hooray! last day of clinicals!!!

22 02 2005

boy am i excited! it’s my last day of clinicals. i’ve been working in the ccu and it’s been more than enjoyable. it took awhile to get into the groove…but it all came together. how fabulous. i (heart) ccu. heh heh.

oh yeah, ccu is cardiac intensive care for you non-healthcare types.

i’m spent, that’s all i have to share tonight.


do you want that with cream or sugar?

20 02 2005

no one has ever equated having children with buying coffee. at least let’s hope not. but with the racing pace of technology in genetics, is a gattaca-like world really that far off? do you prefer brown or hazel eyes? would you like some whip cream with that?

a recent assignment for a family theory class that i am enrolled has me pondering what lines i draw for such technology. but i’m a scientist, damnit! well, yes, but at what point does science trump humanity? my prof had us view an interesting movie (i think the link points to a more updated version). and perhaps, if i’m feeling spunky, i’ll share parts of my essay…but, if that’s to be done, i’ll need to stop writing on this blog and get crackin’!

mind numbing

22 07 2004

would anybody out there care to take my place in pharmacology?

it’s been quite a while since i’ve put an entry in…coincidence that the quarter started? nah.

common sense

6 07 2004

obese women likely to have overweight kids. well duh!

every year in columbus, there is a fantastic display of fireworks downtown. like many others, I hate the crowds. so, my family picks a spot on a public lawn far from the hustle and bustle. we like it…and have come to know the other families that discovered the same spot. but this year we had strangers among us (dare i say they came from the “other side of the tracks”?!?).

so, it’s not perfect….perfectly flat, that is. (and here is the connection to the above story.) a new family decided to pick the spot next to us. to put it plainly, they were hillbillies through and through. Down to the dirty blond children with torn and tattered clothes and the men wearing cut-off jean shorts w/ sleeveless denim button-downs….unbuttoned…..with no t-shirt underneath. yes, i do believe he was slurping beer in a cozy, too. oh-and mullets!! yes, mullets. anyway, they were (cough) a little larger. ok. they were fat. i’d say a bmi in the 30’s. here’s the sad part. Remember the gently sloping lawn? all three of their children had to support they’re bulging bellies as they ran down it. and it wasn’t a pretty sight.

here is my plea to you, mothers, don’t doom your child to a lifetime of obesity and unhealthyness. put down the cigarette when you are feeding your baby. pass the doritos in the snack aisle and head toward the produce section. (“produce” means fresh fruits and vegetables, if you didn’t understand what section was)….THINK OF YOUR CHILDREN FOR GOD’S SAKE!!!!

pda’s for nursing students, pt ii

11 06 2004

so where was i…..oh! pda’s! when i last left off we had learned that sony is pulling out of the market. for obvious reasons i won’t go there in terms of reviewing different devices. though you may see good deals out there…what’s the point if software/support will be going down the tubes? agreed? good, i can move on.

with that out of the way it’s really just a matter of what you want out of your palm. wireless? thumbpad? gps? multifunction? how much do you want to spend? let’s get a couple out of the way here…

garmin ique 3600
for the nursing student, i’d have to say this baby is a little overkill. it has integrated gps and has a msrp of around $590. what is gps? it stands for global positioning system. in short, it’s a map on crack. so unless you’ll be needing driving directions often, I don’t feel this is the way to go for a money-concious college student. on the other hand, it’s a cool gadget. so if gps is your bag, go for this one. (side note: if you really want gps you can (most) always get something to add on to the device you buy). if you’re interested, check this out.

samsung sph i500
here’s another combo device that is sure to please. it’s a phone/pda that i believe is offered through sprint pcs. so in addition to the msrp of $560, you’ll have to pay for the phone service. bummer if you’re already locked into a cell phone plan. it runs palm os 4.0 (currently palm is working on the 6th version of it’s software.) i’ve heard some gripes about the small screen size and some software compatibility – if it weren’t for these problems, i would have looked more seriously into this option…but, at least to me, there are much shinier toys out there. here is the product page for this pda.

am i missing any non-palmone branded devices (aside from sony)? please let me know.

(deep breath) so what do you want out of your palm? as a baseline, the product should be running at least palm os 4.0, have a color screen and memory expansion capabilities. you will not be able to house large drug databases and the like w/o this. so while an older pda can work…you really are limiting yourself to software options you have to use, for work/school AND for play. (i somehow feel like this is turning into a palmone commercial. sorry, our options are severely limited now.) before i move from this topic….if an older, used pda is the route you want to go to, good for you. let me point you to a couple places to buy these. there’s ebay (be wary of people w/ no feedback!)…sometimes the palm store’s factory outlet has some…and there’s always amazon (an online store that i have never had a problem with.) now i realize that a google search will find you plenty more options…but be cautious, the web is full of not very nice people. feel free to email me if you want my opinion of some online retailers.

ah…’tis getting late in the day. i shall return w/ my final post on this subject.


pda’s for nursing students

7 06 2004

ahhh, technology. don’t you love it? yes. except for the endless upgrades and new releases, cracked screens and incompatible hardware, hackers, viruses, expensive software and….hey, wait. this post is all about the love…so here we go:

pda 101 (1 credit)
personal digital assitants (pda’s) are handheld computing devices that provide the user with a number of productivity-enhancing programs. the most basic pda’s have a calender, task list and address book function; the most advanced act as multi-function gadgets that simultaneously act as pda/phone/camera/mp3 player/media device/lawn mower. and just as computers have different types of operating systems such as windows, macintosh and linux- pda’s run (generally) on two platforms: palm os and pocketpc. the latter is a microsoft product, the former is the ‘original’ pda computing platform. each has it’s advantages and disadvantages, but i will focus on the palm platform since it has more medically-related software available and offers an almost unlimited number of software programs/shareware/freeware. (i am also a mac junkie and generally shy away from all things microsoft).

okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the pda’s that are available with this platform.

NEWS FLASH: sony is pulling out of the us market

i suppose that in itself doesn’t make a difference. but it does leave the potential buyer with fewer options and the -slight- chance that pda’s will go the way of the dinosaurs. anyway, i’ll leave you to ponder that, i’m getting tired. but i’ll come back and add more later.


A+ procrastinator

30 05 2004

for your reading pleasure today: why kids should not eat shrek twisted cheetos

i’m doing my very best to finish up my 2 papers and two presentations due this week (not to mention a take home exam). but i must say that procrastination has gotten the very best of me. i’ve been up since 6 am and i’ve:

  • eaten breakfast
  • made coffee
  • read the sunday paper
  • browsed my newsgroups
  • washed the dishes
  • posted to this blog
  • funny how attractive everything ELSE is when you have a deadline ahead of you and some work to get done. i think it’s time i get this damn paper finished.