What I would say to young Nurse Jackie

I started thinking: If young Nurse Jackie knew what she would have to go through to get a smile of contentment on her face, would that huge smile turn to a look of horror? Could I have let her know that everything she would go through would be what would bring about that smile of contentment she wears now?

Ode to Antibiotic Stewardship

Oh, Ab Stewardship, some fear you so. The way we did things, Is hard to let go.

Ignoring the old impulses

So, I have this song from Disney's animated film "Frozen" stuck in my head. The part of the song that goes, "Let it go, let it go ..." See, that's how I feel about urine cultures.

You can't build a faster horse

I was taking with someone about innovation. They told me about a famous quote from Henry Ford. Supposedly he said, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'faster horses.'"

Trimming meal support for elders will cost us more, not less

I've always talked about growing old gracefully. I never thought about being scared to grow old. Until now.

A heart for learning

I was thinking about obstructions to learning while recently working on some educational initiatives. It occurred to me that one of the largest obstacles is a closed heart.

Learning by doing

OK, so here is something I totally don't understand. It has to do with how a lot of nursing staff think about new hires. (Probably Chapter 2 in my imaginary book, "Eating their young / a nurse's guide to orienting and mentoring.")

Fear of intimacy

Intimacy ... I'm not writing about where one partner is hounding the other about fear of opening up and getting close. What do they say — "It's me, not you"? What I am writing about is fear of getting close to our residents.

C'mon, give me a hug!

With so many obscure holidays out there, I notice there is no "National Appreciate a Nurse Day." Nursing Home Week and Nurses' Week do not count. I want a day to put on my tiara and not feel weird about it!

Let them eat cake!

As our long-stay residents age in place, often we see them get to a point where we begin to notice that they are reducing their intake. Often, they are prescribed less-than-desirable-tasting supplements. I saw let them eat cake!

The Real Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, a 2012 APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates.