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I’ve seen billboards displaying the current ER wait times in local hospitals.

Now a hospital has begun advertising on billboards the following message:


Hold your place in line at some link powered by InQuicker.

I got a flyer today that instructs me to

1. Go to the link.

2. Fill out the online visit form.

3. Wait from the comfort of home.

4. Arrive at my projected treatment time.


Instead of wasting that advertising money and whatever it costs to use this InQuicker service, let’s hire someone to sit at the triage desk and make office appointments for the fools who come in with non-emergent complaints.

That would help decrease the wait times and the costs associated with treating these issues in an ER setting.

Problem solved without enabling abuse of the healthcare system.

PostSecret – no one is alone.

PostSecret – no one is alone.


PostSecret – no one is alone.

╚╗  Quick refresher on dinner etiquette by Cup of Jo.  I didn’t know that the silverware should rest fully on the plate.  My bad!

╚╗  8 Things Everybody Must Know How to Do.  I can’t drive a manual.  To the life list!

╚╗  Meet Mark and Angel.  See Mark and Angel Hack Life.

╚╗  Check out Sarah Von’s April Network of Nice Hookups.  You may be able to meet someone’s needs or find someone who can meet yours.  I’ll be going to Pittsburgh this summer….

╚╗  Nurses!  Share your story with Ian for his Book of Nurses.  I’m writing mine.

╚╗  Don’t forget to nourish your inner introvert.


Finally, a joke for all my medical nerds out there (courtesy of Dr. Grumpy):

Knock knock
Who’s there?
HIPAA who?
I can’t tell you that.

I laughed so hard.

ANA statement on the case of Amanda Trujillo

Too little, too late.

Some nurse blogger responses can be found here.

°  I’m going to a 1920’s themed New Year’s Eve dinner party.  It’s possible that I’m slightly more excited about the hair and makeup than the fabulous gourmet meal.

°  The tiny pies were an overwhelming hit!

°  A fashion first: wearing tights with shorts.  I like.

°  I leave after the new year to spend 8 days in Colombia. It’s been two years since my solo trip and at least eight since the entire family went together. (My parents used to alternate taking us kids since we would go for 2 months at a time.)

°  Speaking of Colombia, how cool is this?

° Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking.  Yes.

I had the lovely surprise of being nominated for the Versatile Blog Award by the pretty fucking fabulous  Fabulous RN – the latest addition to my blog feed.  Thank you!  Fab focuses on those special moments and victories that only fellow nurses can truly understand.  Sharing them with civilians usually results in a skeptical or horrified look.  Sometimes skeptically horrified. Those are the best.

With great honor comes great responsibility.  All nominees are to do the following:

1.  Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.

2.  Share 7 things about yourself.

3.  Pass this award along to 15 blogs you enjoy reading.

4. Contact your chosen blogs to let them know about the award.


Here are seven more things about me:

1.  If you ask me if I smell something, I usually don’t.

2. I always order the Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden.  Even if it’s just to go.

3.  The tip of my right ring finger is slightly crooked from a basketball accident.

4.  I don’t like tartar sauce.

5.  My blood type is O positive.  I’m a giver.

6.  I shiver uncontrollably when I’m completely exhausted.  Everything is also very beautiful or very funny.  Either way I end up crying.

7.  White lights.  Forever and ever. Amen.


Now, without further ado, here are my nominations:

1.  A Work in Progress.  This is the first blogger I considered my blog friend. We will meet someday.  She’s a fellow nurse and an all-around amazing lady with the most adorable kids.  And she just beasted another half-marathon!

2. Head Nurse.  She is the nurse I want to be when I grow up.

3. The Bloggess.  She’s all the right kinds of crazy.

4. Zen Habits. I like a little balance with my crazy.

5. You Can’t Call It It.  Because I find names fascinating.

6. Smart Pretty and Awkward.  Tips on how to be smarter, prettier, and (less) awkward. Sometimes I need all the help I can get.

7. Crass-Pollination: An ER blog.  Nurse K is the shit.  That is all.

8. The Stay-at-Home Feminist Mom. She’s always good for a laugh and/or some righteous anger.

9. A Cup of Jo.  A sweet lifestyle blog.

10. Gala Darling. She exudes pink positivity. I read her mostly for the links she shares.  And yes.  That’s her real name.

11. Dooce.  I think this is the first blog that I started reading.  And still read.

12. Ordinary Courage. I first discovered Brene Brown through her TED talk. Her observations about vulnerability really hit home with me.  One of my most earth-shaking revelations in my early 20’s was the simple truth that I could not shield myself from feeling bad without also creating a barrier against the good.

13. Smaggle.  I love her “Why Don’t You..?” posts.

14. Reasoning With Vampires. I share this with all of the Twilight fans in my life.  Yes.  I’m that person.

15. Quiet: The Power of Introverts.  We are here.  Hear us … speak softly yet powerfully.


Go forth and read.


