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Old 01-09-2008, 09:38 PM
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Wow, Joy... that was quite an answer. You sound like the kind of house sup that I could deal with, well, dealing with. Thanks for sharing how you got to nursing
I agree, Joy! In thirty years I've had exactly two supervisors like you - a rare breed!!!
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Joy, did you work in Mendocino by any chance? I adore Mendocino and have often thought of working in their small hospital and living on the bluffs....fantasy, maybe, but I LOVE the ocean!
No, I did not. But if you want to work there (or at any place near the ocean), please do so! Life is waaaaay too short to unnecessarily postpone the important stuff.

You should see where I do live. You could walk north, along the narrow place where the sea meets the land. Look to your left and you can see all the way to where water and sky become one. Look to your right and you will see the evergreen trees lifting their arms in praise. Gulls wheel and mew overhead. The breeze, heavy with both the scent of the sea and the breath of the woods, will swirl around you. The roar of the surf as it spends itself against the sandy shore or the towering rocks sounds like majestic angels rejoicing in song.

I cannot imagine leaving the ocean. And while I am actively seeking employment at another facility, it, too, is by the great waters.

The Pacific Northwest coast has a subtle and pervasive beauty. Our light is most often gently diffused through a high grey sky. When the clouds lower and our world becomes dim, we are cozily invited to come home where it is warm and dry, where welcoming lamps blaze, where hot soup and quiet talk await. At other times the light bounces from a hard, pearl-grey ceiling, gaining intensity as it covers our world. And we are always surprised when white clouds, ghostly promises of yet more rain, part to show the soft, baby blue sky above. It is then that we walk with our faces craned upward, eyes squinting in the unaccustomed brightness, not willing to miss a moment of such glory.

The smell of the ocean and the many sloughs - the tang of sea and salt and decay and growth - is ever-present. For those who love the sound of the ocean's music its rhythm becomes a steady stay upon which to lean.

The flora here show more shades of green than I can describe, from a pale lime/yellow that shimmers in the shade to a green so deep it surely must be black. The tall, tall trees reach their arms ever upward. At their feet the soft ground is comforted by a quilt of ferns, dogwoods, and madrone. The dawn, warming away the morning fog, makes living jewels out of every leaf.

White herons stand sentry in every small mirror of still water. Crows celebrate the morning, roistering from tree to tree. In the afternoon they walk around my front yard, looking for all the world like old, old men without enough to do. Gulls call overhead, carrying the day's gossip. The small, flitting birds, brown things that shelter in the laurel, chip-chip-chip as the day ends. And swallows swoop in the dying light, snatching up the evening insects that rise with the last of the day's warmth.

I am grateful to live near the ocean, in this bit of Heaven on Earth.

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I agree, Joy! In thirty years I've had exactly two supervisors like you - a rare breed!!!
Well, now, Kim... thank you!

I wish that my style of House Suping was not rare in the world of acute care, but rare it is. There are most certainly reasons for the unpleasant/harmful behaviors common to middle management types. The opposing demands of the job are foremost, I think. Following closely behind are lack of mentoring and support, corporate cultures that foster hostility, and personal philosophy. These are reasons - not excuses. There is never an excuse for bad leadership.

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Old 01-10-2008, 02:49 PM
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Joy,

Thanks for your paean to the Pacific NW, you captured it so beautifully and so well! I am always surprised when people talk about how depressing our gray winters are: the quality of the light, and the intensity of the colors are so beautiful to me. When I lived in Minnesota, the sky was clear a lot in the winter -- which meant it was colder, and the sky seemed like a bright, cold bowl. What got to me was the monochrome there -- the plants all lost their leaves and became bare sticks, the snow covered the ground. All was white, or black or gray. The first time I visited Portland after living in Minnesota it was in April -- snow still covered the ground. I stayed near a huge rhododendrons garden and I still clearly remember going to visit it and seeing all the colors and drinking them in like a person who'd be dying of thirst in the desert. That clinched my move back to the west.

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Thanks for your paean to the Pacific NW...
OFF THREAD ALERT!

Friend,

Thank YOU for using a most lovely word to describe my post: "Paean, A song of joyful praise or exultation." I had not realized that much of what I write about this part of the world is exactly that, a song of praise.

With appreciation and gratitude,

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Joy, now you REALLY made me want to move to Mendocino!

What a beautiful description!
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Joy,

Thanks for your paean to the Pacific NW, you captured it so beautifully and so well! I am always surprised when people talk about how depressing our gray winters are: the quality of the light, and the intensity of the colors are so beautiful to me. When I lived in Minnesota, the sky was clear a lot in the winter -- which meant it was colder, and the sky seemed like a bright, cold bowl. What got to me was the monochrome there -- the plants all lost their leaves and became bare sticks, the snow covered the ground. All was white, or black or gray. The first time I visited Portland after living in Minnesota it was in April -- snow still covered the ground. I stayed near a huge rhododendrons garden and I still clearly remember going to visit it and seeing all the colors and drinking them in like a person who'd be dying of thirst in the desert. That clinched my move back to the west.

Sorry for going off thread
Ah, Portland. Yeah, it rains but I LOVE the rain. And OSHU is there, too! And downtown Portland is a liveable downtown.

I love Portland, but I adore the coast!
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I wish I lived at the cost too, but you're not going to find a lot of graduate programs there.

As for Portland, don't forget Powells!
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I wish I lived at the cost too, but you're not going to find a lot of graduate programs there.

As for Portland, don't forget Powells!
Powell's ROCKS! Between the stuffed salmon at Jakes and Powells bookstore, it's worth the ten hour ride up I5! : D
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Since I was 10 I've wanted to work in some form of health care. First, after reading lots of James Herriot, I wanted to be a veterinarian.

When I got braces I decided I wanted to be an orthodontist.

One of my mom's friends was married to an anesthesiologist, and my mom was always talking about how much money he made, so I decided I'd like to be an anesthesiologist.

I realized how much school is required to become an anesthesiologist, so I decided I'd try nurse anesthesia instead. I was set on doing this and had begun taking courses at community college in preparation to transfer to the University of Michigan, where I could get my BSN, work for a year or two in ICU, then start working on becoming a CRNA.

While in community college, I had a "coming-of-age moment" (if you could call it that) and decided I'd rather be a photographer than a nurse anesthetist.

Finally, it was time to decide: pursue photography or nursing. After some thought and talking with parents, friends, etc, I decided that I would stick with nursing because I could do more good for the world as a nurse than as a photographer. And now here I am, nearly done with nursing school, and incredibly excited to be a nurse.
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