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Issue 8 July 2011

Print Scrubs

To Flatter Any Shape

The Dish on 3 Celebrity Nurses Nurse’s Aides:

The Unspoken Heroes Of Nursing

When Your Mate

Hates Sex

A Clog Revolution! 1


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Writers Fabulous Nurse Magazine

Elsie Ekwa

Editor-in-Chief Founder of Lissie Harrington Publishers, Elsie, is the vision behind Fabulous Nurse Magazine. As a nurse, she saw the need for a lifestyle magazine that all at once serves as a celebration of nurses, a guide for better living, and a guilt-free escape from the sometimes grueling shifts nurses work. She is also the managing editor for the Pacific Writer’s Corner online magazine. Elsie writes as Sonya Justice and speaks on health and wellness issues, the business of writing, and entrepreneurship.

Zee Nickerson Writer

Zee Nickerson has a B. S. in Psychology and has owned several successful Businesses. She is currently a writer, fashion consultant, and public speaker. Ms. Nickerson has taught English in Japan, Communist China and state side. As a thrifty world traveler, she can travel for as little as a $1.00 a mile. Along the way, she taught herself spoken and written French, German, and Japanese. She has traveled in all 49 states and would like to add Alaska to her collection. Her watercolor paintings are currently displayed at the Creator’s Gallery in Jacksonville, Oregon. Ms. Nickerson is pleased to announce she is just starting to twitter at HelloZee! A play on the French words for Let’s Go! Contact Zee via email at Zeechic2000@yahoo.com.

Olusegun Iselaiye Editor & Writer

Olusegun is a highly seasoned freelance writer, internet researcher, and entrepreneur. He taught nursing students Human Anatomy in his home country of Nigeria before going into fulltime writing. Olusegun, whose mother happens to be a pulmonary nurse, is a huge fan of the nursing profession. His ambition is to offer a meaningful contribution to Africa and his home country. When some give his country a bad reputation, it is good to see that there are many who live by higher standards. It is thanks to Olusegun that Fabulous Nurse Magazine will be bringing you its rating system. Contact Olusegun via email at isedot@yahoo.com.

Karen Kalis Writer

Karen Kalis has ten years of experience as a professional copywriter. She has worked in industries such as education, real estate, healthcare, technology, and with non-profit organizations. With an M.A. in Creative Writing, Karen’s clients include: Fabulous Nurse Magazine, RMS Technologies, Lincoln Electric, Multi-Care Management, and The EPIC Group. An entrepreneur at heart, Karen focuses on helping businesses communicate what they have to offer with precision.

Dylan Romero Writer

Dylan Romero is a freelance writer/marketer for the videogame industry and beyond. He is currently writing a memoir about his pilgrimage in Spain. For further information, do visit him at http://walkingthecamino.wordpress.com. 4

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he countdown has begun until we roll out the inaugural issue which will feature our sponsorship partners.

In spite of ill-advised rumors spread by another magazine’s representative who is running scared in the face of our truly genuine lifestyle magazine, we are here to stay and going strong; more than 100,000 nurses around the world and growing. If the haters spent as much time improving their product as they spend talking about Fabulous Nurse, they too, might produce a fabulous magazine. Fact. There is no faking the real thing.

Furthermore, I want to point out that our Facebook friends are entertaining even as they dole out expert advice to their fellow nurses. We thought you might enjoy some humor from their experiences over the years. These can be found in our LOL section, where you will always find humorous editorial to brighten your day and give you a reason to laugh out loud. Do continue to email your best stories and we’ll be sure to share your adventures with your fellow nurses around the world. Nurses, you ROCK!

That said, let’s talk about the only magazine worth talking about, Fabulous Nurse. I will like to take this opportunity and thank the companies that have chosen to champion nurses by joining forces with Fabulous Nurse Magazine. We love that you do recognize the value nurses offer and opt to celebrate what nurses do. As a member of this most trusted profession, I am grateful for the services these companies offer which enhance the nurse’s life at home and time at work. Even as I anticipate the next issue, which will be absolutely fabulous, this month’s publication is also brilliant and filled with our trademark fun, inspiring, and informative articles, for your everyday perusal. We have chosen July’s publication to honor one group of nursing care providers who collaborate with nurses to provide optimum patient care; the fabulous nurse’s aide. In this publication, we share the exceptional story of one CNA whose dedication and love for her work are only matched by her tenacity and perseverance as she overcomes one health issue after the other. I had the pleasure of working with this wonderful lady and I am happy to say she justly represents CNAs the world over. And as always, we’ll travel to a different location in order to feature its attractiveness to travel nurses. Or perhaps, you will like to take your family there for some R&R. This time, we visit the District of Columbia in salutation to America’s Independence Day, July 4th. If you happen to be in that area, the parade route is highlighted for you. 5


Table of Fabulous Nurse Magazine

Contents

COVER ARTICLES

FEATURES

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Fat Burning Myths & Facts

P.35

Independence Day at The Nation’s Capital.

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A Nurse’s Serenity Prayer

P.16

Stress Busting Solutions

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Green Hospitals

Print Scrubs To Flatter Any Shape

P.19

When Your Mate Hates Sex

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Nurse’s Aides: The Unspoken Heroes Of Nursing

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The Dish on 3 Celebrity Nurses

P.9

A Clog Revolution!

HEROES OF NURSING

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urse’s aides are clearly the unspoken heroes of the nursing world. Providing personal care and the supervision that many patients need, nurse’s aides are a vital part of the medical community, assisting the nursing staff in both nursing homes and hospital settings.


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HOME ORGANIZATION P.32

July 2011 EDITORIAL P.5

Anticipation

BEAUTY SECRETS P.12

P.14

HOBBIES P.33

Break Free From Fears Stronghold

P.40

The Newbie’s Guide To Workplace Personalities!

P.42

Nurse’s Aides: The Unspoken Heroes Of Nursing

P.44

The Story of Nursing

FINANCE P.49

Income Booster: Finding New Business Markets

P.50

Debt Management Help

FABULOUS FOODIE P.21

Fabulous Recipes

WALK IN MY CLOGS P.27

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Homemade Soap

THE NURSE’S STATION

Prevent Sun Damaged Hair

ATTITUDE RE-DEFINED

Spring Cleaning All Year Long

LAUGH OUT LOUD P.53

Nursing Humor

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General Humor

The Janet Roberts Story

RESOURCES

PARENTING

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Teaching Your Kid Stranger Danger

July Nursing Conferences Around The World

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National Nursing Organizations

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International Nursing Organizations

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FASHION WATCH


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hese are not your clogs of the past and definitely not your mother’s worn out, hand me down clogs. We highlight some manufacturers who have found the balance between style and professionalism. We think that’s just fabulous.☺

A Clog

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Revolution!

1. Crocs Endeavor

Comfortable Crocs Mens or Womens Black Endeavor Clog Shoes are the nurse’s answer to an aching foot. Wearable through long shift work, its price at $14 and some change is also the student’s answer on a thrifty budget. We’ve been told it holds its own in cold, wet climates.

2. Dansko Volley Say, “Hello” to the Volley by Dansko. Who said white clogs could not be sassy and professional, all at once? Most certainly not us. The Volley is Dansko’s tribute to those of you who must absolutely wear white footwear to work. Good thing it matches with any color scrubs, too. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. Cost $84 and some change. Quality can be affordable.

3. FAITH We totally became fans when we tested out Nurse Mates clogs for a past issue. The Faith line renewed our faith, so to speak. Mary Janes are sooo timeless, won’t you agree? The Nurse Mates Faith clog has wedged heels, leather buttons, elastic bands, and a comfort foot-bed. Need we say more? Cost $66.

4. Okeefe This big orange and the dam green Okeefe clog – from none other than Bastad Clog – offers a wistful look at the past with a seriously modern attitude. You may not know this brand but like the other clog manufacturers on our list, they know your needs. These clogs have, “orthopedically constructed foot beds that are designed to promote even weight distribution.” Cost $105 and some change.

5. Sanita Patent Clog Patent red clogs for the nurse. These are an ideal way to express your individuality and still stay professional, in the office or on the floor; in a hospital or out patient. The claim: Sanita clogs are designed so they actually propel you forward when you walk. Often times I have been so tired, I had wished my shoes could do the walking. Cost $ 84 - $120.

6. Sven Sven makes high, medium, and low-heeled clogs. We know a whole lot about their non-nursing brands, so it was fun to explore the nursing options for this editorial. The Sven brand of nurses clogs are all low heeled; we appreciate that. One thing we also found out for you is that the white clog has a padded collar and a bendable base. Write us if you have tried Sven and let us know what you think. Cost $195 per manufacturer but some places may retail it for less. 9


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Scrub Prints

To Flatter Any Shape

Avoid vertical stripes, because these will make you appear even less curvy.

Hourglass Figure If you are well proportioned with equal curves at the bust and hips, it is generally best to play up your shape by keeping print

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rom stripes, to camouflage, and beyond, there are many exciting scrubs prints to choose from. How-

ever, when it comes to choosing a print, it is advisable to consider more than what you simply like. A print can have a large degree of influence over whether your outfit flatters

balanced from top to bottom. If you are a

Top Heavy

are a lean hourglass, you will look great in

partnered with a smaller lower body, it is

more prints out there. If you want to wear a

best to wear plains on your top half and

plain and just add a subtle touch of print, try

prints on your bottom half. This will help

a scrub with a printed waist section as this

bring the focus to your slimmer bottom and

will highlight your defined waist.

hip region, whilst minimizing the size of

In a nutshell, it is best to wear prints on

the use of vertical pinstripes. These are best

your favorite body parts and plain fabrics

worn on the top half, because they visually

on the one’s you’d rather play down. How-

elongate, rather than widen the body. Make

ever, there are some exceptions to this rule,

sure you only wear skinny pinstripes in this

because some prints actually lengthen the

area, because widely spaced stripes are not

body visually. The following is a brief guide

as elongating.

your upper body. An exception to this rule is

types:

Apple Figure

Bottom Heavy

If you tend to store weight around your

If you have a small upper body, partnered

limbs, it is best to wear plains on the torso

with a larger lower body, it is best to wear

and use print accents at the neckline, wrists

prints on your top half and plains on your

and below the knees. Think contrasting hem-

bottom half. This will help bring the fo-

lines and contrasting sleeves from the elbow

cus to your smaller chest and waist, whilst

down. Or try a narrow spaced vertical pin-

minimizing the size of your bottom and hip

stripe over your torso region.

region. An exception to this rule is the use of vertical pinstripes. These are best worn on the bottom half, because they visually elongate, rather than widen the body. Make sure you only wear skinny pinstripes in this area, because widely spaced stripes are not as elongating. 10

in more subtle tone on tone prints. If you

If you have a large upper body or bust line,

your body shape or not.

to print distribution for the common figure

curvy hourglass shape, you will look great

stomach region, but have reasonably thin

Boyish Figure If you are quite thin and proportioned, but lacking curves you should feel free to play around with prints from top to toe. This will help add more interest to your figure type.

