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

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.

Oh, those hoarders

Couldn’t they have warned us? No, I am not talking about the COVID-19 virus. I’m talking about those residents who hoard.

The Bucket List

As I sit here and write this blog, it’s my birthday, and I notice that every year my bucket list grows shorter. But I definitely have good ones I still want to do.

Think before you write

I have to ask: Does anyone read what they write before they sign off and lock their documentation anymore?

Reshape for the New Year

Every January 1 the commercials start. How to lose weight, how to eat right, how to exercise, what machines to buy. But, really, what needs reshaping more this time of year?

Come to the table the right way

If we’re not even defining family at our homes, what the heck are we doing around the table at our facilities?

Grateful pumpkins

As we move to the month of November and plan for Thanksgiving at our personal homes and facilities, I have a challenge for you.

Getting nurses to rethink rehospitalization

Shouldn’t we avoid transferring people to the hospital if we can treat them in place? Come on, nurses, stop, take a breath, put on your nurse’s thinking cap.
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