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The Real Nurse Jackie by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC

No more stinking thinking

So, I have been thinking. How do we tee up 2021 with a positive approach, when it hasn’t exactly started off with a bang? Well, maybe it started off with a bang but not a good one.  To be honest, here in Florida everyone and their grandmother buys fireworks and they start at dusk and…

The worst year ever?

Was 2020 really “the worst year ever”? Let’s take a closer look. It might open your eyes.

Depressed, angry and … thankful

Every Thanksgiving it has been my habit to meditate on what I am thankful for. I thought I would struggle this year.

Can we be more?

We all have it within us to be amazing, to make an impression. How are we doing?

The best silly nurse jokes

I bet if that movie “Back to the Future” were real, Dr. Emmett Brown would be saying, “Marty, whatever you do, don’t go to the year 2020!” 

So here goes. And I am begging you, if you have any other good onefs, please add them to the comment section below. Let’s just have a smile for a while, OK?

Can’t touch this or just so gross

I am working on putting together a bunch of infection and prevention presentations and it got me thinking of all the stuff we touch in a day, as a nurse. It’s, well, remarkable.

The brevity of documentation

Is it just me, or is nursing documentation lacking something? I mean, I don’t expect a nurse to write a book, but I don’t want to play Sherlock Holmes when I am trying to read a nurse’s notes, either.   I’m like, wait: The resident is in the hospital so what happened? I don’t think the…

Is this our moment?

I believe that this pandemic has exposed how people really are. Some inspire me, and some frighten me. Ultimately, it is up to us, individually, to define what and who we are.

Ode to My Mask

Oh, protective mask, I love you so.

My life on Zoom

Well, another week is gone by with another round of Zoom meetings. And I’ll be honest: I’m as confused as a chameleon in a bag of Skittles.

Don’t forget to remember

So, I’ve been doing a lot of Zoom meetings each week. And working from home … sometimes I forget to put on pants.

Non-mask wearing fools

For some very bizarre reason, some people think it is their God-given American right to not wear a mask

Sometimes, you just have to pivot

Have you ever watched a basketball game? These lithe athletes are running down the court going in one direction and then BAM! They stop, plant a foot, pivot and go in another direction.

COVID-19, PPE and nurse smackdowns

What’s it going to take for nurses to get a little respect — and the personal protective equipment they need so badly?! I have my ideas.
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