Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes

Cross-posting from my Tumblr:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) > Policy & Advocacy > Get Involved > Nursing Voices Nursing Votes 

I keep saying I’m going to blog on here more often, and then life happens.  Getting this link in email today prompted me to at least pop in with a signal boost. I mean, it is primary day here in Connecticut, so the timing is perfect.


My students have heard me say, and I’ve probably said it on here, that I consider the statement, “I’m not political” to be a dangerous cop-out for nurses.  Not knowing or paying attention to how our political system works means abandoning all responsibility and voice in shaping the policies that affect our profession.

(The same could be said more generally, but I’m focusing on nursing right now.)

Here’s a perfect example.  I have a family member (in another state) who recently underwent heart surgery, followed by weeks in the ICU and two bouts of sepsis.  I was relieved when they were d/c’ed to a SNF (skilled nursing facility aka rehab facility).  I was horrified when the SNF d/c’ed them home still needing q4hour iv antibiotics around the clock via PICC.

For the non-nurses reading along, that means they sent him home still needing heavy-duty antibiotics every four hours around the clock, to be given through a line basically dumping right into his vena cava – right before the heart he just had surgery on that led to all this mess.  At home.  By their spouse, who is chronically ill themselves (thus has no business being required to get up through the night to give meds like this) and has no clinical background whatsoever.

It shouldn’t take a nurse to see how many things are wrong with this picture.

As far as I know, this is not possible in Connecticut.  I’ve worked at a couple of SNFs, and “still needs iv antibiotics more than once a day” is one of the deal-killers for sending people home.  A visitng nurse can do daily, or maybe even twice-daily iv meds in the home.  Not every four hours.  And family members can not be delegated the task.  It has to be a licensed professional.  Someone who’s had years of training in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and aseptic technique.  I have some homework to do on exactly what is in the code to support this, because of course it’s cheaper to send people home.  Always.  It’s just not always safer.

My family member was glad to be home.  Their spouse was glad to have them home, and reassured me, “I can get a nurse on FaceTime to talk me through it,” which gave me an even bigger potential heart attack of my own.  They were lucky.  No third bout of sepsis.  All done with the antibiotics and life is good.  They were lucky.

I don’t want to see this happening here in my state.  I need to know what the code says and make sure that (in this haven for insurance companies) that if legislation is put forward that would allow this sort of dangerous practice, that nursing voices are heard and not just insurance company voices.  That means calling or face-to-face talking to my state rep and state senator, which is so much easier now that I’ve done it a couple of times.  I don’t agree with them on a lot of things, but when it comes to health-related issues, they’ve voted in ways I’ve advocated for.  Not just because of me, but me and every other constituent who had something to say.

That’s just at the state level.  There are federal-level policies that affect nursing too.  So it’s important for nurses to have at least a baseline familiarity with what’s going on and how it all works.

This is where the new AACN resource comes in.  It has easy-to-access information on voter registration, information on federal policy, connections to state grassroots liaisons, resources specifically for nursing faculty, resources specifically for nursing students, and more.

It is non-partisan, meaning it isn’t aligned with a particular political party.  That said, it’s obviously aligned with nursing priorities.  As someone who grew up with no party affiliation and a strong family background of voting issues rather than parties, I am emphatically in favor of this sort of resource.

We need to be engaged.  We need to be informed.  We need to be involved.  Go check this out, bookmark it, and make use of it.  I know I plan to.

Lydia Hall (1906 – 1969)


Inspiration for Activism!

  • Established and directed the Loeb Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York, from 1963 to 1969.
  • Her “Core, Cure, Care” nursing theory identifies the nurse-to-patient relationship as central to healing for those who are chronically ill (see more detail here).
  • Consistent with her philosophy that nurses were key to healing for people with chronic illness, Loeb was run by nurses, had an all RN staff; medicine served only as an ancillary service.
  • Her nursing-centered care model reduced rehabilitation time and length of stay by up to one-half to one-third.

More information here and here and here.

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Come one, come all, to the 2018 GLMA Nursing Summit! — GLMA Nursing

Signal boosting!

While it’s still early days for a detailed agenda, plans for the GLMA Nursing Summit on October 10, 2018 are taking shape. There will be a wealth of nursing knowledge and skills presented on topics such as e-cigarettes, transgender health, stigma and anal sexuality, sexual violence, sex work, trauma and alcohol among sexual minority women, […]

via Come one, come all, to the 2018 GLMA Nursing Summit! — GLMA Nursing

Cabin Mixer II // July Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 3

This is the second of two blog posts profiling the Camp NaNoWriMo “Authortube Cabin.” While not quite 100% are YouTubers, all are bloggers/vloggers of some type. If you are looking for writers of fiction to follow (including SioSavi, the one writing up the profiles), this is a great place to start, along with the one I just reblogged.

