Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Side Note

This is completely unrelated to nursing,
if you had the choice to sleep with any celebrity, who would you pick?

I would definitely pick Ryan Gosling. I loved him since I saw Breaker High back when I was in junior high, and he was really skinny and nerdy. And then I reloved him again when he got all hot-looking for the Notebook, which happens to be my favourite movie of all time. And when he was all sexy and teacher-y in Half Nelson, and nerdy again in Lars and the Real Girl. Plus, he's a fellow Canadian!

And my close second, which probably no one would agree with, is Seth Rogen. I think Seth Rogen is really, really sexy. Even back when he was chubby in the movie Knocked Up. I love his glasses, and his curly hair. And when he laughs.


Saturday, September 26, 2009


The lazy, warm, outstretched days of summer have given away to a cooler, less obtrusive season: fall. I love the vibrant colours of the trees and the crunchiness of their leaves. I love that I no longer have to suffer from the thick, uncomfortable humidity of July and August. I like taking long walks outside and the cool breeze and feeling like you can finally breathe. Fall is definitely my favourite season. The only downside is that winter is soon, and in Newfoundland, that means big snowstorms and shovelling, and scary driving conditions that lasts until the end of March.

We have a pre-test on Monday for our CRNE (Canadian Registered Nurses Exam). We take the test online, and get a breakdown of which specific area in nursing we need to improve on and study before we take the CRNE in May. There's a lot of graduation talk in my class. Who knew grad could be so expensive? My ring will cost approximately four-hundred and eighty dollars. We also have to buy our nursing pins. And the dress you wear to the ceremony. All on a student budget. Lovely.

Monday, September 21, 2009

H1N1 = scary.

Our nursing school is freaking out about H1N1.

It was mandatory to get fit-tested for a mask so that we would be protected working on the floors. Which, for anyone that hasn't done it before, is a completely weird experience. They basically put a hood on your head, a mask over your nose and mouth, and pump a strange substance (which tastes a lot like hairspray) into the hood. If you can taste it, the substance is penetrating the mask, and not protecting you.

If we feel ill, our professors tell us to stay home, and not bother with getting a doctor's note. Doctors notes used to be strictly enforced in our school, especially when missing clinical time or an exam! It makes sense, but it was so surprising to hear.

I am not sure what to think about H1N1. Some people say that it hasn't killed more people than other strains of influenza. Other people say it may mutate and become more virulent. To be honest, I haven't done much research about it. My only information comes from the media (not the most reliable source) which has done a good job at scaring the public and at scaring me. Are nurses prepared for this global pandemic? So far, almost 5,000 people have died. Am I prepared to enter the rooms of H1N1 patients, risk my health, and provide nursing care? I don't really have a choice, but it is scary to consider. And what about the vaccine - is it safe?

What do you guys think?

Friday, September 11, 2009


I just started a nursing course called Nursing Issues. Basically, we have discussions in the class about issues related to the nursing profession. Last class we discussed the ailing Canadian health care system and whether privatization of healthcare services would be a potential solution.

Canada is envied by a lot of countries for our universal, comphrensive, publicly national health care system. In reality, our system is actually mediocre compared to most. Basically, every resident in Canada pays taxes and those taxes help finance most medical services (this does not include dental care or medications). We believe that health care is a fundamental right, unlike the American health care system, where health services are viewed as a privldedge. However, many people contend that the system is inefficient and therefore "sick". Patients are not recieving the best care possible, wait times are long and extensive, and despite our governments spending lots of money, people are not actually more healthy as a result.

One solution to the problem is to privatize Canadian health care services. I personally hate when this idea is proposed. The purpose of a business is to make a profit, not necessarily providing quality health care services. I think patient care would definitely be compromised as a result. For example, in my province, there are private nursing homes. To cut costs, instead of hiring more expensive nurses to give medications, they delegate these tasks to employees that have absolutely no training with medication administration (like Personal Care Attendants).

Also, a privatized health care system means that those individuals with more money can afford to skip waiting lines for surgeries and for diagnosis. This may potentially cause longer wait times for those individuals who have less money and can't afford to pay for health care services, even though they may be more in need of them.

Anyways, enough of my rambling. I think what Canada needs is a reformed health care system, that focuses on health promotion and health prevention and less focused on spending money to cure illnesses (i.e. population health!). This is actually proven to be a more cost effective measure. We don't need shiny new MRI machines, we need new ways to educate the public about healthy practices. Besides, any nurse should know that modifiable factors such as environment and education and healthy child development (to name a few) are much more important than wait times or having access to the newest medical technology. I think nurses are in a great position to make these changes. We must educate themselves about these social and political issues so we can join the health care system debate as well. I think the United States is moving in a positive direction with their health care reform. Woohoo, insurance companies being mandated to pay for checkups and preventative care procedures. And thumbs-up to the it being illegal for insurance companies to refuse coverage becuse of a pre-existing condition!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I confess...

Ok, I admit it: I love going back to school.
I guess you could call me a geek. But that's okay. I pretend that I don't like it sometimes. Like on my facebook page, where my most recent status update is somewhere along the lines of "school starts tomorrow, so depressing". I love buying new school supplies. There is nothing like seeing sharpened pencils and perfectly white and square erasers in my pencilcase. I love binders filled with lots of fresh, blank loose leaf. I think that September is definitely my favourite time of month. It's like a blank slate, where you can't start new again (I feel this more so in September than January). And my second big confession: I don't really find nursing school that stressful. I know most people wouldn't agree, but I actually don't mind sitting in the sofa for a whole afternoon in our library reading over my notes.
This is my last year of school. Which means that this is my last year for school supplies, blank slates, and studying. I think I am definitely going to miss it. Which leads me to believe that I'll probably do some post-graduate program. I am really interested in the nurse practitioner program, and would love to specialize in medical-surgical nursing. However, I am not naive enough to believe that once I recieve my nursing degree I will know everything, so I am going to try to get atleast five or so years of experience first. And then I'll be back to the books.

Friday, September 4, 2009

I love nursing shows!

Have any of you guys seen the preview for the new NBC show Mercy? I'm really excited about watching it! I don't care if nursing dramas don't necessarily accurately reflect the nursing profession, but no more than House is a realistic portrayl of medicine. I'm sick of shows like House or Grey's Anatomy pretending that nurses don't exist in hospitals. I've watched lots physician characters give out medications on several episodes (since when do doctors actually do that?). And I love the actresses in Mercy, they are actually young, not like Nurse Jackie whose main actress is in her 40's or 50's. Plus, according to Michelle Trachtenberg, who plays one of the main characters, the show isn't supposed to be gimmicky which is cool.

Less than a week until school starts.

Scarryy! I miss my summer!