Also remember that the size of print you choose should be in proportion with your frame size. If you are a small boned person it is advisable to choose more delicate prints. If you have a large frame you can usually carry off larger scale prints. Print brands that flatter: Koi, Peaches, Urbane, Landau, E. Libby, White Swan, Scrubs Works, Grey’s Anatomy, and L.A. Rose.


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e love the carefree months of summer. After being cooped up all winter the joy of fun in

the sun exhilarates us. But too much time in the sun, salt water, hot tubs and chlorinated pools can leave hair dull, dry and damaged. Here are eight tips to summer proof your hair.

1.

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lighten or it can damage hair, making

it lackluster or dry. UV rays can also cause highlighted hair to turn brassy; color-treated hair to turn a reddish tinge. While shampoos and conditioners with sunscreen offer some protection, the best choices are leave in products, such as mousses, gels and sprays and sunscreens that contain a SPF of 15 or higher. Warning: For those sensitive to PABA, a chemical that can cause rashes and itching, look for hair products without it.

Tips to Prevent Sun Damaged Hair By Zee Nickerson

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brim. Remember many medications can

exposure to sun, salt water or chlorine. Fol-

Salt water can dry out hair, leaving it

make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

low all the above suggestions, and work an

straw like, and hard to manage. What’s

4.

SPF 15 leave in conditioner through hair be-

worse, chlorine can turn bleached hair green, turn red tinted hair muddy brown. Chlorine can also rob natural color from hair, leaving it faded. Protect hair by massaging in a conditioner that contains sunscreen into hair, from roots to ends. Or use a SPF 15 waterproof sunscreen, the kind you use on your body through your hair. Use lots of product

After swimming, use a cleansing shampoo, or one formulated for swim-

mers to wash away conditioner, sunscreen or oil, plus any traces of salt or chlorine. Use a product suited to your hair type.

5.

Need a super chlorine and salt removing wash? Mix equal parts cleansing

shampoo and club soda. The effervescent ac-

because you want to create a waterproof bar-

tion of the soda will penetrate the cuticle of

rier. Reapply as needed.

“bubble out” residue.

3.

6.

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Keep highlighted or color treated from damage by wearing a hat with a wide

African American hair dries out quickly and can easily break after repeated

fore any lengthy sun exposure.

7.

During summer try to cut back on blow drying. Air day hair as much as

possible.

8.

Avoid pulling wet hair back tightly in a ponytail or chignon. Wet hair “shrinks”

as it dries, and tends to break. Hair is most fragile when wet. Treat it gently. With a few precautions you can have beautiful hair and tons of fun in the summer sun, too.


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f you could see fear, it would be wrapped tightly around the peo-

Broken promises and half realized dreams do not have to remain a

ple it entraps. Like the ropes on our model, fear can remain firm

continuous pattern in your life. You can break free of fears strong-

and resistant against one’s every efforts to break free and away.

hold and embrace a future full of hope, optimism, joy, acceptance,

Fear. It is insidious. It spills all over your dreams. It is the reason

faith, laughter, peace, gratitude, health, forgiveness, triumph, and

you are stuck in an abusive relationship. It is why you have not

fulfillment.

changed jobs. It is why you will not relocate. It is why you repeat the hurtful cycles in your life. Fear is the reason that keeps us from doing many things in life. It lurks around spreading hesitation, self-doubt, guilt, denial, depression, anger, negativity, hate, regret, resentment, hurt, and pain. Sometimes fear is quite palpable and readily recognized by those around you. Other times, the dastardly effects fear has on one’s life are only seen months to years later.

4 simple steps to get you in the right mindset

1.

Acknowledge your humanity. Until you accept that you are human and will make mistakes in spite of your best efforts, fear

will keep you hostage. Frailty is a very human experience. We all have moments of weakness. We all make mistakes. Most importantly, it is okay. The earth will not reverse its rotation simply because you put your foot in your mouth, one more time. Give yourself per-

Break Free From mission to be human. Forgive and accept your humanity.

Fear’s Stronghold 2.

Appreciate the good. Yes, contrary to your popular thought patterns, lately, there are good things in your life. Many of

them are worth celebrating. Find them. Acknowledge them. Be thankful. Gratitude has a way of taking over our senses leaving little room for self-admonishment. Be proud of every little achievement in your life. Those are your baby steps towards joy and happiness.

3.

Welcome positivity. There are haters in life. Create distance between yourself and them. Interact with people whom you

think are positive thinkers. Their positivity will rub off on you. Be careful not to be dour or your negative energy will become a vortex that sucks the joy out of them. You don’t want that, really. The idea is for you to think positive, happy thoughts. Find reasons to be happy and spread the joy. I know you can do it.

4.

Become a believer. Believe that you can spring free from the ropes. Like the biblical Samson did to the lion, silence fear’s

roar with your bare hands. Believe that you can break or step over and around every barrier in your path and you will succeed. I have faith in you!

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irst identify stress in your life; recognize the signs and symptoms. It may not seem like something you’d have

to work to identify, but stress can actually be subtle. Here are some of the signs and symptoms you can look for to identify stress in your life, and in the lives of those you know.

Stress Busting Solutions 2. Mood swings

Do you find yourself snapping at people when you don’t mean to? Do you go from happy to down within a matter of minutes

or hours? Irritability or aggression or moodi-

1. Depression

ness are signs of a stressed mind.

Depression is complex, but it is often a

3. Difficulty concentrating

symptom of unresolved, unrelieved stress. Excessive stress can make you feel unaccomplished - there’s just too much to do and that can result in feelings of worthlessness. Also, since stress can affect sleep, your mind and body can become exhausted. Without adequate rest, the brain cannot function optimally. Depression can be a result of the brain’s reaction to stress.

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“Brain fog” can result from stress. You may have trouble concentrating at work or on

to deal with and adds to the cycle of stress. If you can’t sleep, it can begin a cascade of cy-

clic symptoms that result from lack of sleep, and then exacerbate the lack of sleep.

5. Feeling overwhelmed Stress can make everything seem bigger. When you are stressed, it seems like there is just too much to do and you’ll never get it done. Then you may feel inadequate be-

mundane tasks. You may find it difficult to

cause you didn’t accomplish everything that

stick to a task without your mind wandering.

needed to be done during the day.

Again, this can be interpreted as your brain trying to get the rest it needs by “escaping.”

4. Insomnia

6. Headaches Muscle tension from stress can result in headaches, as can insomnia. If you experi-

This is perhaps one of the more torturous

ence headaches regularly or often, it could

stress symptoms. Insomnia is very difficult

be stress.


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7. Heart irregularities

seem like heaven to many nurses.

Stress affects the heart - it’s supposed to, so

Here are a few tips to help you fit in much

that your chances of survival are increased

needed “me” time:

in a stressful situation. But when the stress is continual, your heart can really get “tired out.” Stress can result in chest tightness or

1. Get up early if you have to. When you have kids, the day begins at a hurried pace.

a relaxed mode. Fix lunches the night before. Iron clothes for the next day and place backpacks by the front door so kids can grab them on their way out. The fewer things you have to do throughout the day, the calmer you will be with your family and not experience burnout.

heart palpitations.

Once you hit the ground running, there is no stopping you. Waking 30 minutes to an hour

8. Weight gain or loss

5. Take exercise breaks. When you get a

ahead of time means quiet solitude to drink

few minutes the last thing you want to do

your coffee, read a book, meditate or listen

is exercise but getting a little physical ac-

to music.

tivity in your day has far-reaching implica-

Your appetite may fluctuate significantly if you are stressed, resulting in weight gain or loss that you weren’t expecting. Depression

2. Turn ordinary experiences into major

and insomnia can contribute to weight gain,

events. When you take a bath, add candles,

too, and some expert theorize that fat, espe-

bubble bath, quiet music and/or an inflatable

cially on the belly, can actually be a sign of

bath pillow. Your regular bath has now be-

stress.

come a spa level experience. If you watch a

tions. Exercise helps you to think clearly and stretches the muscles. Also, stress will drain away as powerful endorphins are released into your system. Do jumping jacks during a television commercial or jog to the bus stop to pick up the kids.

Easy Relaxation Tips for Busy Nurses

movie, turn out the lights, pop a bag of mi-

It seems like there is no rest of the weary.

3. Ask your significant other for help. Kids

a daily joke site. Laughing releases stress

love their mothers but time spent with dad

and can lift your spirits significantly. It also

is important too. Let them bond with dad

keeps the abs tight.

And, the weary person is usually a nurse. Nurses are nurturers and take care of hearth and home; but who takes care of them? If you are a busy nurse, learn to value yourself as a person and schedule personal time. Personal time is a right of being a person. Each of us has the capacity to nurture others but that type of care takes its toll.

crowave popcorn and curl up on the couch.

6. Laugh at regular intervals. Keep a funny calendar cube on your desk or subscribe to

while you go shopping for a new outfit or root around in the garden. Since the time is yours, do whatever you like.

Moms, take care of you. Your family would miss you if you were not around to love and care for them. You owe it to yourself and

4. Use the Boy Scout motto. Always be

you deserve a break from the daily hustle

prepared and you can spend more time in

and bustle.

A car is filled with gas to make it run. Eventually the gas runs out and your car won’t move unless the car is replenished with fuel. The same goes for you. Emotional issues can develop when you don’t take the time to take care of your emotional well-being, not to mention the physical results of emotional neglect. “Me” time refuels the tank so that you can give to your family, as well as, yourself in equal measure. Don’t be ashamed to sit for fifteen minutes doing nothing. When the weather is good, relaxing in a hammock under a tree is the perfect getaway from the pressures of the day. Reading a book for 30 minutes can also 17


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When Your Mate

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Hates Sex

By Margaret Hardisty

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arod was muscular, handsome, and ready

of levels: emotional, psychological and physi-

nothing else but to satisfy their sexual appetites.

to walk away from his marriage. “My

cal. Plus, it is the chemical glue that cements a

A few are like that. They majority aren’t.

wife Christina really does hate sex,” he

relationship.

told us. “At least since our kids were born. Is there any way you can help me? I so want to save this marriage instead of hitting the road.”

What happens in your body and brain can, to a large extent, cause you to get addicted to love and the person whom you love. Other brain

Christina, at Jarod’s urging, came to see us as

chemicals are released, too, like serotonin and

well. “I love Jarod but I can’t stand his touching

endogenous opioids, the body’s equivalent of

me,” she said. “I know he’s ready to leave but

heroin. Yup, that’s the reason why those aches

if it means that I have to put up with his sex-

and pains tend to go away after sex and you of-

ual stuff, I don’t care if we save this marriage

ten feel like going to sleep.

or not.”

