Forget the flowers… I’d rather be a cactus. Analyzing the flawed system of recognizing nursing skill.

The idea of being recognized for performing a job above the level of the expected competencies is relatively common. In the general business world, it seems as if any Joe Schmoe can sharpen a pencil and end up with an extra framed certificate for the wall and a congratulatory slap on the back. In the … Continue reading Forget the flowers… I’d rather be a cactus. Analyzing the flawed system of recognizing nursing skill.

As an inpatient psychiatric nurse, I’m glad you’re here.

Today was the day. The day you felt the overwhelming urge to be done with this life. Suicide felt like the right decision. As a relief from pain you have been desperately trying to escape. There was a flaw in your plan. Fear, family, friends or fate caused a pause in the plan you were … Continue reading As an inpatient psychiatric nurse, I’m glad you’re here.

Dear Perfect Comment Section Mom, STFU. Sincerely, everyone else on the planet.

I am sure that everyone has read her comments. The mom in the comment section of an article, news story, or personal status who decides that her opinion is so incredibly important that everyone must not only be subjected to reading it but must also agree with her. She clearly states that all her ducks … Continue reading Dear Perfect Comment Section Mom, STFU. Sincerely, everyone else on the planet.

I think Santa delivers germs: Sick kids as a holiday tradition.

Christmas tree, presents, cookies, vomit, boogers, and fevers. All of these things describe holiday traditions in our home. Since having children we have not experienced a holiday season without a gross illness sweeping through our household. It’s as if my family’s immune system takes a holiday and good old Santa brings the germs. I picture … Continue reading I think Santa delivers germs: Sick kids as a holiday tradition.

Jeff the cat, provider of love, laughs, and teacher of empathy.

Jeff in his designated spot with his designated best human. Jeff is one of those accidental cats. He just kind of appeared on our little farm and decided we were his home. He was tiny, adorable, and the kids found him first... and named him Jeffery Albert Batman, Jeff for short. He wasn't going anywhere. … Continue reading Jeff the cat, provider of love, laughs, and teacher of empathy.

Baby Shark is Mommy-Kryptonite.

It's a tale as old as time. An obnoxious, repetitive, meaningless children's song is released and suddenly every toddler within earshot becomes obsessed. Obsessed isn't the right word… possessed might better capture the phenomenon. The Baby Shark craze has hit my home like a toddler tsunami. At any given time, a peaceful moment can be … Continue reading Baby Shark is Mommy-Kryptonite.

Man TV: When relaxation time turns into a hostage situation.

The day has finally come to an end. There is a glimmer of hope that you will be able exhale the stress that has built throughout your daily grind. You've come prepared. The popcorn and the appropriately paired wine are on-board. Everything is starting to look up. Suddenly you begin to feel uneasy. The spidey … Continue reading Man TV: When relaxation time turns into a hostage situation.

Trying to express emotion when you’ve lived life emotionally controlled. A story of a failed attempt at opening up.

Emotions have always been carefully controlled in my life. Growing up I was told not to be upset when bad things happened. This did not eliminate the issue I was facing but facilitated a pattern of suppressing what I was feeling and only revealing levels of emotional expression that would be considered acceptable. As with … Continue reading Trying to express emotion when you’ve lived life emotionally controlled. A story of a failed attempt at opening up.

Honest Mothering: Sometimes it’s ok to suck.

I constantly see articles about "hacks" for moms. These are bullshit. No mom needs to spend their time making "lunchable style sushi" or any other form of trying to cater to their little snowflake at the expense of their personal well-being. Honestly how is adding more time sucking activities to the day at all helpful? … Continue reading Honest Mothering: Sometimes it’s ok to suck.

Taking a stand: Screw pumpkin spice.

Autumn is right around the corner. We are all eagerly awaiting bonfires, crisp air, falling leaves, and flannel shirts. But there is a significant dividing factor that pops up during this season. No, not election season, its pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice might be the most polarizing flavor of all time. You either love it or … Continue reading Taking a stand: Screw pumpkin spice.