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    Nursing and owning a pet

    You can get an automatic feeder and a water fountain so the cat always has fresh water, if you're worried about that on 12 hour shifts. that can also be used to go away overnight. Honestly I just change the water by hand and feed him by hand, it works fine with my work schedule. As for shelter pets - they are great, but if you want a special breed (most people have regular cats like from a shelter) then see this link from the humane society on how to find a reputable breeder and distinguish them from a backyard breeder or pet store. http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/find_responsible_dog_breeder.pdf. The link is about dogs but the same applies to cats. It was very helpful to me a few years ago when I wanted a specific, rare breed of cat and I had no experience with breeders and how to go about locating one. But again, with cats, most people get from shelters, rescue, craigslist, etc. That is a "domestic short (or long) hair" cat, like a regular cat.
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    Nursing and owning a pet

    I have one cat. Cats are very independent so it's easy to have a cat working 8-12 hour shifts. Feed twice per day, clean the litter daily, groom once per week and that's about it for day to day cat care. One side note - unless you are looking for a specific breed of pedigree cat, you don't have to buy one if you just want a regular domestic cat. Get one from a shelter or free on Craigslist, buying from a pet store is a rip off and you are likely to get an unhealthy animal that way. If you do want a specific pedigree, do your research to learn about the difference between a reputable breeder and a backyard breeder, and only obtain an animal from a reputable breeder.
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    Opinions on Obamacare from healthcare workers?

    The proper name is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Most of the provisions in this act have not taken effect yet, so we haven't seen what the result will be. In the US, the type of health insurance you have (if any) and your situation in life can mean that levels of service and access vary widely with individuals. The poster above states she is a single mother and has had trouble getting covered due to pre-existing conditions and has faced a lot of out of pocket health expense. I'm a DINK (double income, no kids), don't have any chronic conditions, and have gold-plated private insurance through the large bank my husband works for. I've never had a problem getting the care I needed, and rarely have I had to pay for anything out of pocket other than a $20 office visit copay or a $10 copay for a prescription. Like everything else in the US (public education, access to decent food, good housing, etc.) it's patchy. The bottom line is that if you have a household income of $100K+ here, the US is one of the most awesome places in the world to live. If you have less than that, it stinks. If this is a project for school about the ACA in comparison to the Canadian health system, please do your research instead of asking for opinions on the internet. The World Health Organization, The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, the OECD website, Fraser Institute, the Congressional Budget Office, and the White House website all have reliable information on this subject.
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    Ummm...Baby or a Career????

    I'm 33. I'm skipping the whole kids thing in favor of working and saving for retirement. Kids area huge expense, I would be broke by retirement age if I took that kind of responsibility. when you're in your 30's retirement is closer than you think, I know immediate gratification can be tempting but think about what life will be like when you are in your 60s, 70s, and 80s - do you want to be comfortable or do you want to struggle?
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    your own personal beliefs vs pt care

    As a libertarian, I haven't come across any issues with patients where I feel it would be okay to push my personal beliefs on them. I don't agree with drug seekers who want to get Dilaudid pumped into their veins until they're zonked but if I've got an order and their BP and respiratory rate is WNL then who am I to tell them to "just say no to drugs?" I've had pregnant patients on my med-surg floor that got meds like non-pregnant patients because they told the doctor that they're having an elective abortion anyway. The doctor made the decision to order the meds, it's not my business. We all have a right to make our own decisions in life, I wouldn't want anybody pushing their ideas on me so I pay others that same courtesy by not doing it to them. The ONE thing I've seen a lot of that I have a personal problem with is people who abuse the system and suck it dry with no intention to pay their bill or even buy themselves some health insurance to pay the bill. In the original post, I'd be more upset about giving a free pregnancy test when that person could go spend $10 at CVS than about the person saying she wants to have an abortion. The tax rate in the US for people with a household income between $150-200K per year is way too high, partly because of this ridiculousness we have to subsidize (and don't get me started on the past decade's unfunded wars)
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    Staff suspended after live baby dumped in bag

    As an atheist, this has to be one of the most insulting things I've read on allnurses.com in quite a while. China is not "godless", you can look it up in Wikipedia for yourself but about 30% of Chinese claim to be religious. There are many religions represented in China, including Buddhism, Christianity (both Catholic & Protestant), Islam, Black Dragon Worship, and Taoism. Sex-selective abortion has nothing to do with religion, it has to do with culture and the role of women in each culture. It is mainly practiced in China and India (India by the way has a high proportion of religious believers, Muslim and Hindu). Sex-selective abortion has never been practiced in the west, including in western countries where a large number of citizens describe themselves as not believing in any gods (Norway, Czech Republic, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Estonia, etc.) That has to do with women's role in western culture, not religion or lack of religion. So you can't even reasonably say it's "not as simple as that," because it is as simple as that it has nothing to do with believing in any gods/religions or not. Nothing.
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    black nurses and students

    I'm going to address a few of the points you mentioned but in no particular order. 1. Just because your school doesn't have a specific scholarship for minorities in nursing doesn't mean these awards don't exist. They do, but they're from private foundations and groups. Google "minority nursing scholarships" and you'll get plenty of hits. 2. Whether you're black, white, blue, or purple, you should pursue the career you want. Don't let others discourage you. 3. I don't know where you live, but the nurses I've encountered in my area are overwhelmingly Filipino. In the general population they are considered a minority, although in nursing around here I'd say they are the majority. I am not Filipino but I've never felt unwelcome because of that fact. I've always put my best face forward (not saying that you don't, I'm just saying to be very conscious of the vibe you give off) and received the same positive vibes in return. 4. You say nobody has reached out to you - have you tried reaching out to others? Make the first move yourself and see what happens. I felt for decades that I was isolated (although not due to ethnicity) because people didn't approach me and try to be my friend, but I finally realized that no matter who you are, you need to be proactive and assertive about it. So I started approaching people instead of waiting for them to approach me and that worked a lot better when it came to making friends!

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