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Nurse Wins Lay’s Potato Chip Contest, Scores $1M Plus

Meneko McBeth, a 35-year-old nurse from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, submitted the winning entry into Lay’s ‘Do Us A Flavor’ Chip Contest. McBeth’s Wasabi Ginger-flavored potato chips will join the Lay’s chip line after several months of voting. Her flavor stood against other entries such as Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Mango Salsa, and (gulp) Cappuccino, which seemed to be a social media picture favorite of confused shoppers this summer. According to Yahoo! Food, McBeth will receive the greater sum of either $1 million or a percentage of the annual chip sales.

Congrats to Meneko on her haul! I wonder if her unit or department has a plethora of the salty snacks?

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Those (OCN) Credentials Look Mighty Good on Ya! [Free, Printable Cards]

I previously published a free, printable card celebrating nurses who just obtained their RN licenses. I’ve added another version – in red – of that card to the original post. 

And thanks to a sweet friend who was looking for a card to celebrate two nurses who recently obtained their OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) credentials, I’ve updated the cards to reflect that congratulations, as well. Hooray for new OCNs!

Download and enjoy the coral version.


Or, you can download and enjoy the red version.


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Those (RN) Credentials Look Mighty Good on Ya! [Free, Printable Cards]

Nursing school grads left and right are completing their NCLEX exams and gaining their Registered Nurse, R.N., credentials. Today’s free, printable card was inspired by my cousin, Shelley, who just obtained her RN license yesterday. I remember exactly what that felt like…absolutely incredible. I welcome her and the rest of my new colleagues to our amazing profession! Guard those credentials fiercely. State them proudly. Hold true to everything they represent.

This card is available to anyone and everyone, free of charge. Simply download, print (on card stock is best), write your personal sentiments on the reverse, and give, give away. Enjoy!


You can also download the red version.





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Bitter Pain. Sweet Relief.

Bitter pain.

Should be asleep.
Left lower quadrant.
Sirens nearing in.
Stabbing. Stabbing. Burning.
Make it stop.

Neighbors take the kids.
Family close by.
Paramedics asking questions.
Pressing. Pressing. Rocking.
Make it stop.

Bright lights of the ER.
Others need help, too.
Muscles tense. Now emesis.
Someone. Make it stop.

Mild relief.

Blood and urine.
CAT scan.
Pinpoint. Spreading. Spreading.
Make it stop.

Hours after hours.
Waves upon waves.
From 4 to 6 to 9 out of 10.
Writhing legs. Knees pulled up.
Make. It. Stop.

Open door.
Reassuring voice.
Morphine. Ketorolac.
Thank you, Nurse. Thank you.
Thank you for making it stop.

Sweet relief.

Reflections on impassable kidney stone pain. And relief.

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Mean Nurse

Oxymoronic, right? Mean. Nurse.

Mean [meen] – adjective, -er, -est. Offensive, selfish, or unaccommodating; nasty; malicious: a mean remark; small-minded or ignoble; penurious, stingy, or miserly.

Nurse [nurs] – noun, -ing. A person formally educated and trained in the care of the sick or infirm.

Care [kair] – noun, -ed, -ing. To be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard; to make provision or look out.

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Great December Reads

I’ve spent the past two glorious weeks with my amazing family. A good amount of time was devoted to reading and taking control of my Google Reader. It’s been wonderful. I thought I’d share an eclectic blend of some of my favorite December blog posts – not those I’ve written personally, but definitely those I have enjoyed personally.

As an iPhone and all-around technology lover, I enjoy the iMedicalApps blog. I was particularly thrilled with the announcement and review New England Journal of Medicine Image Challenge Questions Become an iPhone Medical App [Review]. I also nurse-geeked-out as I read Phrase Board can Help Patients with Speaking Difficulties Communicate Short Messages [iPad app]. Love it! And The Health Care Blog provides some great discussion on healthcare providers utilizing geolocation services (like Foursquare and Gowalla) in Geolocate This.

Paul Levy’s Running A Hospital is one of my favorite blogs of all times. It’s eclectic, practical, timely, and is usually the perfect chunk of digestible information. Some of my favorite reads from Mr. Levy this month have included Enthusiastic Transparency and Lives & Times. Another great healthcare read is from the Health Affairs blogWhy We Still Kill Patients – Invisibility, Inertia, & Income. Worth it!

As a mother of young children, it’s important my family volunteers together as we all serve our community. If you’re interested in the same, you might also enjoy the Volunteer Spot blog posts Four Reasons to Volunteer with Your Kids and Teaching Your Kids to “Walk the Talk.”

And while I direct a nonprofit organization, Dan Pallota’s Harvard Business Review blog is a must-read. He challenges the norm always and unapologetically. I love that. He’s posted twice in December, and both are worth your time no matter if you work in the nonprofit sector or not: How to Fix Misunderstandings at Work and in Life and Micro-Meddling Boards Undermine Progress.

Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out the great submissions and nominations for the first ever Those Emergency Blues Prize for Writing. I have loved reading from the best and brightest of the diverse nurse blogosphere.

December 2010 hasn’t been short on great content. Here’s to January 2011!

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Nurse Blogger Spurs Other Nurses

If you’re a nurse blogger, or you know a nurse blogger, check out the first ever Those Emergency Blues for Writing.

I love, love, love this idea. I’ll submit an entry from Nursetopia, for sure, but the more, the merrier. TorontoEmergencyRN, thanks for being a leader among us!

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The Three Most Powerful Words in Nursing

It’s a phrase said every day among millions of strangers.

“I’m your nurse.”

Seems simple enough, but those words hold power. Enveloped in three syllables is a promise. Even when it means “I’m the only one who can take this assignment right now,” or “Only eight more hours between me and the weekend,” it’s still a promise. A promise to analyze, problem-solve, prioritize, advocate, listen, encourage, treat, empathize, support, facilitate, and educate. It’s the ultimate confidentiality agreement leading to the beginning of an immediately intimate relationship. Very few statements match its power.

What do those three little words currently mean to you?