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Thank you for taking our class! Good luck with your job hunt PCC and Valley College Students!


RN graduating class of 2012

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Congratulations to the graduating classes of Glendale Community College and Pasadena City College! We really enjoyed teaching you!  Good luck with your future nursing career!

Just Say No!

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Recently in Glendale, CA a 20 year-old under the influence of “bath salts” took a shovel  and hit a 77 year old lady over the head.

 Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

And this is a photo of him screaming “God love you”. Yup, which God is that?

What? Bath salts are not illegal, they can be sold over the counter, and there is currently no drug test for it. It is highly addictive, with numerous side effects (allegedly including Zombie Cannibalism) and definitely not on my bucket list!

For more info on bath salts, check out this article from Forbes.


Free nursing magazines

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Being back in school means researching numerous nursing articles. My school’s online database is sufficient, but the articles can be incredibly boring. I found a link to receive free nursing magazines

I remember receiving these magazines as a new grad RN, but I’m not sure what happened to my subscription. According to the website, as long as you are an RN in the US, you are entitled to a free subscription.

I also came across an interesting website

which puts all the medical jargon into simple English. Unless you subscribe to the magazine, not all articles are free. I did find one article that would be helpful for this week’s homework assignment, so it’s a bonus for me. I’m a fan of the “- made easy”/ “-for dummies” books.


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They have a bunch of frames to choose from. You will need to know your prescription information to complete the order. All you pay for is shipping. My husband was in desperate need of new glasses. I was embarrassed because he was using PAPER TAPE to hold the frames together. He got a new pair of glasses  in the mail for $15! It’s a great deal. Just enter the code: FIRSTPAIRFREE

It’s not a gimmick. I think their website is trying to increase their web traffic.


I got your back!


I’m guilty of complaining about my workplace. After a rough year with a tough manager who was on a rampage to fire anyone that crossed her path, she’s left everyone on edge. The level of trust on my unit is low and it is so difficult to bring it back to where it used to be.

According to American Nurse Today:

“How to increase trust on your unit

If betrayal risk scores are high on your unit, you might want the entire unit to make a new start toward establishing a trusting work environment. Set a date for the new environment to begin. Mark its arrival with signs and unit activities. At the designated date and time, end the old norm of backbiting and incivility.

Display available data on measurable outcomes of the cultural change toward trust, including improved nurse satisfaction, reduced staff turnover, and quality indicators for patients, such as falls and hospital-acquired infections. Include unlicensed personnel (for instance, environment service technicians and students) in this culture change.

Finally, show your care for colleagues in tangible ways, such as sending positive e-mails or notes and making sincere compliments. Celebrate each other’s successes publicly—but recognize this may require you to lose your competitive edge and think less about who’s better or worse than you.

Take the first step toward trust

Trust in the nursing workplace is worth building, safe-guarding, and mending. On units where mistrust prevails, someone has to jump-start change. A wise nurse can venture out and start talking about the risks and benefits of trust, mistrust, and betrayal. That nurse can self-evaluate personal trustworthiness, ask for a peer review, and begin to change individual behaviors and conversations. Colleagues seeking a professional, high-performing workplace will join in.

Expect shifts in the unit’s culture to occur one conversation at a time, as the language of trust becomes commonplace. Norms for relating to each other will increase in civility and warmth. Work will become more meaningful. Stress will decline as the soft sound of humming replaces the loud grinding of teeth around the time clock. Take the first step.” For the complete article, click here: Article.aspx?id=8396&fid=8364

Taking that first step is going to be tough!

Back to school!

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Online classes resumed this week for my BSN. Didn’t realize one of the classes I was taking required clinical hours. I feel behind already! Good thing online classes are a little more forgiving than actual classes!

Is it necessary to get a BSN to advance in our career?

According to our old co-workers at UCLA, they are no longer hiring new-grad RNs if they do not have BSN degrees.

At our current hospitals, both our managers have individually stated they are only looking at BSN new-grad RNs. So, as an experienced nurse, our safety-net is in our experience. I’m not going to leave it to chance, I’ll finish my BSN!

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