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Sorry I haven’t posted recently…blogging isn’t top of my priority list, but as this site is new, I guess it should be!
Fortunately or unfortunately my job in the real world of psychiatric nursing has kept me away from here. I work 12 hour shifts, days and nights…it’s not fun! At my age, this isn’t how I envisioned my life as a nurse I can tell you!
Really…I’m not sure what I envisioned way back when I was starting out. I was, like all nurses I’m sure, just a tad green, and idealistic. Of course there are nurses starting their careers purely for monetary reasons I’m sure. It’s a well paid profession, and why shouldn’t that be a factor?
I know when I had to find a career to support me and my little son, it was certainly a factor in my decision making. I had my own set of priorities, not necessarily in this order.

1. Find a job that was secure.
2. Find a job that I would be happy in (long term).
3. Find a job that I could perform in many places, and situations.
4. Find a job that paid enough to support me and my family.

I had, as I’ve mentioned before, been interested in nursing from a young age. Mainly because I saw myself as a helper, a rescuer probably more like! When we’re young we have idealistic, and probably naive views of the world, and I was no different than most young women. I wanted to do something good for people, and also for myself.
So I entered the nursing profession.
I was a young single mother, and life was hard. I struggled for many years, and the money though good, was not as good as it is today. I was still on the poverty level of the time, and we were in a recession. I had student loans to repay at high interest rates…if I recall rightly, prime rate then was 12 or 13%…unlike the fabulous rates of today.
I also got no child support, (or any other kind), and there wasn’t much legal recourse to get it then, none that worked, but that’s another story!
So…I’m getting away from my original thought for this post, which is…computers and technology, and nursing today.
I have just finished three days of education at my facility…Meditech training…ugh~my head is spinning! We have never charted on the computer before now…I know…we are definitely behind the times. However, it hasn’t been all bad.
The computer is a wonderful device, and I love mine. That said, although I think the technology is going to be better for us in the long term…as now all the added paperwork we are being asked to do is bogging down my nursing practice…I sort of yearn for the old days.

At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur…I have fond memories of our old hospital, archaic though some would see it. There were no tick sheets, forms to initial endlessly, no faxing, no mindless photocopying, no staying after hours just to catch up with the paperwork, nothing to get in the way of what I was supposed to be there for…being a good nurse to my patients!
Don’t get me wrong…there was of course a down side to this…ie. there was also less safety, no alarm systems for instance! More on that another time.

I know that the paperwork I’m forced to complete now is going to be lessened with the advent of computerized charting and everything that entails. A lot of the things we’re doing now will be done by the system, it will automatically notify different dept.’s when there’s a new order, or some change…so that’s great. But there are other things that won’t change…like the SOAPE charting that they’ve introduced in my hospital…which I haven’t done since I was a student! At that time I was training in the general hospital, and in my opinion it is good for that type of nursing, but in Psychiatry? I don’t think so! Our charting is usually multi-focused and so SOAPE charting just doesn’t make sense for us…but try telling the management that~they think it’s the ‘bees knees’….sorry, now that IS dating me~LOL!

We’re going ‘live’ in October….say some prayers for me will you?

If you think it’s bad here in North America, click on this link entitled ‘Govt freezes salaries of student psychiatric nurses’ in Malawi.
Have you ever heard of anything so outrageous?
They obviously have a desperate need for psychiatric anything over there, and after reading the article, I think some of those hospital and govt. officials should be strenuously assessed for their mental stability!
Now they are going to just blithely knock these nurses off of their payrolls as if they never existed, and not pay them from FEBRUARY/10!!!
So from Feb. 2010 to now they’ve worked for nothing?

I just shake my head in disbelief that this can happen…they don’t have a union it’s obvious, and no one to stand up for them, as the story said the Minister of Health didn’t seem too concerned until ‘something crossed his desk’ about it…I tell you…we should be counting our blessings we don’t live there! That story just disgusts me.
I hope those nurses in Malawi get some kind of help soon…

Adding some articles you might like…

I’m starting to flesh out this site, and adding articles for nurses…when I say that I mean articles which have to do with nursing, and ones that I think nurses would find interesting…because I do!

I’ve started with two for now…only two you say?  Well, the main reason is I’ve worked a 12 hour shift today, and I’m beat! Tomorrow, however, is another day…and I’ll get cracking then on a few more. Still trying to figure out this WordPress thing, and how to arrange items, but I’ll get it eventually!

Goodnight for now ;-O    (that’s supposed to be me yawning!)

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