All I Can Manage Today are Random Thoughts

Just can’t get into the groove today: started two blog posts and after writing a couple of paragraphs, they both look like gibberish to me. Funny thing is, this is the very first completely free day I’ve had in a couple of weeks, and I had planned to get some serious writing done today. Focus seems to be the problem. Maybe it’s the fact the house looks like a hobo camp, or that the pile of laundry is rapidly gaining altitude, or that I have a some minor, yet pressing chores to do — in any event, the Muse has gone elsewhere today.

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One of the speakers at the Trauma Nursing Conference I went to a little while ago was from the Society of  Trauma Nurses, which seems to be principally known for providing the Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses course. STN markets itself towards the “leadership of trauma nursing around the world” and yet its stated aim is “become the premiere nursing organization in the world for advancing the nursing care of injured patients.” It might be the February crankies talking, but does anyone else see the contradiction in this? Or the condescension? I mean, how can anyone talk about being the best nursing organization in the known universe, while ignoring the front line? Isn’t leadership and excellence for all nurses? Incidentally, the speaker, Deborah Harkins, mentioned that on a membership survey 477 nurses identified themselves as “leaders” while only 36 were front-line staff. She didn’t seem to think this was a problem.

After Harkins gave her talk, I asked my table mates if any of them intended to join STN. Much hilarity ensued. My guess is that until STN changes its membership philosophy, its goal to be the gold standard for trauma nurses will prove elusive

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More about the conference. It was actually pretty well done, and worthwhile attending.  Only a couple of presentations were out-and-out duds. But I have to ask: perusing the program, why were the vast majority of presenters physicians? At a nursing conference?

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I saw a disturbing bright light in the sky the other day. Oh right, it was the sun.

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I’m going to clean out my linky-loos on the blogroll later today, maybe, after I do the laundry. Anyone have any tips on good nursing/health care blogs to add?

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Still no word about the leap to the Dark Side. I’m not that anxious about whether I got the job or not. But I dislike the wait. It’s like being told, “We are going to make a life-altering decision about you or not, and we’re going to string you along until the last possible moment before we reveal our choice.” That’s what aggravating.



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  1. #1 by Jenn Jilks on Thursday 24 February 2011 - 1147

    Good post. Re: interviews, you seldom heard in education, too. (At least in my day!)
    My son, an actor, never hears back if he didn’t win an audition. He just puts it out of his mind. But he is young!

    The front line seems to be fuzzy in healthcare. As with all professionals, those who do not attend PD, are the ones who most need it!

    I believe in conferences, and PD. Volunteers are being trained at the local level, for sure, but provincially, not so.

    I have concerns about Canadian Hospice Palliative Care, too.
    Just wrote a post on that. Currently, Hospice and Palliative Care Associations are being integrated. Good thing, but I have no voice as a volunteer and former family member/caregiver. Pretty sad. Family members are the least able to attend a conference and learn something. They’re juggling caregiving.
    Good luck.

  2. #2 by Dr Dean on Saturday 26 February 2011 - 1126

    What have you got against physicians??? Just kidding-I have been to conferences with nurse presenters, and us neanderthals would all say, “what is he/she doing here?”
    Being a physician blogging towards a nurse audience, I am probably overly sensitive about these issues.

    My only thought would be, if you learned something-great.
    If there were nurses who could impart the same info-they should be given a chance to shine.

    glad to have you back!

    • #3 by torontoemerg on Wednesday 02 March 2011 - 1145

      Good point, Dean — I’ll leave the snark at home next time. :)

  3. #4 by The Nerdy Nurse on Tuesday 01 March 2011 - 2203

    I hate even the thought of a change of job. It is so nerve-wracking to start all over at a new place, or even on different days. I wish you luck with the change and hope everything works out exactly how you want.

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