Lovemaking is a wonderful human experience

If sex disgusts you, if it’s a bother or a waste of

that no one should be without. Making love

time or it hurts or is repulsive or makes you feel

should be a delight to you, as well as, your part-

dirty or used or you never experience pleasure

ner and though it may surprise you, most men

from it...you need to realize that your reactions

don’t really enjoy sex unless their wives are en-

are not normal.

joying it, too. Having an orgasm starts to mean

There always is a cause behind an emotion, a feeling, or a behavior. If you think you’ve gone through all the causes, forward and backward, and have come to the conclusion that sex is still all the things we mentioned above, don’t pass on this yet. You may have missed that one ingredient that will make a difference in your life. So why bother? Because the sexual union be-

nothing to man who cannot please his partner. It becomes significantly less fun for him too. There are of course many reasons why a woman doesn’t want to engage in sexual activity with her husband. When we talk with a woman who doesn’t enjoy her sexual relationship with her partner, we uncover a number of reasons. These are four of the most common reasons:

3. She had a traumatic sexual experience was molested or assaulted sexually. 4.

It is also possible that the reason she does

not enjoy sex is because her partner never learned to please her. If your partner has never learned how to make love or how to pleasure you, he needs to read, Forever My Love and Keep Love Exciting and Lasting. Our counseling experience has exposed these reasons and even more. If you treasure your marriage and want to save it or want to find out why you don’t enjoy sex, determine to do everything you can to change the circumstances. The Love Relationships Headquarters website offers valuable information from the perspective that stability and love are the foundations for intimacy. Tell your partner today that you need his help because you are determined to conquer your dislike of sex. You may add that, “I want our relationship to survive, dear, and I know this is an important part of that.” He’ll be deeply grateful that you love him enough to try; not only to over-

tween couples is natural and if it’s in the right

1.

Someone in a position of authority told her

come your revulsion of his sexual advances but

context, it is pleasurable. Sex is designed to bind

that sexual pleasure was for the man. There are

because you want to save your marriage. Your

the couple together physically and unite their

some bad apples who think this way, but most

outlook will hopefully change from dislike or

souls, figuratively speaking.

men do not.

tolerance to cherished lovemaking. Otherwise,

All of these things tell you one thing. Only

2.

that sex is important to all of us on a number

she was growing up, that men want women for

She had an authority figure who told her, as

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Sugar-Free Iced Green Tea

abulous F Recipes

Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and makes a great iced tea. Some people like to drink it hot but your body will appreciate its health benefits much more when cold because green tea loses antioxidants and other nutrients after it boils.

Ingredients: Green tea bags Purified or spring water Ice cubes Honey – Optional No-Calorie Sweetener

Preparation: NOTE: It’s important to gently brew your green tea so you won’t lose all its great benefits. Slowly heat up your drinking water on the stove by using medium – low heat. Once the water is lukewarm, put in your tea bags and remove from heat. At this point, you should be able to see the water turning into green tea. If not, turn up the heat just a little bit more. 1. Let cool. 2. Pour into a pitcher with lots of ice cubes. 3. Enjoy by itself or lightly sweeten with honey or no-calorie sweetener. 4. Drink up!

Yields: 8 cups

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Decadent Iced Tea

8 Tea Bags

Preparation:

Ice Cubes

In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil. Remove

Lemon Slices Water Fine Sugar

water from heat and add tea bags. Cover and let it stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour the water into a pitcher. Add 4 cups of cold water to the pitcher and stir. Add sugar and lemon according to taste. Add ice cubes and stir well. Ice Tea is ready to serve. 21


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California

Rolls Yields:

40 California Rolls

Prep times: Rice Soaking Time - 30 minutes California Rolls Time - 2 hours

Equipment Needed: Bamboo sushi-roll mat Clean cutting board Sushi knife or very sharp knife A pack of roasted-seaweed (Nori) Rice Cooker (optional) Wood spoon or wood or plastic rice paddle for spreading rice Plastic wrap

Rice Ingredients: 6 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp granulated sugar 2 tsp salt 3 cups uncooked Japanese medium-grain sushi rice 4 cups water

Sushi Ingredients: 5 sheets or sushi nori (dried seaweed) 1 large cucumber 2 to 3 avocados Fresh-squeezed lemon juice Cooked crab meat or imitation crab sticks Wasabi (Japanese horseradish)

let it boil). Remove from heat and let cool until ready to use. Start preparing the rice approximately 2 hours before you want to make the sushi rolls. Wash rice, stirring with your hand, until water runs clear. Place rice in a saucepan with water; soak 30 minutes. Drain rice in colander and transfer to a heavy pot or Rice Cooker; add 4 cups water. NOTE: To improve the texture of the rice, after rinsing, let the rice drain 30 minutes in the refrigerator before cooking (put the strainer with the rice in a large bowl to catch the water). If you don’t have a rice cooker, place rice and water into a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice rest, still covered, for 15 additional minutes. When rice is done cooking and resting, transfer to a large bowl; loosen rice grains gently with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon by cutting and folding (do not stir, as this will

Soy Sauce

crush the rice).

Pickled Ginger

CAUTION: Either use the rice soon after

Cooking Sushi Rice:

preparing it, or cover it with a damp cloth to

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Heat the mixture just until the sugar dissolves (do not 22

keep it moist. Do not refrigerate the cooked rice. Sprinkle the cooled rice vinegar mixture

over the rice, mixing together as you sprinkle (add enough dressing to coat the rice but not make it damp - you may not need to use all the vinegar dressing). Spread the hot rice on top of a large sheet of aluminum foil and let cool.

Sushi Ingredients Preparation: Wash, peel, and seed the cucumber. Slice in half lengthwise. Then cut into long, slender strips. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove the pit; cut each section in half again (lengthwise), then carefully remove the peel. Cut the section in long slender strips. Sprinkle the sliced avocado with lemon juice to keep from discoloring. If you are using snow, crab, remove the crab meat from the thicker portion of the legs and cut in half lengthwise. If you are using imitation crab sticks, remove the plastic wrapping


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and cut each in half lengthwise. Place the cucumber slices, avocado slice, and crab slices on a plate; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

The California Rolls:

1.

Lay the Bamboo sushi-roll mat on a cutting board with bamboo strips going

horizontally from you.

2.

Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the bamboo mat (shiny side down).

Place the Roasted-Seaweed (Nori) on top of the plastic wrap.

3.

Spread a thin layer, 3/4 to 1 cup, of Japanese medium-grain sushi rice

over 3/4 of the nori leaving approximately one inch of uncovered nori at each end Note: It helps to wet your fingers with cold water when you are patting the rice onto the nori.

4.

Arrange strips of avocado and cucumber along the center of the rice; top

with crab meat. Making Inside-Out Rolls - After spreading

the rice on the nori, sprinkle with poppy or roasted sesame seeds. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap on top. Lifting with the bottom plastic wrap, turn over the nori/rice sheet onto the bamboo rolling mat. Remove top plastic wrap and proceed as instructed below.

Rolling California Rolls: Placing your fingers on the ingredients, care-

fully bring the bottom end of the rolling mat and the plastic wrap up and over the ingredients (tucking the end of the nori to start a roll). Pull back the rolling mat and plastic wrap, as necessary, so it does not get rolled into the sushi. Roll tightly with firm pressure.

Serving California Rolls:

Continue rolling the sushi and pulling back the rolling mat and plastic wrap, as necessary, until you have approximately 1 to 2 inches of the top of the nori showing. Rub a small amount of cold water on the edge of the nori and bring the nori around so that it completes the sushi roll.

ture.

Gently squeeze the rolling mat around the sushi roll until it is firm and forms an even roll (be carefully not to squeeze too hard, as you may crush the ingredients or squeezed them out).

it is drier and doesn’t stick together.

Wrap the plastic wrap around the roll and set aside until ready to cut. Refrigerate or for longer storage. Repeat with remaining nori

They can be found in Japanese food stores.

Turn the cut California rolls on end and arrange on a serving platter or sushi plates. Serve with wasabi, soy sauce, pickled ginger, and chop sticks. Always serve sushi rolls at room tempera-

Comments: Only use Japanese medium-grain sushi rice in sushi making. It is a medium grained rice and gets sticky when it is cooked. Longgrained American rice will not work because Nori - As a general rule of thumb, good Nori is very dark green, almost black in color. Imitation crab sticks are the easiest to use.

sheets to make additional rolls.

Cutting California Rolls: Place rolls on a flat cutting board and remove plastic wrap. Using a Sushi knife or a sharp knife, slice the sushi roll first down the middle. From there you can cut it into 6ths or 8ths, whichever you prefer (wet the knife between each cut to make it easier to cut and keep the rice from sticking to the knife). 23


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Fat Burning Myths Facts I

t’s no wonder that many nurses struggle to lose weight. There’s a lot of misinformation and myths. Some of the myths are rooted in fact, while others seem to have been completely made up. When you know the truth, you’re able to burn fat and lose

weight more effectively.

Fat Burning Myth #1

calories you burn.

approach.

Exercise makes you eat more.

If you have to choose between a short but

Eating a high protein diet can cause liver

intense workout and a moderate and long

problems. You can also suffer from other

workout, choose the workout that burns

problems associated with too much saturated

more calories. This is often the more intense

fat. It is important to eat a diet rich in lean

workout. You’re going to burn a lower fat

protein. And protein can help you feel satis-

percentage if you run for twenty minutes

fied and full longer. It also balances blood

compared to walking. However, you’ll burn

sugar so you have energy longer. A better ap-

more than twice as many calories and you’ll

proach is to eat carbs like fruits, vegetables

burn more fat calories. The quick answer…

and whole grain. Eat lean protein and exer-

always choose the workout that burns more

cise. You’ll burn fat and keep it off.

calories.

There are too many fat burning myths to dis-

Fact – While this would be a good excuse to skip a workout, it’s not true. In fact, exercise can actually suppress appetite. What may happen is that people are actually thirsty. Thirst mimics hunger when you’re dehydrated. A good glass or two of water may solve the problem. Additionally, exercise boosts the metabolism so you burn calories and fat longer.

Fat Burning Myth #2 Cardio exercise only burns fat after you’ve been exercising for fifteen to twenty minutes. Fact - You burn calories whether you’ve been sitting, sleeping or exercising. After about fifteen to twenty minutes your body switches to a different fuel source – fat. However, it’s ultimately about how many

Fat Burning Myth #3

cuss in one article. These three are some of the most common myths. Others tend to cen-

High Protein diets help you lose weight via ketosis.

ter around detoxifying, fasting, and which

Fact - Ketosis is the process where your

you’re on a weight loss program or trying to

body uses fat as an energy source, primarily, because you’re not feeding it enough carbs for quick energy. While a high protein diet can help you lose weight it’s not a healthy

food items are actually healthy or burn fat. If burn fat, don’t believe everything you read or hear. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Ultimately, the key to fat burning and weight loss is to burn more than you consume. 25


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Aide

Nurse’s

By Karen Kalis

Introduction Janet Roberts deals with more adversity on a daily basis than many of us do in our whole lives. Not only does Janet manage to do her job as a Certified Nurse’s Aide II with only one kidney, she’s also legally blind.

