Sunday, November 18, 2007

Woman with only half a brain

Doctors treating a Chinese woman who complained of feeling weak discovered she only had half a brain.

The woman, 39, from Wuhan city, has lived a perfectly normal life and only came into hospital after she complained of feeling weak and stiff.

Zhang Linhong, director of Neural Rehabilitation Department at the local hospital, said: "On the MRI scans we were surprised to see that she only has grey matter on the right side.

Full story.

Now that is just plain plumb weired!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A new hope....

... maybe? I dunno.

I talked to the new director of the ED yesterday, asking her about RN jobs in the ED. She seemed receptive. Apparently there's a bunch of people leaving the ED - many of then NPs who have now graduated.

Will know in a week.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Status: AWOL

Haven't been blogging as much lately.

Since that co-worker quit, I've been pulling 68+ hr weeks at work. Money's been good but I honestly don't think it's worth it. Been badgering other department heads about jobs/openings but none seem forthcoming. I might have to re-locate.

Discussed the issue with some other folks (especially my Dad). Some big cities were discussed as options (indeed, some good jobs are open at present) but the whole "cost of living Vs income" discussion is where we're stalled at. I'm still hoping for a local job but I've made it quite clear that I'm not putting up with this anymore...

Besides that, there's been some personal stuff going on. Been trying to save money for my coming vacation at the end of this month (and funnily enough - spending that money like there's no tomorrow buying gifts and presents for folks back home).

I'm holding out for my vacation - hopefully three weeks will give me time to recharge. But I'm not staying at this joint forever. Nope. I maybe young and naive - but I'm no fool.

Guess who is here all week?

I don't need to give specifics, do I?

Case in point: It took me 20 fucking minutes to give a patient some insulin yesterday?
"Why", you wonder?

Because it took me that long to locate all the fucking keys! Yes - KEYS!

There is now a separate key for a locked drawer that holds the syringes, a separate key to a locked drawer that holds all the needles, a separate key to the lock on the fridge where the insulin is stored. On top of that, I now need two RNs: one to sign off on my computer MAR that I am indeed administering 2 fucking units of insulin and one to make sure that I indeed administered the medication as documented.

Everything has a lock on it now - IV bags, antibiotics ... even the blasted plastic cups you use to collect piss! The entire damned supply room is locked! Housekeeping is locked at night - big bad spill or blood all over the floor? Too fucking bad - because all the cleaning supplies are locked and no one has the keys!

Oh and did I mention that I can no longer leave myself signed on a computer - even if I'm stepping away just to administer a medication and will return right after? Of course not, there are shifty, shady characters hiding in the fucking ventilation ducts just waiting for me to step away so that they can pounce and read all kinds of privileged medical information ...

All this bullshit because you know who is in the facility. GAH!