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September 2015

Let’s meet some #smysofficial people!

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I say again, you guys are ridiculously awesome.  Well, most of you.  The ones that keep arriving to post spam are not so great…..

I want to meet all of you! I bet we could have the most ridiculous conversations ever.  I cannot believe our three word story is mostly still going.  And today was nice! I told someone that we worried about people asking for medical advice in the forums and that I had to delete her post, and she was POLITE to me.  Oh, and only 2 or 3 of the other people thought I was an ass!

This is an improvement!

Ok, I am done gushing about how awesome you are.  Instead, I will show you pictures!!

Also, I want you to send me a picture, and a paragraph about you.  PM will do.  I want to showcase some fabulous healthcare providers!

And T-shirts! We got the ones with the stethoscopes around your neck.  They are cool, and cheap.

http://www.bowlingshirt.com/landing/SMYSOfficial/

This awesome nurse who wears Superman shirts under his scrubs....in case he needs it.

This awesome nurse who wears a SuperNurse shirt under his scrubs….in case he needs it.

Superman's ROADCONE ORANGE ACCESSORIES! My favorite color....

SuperNurse’s ROADCONE ORANGE ACCESSORIES! My favorite color….

This is brilliant

This is brilliant

This lovely Australian Nurse!

This lovely Australian Nurse!

This gorgeous baby from Jamaica. Future Nurse!

This gorgeous baby from Jamaica. Future Nurse!

This guy.

This guy.

Our healthcare providers come in all shapes and sizes.

Our healthcare providers come in all shapes and sizes.

Our friendly Nurse from the Kingdom of Bahrain

Our friendly Nurse from the Kingdom of Bahrain

And the Philippines.

And the Philippines.

Look at these folks!

Look at these folks!

I came in like a wrecking ball.......

I came in like a wrecking ball…….

Brand new Ohio Nurses!

Brand new Ohio Nurses!

The international nurses keep visiting! This one is from South Africa

The international nurses keep visiting! This one is from South Africa

I am so amazed by this picture. It is overwhelming.

I am so amazed by this picture. It is overwhelming.

I LOVE this doc.

I LOVE this doc.

More Filipino Nurses! ICU!

More Filipino Nurses! ICU!

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Kindness

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kind

This.  

As I sift through the posts on #showmeyourstethoscope I never know from one minute to another if I will be laughing or crying. You guys are amazing.  I mean, the spam is annoying and I get sick of telling people to be nice to each other, but the group is packed full of talent, compassion, and love overall.  Now it’s just time to ban the sociopaths.  If you think I mean you, back off and take deep, cleansing breaths.

Kindness is something that I truly believe separates the good, competent healthcare provider from the absolutely fantastic one that people remember forever.  When you see a patient in pain, the desire to be the person that makes it go away becomes the most important thing in the moment you are living.  When you see a mother who has lost her baby, you feel physical pain and anguish.  When an elder cries or is angry with you because they can no longer take care of their toileting and nobody visits anymore, your soul cries out.  You may have a flash of annoyance in the moment, because you are caught up with the 14 administrative tasks you have to take care of in the next two hours, but you feel their pain.

You want to provide care, because that is who you are.  How about transferring that to your fellow healthcare professionals?   Everytime someone posts a joke about an imaginary patient, it isn’t a cause for outrage.  You get to vent.  You get to be angry.  You deserve to express yourselves.  While we are a part of a valued and trusted profession, we are human beings. Saying, “I wouldn’t let you take care of my mother” is one of the most hurtful things you can say to a coworker.  Or for that matter, a stranger on the internet.

Nursing has changed from the ‘Doctor’s Handmaiden’ stereotype we had early in the 20th century.  We are so well educated, so independant.  We are SO NECESSARY.  We are the caretakers of a great tradition.  To pass this on to the younger generation is our responsibility.  We are not living in a vacuum. Our actions impact all of those we have contact with.  People RESPECT you.

They respect you with your tattoos, in your traditional white uniform if you choose it, when you curse, when you pray with them, when you have your nose pierced, when you vent, and when you work for a controversial organization. So, let’s stop being all judgey and talk about the real issues, mmkay?

You will notice that the Admins have completely stopped aggravating you about the safe staffing petition.  You aren’t ready to change your world yet, and we respect that.  However, we hope to build a community that allows you to do so.

Be kind, Always.

Love,

Janie

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Great News!

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It is time to look toward the future of #showmeyourstethoscope.

Today’s big news:

We are getting the SHIRTS YOU WANT,

We listened, you wanted the shirt with the cool stethoscope around the neck, we talked to the company that produces it and it will be available in the next day or so.  The BEST part is that a portion of your purchase will go toward NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS!  The number of scholarships we award are only limited by YOU! 

The only change will be the hashtag.  #smysofficial.

Love, Janie

The shirt.  Yes, I know I am fat.  no need to mention it.  GREAT shirt though!

The shirt. Yes, I know I am fat. no need to mention it. GREAT shirt though! I didn’t have a stroke, my face is actually crooked.  <hit by a car as a kid, broke the growth plate>

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Guest Post by Andrea Stone

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Written after her daughter’s stethoscope was stolen at work.

