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KelRN215

KelRN215

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  1. KelRN215

    Did anyone take black coffee for reducing fat?

    Glad I'm not the only one who thought this.
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    Do YOU Keto?

    The ketogenic diet is meant for children with severe epilepsy. When I worked in the hospital (peds neuro), these kids needed to be admitted to initiate the diet and remain hospitalized for 3-5 days of close monitoring. I once had a child who became so severely acidotic (bicarb of 9) that she needed multiple IV sodium bicarb infusions throughout my shift. It's crazy to me that this has become a fad diet.
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    Fellow Nurse with a no moral compass

    I don't see the relevance to the length of the husband's employment, the prestige of his job or the affair either. I'm sure plenty a nurse (and MD) has had an extra-marital affair in his/her day. OP, if your best friend was fired for trafficking heroin and/or meth into a prison, presumably her employer would have reported her to the BON when she was fired.
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    Dating for nurses

    I went on a date with someone from Match once and he asked me what kind of patients I see. At the time I was a visiting nurse in pediatrics. I specifically remember the look of horror on his face as I told him about one of my infant patients who had hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy because of severe shoulder dystocia during delivery. I met my significant other through a meetup group. We played trivia together as friends every Monday for a little over a year before we started dating. I was working a M-F job at the time though so could attend these things.
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    period talk, a little embarrassing

    Every single woman has experienced this at some point in her life. Your manager hasn't given a second thought to it since it happened, guaranteed.
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    The Medical Aspect of Execution

    Who would insert such a line to be used for the purposes of execution? The AMA and the ANA both have policies against physicians and nurses participating in executions. I'd call placing the line that will be used to administer lethal doses of medications to the condemned prisoner "participation." NEW VOICES: American Medical Association, EMT Association Say Participation in Executions Violates Medical Ethics | Death Penalty Information Center ANA Releases New Position Statement Opposing Capital Punishment (2/21/17) Highly recommend the books Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents by Sister Helen Prejean if anyone is interested in the topic.
  7. A little background: I was raised going to Church every Sunday. I was raised to pray every day. I remember my Mom praying with me every night before bed. Even at a young age, I questioned a lot of what I was told. I remember being in second grade and a classmate told me that before you are born, you (your spirit, whatever) and God together select who your family will be on earth. I remember at the age of 7 thinking "there's no way that's true because I wouldn't have chosen this." By high school, I had no use for organized religion whatsoever. My mother forced me to go through confirmation in 10th grade and we STILL fight about that today. I abruptly stopped attending mass as soon as I turned 18. But though I had no use for religion, I still acknowledged spirituality. I considered myself to be "Agnostic". If you'd asked me more recently, I would say that I don't believe in God but I do speak to the Universe. (I just read on Wikipedia that there actually is a name for this, interesting.) I'm starting to doubt it all. The idea of God as an all-knowing, all-powerful, ever present and all good being just doesn't mesh with my experience of the world. I can reconcile the experiences I've had in my personal life for the most part and realize that even the extremely negative experiences have shaped the person I am today. But with my patients, innocent children who've been dealt the most rotten hands in life, I cannot reconcile that with there existing a being that's in control of everything. I've seen so many kids over the years dying of cancer. I've seen their families' desperate prayers go unanswered. I've also heard the stories these families tell of the signs they get from their children from the beyond. Working in pediatric oncology did not, in and of itself, make me actively doubt God's existence. It's a few of my neglected patients and their situations that did. If there really is a being that's all powerful, ever present and all good, WHY wouldn't there be something done to protect a disabled child from being in a household with family members who steal her medication? Why after 4 reports of neglect to the state in a 48 hour period would this being not intervene and influence the outcome in some way?
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    Christianity beliefs/angels/demons/God

    I think you're my new best friend.
  9. KelRN215

    Need TLC from fellow nurses

    Stop visiting the mother-in-law's sister? That's what I'd do.
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    Gay Marriage

    No one is talking about the church. Churches do not have to follow the law, they are free to marry or not marry anyone whom they please. The Catholic Church in MA has performed exactly ZERO gay marriages in the 11 years since it became legal in Massachusetts. The state cannot force a Catholic church to marry a gay couple in any of the states where it is legal nor can they stop an Episcopalian church in, say, Alabama from performing a religious marriage ceremony for 2 men or 2 women. Marriage is also a state institution, hence why you need a license granted by the state to marry. In all the weddings I've been to in the past 5 years, exactly one of them has been in a church. Marriage is clearly not exclusively a religious issue.
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    Big Butt Problem

    I was also horrified by that statement. And I fail to see the "problem" or the relation to nursing. OP, did you never listen to Sir Mix-A-Lot circa 1992? Big butts are not a new thing by any stretch of the imagination.
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    I'm tired of being single.

