Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lions and Tigers and Nurses....A Review

Awhile back I did a post on Amy Glenn Vega's Nursing Novella titled Lions and Tigers and Nurses. You can find that post here. If you remember (or just read) I was a bit skeptical when first asked to be involved with these nursing novellas on my blog but then opened the press release and figured I'd give them a try. I'm glad I did. I received a copy of this first novella and was excited to read it. Unfortunately I haven't had the proper time to sit down and review it properly on here. So here it is:

This story is a classic "nurses eat their young" story. The two main characters are Haylie, the new grad and Miriam, the preceptor. Haylie starts and Miriam immediately treats her like she knows nothing instead of taking her under her wing and teaching her how to be a great nurse.

The book then goes on to tackle lateral violence which is rampant in healthcare today. In the book Haylie, Miriam and their nurse manager Donna attend a class on it to help deal with the way they are treating each other. Amy is very thorough in this class in describing lateral violence using the "Lateral Violence Top Ten Among Nurses" list.

By the end of the book everyone has learned quite a bit about each other and how to treat each other. And there is even a bit of romance!! Does Haylie leave Miriam's floor due to the way she was treated? Now, that would be giving things away!! Read it for yourself and get the CNEs. To get them you have to answer 15 questions on what you learned about lateral violence.

Amy's second novella Broken Heart is out now too. It deals with coping with change and loss. It is next on my reading list. Thanks to Ken, Amy and Pritchett & Hull for giving me this opportunity.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Code 8 where?????


    Not too long ago we had a person (that wasn't a patient or employee) however was in the hospital building try and hurt themself.  In the process of doing this he set off a smoke alarm.  When a security guard and the nursing supervisor went to check the status of the alarm this person was found.  The injuries were not life threatening but he was badly injured at the same time so to get the right people there for immediate help it was decided to call a Code 8 which is our hospital's Code Blue response.  This is what was heard overhead:


Code 8 Morgue, Code 8 Morgue, Code 8 Morgue


What?????  No, the person wasn't acutally in the morgue but just outside so security and the nursing super figured it would be the easiest landmark to call the team to.  But can you just imagine????

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