Monthly Archives: March 2013

And. . .that’s a wrap. . .

As I cruise toward my final examination of the term, I’m reflecting on all the good times.  Like the staggering 42.3 hours of lectures I’ve recorded for this term (doesn’t count the first day when I forgot. . .there’s another 3 hours or so in there).

It’s helped some to have a second chance at listening to the content again. . .and I’ve been able to share these golden hours with my classmates by uploading lecture recordings to our online class website.  Sometimes, life happens:  a kid gets sick, work mandates you to stay over, or something else, and it’s not possible to make it to lecture.  Nursing school is hard enough without missing school (physically or mentally).

I feel like such a media bigshot, using my nifty digital recorder.  No, it’s not for my American Idol tryout (too old, and no one’s pants are anywhere near the ground). . .but there’s no better cure for insomnia than a nursing school lecture recording (almost as good as sleeping in class).

I do love the recorder – a Sony ICD-SX712. . .the software that comes with it allows me to edit, name and export lecture recordings like someone who knows what they’re doing.  Plunk the recording into iTunes, and there they are, hours of jaw-wrenching yawndom, ready to insert knowledge into my brain (which resists information like cellular receptors in a person with DM2 resist insulin).

You can probably find this one cheaper, but as Ferris Bueller would say, “If you have the means, I highly picking one up.”  Link to Sony: ICD-SX712



Top 10 Ways to Know You’ve Arrived as a CNA

All apologies to David Letterman. . .

10.  You write a CNA blog.

9.  You’ve worn out your first pair of Danskos.

8.  For entertainment value, you find a really epic code brown ranks above a boring code blue – in which where you are almost always next in line for compressions. . .aaaand the code gets called off. . . (not quite “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” but close).

7.  You start playing “guess the CBG value – over/under” with your nurses to spice up a shift.

6.  You stop hoping for extra shifts. . .

5.  You know how to hack the voicemail greeting recording feature on the butt wipes warmer.

4.  Your nurses never bring their iPhone charging cable because they know you have one in your pocket.

3.  You hope your 1:1 patient becomes agitated/combative so you have something to do besides stare into space and wait for 12 hours to pass.

2.  You are no longer oriented to time and date (much like a good portion of your patients and almost all of your coworkers).


1.  You rejoice at one of your nurses telling you “Hey disorderlycna, I need you, my patient just crapped the bed” – because that cleanup event is the ticket out of being sucked into your third sweatyfoleyyeastypannus (TM) bariatric patient Foley insertion event in another room.