On The Young Professional's Closet

This makes me love my scrub so much, especially since I wear hospital scrubs. Sure, they are ill fitting and the pants are somehow never the same shade of light blue as the tops, but I don't have to purchase or wash them. They just magically appear (okay, are stocked by lovely sterile processing peeps) in the locker room, so when I get a pair of pants with a weirdly low crotch or oddly high waist, I can throw them into the soiled linen cart and start over. It does, however, make teaching days and conferences extremely stressful. Business casual: lost on professional scrub wearers!

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm 0

On A Hospital Bill, Annotated

@JNC Musings Factory Totally tangential, but I'm a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse and I hope that everything goes smoothly with your and your baby's experience in the heart world. Cardiac babies are mighty mighty fighters and I am constantly awed by them and their families as they navigate the world. Good luck!

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm 3

On Debating the Value of a Public Service Career

@Marille I completely agree that it would beneficial to actually talk to hospital social workers before dismissing them as "low-level bureaucrats." The social workers that help my patients and their families are tasked with an incredibly complex job and they do it beautifully no matter how heated or terribly sad the situation might be. Perhaps they, too, are like a public defender and must content themselves with the individual not the global, but their work is extremely valuable to those individuals.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm 0

On Wedding Dress Shopping Oh the Horror

I tried on poofy white dresses at a super fancy bridal store (complete with Champagne and confusion when I asked for a green dress) to please my mama, then ordered a custom corset/skirt combo from Starkers!. Fabric shopping turned out to be completely magical, though, when the German owner/ fairy godmother of the store had me stand in sun and started wrapping bolts of silk around me to find my perfect shade of green.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm 1

On How a Critical Care Nurse Does Money

@kristindru My loan repayment was through a federal program (thanks, stimulus dollars!), the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program. It's a TON of paperwork to apply but if you can qualify, it's really a game changer for loans. You do have to work at (and commit to continuing to work, full time, for the length of your contract) a disproportionate share hospital. My loan payments are around $1000/month.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm 0

On What Various People in Various Industries Wear to Work

Scrubs! That are provided by my hospital since I work in a surgical ICU! So, ill fitting unisex blue scrubs that never quite match. Sometimes I mix it up with one of the bazillion "we're awesome" t shirts that the hospital gives us every year. It's nice not to think about getting dressed for work. That said, conference days or days that I teach all day remain rather stressful. I will never fully understand business casual.

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm 0

On Also No Need to Fill Out a FAFSA to Read Some Books

I have both an English degree and a nursing degree, both of which are extremely valuable in my life in general and my work specifically. I'm a far better ICU nurse for having a broad liberal arts background, even if this was a more expensive route to career satisfaction.

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm 0