When This Nurse is Not #Playing Cards

Caregiver Gift Cards
(With Delegations)

From Senator Maurine Walsh

Nurses probably spend a considerable amount of time playing cards…

In response to Senator Walsh:

With a name like Nixon…

I try to stay away from politics!

When I am not playing with cards, I am busy with delegations, preparing and delivering in-services, specialty infusions for people with rare conditions, medical-legal research, driving or flying across the country, blogging and learning marketing, helping a nurse to retire by helping her with bringing customers to her website. Building my own website.

I take my Freedom of Speech sacredly. I am not playing about the cards! I give a caregiver an Amazon gift card, buffet or gas card with delegations and trainings. I give my heart in teaching them proper administration of medications to prevent terroristic conditions amongst people with mental health disabilities. Even without an apology after demeaning statements, I would still be there to help you learn a colostomy or suprapubic catheter. I ensure mentorship for future health care professionals. I foster fellowship among scholars internationally in the online business community known as Wealthy Affiliate.

I helped people knocking on Heaven’s door and passing from this world to beyond the Earth. May they rest in Peace Everlasting. I have been asked to dress a corpse in the middle of the night for hospice, to take pictures per a family’s request so close to putrifaction. I cannot tell you how many sleepless nights I had even when pregnant.

Pregnant Holiday NOC nurse on duty

I wish I could have respectfully declined 12 hour shifts without getting replaced. That would mean not affording something for a large family. I am the proverbial breadwinner. I wish I could have taken breaks. Because it can be very hard to make it through that kind of shift preparing for a 7th natural child birth. My feet hurt so badly and imagine still I smiled to help pick up resident’s feet into beds fluffed on a pillows with thank you, and sweet dreams.

Break Nurse

I heard the video online from Rhiann Ferial, and break nurse was my reaction. Nurses must get a break, not drive after their shifts drenched in breastmilk with their baby crying at home. Nurses need to work reasonable shifts and not fear reprisal for reporting unsafe work circumstances. Only the judgment of an active nurse can tell what the appropriate staffing should be based on the acuity of the patient and ability of staff.

There could be a new niche for nurses called a break nurse. Agencies or the state responsible or the facility who would be responsible for paying the losing end of a law suit for allowing injury related to falls and medications errors due to nurse burn out.

A prudent nurse must speak up for safety.

( That is how I read my cards. Poker face, I will not whine at senate )

I am not playing when I review delegation rights, feeling thankful for an opportunity to feed my kids. And looking into the eyes of a caregiver like staring into the depth of their souls, like please please please don’t mess this up. I have kids to afford, and will not make it with risks to my licensure.

It does not seem sensible to pay taxes on government pompous windbag salaries for their provisions while they mandate that which puts a risk on patients, nursing licensure and the greater health of the community. Not without explaining this is no game. You cannot fill the void of experienced nurses compared to those who need mentoring and guidance without analyzing reality.

Soon, many nurses will retire. Without the guidance of seasoned nurses, there will be a new era of fake it til they make it nurses. They take nursing licenses away for errors, and put them behind bars in some cases. Then we have new nurses who may not understand how to program your infusion pump without mentorship… Do you know how to program the code for Curlin pumps? How about Bodygard, Zyno, Freedom60, Bard?

If they cannot use real thought and forget about just assumptions about playing cards to mend the problem, how can this be just? Rural nurses must have a back of the woods Macgyver-type skills, and take on the role of all the departments which larger hospitals may take for granted. What do you mean there is no one to call to start the IV? That is all on the rural nurse.

Vicky Milazzo has some great points, and measured burnout of registered nurses. I think she could easily take the place of the Maureen senator without a hassle, then have hybrid Certified Legal Nurse Consultants to make Break Nurses. Milazzo’s deck is stacked with only Aces of Hearts. Last time I saw her in Las Vegas, the only card she had was for me to record the answers for my exam for her CLNC course.

I appreciate your feedback and encourage nurses everywhere to speak up about the circumstance of missing breaks and being driven to burnout. Please like if you know a hard working and caring nurse!

