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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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    nursing and marriage problems

    And I disagree with the other posters that suggest you invite your wife to look through your email and cell phone. That will only give her the impression that you ARE untrustworthy, she OWNS you, and you aren't entitled to any privacy at all. You'll become miserable pretty quickly and then you'll REALLY want to have an affair just to feel like an autonomous adult again. Also, why not invite your wife along sometimes to events with your nursing classmates? Tell her about your school friends and have them all meet and be friendly, so it doesn't seem like you're "hiding" anything from her (which you're not). It will be harder for her to let her imagination run wild and get all crazy jealous if she actually meets your classmates and sees for herself that they are nice, normal, real women with families of their own.
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    nursing and marriage problems

    Okay I have a completely different take on this. We are all human and due to the fact that there are billions of people on this planet, it's a statistical reality that there are many people out there besides our spouses that we would be compatible with, like enough to date if we were single, or have a simple crush on. Feelings don't get shut off when you get married, and it's not abnormal to potentially come across someone in life that you "like." Your problem was that you let what should have been ONLY professional relationship move into some kind of non-physical teenage crush area, and you didn't keep that to yourself. It's normal to see women and "like" them, but you have to keep the relationship proper and professional on the outside. As for the inside, there's nothing wrong with closing your eyes on the train every morning and picturing her playing beach volleyball in a swimsuit or whatever the heck you want. Just don't ACT on any of it. Tell your wife you made a mistake by NOT keeping your relationships professional and having whatever this non-physical romantic-ish relationship was, that you realize you were wrong, you're sorry and won't do it again. HOWEVER this is more of your wife's problem than yours, and you need to tell her to knock off the jealousy and paternity rumors STAT. Accusing you of having a physical relationship with her and impregnating her is SERIOUS and potentially ruinous to your family AND her family (I assume she is married or at least has a male partner as well). She needs to know that feelings are normal and okay as long as we don't act on them, and that you're not her property to guilt-trip and make miserable with a short leash. She needs to work on her own insecurities. Jealousy is poisonous, and jealousy blown out of proportion like this can break a marriage. Don't let it destroy your life.
  10. So even though the market for lawyers has been over saturated for at least a decade, she went into $150K debt to attend a bottom tier law school. I certainly don't envy her position, it really stinks, but I don't think she really has a case against the school. "Buyer Beware"
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    How many out there aren't religious?

    I am not religious. It doesn't affect my performance as a nurse inthe slightest nor do i see how it could. I'm a nurse, not a priest or a rabbi :-)
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    Human Animal Embryos

    I don't think anybody is doing this research to actually try to create a ManBearPig or Mermaid or something. It says it is for medical research, to help cure diseases. I hope some useful results come out of the research that can help people who are suffering.