I think faith helps many people get through this job, as nursing can be emotionally devastating, please remember to put your patient's religious rights in mind with their care. Most religious preferences I have encountered in the hospital are not difficult. I am not religious, but if a family wants prayer, I contact the chaplain for them. If they want a bible open to a certain page on a terminal patient, I may place the bible to the side when I am bathing them, but I always return it to the same page. If they have a radio with gospel music playing and the radio reaches the end of the CD, I'll hit replay. These are not my choices, they are the patients, and I will not take that away from them.

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