The Janet Roberts Story Nursing With One Kidney “I’ve worked at the hospital for 27 years, and have been a C.N.A for 20 years. I not only have one kidney, but I’m legally blind,” said Roberts. During the first seven years Janet worked in the hospital, she worked in the kitchen and decided to take classes to move to C.N.A. She said, “Right in the middle of my training I noticed that I couldn’t see.” Concern over her vision caused her to go see an eye doctor where she was diagnosed with cone dystrophy. Cone dystrophy is similar to Macular Degeneration and prevents her central vision from being clear, though she does have peripheral vision.

Despite the

devastating diagnosis, Roberts continued with her education. “I went ahead and got my C.N.A. You work out a way to do it.” After that, Roberts developed a kidney issue. “I had surgery a while ago and had complications and lost my kidney. Now, I take it day by day. It’s a little bit different. If I’m sick with the kidney, I try to make my days 27


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up. Because of my health issues, I can be sympathetic.

unique perspective has allowed Roberts to be extremely

I transport dialysis patients and I get it. People say you

effective on her job.

don’t get it, but actually I do. I try to encourage people. You can either be glad or mad and I feel like there is a reason for everything. It usually works to my advantage.”

A Unique Perspective Roberts determined attitude started long before her health problems. A mom to six kids, ranging in age from 19- 34 and a grandmother to 11, she and her husband David have always had an attitude of perseverance. “It was always something. There wasn’t an option to shut down. You find the way to keep going forward,” she said. Not only has Roberts successfully managed a career and six kids, but she manages to work as a volunteer as well.

When you ask Roberts about how she manages everything she does, remarkably, she has a very simple answer. She just keeps going. “It’s not an option to say ‘I can’t do this.’ I just say, ‘Let’s go and get it done,” she added. “I look at people at the hospital that are much worse [than I am], and I’m grateful for what is wrong with me. I’m still able to do what I want to do.” That includes doing things that had formerly been off-limits. “I hadn’t ridden a bike in 20 years,” she said, “I remembered how much I liked to ride a bike so I bought a tandem bike last summer. I just figured out another way to do it.” Robert’s singular focus on living normally was born out of her love for her family. She said, “I didn’t want my

For seven years, she ran an art show at the hospital to

kids to see me give up. They needed to see me keep go-

benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Being legally

ing. Don’t be a quitter. Figure out another way to do it.”

blind notwithstanding, Roberts still enjoys art from time to time. “I do raised art,” Roberts told FN. “That’s where you use silicone caulking to feel it, as well as, see it.” Her pieces are so well-known that one of them hangs in the mall in Eugene, Oregon. At work, Roberts does all the things that any other nurse’s aide does – transport patients, attend codes, record vitals. “I plan to be there until I retire,” she said, “As far as getting around a hospital, I know my way. I know how long a gurney is, where the corners are and I have really good hearing. I do so many parts of my job repetitively that I’m a really good hands-on person. I’ve adapted to what

What would Roberts say to someone who was facing a similar circumstance? “I’d have to validate their feelings. Tell them to grieve their feelings. Get that space, and that’s okay, but then you’ve got to pick yourself up. What do you want to do? You’ll figure out another way to do it. When I found out I was going blind I went out in the garage and cried. I though my life was over. After I got over that, I realized nothing bad has to happen. I asked myself, ‘How can I make this happen?’ With the art, I realized I enjoy it so I thought about how I could do

I need to do.”

it. Grieve and then give yourself a little space and then

Despite her concerns about her health, Roberts doesn’t

option to give up.”

think about it. “I don’t worry about the next thing. I do a great job and I’m where I should be. I share with people who have the same issues as I do and they are very open. I have a compassion for people. There’s so much when you care for a patient. I’m lucky because I can see both the patient side and nursing side of it.” Her

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Concluding Thoughts

figure out how you can do it. It will work out. It’s not an

Janet Roberts is an inspiration not only to other nurse’s assistants, but to everyone who has ever faced a trial. With a determined attitude, the support of her family, and an extraordinary level of compassion, Roberts lives her life in a way that is exceptional.


Celebrity

Nurses By Zee Nickerson

DEBORAH ROWE

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Deborah Jeanne “Debbie” Rowe met Mi-

KIM ZOLCIAK

chael Jackson while working as a nurse in

Kim Zolciak grew up in Windsor Locks,

Dr. Arnold Klein’s dermatology office. Jack-

Connecticut. After graduating from Con-

son at the time was being treated for vitiligo.

necticut University in 1999, Kim moved to

She remembers Jackson as being upset he

Georgia, where she eventually found work

might not father children after his divorced

as a Registered Nurse.

from Lisa Marie Presley in 1996.

Kim is a Registered Nurse. Since October 7,

A long time Jackson fan, Rowe proposed to bear his children. A statement was released

2008 Zolciak has starred on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The series is Bravo’s big-

to the press in 1996 that she was pregnant.

BONNIE HUNT

Later that year the two married on Novem-

Born to Alice and Bob Hunt September 22,

to be about five African American woman

1961 Bonnie Hunt is one of 8 children. In

but they were so impressed with that Kim

She gave birth to Michael Joseph Jackson,

the eighties, Bonnie worked as an oncology

they decided to include her in the show.

Jr. (born February 13, 1997) three months

nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in

after the wedding. Afterward he was known

Chicago, IL. She was a founding member of

as Prince. The following year Paris-Michael

the comedy troupe, An Impulsive Thing, in

Katherine Jackson was born (April 3, 1998).

1984. Her acting chops were solidified when

ber 14, 1996 in Sydney, Australia.

Rowe found the publicity that came with being married to Michael Jackson overwhelming and the couple divorced on October 8, 1999. She gave full custody of her children to their father, Michael Jackson. Jackson’s

she joined the cast of, The Second City and performances on the NBC show, Grand. For her role on, Life with Bonnie, she received an Emmy nod.

willingly took full responsibility for raising

Bonnie’s film repertoire includes Beethoven,

the children.

Beethoven’s 2nd, Jumanji, Cheaper By The

For her troubles, Debbie received an $8 mil-

gest hit. At first the producers cast the series

Dozen, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, and Loggerheads. She also loaned her voice to

Following a whirlwind promotional tour, her

4 Pixar films: A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc.,

debut single, “Tardy to the Party” became a

used the proceeds from selling the house to

Cars, and Toy Story 3. Ms. Hunt is a dynamo

hit. Kim is married to Atlanta Falcons pro

buy a ranch in Palmdale, CA, where she cur-

of an actress, writer, producer, comedienne,

football player Kroy Biermann and mother

rently resides.

director, talk show host, and a former nurse.

to Kroy Jr., born May 31, 2011.

lion settlement and a house in Beverly Hills which she later sold for $1.3 million. She

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Stranger Danger

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chief. It could also be a time that could lead to disaster. When you are away from home, tell them under no uncertain terms are they to let anyone in the house, even friends. And, telling anyone on the phone that parents are not home is a no-no and so is giving out per-

sonal information about themselves or their family over the telephone.

5.

Teach them to protect themselves away from home. The one exception

Teaching Personal Safety to Your Kids

I

t’s never too early to teach your kids how

to take care of themselves. Criminals aren’t going to wait until they are “of age”

2.

might not be able to spell their address but they can memorize it. If they are ever lost, they can find help and get back to you.

3.

search of help. Make sure that kids understand that this includes people that they are

6.

“daddy” isn’t going to help the police.

some other helpful information as well. They

scream, kick and run as fast as they can in

only use your name when they are in

trouble just like you use their full name when

to get the point across to your children.

they are ticking off those ABCs, add

Then they have the right to pull away, yell,

acquainted with who are the perpetrators.

they are in trouble. Saying “mommy” and

1.

an adult is making them feel uncomfortable.

Teach them to say your name. They’ll

to see them as targets. Use the following tips

Help them learn where they live. While

to the rule of obeying their elders is when

Show them how to use a cell phone. These devices are handy for talking

to friends but they can be a lifesaver in a dangerous situation. Even young kids who

Tell them how to answer the door. To

walk home from school or are latch-key kids

a child, someone with a smile seems

can benefit from carrying a cell phone. For

friendly. So, telling them not to open the

young kids there are cell phones like Fire-

door to a stranger might get confusing. When

fly that allow you to program in important

you are not around (using the bathroom or in

numbers for them. All your child has to do

the shower), a child shouldn’t let anyone in

is press one of the big buttons for the phone

the house even if it is a family member. At a

to start dialing. It’s easy and gives parents

young age, this will prevent them from open-

peace of mind.

ing the door to the wrong person. When they are older, they can open the door to people that they recognize.

4.

You don’t want to rob your kids of their childhood by telling them about the scariness in the world. To keep it that way, give

Set ground rules for older kids. Older

them the ability to arm themselves with the

kids and teens especially see time

street smarts and information that will save

alone as time to play and get away with mis-

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hen the time comes to clean

Many items can be donated to area thrift or

were wearing. A few things for them to have

out and reorganize the house,

Salvation Army stores. Quite often they will

while they are there can be a great comfort.

there are always items you

give you a receipt that will allow you to take

find that you just don’t use anymore. Some

it as a tax write-off. It is probably best to

There are other charities that also take clothes

things may even be gifts that you have never

call and check with them as to their drop-off

even taken out of the original package. As

policies. Some places only take donations

long as the items are still in good shape,

on certain days or hours.

there are many ways they can find a new

Another option is to donate carefully used

your home. If you call them, they have set

toys, books and clothes to women’s shelters.

pickup schedules for the neighborhoods in

Many times the families staying there have

your area. They have a set procedure.

home. Many people do not want to bother with a yard sale, so they prefer to donate the items to a charity.

Spring

had to leave their homes with just what they

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and household goods. Some, including veterans’ organizations like Purple Heart and Vietnam Vets, and other groups like Easter Seals, will actually pick up your donations at

Some hospitals collect books, sometimes specifically for the children’s wing. When your children outgrow their books, considering giving them away to a hospital or other charities for children. Once you’ve donated things, you can reorganize what you have left and maximize your storage space. This is something to consider doing every few months, because things tend to accumulate. If you’re unsure about donating some things, put them away, and if you haven’t used them after a given time then you can probably go ahead and donate them.


