Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC

I don’t know if you have seen this hashtag on Twitter. #askingforafriend. It’s pretty funny. It’s a way to ask a question without embarrassing yourself. You know, like, “I’m just asking this for a friend of mine.” 

Some of these I found are great:

Is it possible to disown 90% of your family? #askingforafriend

At what point do you just let your kid go to school in their pajamas because they’re refusing to get dressed? #askingforafriend

Who is moderation and why should I drink with them? #askingforafriend

How many office coffee mugs are too many? 😬 #askingforafriend

If you add up the hours you sleep in the week, does that count? #askingforafriend (This has to be from a DON — it just has to be.)

How do you retire after being fired? #askingforafriend

Is it wrong to include “Don’t go near the murder basement” in an AirBnB review? #askingforafriend

Does anyone know what page of the Bible gives instructions for turning water into wine? #askingforafriend

When is national mind your own business day? #askingforafriend

OK, so most of these questions are ridiculous, but I do like the concept.

Maybe we in long-term care can have town hall meetings with #askingforafriend sessions. This way our staff can ask questions that they may have been afraid to ask. We won’t know if their inquiries are for them or really for a friend. You know like, “Can we have happy hour at work?” Or “How about dedicated nap time?” (Like you’ve never wanted to ask that?)

But maybe it can be for something serious, like, “Why doesn’t the administrator acknowledge us when she walks down the hall?” That one very likely wouldn’t be asked if a person didn’t feel that he or she were hidden by the anonymity of asking for someone else. Surely there are many other examples possible.

What do you think? Is this a good idea? — #askingforafriend LOL

Just keeping it real,

Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Education for Mission Health Communities, LLC and an 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.