Not going to say that any more

With Thanksgiving just past, I realize how thankful I am that certain people and situations have helped me adjust my attitude at various times. I'm talking differently, and I definitely have changed my outlook on life this year. Let me explain.

No stopping me from bringing home the bacon

One thing you can say about working in long-term care is that as long as the population keeps aging, we're pretty much guaranteed to be able to find a job. Yep, we can keep bringing home that bacon. Notice we don't say "bringing home the salad" for a reason.

Rudeness kills -- like, literally

Maybe a blog about killing your patients right after Halloween is an appropriate topic. After all, that would make a pretty scary movie, right? But this isn't some scary movie. It's true.

A vampire walks into an ER ...

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought this story is apropos. Especially since most nurses don't question the situations that walk into our workspace. At all.

TSA screening could lead to colonoscopy

With all the fall healthcare conferences and other things we travel for this time of year, you might want to pay special attention to this blog!

Boo 'The View'

If anyone has learned anything about live television talk shows, it's this: DO NOT mess with nurses! The View's insulting mockery of Miss Colorado's Kelley Johnson's monologue kicked off a firestorm of a backlash on social media this week.

Labor Day, and remembering

So we just had Labor Day, a time when most of the country gets a three-day weekend and forgets that many of those in service jobs don't have that luxury.

Think before you open your mouth in court!

Unfortunately, in this litigious society, and especially as long-term care professionals, we are sometimes put in a position to open our mouths in court. If you worry about this, relax. You can't do any worse some others before you.

A picture (or a sign) says a thousand words

We always have a lot of signs in our facilities, right? Well, yesterday I came across a new one that blew my mind. I asked the driver of the car I was in to stop so I could take a picture of it.

Dorothy, we're not in Florida any more

Florida and Arizona, and other similar warm weather destinations, might no longer be the prize places retirees wish to spend their golden years. And the reason might surprise you.

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.