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Homemade Soap W

e all use soap. In the old days, most people made their own. Today, we are much more

likely to buy it from the store. There are lots of brands to choose from, and each brand has various formulations and scents. But making your own soap has some definite advantages. One of the most significant is the price. We can make soap much cheaper than we can buy it. Making it ourselves also gives us complete control over the ingredients, so we can create a soap that’s perfect for our skin type in a scent of our choosing. Making soap is much easier than you might think. It is, however, important to take certain safety precautions. Here’s a basic recipe: Ingredients •

12 cups lye crystals

5 cups softened water

6 pounds lard

Instructions

1.

Put water in a glass or plastic bowl. Carefully pour lye into water, stirring

constantly with a plastic or wooden spoon. This should be done outdoors or in a wellventilated area, because it produces caustic fumes.

2.

Mixing lye and water produces heat. When the lye is completely dissolved,

set the mixture aside to cool.

3. 4. 5.

Place lard in a stainless steel or enamel

on which oil you use, so look for recipes on-

pan. Melt over low heat.

line or in books until you get the hang of it.

Allow both the lye solution and the lard

Essential oils have therapeutic properties and

to cool to room temperature.

add fragrance. Oatmeal, cornmeal and other

Slowly pour the lye solution into the

grains can be added as exfoliants. And skin-

lard, stirring slowly and constantly with

the plastic or wooden spoon.

6.

Continue stirring after all of the lye solution has been added. Drizzle a small

amount of the mixture into the pot periodically. When the soap keeps its shape for a moment before sinking into the mixture, you can add scent, color and herbs.

7.

Pour the soap into a mold greased with Crisco. Wrap in a towel, and let set for

about 18 hours or until completely cooled.

safe colorants may be used to produce the desired color. These ingredients should be mixed together and added to a cup of the soap mixture, then stirred into the rest of the soap mixture immediately before pouring into the mold. Making your own soap is easy, and it can be lots of fun. Coming up with the perfect concoction for your skin is rewarding, and sweetly scented homemade soaps make wonderful gifts for any occasion.

Uncover and let set for 12 more hours.

8.

The soap may now be unmolded and cut into bars. Let the bars cure for 3 to 4

weeks before using.

Customizing Your Soap There are lots of different ways you can customize your soap. To make the best soap for your skin type, you may want to use different oils. Some that are commonly used include olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. The correct amount varies depending 33


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Independence

At The Nation’s Capital

T

Day

hat the marshy swamp where Wash-

Even so, D.C. isn’t simply about politics.

ington, D.C now stands was chosen

There is much to do and almost not enough

as the site of the capital of the newly

time in one 13-week assignment. You’ve

The Washington, DC 4th of July Parade

independent United States of America says a

got to come back every July and bask in the

which runs along Constitution Ave, NW

lot about the then prevalent attitudes toward

glow of a sky brilliantly lit but fireworks in

beginning at 7th Street and ending at 17th

government.

celebration of America’s Independence Day.

Street.

Survey the world through the eyes of U.S. Presidents, past and present, as you take in the sights of Washington, D.C. Where else would you brush shoulders with a current U.S. Senator, a constituent from a town hundreds of miles away from yours, a Scout troope, lobbyist, a movie star or an internationally known TV journalist, all on the same day, but on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building?

Fourth of July Parade

ebration of America’s birthday.

Note that public access to the National Mall begins at 10:00 a.m. All visitors are re-

Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP’s. The 4th of July Parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America’s birthday and draws a large crowd. Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th and the parade is the beginning of a full day cel35


Fun Facts Washington D.C: Fabulous Nurse Magazine

• DC is home to more than 170 embassies and international cultural centres. The city’s colleges and universities host about 20,000 international students each year, and 15% of DC residents speak a language other than English, at home.

• Favorite thing to do: Sit just outside Whitehouse lawn and watch Fourth of July fireworks.

• Nationals Park is on track to be the first “greencertified” baseball stadium in the country.

• The District of Columbia was named after the great explorer Christopher Columbus.

• The word “lobbyist” became popular with President Ulysses S. Grant’s disdain for the interest groups who bothered him while he relaxed in the Willard Hotel’s lobby.

• The Washington Monument is taller than all buildings, measuring 555 1/8”. • DC was voted the most walk-able city in the U.S. in a study by the Brookings Institution in 2007. • The Capitol Dome took 11 years to build. On top of the dome is the “Statue of Freedom,” which may look small, but it’s actually 19 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 15,000 pounds.

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• DC averages 39 inches of rainfall a year-more than Seattle. • Washington, DC is not a state, nor is it part of any state. It is a unique, “federal district” created specifically to be the seat of government.


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Mall, including the White House, individual memorials to four of the greatest presidents and defining wars in U.S history. The superb museums of the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, U.S. Capitol, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Zoological Park, Washington National Cathedral, are a few other places to explore while in the city.

Traveling Nursing in the District of Columbia Licensure According to the Board of Nursing in D.C., “The Board of Nursing is mandated to reguquired to enter via a security checkpoint. Be prepared • Arrive early to find a good viewing spot.

• Wear patriotic clothing to show your Amer-

late the practice of registered nurses (RN),

ican spirit.

practical nurses (LPN), and advanced prac-

• Bring a flag to wave. Other things to do

tice registered nurses (APRN)—nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners and trained medication employees (TME). The Board

• Bring food and water. Vendors will be available, but lines may be long.

The nation’s showcase today puts on quite

accredits DC professional nursing and prac-

• Dress appropriately for the weather. Shady

a display for its guests. Admission to virtu-

tical nursing programs. It also administers a

ally all major attractions is free. The most fa-

rehabilitation program, Committee On Im-

mous sites are concentrated along the central

paired Nurses (COIN), established for

spots are at a minimum, so be prepared to cope with hot and humid weather.

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to get your license. The Board is very good about giving you specific instructions on costs and required documentation. Accommodations Housing within city limits is not cheap. A tiny efficiency can cost anywhere from $700 - $800 for starters. However, if you are outside the city limits, DC offers many lovely neighborhoods that are affordable. To avoid the hassle of finding your own place, it is always best to choose corporate housing offered by the many travel nursing agencies that are contracted with D.C. area hospitals. Clinical Environment If you have worked in the United States prior to your D.C. contract, expect more or less what you are used to in the clinical environment. As for nurse to patient staffing ratios, D.C. does not have a mandated staffing ratio. On the contrary, the American Nurses Association, states that D.C’s “legislation changed from original intent removing a staffing mandate.” Still, D.C. is the heart beat and center of political power and a city that is rich in history and diverse activities for the traveler. Don’t be surprised if you extend your contract longer than you originally intended. District of Columbia State Board of Nursing: 825 N. Capitol St., N.E., 2nd Floor, Room 2224, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 202-442-4778.

nurses with impaired practice due to substance abuse or mental illness.” Licensure may be attained either through passing the state administered examination, NCLEX or by endorsement. Foreign graduates are required to provide the original official transcript from the Council for Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate. Fees vary as per the type of licensure required. It can take 2 weeks to 3 months 38


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The Newbie’s

Guide to

Work Personalities!

N

ewbie nurse on board. This is the

for cigarette breaks. Many a times they are

theme that carries through the end

the only nurses who remember to take a

of this article. What type of person-

break. Unless you want to be assaulted

alities should you expect?

by nasty fumes, avoid passing through one of the smoking designated areas

Every organization you are hired into has a culture and codes of behavior that is unique

during their lunch break.

to it. It can take several weeks to start be-

The peacock nurse

coming comfortable enough in order to feel

Let’s face it, some nurses are sexy. I

like part of the team. During this time, there are some personalities you should expect as this will help ease your transition. There are the nurses who snub you on arrival, others who welcome you with open arms, and there’s the group of co-workers who can make life in the workplace a living hell. Knowing what types of personalities to expect prepares you mentally for your new work environment. Head to work with a fresh attitude knowing you can spot some of your co-workers as shared by one book author:

The loud talking nurse Some nursing areas are so quiet, it is eerie. Even in those areas, there is always that nurse whose voice carries down the hallway to the other end of the floor where you are working. Come prepared to motion her to lower her pitch, often.

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know we hate to acknowledge this because of the horrid movies we shall not mention but it’s a fact. Expect to run into the nurse that walks down the hall like it is her personal catwalk, sometimes in the most attention-getting scrubs.

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Immune from the daily grind of administra-

charting done. Yet somehow, she always

tive work and bedside duties, this co-worker

manages to be the first person who walks out

is never around when you need help or when

of the building, at shift’s end.

there is a code. They breeze in and leave at the end of the shift often with you not know-

Stand offish

ing they were ever there.

This is the nurse who speaks to a select few

The social nurse

and acknowledges even fewer. Don’t take it

She flits from one nurses’ station to another,

acknowledged intimate group. Perhaps it is

eager to strike up conversations that promise to keep you from pressing tasks, like getting your

job. Be friendly but not desperate. Don’t make the mistake of waiting for your coworkers to welcome you. It is best if your boss walks

personally if you are not invited into their best that this nurse keeps from you.

Adjusting To Your Environment You can make the transition a smoother one by keeping the following salient points in mind: Don’t expect the atmosphere of your new workplace to be the same as your former

you through the office or nursing unit on your first day, but if they are too busy don’t be shy about taking the initiative. Listen more often than you talk. Act like a spy: Be extremely observant, ask of a lot of questions, and pay attention to the answers. This will help you identify the personality types and recognize how best to deal with each one from the pros, those who have worked with them for a while. Watch out for the outcasts workers. Don’t get too cozy with someone until you’ve identified the key players and discovered who’s aligned with whom. According to psychologists, the people who try to latch onto you right away are often the outcasts. But you may not find out until later, after you’ve been linked with them. Be active in company activities. You can mix with people at many different levels of responsibility and become known in a broader way to the rest of the organization. Attend company picnics and events. Join committees and get involved. These all offer opportunities for meeting your co-workers and superiors and nurturing a sense of belonging. Stop complaining. According to the experts, the nurse who says, “What else can I do,” will win points for being efficient and a team player. Be upbeat. Be upbeat- within limits. Learn to tame your behavior.

New employees

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Nurse’s Aides

The Unspoken Heroes of Nursing By Karen Kalis

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urse’s aides are clearly the unspoken heroes of the nursing world. Providing personal care and the supervision that many patients need,

nurse’s aides are a vital part of the medical community, assisting the nursing staff in both nursing homes and

Working as a nurse’s aide offers many opportunities for those employed in the field. While some nurse’s aides work in nursing homes or long-term care facili-

hospital settings.

ties, there are also a great deal of C.N.A.’s that work in

Becoming A Nurse’s Aide

nurse’s aides may work in areas such as emergency de-

To become a nurse’s aide, students must complete a C.N.A. training class. According to Education Portal (2011), “Many certificate programs in nurse assisting can be completed in one semester. Students may have to complete some prerequisites like human anatomy and medical terminology before enrolling in the nurse assisting certificate program.” Once classes in areas such as feeding, proper bathing methods, vital signs and catheter insertion are completed, nurse’s aides generally complete a clinical rotation to get on-the-job experience. Education Portal goes on to say that the federal government does handle certification and states may have additional requirements. Given that the education requirements do not take a prolonged amount of time, students who are interested in becoming a nurse’s aide can expect to begin working quickly.

