Monthly Archives: June 2013


Fair Food: A Dangerous Summer Pastime

One of my favorite things to do during the summer often gets me in trouble. It’s the reason many of my attire choices include a stretchy fabric of some sort. Oh sure, I may make excuses for my clothing choices by saying I’m just increasing my potential maternity wardrobe (for two or three years down

Take Care of Your Ears! You’re Gonna Need Them!

I find that one of the great joys of nursing is having the opportunity to share life experiences with my patients and learn from their wisdom. The other day, I took care of a patient who was nearly deaf and had a very difficult time hearing almost anything, unless I spoke in a low tone, very

A Walk We Should All Remember

It was an early summer evening in 2007. The air was cool, not cold, but I still crossed my arms tightly to my chest. It wasn't the chill of the crisp air that I was trying to keep from my skin, but the flood of emotions I was trying to keep within. My eyes squinted

Good Sleep is Crucial for Good Health

I am a night nurse; I work from 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. three nights a week. Bouncing back and forth between sleeping during the day and sleeping at night is not easy. It takes focus and a commitment to making sleep a priority. Good sleep is perhaps the single biggest element in promoting overall

You Just Can’t Beat It… Or Can You?

What’s relatively inexpensive, tastes great, has loads of sweetener, caffeine, and can be used as a cleaner or a projector of Mentos candies? Give up? Coca Cola! This caramel colored confection has been sweetening lives around the world for over 100 years, and will continue to do so, I’m sure, as long as Americans have

One More Thing We’re Doing to Reduce Medical and Medication Errors

An estimated 80 percent of serious medical errors involve miscommunication between caregivers when patients are transferred or handed off, according to a recent article in American Nurse. Other studies (Maxfield et al. 2005) show that more than 60 percent of medication errors are caused by mistakes in interpersonal communication. With staggering numbers like these, it’s

Summer Lovin – a bittersweet relationship with a BBQ

Ahhhh… Summer in Oregon. The two month stretch of rain-free weather that is usually jam packed with festivals, fireworks, food, and friends. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about summer is the American classic barbecue. Anything that can be cooked outside over a flame is some good eating, in my

Environmental Factors Impact Our Health

Recently I cared for a veteran who shared with me that he had been exposed to many environmental factors throughout his service to our country, which have had a drastic impact on his health status. We talked about the long-term effects of being exposed to chemical agents and how they impact our soldiers around the

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