Thank you & best regards,

Nurse Becca


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6 thoughts on “When This Nurse is Not #Playing Cards”

  1. This was a powerful read. I know nurses are among the hardest working people around, and have big hearts, but have to be mentally strong too! I know a lot of nurses say they are just doing their jobs, but for their patients they are doing much more than their “jobs,” if that makes sense? 

    • It makes total sense to me! Hard to read through tears, this touches my heart. Thank you for speaking up for us!

      Respectfully Yours,

      Nurse Becca

  2. This is an excellent rebuttal to Senator Walsh from an insider’s point of view. I totally agree with your points and think that nurses are vastly underrated as to what they do and how they do it. I have nurses in the family (nieces) and they work extraordinarily long hours and many weekends when others are out relaxing.

    It is easy for politicians and others to disparage what they do not understand. I do understand even as an outsider the many tasks that nurses must be able to do with the technology that is found in care centers, and the emotional toll is high as well. Add to that the long hours and understaffing, it all just adds up to a looming bigger problem unless something is done.

    You have one fan (me) and likely millions more that support moves to ease the burdens through better hours, higher pay, and a fix to the current system so we do not end up in a situation that you foresee, which is a bunch of nurses that do not know what they need to, endangering all of us. Thanks for speaking up…

    • Dear Dave,

      I agree and see this looming bigger problem you stated. It is about the greed associated with the health care system. Why would administers oppose safe staffing? I think that many underestimate due to a calculation of numbers. Perhaps a robot nurse with ample ancillary staff could do the patient load with 2.2 seconds for each to take their medicine…but I’d bet my stethoscope with a friendly game of poker patients would not get true care that way. The deteemination of safe staffing should be made by the nurses in charge of the unit.

      I agree it this endangers people. If we pass laws that are made by a misinformed politician talking out the side of her neck who does not appreciate what risks are involved with burnout. That is why I felt compelled. I may not be popular online, but am very grateful you speak up for us nurses. We the People should dismiss what she proposes and enact a different plan that reciprocates to improvement of care by providing break nurses. I could just see them with Kit Kat scrubs and a clipboard sending nurses to hydrate and have a nutritious sit down meal.


      Nurse Becca

  3. I feel for you in your plight. My mother was also a nursing sister, and she was also called on at all hours to do strange and wonderful things. She worked long shifts and sometimes they were short staffed so it would end up being a double shift.

    She always had sore feet and was always exhausted, but spoke with great fondness of her patients and would always bring home a funny story or two about some of the more difficult ones.

    She was looking forward to her retirement at the coast but sadly died well before her time and her retirement date from a clot in her leg.

    Thank you for this reminder of just how hard nurses and nursing staff have to work, and often with little appreciation.

    I salute you.

    • Dear Michel,

      Thank you for the salute, I am honored. I appreciate your comment very much. I think anyone who is close to a nurse would see the problems associated with senate statements of delusions. It would be a slippery slope to accept this mandate. It is not set in stone as pf yet, but I think that the comcept going viral, we may be able to fight it. I thought about becoming a break nurse. One who helps nurses get a chance to eat and go to the bathroom by taking over the tasks required for proper care.

      Your mom’s sacrifices were great, I can just imagine her stories. God rest her gentle soul in peace. May her feet never hurt again. I am sorry for your loss as well as the thought of her not getting a good retirement. I will continue to help welcome new nurses and help find a way for exhausted nurses to put their feet up. The benefit of being stuck in the middle of these generations is I can teach what I learn to help out. I am sending my heart out to virtual hug all the nurses who have missed breaks to fight for health and wellness.

      I just find it hard to believe anyone would publicly shame nurses like this because people suffer without good nursing care. I actually couldn’t believe it at all, so I had to hear it for myself. And the way she flipped her hair at President Trump saying to only let nurses work 12 hours since we complain of being tired. I do not think she knows what tired is. The shift in the picture, the day shift CNA did not show up, so I stayed to toilet and shower residents. The patients were upset because they knew I was there all night without a break. My kids missed the bus, and if I would have heard this on a bad night, I might have cried myself to sleep on strike.

      Thank you so much for your compassion in responding.

      Kind Regards,

      Nurse Becca


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