Waddup Savi Crew!

Third week of Camp Nano and at of the point of this blog post, I’ve completed 21 hours (more specifically 19 chapters out of 27) in my YA anime-inspired fantasy WIP. I’m so relieved that I pledged hours instead of words because I highly doubt I would’ve been able to keep up daily word count while working full-time and having a 3-month old in the house. And it’s not that the baby demands my attention (after all, he’s my nephew—my role is to provide the occasional spoil lolz) but these are important milestones in his life so I feel somewhat guilty when I’m putting aside spending quality time with him to focus on my novel. Is there such a thing as “aunt guilt”? No? Not so much?

I’ve found that scheduling quality time gets him in a routine so I don’t feel as guilty when I’m editing…

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Cabin Mixer I // July Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 2

I know I’ve been quiet on here lately. Here’s one of the reasons why: much more fiction writing. (Another is discovering PaperPile, which is a far more efficient way of organizing references than tagging stuff on a blog, but that’s probably a post unto itself.)

So, I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, and one of my fellow cabin mates, SioSavi, has done a couple of posts profiling all the cabin members. We have an incredibly active and supportive cabin, probably due in part to the fact that we’re all some form of bloggers/vloggers, so we’re used to talking about our process and sharing encouragement online.

If you’re interested in finding some cool people who blog and/or vlog about writing, check out this post and the next, and don’t forget to follow SioSavi herself, too!

P.S. As you’ll probably be able to tell by looking at the profile pictures, never mind te nursing-related stuff, yes “nursinggeek” is me.  That’s become my handle across all the rest of my social media (Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and while I somehow messed up having it be my username, YouTube).  Much more manageable than the busynurse* series I had going.  (Started with “busynursebento” and “busynursewellness” on Blogger, became “busynurseresearch” on here.)  If I can figure out how to switch that over here so they all match (without having to redo a mess of URLs), that will happen at some point.

Waddup Savi Crew!

Second week of Camp Nano and I’m happy to report that I’m still doing awesome; hitting my hourly count goals—life is good. At of the point of this blog post, I’m at Chapter 12 of my YA anime-inspired fantasy. Moreover, now I can focus on other projects since my middle grade fiction has grinded to a screeching halt. Stemming from beta feedback, it’s gonna involve MAJOR rewrites but I’ve completed the redrafted outline and I’m currently revising character arcs. Suffice it to say, this experience has been a learning curve. Nevertheless, that project is a no-go (at least, for the time being).

That Camp Nano update aside—as promised—I’m gonna highlight my awesome Authortuber cabin mates. Since there are SEVENTEEN of them, I will be splitting it up into two parts—eight this week and nine next week. If I featured seventeen people this week, WordPress would probably shut…

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Bullet Journals and Academic Otters

So, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of bullet journaling.  I’m finding it to be a great way to organize myself in analog, which so far seems far more effective than any digital approach I’ve taken.  It was actually some of my students last year who introduced me to the concept of bullet journaling, as this was the approach they took to helping people at their field site get their stress under control by getting their schedules under control.

If you’re interested in learning more about the topic, here are a few links:

Ryder Carroll’s Original Bullet Journal System

Beginner’s Guide to Bullet Journaling | How to Start a Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal 101 Playlist from Boho Berry

Why the Bullet Journal is the Best Planner for ADHD Brains

A couple of bullet journalists that I follow on YouTube shared the way they use the bullet journal system as educators/academics.  As someone newish to having to plan out and balance the “three legs of the academic stool” (teaching, scholarship, and service), I decided this might be a very good thing to explore.

Bullet Journal Setup for Educators, Teachers, and Academics

Flip Through | Teacher Bullet Journal

2017 Plan with Me! | Academic Bullet Journal

As I’ve been brainstorming how I want to set up my shiny new A4 Academic Bullet Journal, one idea that I had was to create a collection page for those things you tend to run across as you’re researching one thing that aren’t quite what you need but you reallyreallyreally want to chase them down and just can’t right now.  I decided I was going to call this my “Recycle Bin.”  And then I watched the last video linked above, the 2017 Plan with Me, and was introduced to the concept of “academic otters.”

