Why We Should Care About A Smooth Transition From Nursing Student to Professional

Due to the projected shortage of nurses, nursing schools are working to get more and more nurses out. There are several schools, including NYU Nursing, that depend on more clinical experience in simulation labs and less time in the hospitals.

While I support technology in all of its glory, nothing replaces human contact and connection. In our process of trying to be more efficient with our time, or in the hospital’s cases, more efficient with hiring, having people submit online application just removes us from feeling personally engaged with an individual. In my humble opinion, technology should enhance relationships, not separate people.

This explains why Columbia students have an advantage over NYU students. During the last two months of their nursing school, they are working with a nurse in the hospital for 40 hours (give or take), working day shifts and night shifts. They are given this time to really hone their skills and to get to know the nurses on a particular unit. This provides both the students and the hospitals great benefits.

1) The hospitals do not pay the students. While hospitals must pay for the nurses to precept the students, they do not have to pay the students to gain this experience.

2) The students are gaining one-on-one attention with the nurses and are honing their skills. They are gaining experience and appreciating everything that they learn.

3) The nurse managers and nurses feel much more comfortable about hiring a particular student because she has been on the unit and they see how she would fit into the unit.

I feel that this work immersion approach, especially for second-degree accelerated students who do not have the summer off for nurse externships, is appropriate for all parties.

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Five-Point Plan to Strengthen Protections Against Sexual Predators

**For Immediate Release**

October 9, 2012


Contact: 212-788-7116

Release # 157-2012

Speaker Quinn Proposes Five-Point Plan to Strengthen Protections Against Sexual Predators

Speaker, City & State Legislators, DA Vance, Advocates Seek Increased Penalties for Criminals and Greater Support for Victims

New York, NY – Taking action to keep dangerous sexual predators off the streets, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced a range of proposals that provide stiffer penalties for criminals and increased support for victims. Today’s announcement follows a number of recent sexual assault crimes, including attacks in Central Park and Hudson River Park. Council Members Julissa Ferreras, Jessica Lappin and Peter Vallone, as well as State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, joined Speaker Quinn in her announcement. The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, The Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and CONNECT also participated.

Speaker Quinn detailed a package of five proposals that take aim at sexual predators and help those who are victimized by their crimes:

  • Increase In-Person Appearance Requirements for Level 2 Sex Offenders
  • Expand the time period within which repeat sexual offenders can be charged with persistent sexual abuse
  • Increase penalties for multiple acts of public lewdness
  • Secure dedicated funding to the City’s Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) program
  • Call on judges to seek maximum penalties for sex crimes

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COW is now WOW to not offend people

Last night, I ate with one of my classmates and she was excited that the hospital she’s working in finally has COWs. Or Computers On Wheels.

In Michigan when I was touring several hospitals, I saw that there were WOWs. I finally had to ask the nurse educator, “What is a WOW?”

“Oh, that’s a Workstation On Wheels.”

“Oh, that’s kind of like COW. That’s what I learned in school.”

“Yes, it used to be called a COW but we changed the name to WOW to not offend people.”

“How would you offend someone by calling a computer a COW?” I paused for a moment to think about it. “Oh, unless someone is self-conscious about his weight and you say, ‘Hey, can you bring that COW in here?’ And he thinks that you’re talking about him instead of the computer. I get it now.”

Interesting choice of words~ I guess we have to be careful with our choice of words.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.”

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

~Charles R. Swindoll

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile…

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

~Leo Buscaglia

“The person who risks nothings, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”

~Leo Buscaglia

There’s a Helium Shortage On — and It’s Affecting More than Just Balloons

When someone I knew was buying balloons in bulk, he mentioned that the prices of balloons have increased because of the helium shortage. This happened about 4 months ago. Now it’s the number 1 story on TIME. How interesting.