Sunday, May 25, 2014

How Nursing Study Has Rewired Me

RIt's been a year since I began my study of nursing.  I am looking back at my blog posts this past year. I suppose my blog jumps all over the place. That's the nature of my interests--which I'm glad to say is somewhat reflected in my study of nursing.
In nursing school, we cover a whole spectrum of subjects, from breathing, to alternative medicine, to breastfeeding, to opiates, to analyzing styles of family interaction, public policy regarding health, to mechanisms of analgesia, genetics, approaches to bereavement--this is simply the tip of the iceberg of the breadth of subjects we study that is related to the health and well-being of a person, a family, a community.  We try to become experts at teaching, evidenced-based interventions of these wide range of subjects. The evidence comes from research and clinical trials. We are taught to be critical connoisseurs of research too!
So the study of nursing is making me a better human, with a wider range of knowledge related to the physical, psychological, social, spiritual aspects of being human.  I assess situations and set priorities.
A couple of weeks ago, my dad injured his finger with a fish hook while we were boating at the lake.  I simply stepped aside and allowed my mom (more experienced nurse) to deal with the situation, while I continued to play with my son who was playing by the water.  It's not a medical situation that requires everyone to drop what they're doing, and attend to the finger, despite my dad's loud cries of pain.  Nursing priorities=toddler playing by the water!! Sorry dad :)
Additionally, my nursing study also trained me to be more critical of my perspectives and my approach at conversations.  For instance, a friend told me that she had GI upset.  I put on my nurse mode immediately and made some assessments. After the initial assessment and recommendation, because this friend and I always talk about politics and what we hear on the radio, later down the conversation, I related my fear of the drinking water contamination incident in West Viriginia, and how far that spread out, perhaps reaching central Virginia.
Later, I felt like I could have kicked myself for talking about water contamination with someone who has GI upset.  As a nurse, we have to be aware not to fan the flames of hypochondriac-isms.   Maybe I'm being overly critical of myself, but my ability to be a credible source depends on how seriously I study, and how careful I am to impart my knowledge, not simply impart hearsays.
Another incident where I became aware about the changes that have occurred regarding my approach to people was when I saw a little boy wearing sunglasses in the farmer's market hanging out with his mother.  My son approached the little boy, curious because of the sunglasses.  I noticed that the boy's sunglasses was covering a black eye.  Since nurses are mandated to be reporters of domestic abuse, my radar went up.  I thought and still am thinking about the approach I should take towards parents (who are not my patient) who's child exhibit evidence of abuse.  What should I do?  I'm still thinking about what I could have done or said to the mom.
Another new development is with regards to friends who recommend natural products.  They are also subject to my scrutiny.  Just because a product is natural, does not mean it is safe!!! I can't emphasize this enough.  Natural products, over-the-counter herbs can interact with medicine, or existing physical conditions like age, pregnancy, kidney or thyroid disease.  Please be careful when you recommend something that works for you to others! And please be careful when using herbal products on young children. Please!!! 
Finally, the study of nursing improved my ability to play music.  Because of the insane amount of nonsensical words we have to master (drug names) and their side effects, my memory has improved, along with my approach to how to learn something.   So this has translated itself to better ability to play music.

Photo above is an example of the creativity involved in memorizing new terms. FAST! There are many more improvements and brain rewiring that has occurred due to the nursing study, but that's all the time I have to write for now.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pop culture strategy insight moment

I found myself reading about the Kardashian's today.  I didn't really even know much about who they were, aside from Kim marrying Kanye.  I really liked Kanye's music a while back, way before Bonaroo incident.  Though I don't listen to Kanye's music now. So my radar was piqued by Kim pregnancy, which coincided with mine, but the interest was not sufficiently piqued for me to read about her.
Today, I read how she used to massage Paris Hilton's feet, and arranged her closet, and be the Paris slave.  I guess I have an unexplored loathing for Paris Hilton and felt briefly sorry for Kim?  I was dragged into the article and voila, I wasted a solid 20 minutes reading up on the Kardashian's!
In terms of writings, today, I've been thinking about this strategy of latching on to trendy/famous people/posts/reading materials in order to get some buzz on my blog reader count.  I consider myself colored by feminism, I subscribe to news outlets that espouse Feminism, i.e. Jezebel.  I fell victim to trashy content wrapped up in feminist twist in order to raise the readership numbers. No wonder it's called Jezebel--betrayer.  Goodness gracious! I'm seeing many more actors/musicians/posts/news utilize this strategy. 
I haven't decided yet whether to unsubscribe from pop news because I have a thirst for this new form of communication--blogging, and technology know hows.
Wow, I have to actually say thanks Kim example for waking me up to one strategy to pull you in trash content on the web!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Love Deeply

Faeries come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the disheveled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.

W.B. Yeats

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Small talk

Small talk is an art that I am still far from mastering.  
Ok, confession.  I should be! Should be a master at small talk because I was a bartender for almost a decade.  But here's my excuse for not being a sensei at this.  People like to talk in a bar anyway, and with a drink or two, people loosen up.  
But anyway, having been a bartender, I do have a few VERY basic tricks up my sleeve about this topic that I'm going to share.
First stop--Don't sweat it if you're shy. I wouldn't consider myself as shy. Not being shy can be a plus, but a downside too because shyness can be a good thing.  I mean, who wants to talk to the obnoxious loudass?  *not me*
Secondly, small talk has something to do with rhythm.  You can't just randomly say hello, etc. You gotta say it at the right time--like when someone is listening, otherwise you waste your move and get left hanging.
Here's another good trick, don't do all the talking.  Sometimes people really want to be the one talking--and then you'll be finding all sorts of ways to get out of listening to that one fast!  Yikes!
But the challenge comes when you're small talking with someone who's got these rules down.  Then they expect you to have some kind of arsenal of cool things to say.
1- witty repertoire
2-really cool/funny quick story
3-information, but related like you lived it, not like you read it
4-if all else fails sarcasm (I'm not a big fan of this one because this one is tonal, and people who aren't careful and smart about sarcasm, can end up hurting feelings.  The whole point of sarcasm is what, upperhand? Lame.

Anyways, that's my small talk for now.