Yes I know, again, it's been a long time.
Since the last time, I've completed my Bachelor's in Nursing degree. It wasn't as bad as I had assumed it would be. Despite my cynicism, I am indeed proud of the fact that i finished it. I still maintain that the most useful (on a day-to-day basis) skills I've learned have more to do with using Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other tools more effectively and creatively. But on a nursing level, I did learn a lot about how to utilize all of the "evidence-based practice" buzzwords that nurses get all excited about these days. Now that I'm an alumnus, I have (supposedly) lifetime access to the CINAHL database of peer-reviewed articles, and that availability has proven to be very useful.
I'm also resuscitating my blog to keep my blogging skills up to date. I've been challenged to utilize my familiarity with tools like blogging and podcasting to try to come up with more innovative and modern ways to keep nurses informed about their clinical challenges, and to help us come up with more effective tools to promote collaboration. I am lucky to have many remarkably intelligent folks on my staff, many of whom are very well acquainted to tools that are only now entering the nursing environment. So I wanted to get back into the groove of keeping up my blog, to keep current on what folks are doing to maintain an effective online presence. There are so few personal bloggers out there (where i used to read dozens of personal blogs, only one or two continue to update their blogs on a regular basis). I just wonder what folks are doing to replace the creative outlet that blogging provided. I can't believe we've all come down to 140 word Tweets and Facebook.
OK, back to the Democratic Convention. I watched the Republican Convention last week, and I still have nightmares and can't seem to get all the way clean no matter how many showers I take, it was that disgusting and disturbing. Listening to Michelle Obama last night gives me hope that there are real people out there that aren't just masses of conflicting impulses. I wish they could take her speech and turn it into a warm smooth salve that I can apply to the bumps and ridges of my brain. She makes me feel that good.