By now, you’ve heard the news. A nationwide public health emergency has been issued by the Department of Health and Human Services due to the recent outbreak of Swine Flu. The first cases were reported in Mexico City, but the virus is spreading quickly. Symptoms of Swine Flu include high fever, aches, and an uncontrollable desire to roll in the mud.
Here at JNJ, we know that early identification and recognition of Swine Flu symptoms are the best way to prevent an epidemic. How do you know if your facility is about to be the next ‘hot spot’? Look for these five ‘red flags’: (more…)
You believe there is a special place in Hell for the inventor of the call light.
You believe all bleeding stops…EVENTUALLY!
You’ve ever told a confused patient the name of a co-worker and that they should yell REALLY LOUD if they need help.
You don’t mention the name of a ‘frequent flier’ to avoid invoking his presence in the ER.
You know it’s the full moon without ever having to look at the sky!
10. You’ll lose a ton of weight — because there’s never time to eat!
9. Develop a closer bond with your co-workers, responding to all those codes!
8. Everyone is so frazzled, you’ll look fabulous by comparison!
7. Enjoy the challenge to your nursing skills to run a code without a crash cart because they’re all down in Central, being replaced!
6. Experience the joy of having the previous shift’s charge nurse tell you, “I don’t know why no one would return my calls tonight. By the way, you’re short two nurses and a CNA, with a full shift of patients as sick as dog dirt!”
5. Be the “Team Player” your nursing instructor told it was so vital to be!
4. Know that you are truly a caregiver — with an aching back, sore feet, and an interesting perspective on patients who think a 3 am gas attack is truly an emergency!
3. Learn new computer skills putting in your own orders and ordering supplies from Central!
2. Inadquate time to chart correctly may win you an exciting tour of our nation’s judicial system!
1. It’s a great LEARNING EXPERIENCE!
Photo by Ian Streeter
It began with a simple hello and went down hill from there.
“Ah. Hi,” I stammered, as my mind frantically went into overdrive trying to figure out where I’d seen this pretty blonde woman before. “Can I buy you a drink? It’s the least I can do,” she offered.
Something definitely was amiss because attractive young women didn’t generally offer to buy me drinks. I peered closer at her face. Recognition hit me like a sledge hammer. “Ah, I’m fine. I’m, ah, drinking water tonight–designated driver, you know? Thanks for the offer.” (more…)
Earlier this week, the Sci Fi channel has announced a new branding initiative, in the hopes of broading the station’s appeal to a larger number of viewers. No longer will the station, which features programming ranging from space opera to good old fashioned monster movies, be known as Sci Fi.
Instead, it will be known as the purpotedly catchier name Syfy.
One would imagine that this name was thoroughly researched, with Sci Fi’s legions of marketers — not to mention lawyers — doing due diligence to ensure the name wasn’t used in any other capacity.
One would be wrong. (more…)