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What You Can Expect

hospital departments. According to C.N.A. Tips (2011), partments, medical-surgical floors, maternity, and adult intensive care units. Nurse’s aides may assist patients with colostomy care, patient transfers, blood glucose monitoring, the application of topical medicines, transferring blood orders and applying heart monitors.

Job Outlook and Compensation In general, the future of nurse’s aides is secure. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 edition, “Overall employment of nursing and psychiatric aides is projected to grow 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary for individual occupations. Employment for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will grow 18 percent, predominantly in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population.” With such a great need, nurse’s aides can


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expect to make $16,000-$32,000 per year on av-

“I started out as a CNA then went to LVN school

staff to do their job more effectively. “C.N.A.s

erage depending on the level of experience and

and [am] hoping to go onto RN school, but I

don’t get enough recognition,” said Constance

responsibility (PayScale Inc., 2011).

know my job would never be done right with-

Fritz, a retired nurse stated in a Fabulous Nurse

out the wonderful CNAs I work with.” C.N.A.s

Facebook post, “They are our eyes & ears when

work diligently to assist the nursing staff with

they are in a room and can report to us, nurses.

their needs. In fact, Mary Snyder, another nurse,

Without aides we truly cannot get the work all

mentioned, “The nurse’s aides are the backbone

done. Good C.N.A.s are worth their weight in

of the medical team, without their hard work and

gold. Truly, it is a fact. I loved my C.N.A.s and

dedication we could not survive.”

told them so.” Nurse’s aides provide the personal

A Vital Part of the Medical Community There will always be a significant place for nurse’s aides in the medical community. Known for their caring attitude, attention to detail, and willingness to work in a team environment, nurse’s aides provide a high level of care for every patient who comes under their care. Denise Cannon Powell, an aspiring RN, com-

When patients have needs, the nurse’s aide staff is many times the first to know of it. The constant attention that nurse’s aides give to patients allows not only the patient to heal, but the nursing

and immediate help that so many patients need to get onto the road to recovery. With excellent skills and an attention to detail, C.N.A.s significantly impact how patients heal and the quality of care each patient receives.

mented on the Fabulous Nurse Facebook page,

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Nursing The Story Of Us By Karen Kalis

O

ver the years since Florence Nightingale until today, nursing has undergone some radical

changes in what nurses are expected to do and how they operate in today’s challenging nursing environment. When nursing started, nurses were expected to do the bidding of the physician in charge. Now, with opportunities such as becoming a nurse practitioner, nurses are more and more directly practicing medicine on their own.

Nurses Now Enjoy An Expanded Role In the article, “The Changing Role of Nurses,” Virginia Burggraf describes what she sees as the changes in nursing after a multi-decade career as a nurse. She says, “The role of the nurse has expanded to become more integral to a patient’s recovery and in the treatment of chronic illness. Four decades ago nurses were the handmaidens of physicians. Now they are part of a caregiving team, which may include a physician, dietitian, nurse, social worker and physical therapist. We are front line providers, the

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first person to see the patient. It is our de-

ing seen as collaborators in care, rather than

in 1965, required these advanced practice

cision making that determines the resources

those just taking orders.

nurses to work under the close supervision of a physician, with tight restrictions on what

needed by this person.” The ramifications of this are rapidly affecting healthcare. More

Not all people think that this is a good thing.

they could and couldn’t do. Over the years,

and more highly skilled nurses are needed

In the article, “The Continual Change in

however, nurses have successfully pushed

to coordinate care, so much so that many

the Roles of Nurses,” the author comments,

state licensing agencies and legislatures to

hospitals are offering sign-on bonuses and

“that nursing now is not based on caring, but

grant them more autonomy and a broader

travel expenses to those that are qualified.

medicine. By accepting continual changes

spectrum of duties. Today, all states allow

That would not have happened decades ago,

to the role of the nurse, the core function of

NP’s some degree of prescribing privileges,

when the physician had the lead in caring for

nursing has become obscured and, despite

and 12 states have granted them authority to

the patient. More and more, nurses are be-

assuming medical tasks, the occupation con-

prescribe medication independent of doctor

tinues to be seen in terms of a role that is

oversight.”

subordinate to and dependent on medicine. Nurses are taking a more professional role,

With the emergence of NP’s, nurses are clear

and more tasks are being delegated to as-

that their role has changed radically. In Bro-

sertive personnel. Therefore, with all these

cato’s article, she spoke with a NP, who said,

changes occurring, the role of the enrolled

“’Our role has evolved a great deal over the

nurse is unclear.” Clearly, there are some

years,’ said Sophia Thomas, APRN, FNP-

who believe that nursing is now much more

BC, Louisiana state representative for the

focused on technical medicine rather than

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

the healing arts.

(AANP). ‘Initially, NPs practiced primarily

On The Forefront Of Change – Nurse Practitioners One area where nursing has really changed is in the development of the role of nurse practitioners. These advanced nurses, in many states, work independently of doctors and can diagnose and prescribe treatments for patients. Frequently seen in family practice, pediatrics, emergency departments and obstetrics/gynecology, nurse practitioners are a newly emerging group of nurses. According to Claire Brocato, the role of NP’s has evolved over the years, “The role of nurse practitioner (NP), which was first introduced

in rural areas, where access to health care was limited. Today, we provide high-quality patient care in cities, towns and rural regions across the nation, our role has evolved to that of independent practitioner, and our broadened scope has allowed us to specialize as well.’” Whether you prefer the idea of a nurse as Florence Nightingale or as a technical medical specialist, there are many opportunities for nurses today. Over the last several decades, nursing has evolved from another set of hands and feet for a physician to independent-minded, caring medical staff, integral to healing today’s complex medical issues.

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Green Hospitals Some hospitals are going green, how they are doing it and how does it affect the bottom line & public image?

INTRODUCTION

WHY HOSPITALS SHOULD GO GREEN

any other industry. Today, the hospitals with

newer ones are gradually abandoning the

Just like many other sectors, wastes from hos-

orthodox germ-free, white walled, oper-

computers, old fabrics (linens), paper and

pital activities have long contributed to the

ating environments for the more inviting

many more. The kitchen oil is even being

overall environmental toxic content, which

spaces that are richer in color, natural il-

kept aside by some hospitals for processing

includes mercury, cleaning products and all

lumination, furniture that give comfort and

of bio-diesel.

those building materials that release volatile

elements of nature. The whole idea is being

organic compounds (VOC pollutants) into

able to facilitate recovery and general health

the air. As reported by EPA—Environmen-

by taking care of the patient’s surrounding

tal Protection Agency, VOC pollutants can

environment better, which might translate to

cause many health conditions—damage to

better emotional and mental well being for

the CNS and kidney related problems. An-

the patient.

other applicable example is Polyvinyl chlo-

Nowadays, many hospitals particularly the

It is interesting knowing that many hospitals have become more zealous about going green in the recent years. For instance, Kai-

ride (PVC) plastics, which many hospitals still use yet it is generally believed to have serious consequences on our health.

ser Permanente, California USA is making

Therefore, the socially responsible and en-

efforts in this direction and is going about

vironmental conscious hospitals have started

raising the bar very high for others by adopt-

mapping out and implementing ways of

ing green the big way. The health system is

removing such toxins from their buildings.

presently planning a hospital construction

After all, the practice will better assist many

extravaganza of about $24 billion over the

patients that are already having compro-

next several years. Kaiser has made it known

mised immune systems.

to the general public that part of its plans is that 30 million sq. ft. of new building will come from “ecologically sustainable materials.”

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environmental bents are able to recycle a lot of materials—batteries, light bulbs, alcohol,

The health care industry impacts massively on America’s ecological environment. Hospitals in the U.S. produce roughly 6.60 million kilograms of wastes everyday. This is killing! Even though more than three-quarters of the waste is solid and not hazardous, the green school of thought believes this component can still be recycled. Reuse of Materials: The green hospitals are making every effort possible to reuse their packing materials, crutches and wheelchairs, the envelopes they use to communicate internally, and medical apparatus. Waste Reduction: Further to reuse and recycling is waste reduction. Some of the green hospitals are now using special prod-

HOW HOSPITALS ARE GOING GREEN

ucts that last longer than usual. Some ex-

Recycling: The entire world should recycle,

hospitals are beginning to compost as well as

but hospitals should even recycle more than

using cloth diapers.

cellent examples include the energy saving bulbs and reusable silverware. In fact, some


Issue 8

Better Air Quality: Another way of going

11. Waste reduction

struction for Hackensack University Medi-

green is to harness ways of getting better air

12. Water efficiency

cal Center (HUMC). Won the Form AND

quality—fresher and cleaner air. If not for anything, this should even be one of the most important reasons for going green. As a result, some green hospitals are setting up systems that provide better exposures to fresh air such as using less hazardous substances and paints with lower contents of VOC. Above all, in order to reduce air pollution,

In the United States of America, below are

Function Prize.

the names, not rated in any particular order,

10. Emory University’s LEED NC-certified

of top green hospitals:

Winship Cancer Institute located in Atlanta,

1. Boulder Community Hospital Foothills Campus in Boulder, Colorado, completed in 2003. Winner of First on the Block Award.

Georgia won the Green Ideals Award.

Source: www.greenbiz.com Link: http://www.greenbiz.com/

some green hospitals now offer car charging

2. Bronson Methodist Hospital in Ka-

news/2006/03/14/americas-top-10-green-

stations to enable electric cars owners charge

lamazoo, Michigan won the Green Team

hospitals

their cars.

Award.

Green Building: Studies have shown that

3.

being efficient will reduce both waste and

won the Green Gadfly Award.

cost. According to a report from EPA, it is estimated that 30% of health care industry’s energy consumption could be reduced by going green using renewable and more efficacious sources of energy, which would literally be at no cost to the quality of health care.

NAMES OF HOSPITALS THAT ARE GOING GREEN A healthy body PLUS a healthy surrounding tend to complement, always. That is why many health care facilities all over the world are taking up greener ethics in their construction, management of facility and patient care. According to The Green Guide, “America’s Top 10 Green Hospitals”, the following are the areas to consider in rating hospitals: 1. Contaminants 2.

Energy and air pollution

3.

Green cleaning

4.

Green education

5.

Healing gardens

6.

Healthy hospital food

7.

Indoor environmental quality

8.

Materials and resources

9. Procurement 10. Sitting

In the United Kingdom, the Great Western

Kaiser Permanente, California USA

Hospital, Swindon has announced its plans to generate some of its power with wind

4. Laguna Honda Replacement Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco, California, is a public hospital, funded by San Francisco city taxes, replacing the former hospital building on the site. Winner of Urban Oasis Award.

turbine to be located on-site. As reported by the Swindon Advertiser, the hospital sees the move as a way of cutting down its expenses by been able to save on electricity bill. Also, Antrim Area Hospital in the UK has installed its on-site wind turbine, and this move is a major encouragement for other hospitals in

5. Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Lauder

the UK and beyond.

