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The Morning Thought

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There is an interesting article I found while going through the New York Times this morning. I actually heard about it yesterday on NPR, and after seeing the article this morning, it got me thinking:

With society becoming more and more technologically depedent, what are the health ramifications?

Tennis elbow. Runner’s knee. Texter’s thumb? Don’t be surprised if that becomes a new term (if it isn’t already).  I am currently suffering from txtrs thumb, thanks in part to a recent purchase of an iPod Touch. I text with my cell phone, but I’ve never experienced pain like this… and I punch those keys pretty fast. But now with this Touch, my thumb (the left to be exact) is worn out. I wonder if it’s because unlike the keys on my phone, the screen does not give. Or it could be with each different device, a new typing method must be implemented.

The NYT article can be found here. It discusses both the psychological and physical changes texting is now creating, especially in teenagers… but can be applied to anyone tied down with any sort of portible electronic device.

Tell me what you think.

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May 27, 2009 at 07:08

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NCLEX Practice Question of the Week

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Here is the weekly question posted on the NCSBN Learning Extension:

An older adult client with tuberculosis has difficulty coughing up secretions for a sputum specimen. Which nursing action is appropriate?

  1. “Spray the oropharynx with saline”
  2. “Ask the client to drink a warm liquid”
  3. “Force fluids for the next eight hours”
  4. “Raise the head of the bed to at least 45 degrees”

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May 26, 2009 at 20:51

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My First Day

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My first day of nursing school is over, and I’m suddenly developing amnesia. Is it information overload?

Here’s what I do remember:

My plan was to sleep early so I would be ready for a whole day of classes. This never happened, as I ended up making it back home after midnight. Not to worry, six hours of sleep would work just as well.

It would have worked if I could sleep. I woke up several times during the night and by the time I finally got up, I was more exhausted than when I originally went to bed.

I had prepared everything the night before, so I had time to relax before I left for school. I’m not sure if I should tempt the traffic gods, so I will be giving myself a nice big window to get to campus. It took me twenty minutes to get to school today, leaving me enough time to pick up a large iced coffee and get acquainted with the building I will be spending all my time in for the next year.

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May 26, 2009 at 20:15

Last Weekend of Freedom

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This is it.

I am five days away from the start of NS. Five days before a year of the crazy.

And how am I spending it?

Working. This is my last weekend at the hospital. I am going to miss it enormously, but it’s time for me to move on. Let’s be honest- that is a dead end for me. I can only do so much as a Unit Clerk. No offense to those of you that have been doing it for years. The UC is an important part of the team, but there are bigger and better things out there for me.

Which reminds me… I need to pick up a thank you card for the night staff.

The notes for class are already posted. I took a look at them last night… and wth? Of the 10+ chapters we needed to pre-read before day one, the notes lightly mention little things here and there.

Seriously?

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May 21, 2009 at 22:25

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NCLEX Practice Question of the Week

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Here is the weekly question posted on the NCSBN Learning Extension:

A nurse admits a clinet transferred from the emergency room (ER). The client, diagnosed with a myocardial infarction, is complaing of substernal chest pain, diaphoresis and nausea. What should be the first action taken by the nurse?

  1. “Get the PRN 12 lead EKG taken”
  2. “Administer morphine sulfate as ordered”
  3. “Flexion of the legs with rebound tenderness”
  4. “Hyperflexion of the neck with rebound flexion of the legs”

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May 18, 2009 at 22:13

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Testing one two

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Hey there. Just posting from my iPod touch. I’m actually pretty good at using the touch screen keypad.

Okay, time to get some sleep and rest these thumbs of mine.

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May 18, 2009 at 04:11

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Dual Purpose

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I really need to stop buying things, but I convinced myself that this was an absolute.

I bought an Ipod Touch. Second generation, 8gb to be specific. I already have a nano, which I use when I go running/biking/anything to isolate me from the rest of the world. So I don’t need another mp3 player.

I plan on using it as my PDA, although I don’t know if I need it just yet for nursing school. But afterwards there will be plenty of usage. What really sold me was the fact that the applications that work on the iPhone also work on the Touch. And there are several good nursing/medical applications that would help me out in the long run.

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May 15, 2009 at 23:42

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