Sunday, May 28, 2006

Why and What Makes Them Think I Care?

My local Sunday newpaper had the headline, "It a Girl for the Jolie-Pitt's". First off, I do not live in a small one horse town, I live in the capital of my state. Population about 90,000. There is a University, a community college, and a seaportt. I know that in this town there has to be more news than some people who I don't know having a baby a world away. What bearing has this on my life? How does it directly effect me?

To the first question the answer is none. They are not moving in nextdoor, I do not have to babysit, nor do I have listen to it cry. To the second question the only answer that I can come up with is so that I can have a conversation with people that have no life, nor the intrest in anything other than those who have money.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Memorial day

Memorial Day is fast approching, what does that mean to you? An extra day off, taking the kids to the beach, a trip some where? A picnick in the park, the welcoming of summer? Who are you going to remember? That is what memorial day is for, remembering those who died for those who lived.

In my family there have been members in the service of the United States before there was a US. From the Revolutionary war to the war in Iraq there have been members who have served. Some who have come back to raise families others who died in service. My grandfather lost brothers in World War II. My dad was in the Navy as were 2 of his brothers. Even today there are cousins in Iraq. Each one has in some way bought me my freedom. The freedom to fight, to have a family, to read my Bible and to watch stupid T.V shows if I choose to.

Now those that we remember do not have to be people that we personaly know, or even those who fought. There are and were people who serve but in ways that is not often recognized. Miltary chaplins, cooks, designers, animal trainers, and the list goes on. There are as many jobs for those in service as there are in civilian life.

Then there are the animals that served in the wars. Dogs trained to sniff out bombs, and other explosives. Who remembers them. Yes, there are movies on their lives and deaths too.

So remember that Memorial day is for remembering those who have died for our freedom.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


The last night we again worked short staffed, it did not start out that way. We were fully staffed when we were informed that one person had to go to another floor someone had called in. I don't understand how they can pull someone from trasitional care and put them on long term care. Why could not some one from long term stay over a shift? I know why they did not want to. It is hard to give addiquate care for people when you are short staffed. The night that I worked the patients were complaining about having to wait to long to have the call light answered. It is not easy to tell them they have to wait to go to the bathroom. I don't know why I stay in this line of work.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

That is what it feels like at work. Walking on black ice. I work in heathcare and here in the states they will tell you that there is a shortage of workers in that field, nurses, physical theapest, ect. What they don't tell you is why there is a shortage. The reason is simple, money. Oh not the pay that the nurses get but what the coperations want to keep. (will refer to the coperation as MJ). Well, MJ gets x amount of dollars for each person, and what help is needed for each person. If they have to be feed, MJ gets more money. Now to keep the money we are staffed with what the state calls "acceptable ratio". 64 patients on night shift gets 2 nurses and 4 nursing assistants (CNA's). Now if there is a fall on the unit because someone tripped or was to weak to walk and tried to anyway MJ looses money. Easy to understand right?


The CNA's and the nurses take the blame for the patient falling. MJ does not look at the condition of the patient (confused, medicated, ect) they look at what this fall is costing them. So instead of adding staff to meet the need of who they have in there. MJ expects that the state knows what they are talking about based on medicare numbers. The numbers don' lie, we are all drones exactly alike right?