Center for Maternity Care. Won Against All

SOME BENEFITS OF GOING GREEN

Odds Award. 6. Legacy Health System Salmon Creek Hospital opened a 220-bed facility in the rapidly growing Vancouver, Washington area, and won A Star for Sunlight Award. 7. The Patrick H. Dollard Discovery Health Center in Harris, New York. Won Sustenance and Shelter Award. 8. Providence

Newberg

Hospital’s

groundbreaking in 2003 was quite the event: “Over 2,400 community members showed

1. Benefits air pollution and climate change 2. Easy to return the site to how it was before 3. Increased profitability and reduced expenses 4. No impact on biodiversity 5. Reduces power generation waste

CONCLUSION

up with shovels to turn a spadeful of earth,

Going green is one of the best ways the

breaking a Guinness World Record,” claims

health care industry can truly prove to the

Mark May, executive director of the new

entire world that it cares. The hospitals that

hospital. Won the Do It for Free Award.

are going green now help their patients re-

9.

“The Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Wom-

en’s and Children’s Pavilion in Hackensack, New Jersey, has been a truly collaborative project that proved how beautiful, healthy

cover faster while spending less on maintenance, making more profits and gaining more popularity as green pacesetters in the health care industry.

and sustainable a building can be,” says Su-

If you have more interesting green stories to

zen L. Heeley, director of design and con-

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Issue 8

Ideas To Boost Your Income

Find New Business Markets I

n the world of internet marketing there’s a lot of money still to be made. There are many untapped markets and unsaturated markets just ripe for the picking. The trick is to find these markets and

make the best use of them.

Here are a few ideas to find untapped markets. Explore Gender Differences in Markets Many markets are marketed with a gender specific attitude. However, when considered from the other gender’s perspective there may be additional opportunities. For example, the stay at home mom market is huge however, there are many stay at home dads now who are feeling left out and neglected. This provides prime opportunities to tap this yet to be tapped market.

Explore Language or Nationality Differences

Explore Age and Other Demographic Opportunities Various demographics like age and median income offer various market opportunities. Keeping with the stay at home parent example, older stay at home parents may be an untapped market. They likely have different needs and a different lifestyle than younger parents. Additionally, some markets can be approached locally. For example, if you’re interested in offering a parenting website in general and you live in Austin, Texas you can have a parenting in Austin, Texas website. This local niche helps you become number one on the search engines quickly and offer unique information to your audience. Finally, in addition to seeking a unique approach to a market to create or find an untapped market, staying on top of trends can also provide a valuable and profitable untapped market. Who knew a few years

Like gender differences, many markets focus on one nationality or

ago that “Quitting Facebook” would be such an in demand market

ethnic group. The reality is that there are many opportunities when

and now you can find very popular websites on the topic. Staying on

you open up a market to include or even target a specific nationality

top of trends and predicting their future can create untapped markets.

or language. For example, in the previous point we spoke about stay at home moms & dads. If that same topic were approached to target Spanish speaking stay at home parents it would tap a potentially untapped market. Pages and content could be offered in Spanish and English and topics could address cultural issues that may not be relevant to the general market.

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they are not without drawbacks. Closing numerous accounts and putting all of your debt into one account can negatively affect your ratio of debt to available credit, lowering your credit score. And if you use your home equity to secure the money needed to pay off debt, you’re putting your home at an unnecessary risk. Another popular option for those with debt problems is credit counseling. Credit counseling agencies offer help with budgeting, and in some cases, they will set you up with a debt management plan. A debt management plan involves negotiation with creditors to

Management Debt Help

obtain lower interest rates and lower payments. The debtor makes one monthly payment to the credit counseling agency, and the agent forwards payments to each creditor. A debt management plan can help you get out of debt faster, but it can also impact your credit. A note is added to your credit report stating that you are undergoing credit counseling. This means that you can’t get new credit. However, the notation is removed once you’ve paid off your debts. It’s also important to make sure you’re dealing with a reputable credit counseling agency. Some charge high fees or fail to make payments to creditors on time. There have also been some that were found to be outright scams, keeping the money that debtors

D

ebt has a way of creeping up on us if we let it. It’s important to keep our debt at reasonable and manageable

levels, or we could end up incurring insane interest charges and scraping to make our payments. Even for those who manage debt well, unexpected life changes can result in

sent them to pay their bills with. When conour debt problems with budgeting? Sometimes we need outside help. It’s hard to go to someone else when you’re having money troubles, but if you don’t gain control over your debts, your credit rating will suffer. So it’s important to take charge before

difficulty making ends meet.

it’s too late.

When we find ourselves having problems

Some debtors turn to debt consolidation as

with debt, the first course of action is to take a look at the budget. Finding ways to cut back on unnecessary expenses can help us pay down debts and keep monthly bills current. But what happens when we can’t solve 50

an answer to debt problems. They transfer high-interest debts to a lower interest credit card, or they put up the equity in their homes to get the money to pay them off. While these options can provide lower payments,

sidering credit counseling agencies, make sure they’re members of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA) or the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (NFCC). These organizations regulate and monitor member agencies, making sure that they operate legally and ethically. An overabundance of debt can wreak havoc on our finances and our credit scores. It can also be the cause of undue stress. By seeking help at the first sign of trouble, we can often prevent our debts from spiraling out of control.


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A Nurse’s Serenity Prayer By E. Laureate

Dear God, Grant me the courage to affect change In my patients life, when it is needed. The serenity to accept my patients & treat my Fellow nurses with care, And the wisdom to be able to tell One diagnostic test from the other.

Also God, grant me the Courage not to give up on what I Think is right, even though the odds May be stacked up against me.

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General Humor Till Beer Do Us Part Old man Murphy had worked down at the brewery for years, but one day, he just wasn’t paying attention and he tripped on the walkway and fell over into the beer vat and drowned. The foreman thought it should be his job to inform the widow Murphy of her old man’s death. He showed up at the front door and rang the bell. When she came to the door, he said, “I’m sorry to tell you, but poor old Murphy passed away at work today when he fell into the vat and drowned.” She wept and covered her face with her apron and after a time, between sobs, she asked, “Tell me, did he suffer?” “I don’t think so,” said the foreman: “He got out three times to go to the men’s room.”

Nursing Humor Patients Say The Darndest Things A patient came in complaining of nasal congestion and was anxious because he was going to have to resort to breathing through his ears! Submitted by Ali Vreugdenhil

I am a hospice nurse and a really sweet elderly lady was hallucinating. She was saying, “Look! Look up there! The pills... they’re coming out of the wall!” She hallucinated a lot but as soon as you talked to her she was right there with you; 2 years ago and I still think of her often.

‎”I’ll take that suppository now in applesauce.” ☺ It still Submitted by Andrea Roberts makes me smile. Submitted by Debbie Zalepa

While showering a patient and they could not do their own privates she said, “Go on love get in there and give it a good My patient, a prisoner, was tied to the bed in chains with a hard scrub. I like to keep my box clean!” police officer at his bedside and no family insight. Yet he said Submitted by Siobhan Sheppard he had no worries, if only he could have me. Yikes! Submitted by Dada Lizzy Where do rats go after you get rid of rotten food?? Submitted by Lonita Moran

I was sitting outside on the balcony, at work, watching fireworks for Australia Day....a patient came up to me and kissed me on the cheek and said, “Happy New Year, love.” LOL! Submitted by Claire Dahm

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Resources

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July Nursing Conferences

Issue 8

Around The World 7-10 July 2011 Chicago, IL. USA.

14-15 July 2011 Cancun, Mexico.

National Nursing Staff Development Organiza-

The World Academy of Nursing Science’s (WANS)

tion 2011 convention, “The Winds of Change:

2nd International Nursing Research Conference.

Accountability for Outcomes and Excellence.”

In partnership with the 22nd International Nursing

The goals of this year’s convention are to promote

Research Congress, STTI is hosting the 2nd Interna-

patient safety, staff satisfaction, and quality care

tional Nursing Research Conference for the World

in all aspects of education; network with peers to

Academy of Nursing Science (WANS). This event

function effectively as leader, educator, facilitator,

promotes nursing responsiveness to global health

consultant, change agent, and researcher; balance

care needs and acts as an international assembly to

teaching, learning, and clinical practice in an envi-

stimulate collaboration in research for global health.

ronment of fiscal responsibility.

Web: http://www.nursingsociety.org/STTIEvents/ResearchCongress/Pages/2011_22_INRC_WorldAcademyofNursingScience.aspx

Web: https://www.nnsdo.org/conventions.html

11-14 July 2011 Cancun, Mexico. 22nd International Nursing Research Congress. Offered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, this conference will explore innovative strategies that support the practice-research interface in global, diverse nursing communities as you dialogue about research, evidence-based practice and education for the new millennium. Web: http://www.nursingsociety.org/STTIEVENTS/RESEARCHCONGRESS/Pages/2011_22_INRC_Home.aspx

19-22 July 2011 Las Vegas, NV. USA. National Association of Hispanic Nurses 36th Annual Conference, “Assessing and Advocating for Equity and Quality for Hispanic Health Care from Health Care Reform.” Pre-Conference continuing education offered. Nurses, nurse educators, researcher, clinicians, and students share their knowledge, expertise, research, challenges and successes with participants as they address issues related to Hispanic health. Web: http://www.thehispanicnurses.org/

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National Nursing

Organizations From A - Z

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman NJ 08071

6700 Oporto-Madrid Blvd.., Birmingham, AL 35206

http://www.amsn.org 1-866-877-2676

http://www.aamn.org 205-956-0146

Academy of Neonatal Nursing

American Assisted Living Nurses Association

1425 N McDowell Blvd Suite 105 Petaluma CA 94954

2265 Big Ranch Rd Napa, CA 94558 94581

http://www.academyonline.org 1-707-795-2168

http://www.alnursing.org/ 1-707.253.7299

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association

American Association for the History of Nursing

7995 East Prentice Avenue, Suite 100,

10200 W. 44th Avenue, Suite 304 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Greenwood Village CO 80111

http://www.aahn.org (303) 422-2685

http://www.astna.org/ 1-800-897-NFNA (6362), Fax: 303-770-1614

Alliance for Psychosocial Nursing 6900 Grove Road, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447 USA http://jpnonline.com/contact.asp + (856) 848-1000

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 200 East Holly Avenue, Sewell, NJ 08080-2641

American Association of Colleges of Nursing One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036 http://www.aacn.nche.edu (202) 463-6930