    I agree with this. I block the vast majority of men who contact me through OkCupid because most of the messages are along the lines of "heeyyyy sexxxyyy wanna hook up?" And most of them don't have jobs or live with their parents. Not interested. I don't suggest Tinder because that's essentially meant for people who are just looking to hook up. The quality of people on pay sites is superior. Joining meetup was one of the best things I ever did for my social life. I also joined adult sports leagues in my city (I play floor hockey weekly and have played in kickball, softball, flag football, broomball and inner tube water polo leagues) and a local hiking club. Most of my long time friends are married with kids and I'm not, nor do I want to be.
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    What's your love story?

    I'm single but Sam Adams was my Valentine this year. He's my date tonight too.
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    Nursing has turned me into a complete non-believer

    I believe that Jesus existed- that is a historical fact. There lived a man named Jesus in Judea in the first century who preached and had followers. Nearly all historians agree that he was certainly baptized by John and crucified by Pontius Pilate. Those events are historically accurate. Even most non-Christian religions acknowledge that Jesus lived. I do not believe that he was immaculately conceived or that he was the "Son of God" or that he "died for my sins". I believe that Jesus had a birth father and that he very likely was married and had children. How many 33 yr old bachelors were walking around in the Middle East 2000+ years ago? I also think it's absurd that the pictures I was shown of Jesus growing up portrayed him as a white man when he was Middle Eastern.
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    Nursing has turned me into a complete non-believer

    That's alright. I'm a Mass-hole. I hate everyone and they are free to hate me back.
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    Nursing has turned me into a complete non-believer

    My mother never told me that, a kid I went to school with did. My point by saying that was not that I was misled by my family or the church but that I had doubts about the spiritual realm from a very young age. The Catholic Church is NOT *my* church. I know what it teaches and I reject it, just as I reject all organized religion. I have had no use for religion since I was a teenager but I still had a small belief that there may be some sort of higher spiritual level. After 7 years as a pediatric nurse, I do not.
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    Gay Marriage

    Kid's Reaction To Meeting A Gay Couple For The First Time Is Priceless - May 17, 2014 - The Gaily Grind Pretty much the best video ever with a kid's reaction to meeting a married gay couple for the first time.
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    Nursing has turned me into a complete non-believer

    Perhaps if CPS in my state was that responsive, I would see myself as an instrument of a higher being. Alas, that has not been my experience.
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    Nursing has turned me into a complete non-believer

    I've never thought about mice made of dark matter living deep under the surface of Mars but I don't automatically disbelieve that. That actually sounds more believable to me than an all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful, ever-present God.
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    Death Penalty

    I am opposed to the death penalty on principle but, I'll be honest, I'm not losing any sleep over what happened in Oklahoma. Clayton Lockett shot a 19 yr old girl and buried her alive. I'm not bothered that he suffered. Perhaps he got exactly what he deserved. Clayton Lockett’s victim had a name: Stephanie Neiman | Dallas Morning News The guy whose execution is stayed over this raped and murdered a BABY. I won't lose any sleep over his execution when it comes. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty but, due to the federal jurisdiction of the case, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (the living Boston Marathon bomber) is facing the death penalty. It won't bother me if he dies either. As far as I'm concerned, he should just be released into the general prison population at MCI Walpole and that would save us all a lot of trouble. That said, I have seen Sister Helen Prejean speak and read her books about the death penalty (Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents). On principle I do not believe the government should be executing people.
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    Boston area nurses: Field trip?

    I never even knew MGH had a Museum of Medical History. Well, anyway, I have to work.
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    PPO vs. HHO

    I'm sorry but how is a consumer who purchased a product and knowingly sought care at an out-of-network provider (knowing that there would be out-of-pocket costs) a "victim"? PPOs reimburse out-of-network providers at a set rate established by the plan. If you know your plan reimburses 50% of out-of-network providers and you seek care at an expensive provider who tells you the fee for their services is $800, you're not a victim when you get a bill for $400.
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    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

    According to our local news people, we're only getting rain tomorrow. We will see. They're also predicting unseasonable warmth (like in the 50s) but then single digits by Tuesday. So I'm expecting the worst winter thing of all- black ice. Rain tomorrow will turn all the snow to mush and make a horrible mess and then the temps will drop back to below 32 and everything will freeze.
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    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

    Ugh, hopefully it doesn't head east. We had enough on Thurs/Fri to last for the next few weeks. I got about 14 inches. I hate winter, snow is only pretty for about 15 seconds and then the plows come by and it gets all gross and slushy.
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    Finally Get a Derm appt and Oh wait...

    It was as bad as they said. Hope you got to your appointment.
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