Funny how we as nurses become attached to a piece of equipment. Expensive piece of equipment? Can be, a Littman sure is, even a basic one. Undoubtedly a necessary piece of equipment. But we spend so much time at work, using it all day, every day, that we grow attached to it. We feel naked without it, but when it’s draped around our necks, we don’t even notice it’s there. I once left for a trip directly after a shift. I drove from work directly to the airport in Tampa and flew to Atlanta before I realized I still had it on- that was pre 9/11 days, or I would’ve felt REALLY stupid. I hope somebody returns Amanda’s scope, I really hope it was just accidental; we all make mistakes. I bet even when Amanda replaces them, her new “ears” feel alien for a while. I for one hung up my burgundy-colored Littman when I became disabled a little over 2 years ago. Now my 19 year old is a caregiver for developmentally disabled adults, and she called me proudly explaining how she learned to check a patient’s vitals. I have thought long and hard about passing the torch, so to speak, but I just can’t do it. My daughter will understand the monetary value of the device, but not the blood, sweat, and tears it has seen. She hasn’t been doing this quite long enough to fully understand. So for now, I’m gonna buy her a basic model- maybe someday I’ll give her mine….maybe….

Andrea Stone

#showmeyoustethescope #returnamandasears #itsnotnicetosteal

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Zero to 800,000 in 5 days. The adventures of a facebook group for the caregivers.

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Hi, Groupies! <I just named you that, don’t judge>

#SMYSOfficial is having some growing pains.  We knew this would happen.  In this stage, the participants will argue with each other and tell the admins that we are violating their right to free speech.  Which of course, they have.  I just have a right to delete stuff in my group, because it is inflammatory, pseudoscience, insulting, or just plain ridiculous. I also have the right to delete spam, and some pretty hideous porn, which I have 17 admins doing 24 hours a day.  And they are volunteers, unpaid, and love nursing.  And they love you, no matter how contrary you are. 🙂

What a megalomaniac I am,  

I haven’t laughed so much in years! The medical community has endlessly amused me for the last 13 days! Of course, all 17 Admins are mentally and physically exhausted, and some of us have started upping our psych meds.  I meant me. So, let’s have some great #showmeyourstethoscope posts gathered together to bring this thing back on track.  We are here for PEOPLE.  We care for them, love them, hate them, are annoyed by them, touched by them, hurt by them, and hugged by them.  You have to love this job to do it well.  And you have to be able to laugh, because the alternative is to cry.  The pain you deal with every single day can be debilitating.  Laughter IS the best medicine.  And also, some inspiring pictures and posts.  Because we need that too.

We just wrapped up out first day at clinicals. We are in the transition program and are so appreciative of our nurse preceptors. Future RNs in August 2016!

We just wrapped up out first day at clinicals. We are in the transition program and are so appreciative of our nurse preceptors. Future RNs in August 2016!

I graduated nursing school September 22, 2015. I started 1 month after losing my 20 year-old young in a senseless homicide. I don't know how I did it but God has not failed me yet!

I graduated nursing school September 22, 2015. I started 1 month after losing my 20 year-old young in a senseless homicide. I don’t know how I did it but God has not failed me yet!

Escaped medical leech. Maybe he's headed off to get his nursing degree.

Escaped medical leech. Maybe he’s headed off to get his nursing degree.

There generations of nurses. My mom, me and my daughter. So proud of all of us. Most prized pic I have

Three generations of nurses. My mom, me and my daughter. So proud of all of us. Most prized pic I have

I forgot my stethoscope at home today but thanks to my nurse, Sandy, I'm still able to see my patients! Dr Fougere

I forgot my stethoscope at home today but thanks to my nurse, Sandy, I’m still able to see my patients! Dr Fougere

I am a Director of Nursing of Miller's Merry Manor in Indianapolis (LTC/SNF). I will do whatever I need to do to ensure the patients have the best care possible. I will work as a nurse, as CNA, I'll crawl under a bed and try to fix it before I call maintenance, make beds, pass ice, give you a hug, go to an outside MD appt if needed, and even visit my patients in the hospital to show them how missed they are and to get well soon! Why?....I want to be there to support my patients AND employees to the best of my ability. I am about team and individual empowerment, learning and teaching. Not just telling someone what to do, but explaining the how and why's. I follow my chain of command: treat employees well, they treat patients well...patients are happy, families are happy! I love my job! All my patients are my family and I just can't even imagine doing anything different! It's amazing when a career and a passion come together! I feel very lucky!

I am a Director of Nursing of Miller’s Merry Manor in Indianapolis (LTC/SNF). I will do whatever I need to do to ensure the patients have the best care possible. I will work as a nurse, as CNA, I’ll crawl under a bed and try to fix it before I call maintenance, make beds, pass ice, give you a hug, go to an outside MD appt if needed, and even visit my patients in the hospital to show them how missed they are and to get well soon! Why?….I want to be there to support my patients AND employees to the best of my ability. I am about team and individual empowerment, learning and teaching. Not just telling someone what to do, but explaining the how and why’s. I follow my chain of command: treat employees well, they treat patients well…patients are happy, families are happy! I love my job! All my patients are my family and I just can’t even imagine doing anything different! It’s amazing when a career and a passion come together! I feel very lucky!

This is my stethoscope in the background honoring my Nurse Friend battling Cancer. It's hard for nurses to be on the receiving end of compassion and giving because we live and breathe taking care of others.

This is my stethoscope in the background honoring my Nurse Friend battling Cancer.
It’s hard for nurses to be on the receiving end of compassion and giving because we live and breathe taking care of others.

Its been a long shift when you start laughing @ little pink penis lancet plugs!!

Its been a long shift when you start laughing @ little pink penis lancet plugs!!

Anyone else gotten a liquid charcoal shower trying to push it down an NG tube?! First and last time I hope... gotta love working in the ER! I turned my patient, co-worker, and room into a Jackson Pollock painting

Anyone else gotten a liquid charcoal shower trying to push it down an NG tube?! First and last time I hope… gotta love working in the ER! I turned my patient, co-worker, and room into a Jackson Pollock painting

Apparently I've said something to upset my aides...

Apparently I’ve said something to upset my aides…

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