American Association of Critical Care Nurses 101 Columbia Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109 http://www.aacn.org 1-800-899-AACN (2226), 800-809-CARE (2273)

http://www.aaacn.org 1-800-262-6877; (856) 256-2350

American Academy of Nursing 8515 Georgia Avenue Suite 400 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492 http://www.nursingworld.org 1-301-628-5000 or 1-800-284-CERT (2378)

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American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants 401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 http://www.aalnc.org Toll free: 877/402-2562


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American Association of Managed Care Nurses 4435 Waterfront Drive, Suite 101, Glen Allen, VA

American Heart Association: Council on Cardiovascular Nursing

http://www.aamcn.org/ +1 804-747-9698 ‎

7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231 http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ 1-800-AHA-USA-1;

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses 4700 W. Lake Avenue Glenview IL 60025 http://www.aann.org 1-888/557-2266 (US only); 847/375-4733 847-692-7050

1-800-242-8721

American Holistic Nurses Association 323 N. San Francisco St. Suite 201 Flagstaff, AZ 86001 http://www.ahna.org/ (800) 278-2462; (928) 526-2196

American Association of Nurse Attorneys PO Box 14218 Lenexa, KS 66285-4218

American Long Term & Sub Acute Nurses Association

http://www.taana.org (877) 538-2262

11427 Reed Hartman Highway. Cincinnati, OH 45241 http://www.ltcnursing.org 1-513-618-6530

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 7794 Grow Drive Pensacola, FL 32514

American Medical Informatics Association/Nursing Informatics Working Group

https://www.aaohn.org (850) 474-6963 ∙ (800) 241-8014

4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 401, Bethesda, MD 20814 https://www.amia.org/ni-wg 1-301-657-1291

American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517

American Nephrology Nurses Association

(202) 872-1300

200 East Holly Avenue, Sewell, NJ 08080 http://www.annanurse.org/ 1-888-600-2662; 856-256-2320

American College Health Association 891 Elkridge Landing Road, Suite 100, Linthicum, MD 21090

American Nurses Association

http://www.acha.org/ (410) 859-1500

8515 Georgia Avenue - Suite 400 - Silver Spring, MD 20910 http://www.nursingworld.org/ 1-800-274-4ANA

American Forensic Nurses 255 North El Cielo Road, Suite # 140-195 Palm Springs, CA 92262 http://amrn.com 1-760-322-9925

American Nursing Informatics Association 1908 S El Camino Real, Ste. H San Clemente, CA 92672 USA http://www.ania-caring.org 1-866-552-6404

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American Organization of Nurse Executives 155 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60606

American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Nurses, Inc.

http://www.aone.org/ 1-312-422-2800

7794 Grow Drive, Pensacola, FL 32514 https://www.aspsn.org (850) 473-2443 ∙ (800) 272-0136

American Public Health Association - Public Health Nursing Section

American Thoracic Society: Nurses Section

800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

61 Broadway New York, NY 10006-2755 http://www.thoracic.org/

http://www.apha.org (202) 777-2742 (APHA)

+1 (212) 315-8600

American Radiological Nurses Association

Association of Camp Nurses

820 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523-2251 http://www.rsna.org

8630 Thorsonveien NE Bemidji, MN 56601 http://www.acn.org/

1-630-571-2670

218-586-2633

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: Nurses Section

Association of Child Neurology Nurses http://www.acnn.org/

8630 Fenton Street, Suite 412, Silver Spring, MD 20910 http://www.nutritioncare.org/

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

301-587-6315

3538 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio 44333-3122 http://www.nursesinaidscare.org 800.260.6780 (toll free)

American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, Inc.

330.670.0101 (phone)

P. O. Box 193030 San Francisco, CA 94119-3030 USA http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/asorn/ 1-415-561-8513

Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses 4700 W. Lake Avenue Glenview, IL 60025-1485

American Society for Pain Management Nursing

http://www.aphon.org/ 847.375.4724

18000 W 105th St. Olathe, KS 66061-7543 http://www.aspmn.org/ Toll Free: (888) 34ASPMN; or (913) 895-

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

4606

2170 South Parker Road, Suite 400 Denver, CO 80231 http://www.aorn.org/ Toll Free: 800-755-2676; Local: 303-755-

American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses 90 Frontage Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-1424 http://www.aspan.org/ Toll-Free: 877.737.9696 Telephone: 856.616.9600

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Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association

4700 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025

PO Box 536489 Orlando, FL 32853-6489

http://www.rehabnurse.org/ 1-800-229-7530

http://ddna.org/ (800) 888-6733 toll-free; (407) 835-0642 phone

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal

Emergency Care Connection No available url and contact information

2000 L Street, NW, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036 http://www.awhonn.org 1-202-261-2400;

Emergency Nurses Association

Toll free US: 800-673-8499; Toll free Canada: 800-245-0231

915 Lee Street / Des Plaines, IL 60016-6569 http://www.ena.org 1-800-243-8362

Baromedical Nurses Association 5004 Sea Drift Way, San Diego CA 92154

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

http://www.hyperbaricnurses.org/

One Penn Center West · Suite 229 · Pittsburgh, PA · 15276

303-918-9686

http://www.hpna.org/ 1-412.787.9301

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. 3029 13th Street, N. W. —Washington, DC 20009

Infusion Nurses Society (see intravenous)

http://www.chietaphi.com

315 Norwood Park South • Norwood, MA 02062

202-232-3858

http://www.ins1.org (781) 440-9408

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools 3600 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651 USA http://www.cgfns.org/ +1 (215) 222 8454

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. 1940 Duke Street, Suite 200; Alexandria, VA 22314 http://www.napnes.org 1-703-933-1003

Dermatology Nurses’ Association 15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054, http://www.dnanurse.org 1-800-454-4362

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 100 North 20th Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103 http://www.nacns.org/ 1-215-320-3881

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National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Reed Hartman Tower, 11353 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 210, Cincinnati OH 45241 http://www.nadona.org/ Toll free: 1-800-222-0539; local phone: 513-791-3679

National Black Nurses Association, Inc. 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 330 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803 http://www.nbna.org/ (301) 589-3200

National Council of State Boards of Nursing 111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2900 Chicago, IL 60601-4277

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

https://www.ncsbn.org/ 1.312.525.3600

1455 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004 http://www.thehispanicnurses.org/ 1-202-387-2477

National Gerontological Nurses Association 1020 Monarch Street Suite 300 Lexington Kentucky 40513

National Association of Neonatal Nurses

http://www.ngna.org/ 1-800-723-0560

NANN National Office 4700 W. Lake Avenue Glenview, IL 60025 http://www.nann.org/ 1-800-451-3795; 847-375-3660

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization 1731 King Street, Suite 100 Alexandria, Virginia 22314

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200 路 Chicago, IL 60611

http://www.nhpco.org 703/837-1500

http://www.orthonurse.org/ 1-800-289-NAON (6266)

National League for Nursing National Association of School Nurses 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 420, Silver Spring, MD 20910 http://www.nasn.org/ 1-240-821-1130

National Association of School Nurses for the Deaf 309 W. Walworth Delevan, Wisconsin 53115 http://www.nasnd.net/

National Association of Rural Health Clinics 2 East Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412 http://www.narhc.org 1-866-306-1961

61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006 http://www.nln.org/ 1-212-363-5555

National Nurses in Business Association P. O. Box 561081, Rockledge, FL 32956-1081 https://www.nnba.net/ 1-321-633-4610

National Nursing Centers Consortium 260 S Broad St # 18, Philadelphia, PA 19102-5000 http://nncc.us/ (215) 731-7140

National Student Nurses Association 45 Main Street, Suite 606, Brooklyn, NY 11201 http://www.nsna.org/ 1-718-210-0705

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Navy Nurse Corps Association

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.

585 Bethel Avenue, Port Orchard, WA 98366-4501

401 North Michigan Avenue - Chicago, IL 60611-4267

http://www.nnca.org/ (360) 876-8311

http://www.sgna.org/ 1-800-245-7462

North American Nursing Diagnosis Association

Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head/Neck Nurses

1211 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5409

207 Downing Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

http://www.nanda.org/ (215) 545-8105

http://www.sohnnurse.com/ 1-386-428-1695

Nurses Christian Fellowship

Society of Pediatric Nurses

P. O. Box 7895, Madison, WI 53707-7895 http://www.ncf-jcn.org/

7794 Grow Drive ∙ Pensacola, FL 32514

608-274-4823

https://www.pedsnurses.org/ 1-850-494-9467; 800-723-2902

Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs

Space Nursing Society

47595 Watkins Island Square, Sterling, VA 20165 US

3053 Rancho Vista Blvd., Ste H377, Palmdale, CA 93551

http://www.vanurse.org/

http://www.spacenursingsociety.net/ 1-661-949-6780

703-444-5587

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International

East Holly Avenue Box 56 Pitman, NJ 08071-0056 http://www.suna.org/ 1-888-827-7862

1801 H Street B5, Modesto, CA 95354-1215 http://www.nnvawi.org/

Transcultural Nursing Society/College of Nursing Health Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150

Oncology Nurses Society

http://www.tcns.org/ 1-888-432-5470

125 Enterprise Drive Pittsburgh, PA15275 http://www.ons.org/

Wound. Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society

866-257-4ONS (866-257-4667); 412-859-6100;

15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

877-369-5497 (toll free fax)

http://www.wocn.org/ Toll Free: 888-224-WOCN (9626)

Society for Vascular Nursing 100 Cummings Center, Suite 124 A, Beverly, MA 01915 http://svnnet.org/ Toll Free: 888-536-4786; Phone: 978-927-7800

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International Nursing

Organizations

International Association of Forensic Nurses

International Society of Nurses in Genetics

1517 Ritchie Hwy, Ste 208 Arnold, MD 21012-2323

461 Cochran Road, Box 246 Pittsburgh, PA 15228

http://www.iafn.org/

http://www.isong.org/

+1-410-626-7805

412-344-1414

International Association for Human Caring

International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health

801 East Park Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17111 USA

2424 American Lane, Madison, WI 53704-3102 USA

http://www.humancaring.org/ (717) 703-0033

http://www.ispn-psych.org 1-608-443-2463

International Council of Nurses 3, Place Jean Marteau 1201 - Geneva, Switzerland

Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International

http://www.icn.ch

1801 H Street B5, Modesto, CA 95354-1215

+41-22-908-01-00

http://www.nnvawi.org/

International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses

Nurses of Emergency (Italian)

359 Main St. Suite A, Hackensack, NJ 07601 USA

+39 348 3245441

http://www.nursesofemergency.org/

http://www.iomsn.org/ (201) 487 - 1050

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care

550 W. North Street – Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA

375 West 5th Avenue Suite 201 Vancouver, BC V5Y 1J6

888-634-7575 (TOLL FREE - US/CANADA only);

http://www.isncc.org/

+1-317-634-8171 (INTNL)

+1.604.630.5516

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