Congratulations are due

Regular readers here know that commenter Deana has been training to become an R.N.  I just got word that she passed her boards.  This news is no surprise to those of us who know her incredibly sharp mind, but it is still a wonderful accomplishment and one that deserves heartiest congratulations.

So congratulations, Deana!  I know everyone here joins me in wishing you a long and happy career.

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  • Bill Smith

    Well Done, Deana! Thank you for doing this!!

  • Gail

    How wonderful! Congratulations, Deana.

  • Oldflyer

    Congratulations Deana.

    My older daughter is an RN. Over the past year she moved into a management position, but loved her job delivering babies so much that she goes back to her former hospital to work the floor a couple of weekends a month.

    I hope you enjoy as much satisfaction from your profession.

  • Charles Martel

    Deana, thanks for bringing two wonderful things to our common table: your fine mind and your skills as a healer. You go!


    Bravissima, Deana!

  • Ymarsakar

    Great job, Deana. Fare you well in your endeavors.

  • Deana

    Oh my goodness! I just logged on and saw this! Thank you, Bookworm, and thank you everyone for your well wishes. That really means a lot to me.

    I just accepted a position in cardiac intermediate/intensive care, which is an area in which I am interested in specializing. But yes, Oldflyer, there is something really wonderful about the maternity ward. I just love going in there and wrapping a newborn up like a little burrito and rocking a little one to sleep. It is easily the most wonderful place in a hospital.

    Thanks everyone!

  • Danny Lemieux

    Woo hoo! Congrats. Now I just need to know which hospital to get sent to if I get into an accident. You’ve made a very positive contribution to the world, Deana.

  • Mike Devx

    Well Done, Deana! Best wishes and may happiness (especially on the new job!) be yours!

  • suek


    I hope in the future, you’ll be including in your comments some of the reactions you hear/observe about the new national health care Obama intends to implement. It seems to me that he has approached it entirely from the viewpoint of the insurance industry, with no consideration of the doctors and nurses who will be put in a position of either accepting the conditions established, moving back into an entirely private practice(if permitted to do so), or looking for a different occupation.

    I’d sure like to hear it “straight from the horse’s mouth”, so to speak.

  • Deana

    Thank you!

    I wound up accepting a great distance away from the Chicago Metro area. Chicago hospitals simply are not hiring still or if they are, they are looking for nurses who are super experienced OR nurses willing to work in “critical need” areas, which means floors that aren’t staffed well. NOT a good area for a new nurse to be!

    I’m still not sure what is causing the problem as other hospitals in Illinois and other states definitely are hiring. Chicago needs to think hard about what this means for them. Now, another town is geting my tax money. Another town’s population is getting additional nursing care at their hospital, etc. Chicago hospitals cannot possibly be fully staffed with nurses.

    I do plan to become more informed about health care and how government intervention is affecting the delivery of quality health care. A person could probably do an entire blog on just that issue!

    I think Obama has big, big plans for this industry and I’ll be anxious to see what is coming down the pipe. Already the ERs are chock-full of people who come in for the sniffles or some small rash that should be taken care of by a primary care physician. These people come in and tell us that they are in the ER because they know they don’t have to pay us “up front” (which is often code for “ever”). Basically, they are telling us we are supposed to work for free.

    I wonder if they work for free?

  • Oldflyer

    Deana, I too will be interested in your take on the overhaul of the health care industry as it progresses. Both my daughters are in the industry– in California yet. They both say that Obama-like “reforms” are needed. Strangely enough, one works for the state of California (UC-Irvine Medical) and the other for LA County. The one who works for LA county has seen nothing but turmoil resulting from governmental mismanagement and meddling for years. She and the other management of her facility are even now trying to take it private before the county finally ruins a world class rehab center. The state employees are beginning to see the hand-writing on the wall. Yet, for some reason they seem to think that the Federal government will be a more effective manager. I just shake my head and wonder if their hearts are simply larger than their brains. (No, they certainly are not challenged intellectually, but clearly have blind spots).

    I wish you luck. Obviously, I have a warm spot for nurses and PTs. Unfortunately, despite the severe shortages, I have the feeling that the industry tries to treat nurses like the airline industry treats flight attendants. Don’t let those MDs push you around either.

  • suek

    >>for some reason they seem to think that the Federal government will be a more effective manager.>>

    I have a feeling that this is the result of the “I want to talk to your supervisor” mentality…there’s the feeling that if you just go one step higher on the food chain, you’ll finally get someone to respond to your problem and hopefully solve it. In this case, the Federal Government is the step up, so they’re hopeful that someone there will solve their problem, seemingly blissfully unaware that those who are in Washington have been – for all intents and purposes – promoted to the level of incompetence.

    Having been a school board member subject to being voted out or recalled, and knowing what multiple situations we had to deal with that were outside the experience of any of us, I absolutely dread the thought of transferring the decision-making power to someone as far away as D.C. with virtually no way to demand answerability. If I had my way, no school board would control more than 2-3 schools. That way, the power of parents to remove them would not be diluted. Of course, we all know that the goal of the Dems is to remove the authority of parents over the education of their children. Children need to be properly indoctrinated, you know…

  • Deana

    Oldflyer –

    That is so interesting about your daughters. If the one is working with others to make her facility private before further damage occurs at the hand of government, why does she support Obama’s efforts?

    It is this “blind spot” – I think you gave it a perfect name, actually – that we need to work on. At least, that is the tactic I take.

    For example, when people ask me about hospital policies, if the situation permits, I tell them about all of the regulations we are forced to adhere to just to meet Joint Commission mandates. The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that accredits hospitals and other medical facilities. If a hospital does NOT meet their requirements, bad things can happen such as causing increased risk management/risk reduction costs, not being recognized by some insurers or other entities, not meeting certain state requirements, and so forth.

    Understand that I am not arguing that the Joint Commission is a bad thing. It’s just that hospitals turn themselves inside out and spend millions trying to meet Joint Commission requirements and the Joint Commission is “only” an independent, not-for-profit organization, not the federal government.

    What sort of madness would ensue if the federal government controls our health care services?


    And thanks for the wishes for good luck! I’ll need them. I have so much to learn.

  • Al

    Hearty congratulations on your achievement and commitment to patient care.
    A life in the healing arts is a journey like no other. You will work your heart out for your patients, and be rewarded ten fold in ways expected and a hundred fold in ways completely unexpected.
    Welcome to the fight!

  • Deana

    Thank you! Thank you!