I didn’t have much on my tree to start.  A star.  White twinkle lights. Some berry branches circling the tree like tinsel.  Two white wooden bird ornaments.  A nest with three eggs. Three weirdly cute and creepy owls. (I sense a theme coming on in the years to come.) Some generic green, red, and gold glass balls.

My sister and I decided that making ornaments had all the potential for a new family tradition*.  I came across this ** link for cinnamon ornaments.

Three ingredients: cinnamon, applesauce, and glue.  We used white paint as faux icing instead of decorating my house with glitter.

Pretty cute.


*  My sister and I are currently the only ones taking any active role in these new family traditions. That’s ok.  We’ll get them.

**  I would have continued the bird theme, except the only cookie cutters I could find were the classic Christmas ones: star, candy cane, gingerbread man, stocking, etc.

Here is a link to a fun article about why seven Disney princesses make the worst role models for girls.

About Princess Aurora:

She’s a princess who doesn’t know she’s a princess and therefore has no aspirations besides meeting other humans—preferably male humans.

After 15 years of seeing animals bang in the woods, Briar Rose sings a little ditty called “I Wonder” where she basically mourns the fact that all the lady animals are getting some from their male cohorts and she hasn’t laid eyes upon a man in the entirety of her life.

In fact, the only other people she knows are 3 fairies masquerading as humans to take care of her.

She’s so lonely, in fact, that she creates an imaginary “dream prince” and the animals play along (the owl acting as the prince, of course).

While they’re dancing and singing, however, a real prince comes along and starts dancing with her. This startles Briar Rose until Philip’s smooth line of, “We’ve met before … once upon a dream” wins her over.

Yeah, nothing like telling a poor, desperate girl that you’re her dream prince to get some.

It actually makes me wonder if the entirety of Sleeping Beauty happens in Briar Rose’s head (and how awesome, albeit f*cked up, would that be?). A girl so desperate for love, she’d rather sleep and dream of imaginary princes than live a life on her own, be it within the forest or outside.

That would make a fabulous, darker interpretation of the story.

She spends more time imagining what she wants than she does actually trying to achieve it. There are few other characters that could potentially inspire girls to be lazy, submissive, inside-the-box thinkers than Sleeping Beauty.

Aaaannnd…. this is where it hurt just a little bit.

My Happiness Project

1. Set a bedtime.
2. Make my bed every morning.
3. Always be reading something.
4. Move more.
5. Toss and organize.
6. Give proofs of love.
7. Leave the past.
8. Fight right.
9. Don't expect praise or appreciation.
10. Kiss more, hug more, touch more.
11. Aim higher.
12. Find some fun.
13. Ask for help.
14. Smile.
15. Realize it's possible.
16. Don't compare;be inspired.
17. Focus on what I have.
18. Beware of drift.
19. Take a chance.
20. Listen.
21. Be mindful.
22. Cultivate gratitude.
23. Spend out.
24. Do good, feel good.
25. Show up.
26. Have the courage to be imperfect.
27. Find joy in the ordinary.
28. Work smart.
29. Enjoy now.
30. Talk to strangers.
31. Go outside.
32. Start where I am.
33. Show up on time.
34. See art everyday.
35. Love with abandon.
36. Be colorful.
37. Dress the part.
38. Revel in accomplishments.
39. Learn something new.
40. Fear less.
41. Take pictures.
42. Speak with integrity.
43. Don't be critical about small things.
44. Manage my pain.
45. Surround myself with creative people.
46. Practice, practice, practice.
47. Don't force it.
48. Deal with something once.
49. Trust my instincts.
50. Avoid gossip.
51. Choose to see the best in people.
52. Take time to be silly.
53. Throw my own party.
54. Be a mentor.
55. Lean into my fears.
56. Find the others.
57. Do the unexpected.
58. Don't break the chain.
59. Do things others aren't.
60. Slow down.
61. Be cool with not being cool.
62. Be kinder than necessary and more generous than reasonable.
63. Pretend I'm good at it.
64. Keep in touch.
65. Row my own canoe.
66. Do what only you can do.
67. If it doesn't work out, find something that does.
68. Dream bigger.
69. Notice what's right.
70. Stop talking. Start doing.
71. When in doubt, choose laughter.
72. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
73. Respect everyone.
74. Be early.
75. Delete the unnecessary.

Three Simple Rules

1. If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be no.
3. If you do not MOVE forward, you will always be in the same place.

All I Need

1. Someone to love.
2. Something to do.
3. Something to hope for.

What I’m Reading

Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

U.S. States I’ve Visited

New Mexico
North Carolina

Countries I’ve Visited

Bermuda (British territory)

I write about…