If you’re familiar with the phrase “plot bunny,” well, this is the academic equivalent.  It’s that idea that takes up residence in your brain, running around and demanding all your attention until you at least give it something to keep it quiet for now while you focus on what you currently need to be doing.  In the world of fiction, particularly fan fiction, these persistent (often to the point of annoying) ideas are called “plot bunnies.”  Liz Gloyn over at Classically Inclined coined the parallel term, “academic otters,” which is absolutely perfect.  She also gives some suggestions on how to keep said otters relatively tame and controlled so they do not take over and derail what you are working on, aka “The Care and Feeding of Academic Otters.”

My current thought is that I’ll probably stick with the collection idea.  Collections, as a bullet journal tool, are perfect for exactly this sort of thing.  Stuff needs a home?  Give it a page, label it and index it so you can find it later, and you’re golden!  No more sorting or organizing needed.  Yet.  Then, when it comes time to review what I have in the works and what I want to take on next (and have forgotten all about these otters who are now merrily chasing each other around in their collection river) I can see which otters are ready to come out and play ideas are most viable to move into the pipeline.

Have you used a bullet journal or similar approach to organize your academic pursuits?  Do you have a different way of handling your academic otters?  (Can we get everyone to please start using the phrase “academic otters” throughout academia?)  Let me know in the comments!

Paperpile and this blog

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted much in the way of new content here.  Tumblr seems a more logical venue for random ramblings, and Paperpile has become my go-to for organizing and tagging articles that I am referencing in something I’m working on, have referenced in the past, or think I will likely want to reference in the future.

That was sort of this blog’s raison d’etre.   And duplicating that work here is not, I think, particularly useful.  In any case, I don’t have the time to do both.  So this blog is likely to remain quiet, with the occasional reblog/signal boost (though that, too, is more a Tumblr-ish thing).

Help with Predatory Online Open-Access Journals

Some important considerations when deciding where to publish.

As some of you know, librarian Jeffrey Beall’s ScholarlyOA web site (which provided Beall’s running list of “possibly/probably predatory online journals”) was shut down earlier this year.

In its absence, these suggestions are also helpful (from here: )


Get started early. While it’s often an afterthought, consider where to submit your manuscript early on, says Andy Pleffer of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. “Think about it up front so you’ve got a longer lead-in time and you can create a longer list of where you might publish. Especially if you’ve got a particular journal on your radar, they might have a special issue coming up that ties in quite neatly with your particular expertise.”

Scan the TOC. Are there any familiar names in the journal’s table of contents? Do you recognize any members of the journal’s editorial advisory board? If the answers to both are…

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Virtual Journal Club – Gender queer: Politics is killing us — GLMA Nursing

One thing we’ve decided to try is to have a virtual journal club in which we discuss an article related to LGBTQ health, and for our first article, it seemed like a good idea to start with this article by Laura C. Hein and Mary F. Cox. The topic is timely, and the lead author […]

via Virtual Journal Club – Gender queer: Politics is killing us — GLMA Nursing

The first of what will hopefully be a biweekly series of journal article discussions.

Just Some Good Ole Boys

So, we’re out at a local bar that has an “open mic night” on Mondays, and the spousal unit requested the old Dukes of Hazard theme song “Good Ole Boys.”

I’m seriously conflicted about how much I like this song.  When I watched it as a kid, Bo and Luke Duke were all about standing up to the corrupt establishment. Specifically Boss Hogg, who represented every corrupt cop everywhere. And it was made explicitly clear (though I don’t know how often) that they were about fairness to everyone regardless of societal prejudices.

Today, as an adult, I’m far more conflicted about enjoying that song. They drove a car called the “General Lee” for Gods’ sakes.  It had a Confederate flag on it, and wtf is that about? In-universe, however, I absolutely accept that Bo and Luke Duke, and their Uncle Jessie and cousin Daisy, were only in favor of fairness against the establishment.  In fact, I probably can credit them with some of my present-day SJW tendencies.

But .. the General Lee. The Confederate flag. Those symbols mean something. There’s a reason people have been pushing to get them taken down.  There’s a reason I strongly support that.

I told the spousal unit, this is why I’m conflicted about liking this song, as opposed to outright hating it. Life isn’t simple. Ever.

This is the stuff we need to impart to our front-line patient-care staff.  It;s never simple.  It’s never textbook.  If you focus on what the patient needs, and respect their wishes, you’ll do your job well. If you let your explicit or implicit biases guide you, you will not. I guess that’s the point.