Monday, August 04, 2008

Good Advice


When you're driving down the highway and somebody passes you going eight zillion miles an hour, check your rearview mirror--there's always a second one following.

A little loose powder dusted under your lower eyelashes will keep your mascara from smearing.

Hang all bags and place all pumps so you can see them from the door of the room.

Buy ten pairs of socks, all the same color, for work. That way you can match socks in the dark.

If you're starting an IV on a frail little old person with prominent veins, don't use a tourniquet. Just drop the arm over the side of the bed and let the vein engorge that way. You won't blow the vein when you flush the IV.

The heaviest bell peppers contain the most seeds, and the largest avacados have the biggest pits.

If you're mixing Mucomyst and Coke for oral administration, draw the Mucomyst up in a syringe and put the tip of the syringe under the surface of the Coke before you squirt the med in there. That way it won't smell so bad.

Lettuce cannot be frozen. Bananas can.

Bleach on a Q-Tip will remove small stains from white fabric.

Keep napkins in the glove box.

Always have an extra pen.

Keep a little container of plain flour nearby when you trim your dog's nails. The flour will stop the bleeding if you cut the quick of a nail, and it doesn't sting like styptic powder.

Keep your hands away from your face, and don't pick that zit.

A bedspread covers a multitude of sins.

Warm the saline before you flush the Foley.

Label all tubing with big black letters on silk tape flags in several places.

Apply concealer cream with a small brush rather than your fingers. You get better coverage, and you'll use less product. The Sonja Kashuk brushes from Target are good.

Never ever ever wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

Keep the receipt.

Cotton undies. Always.




6 comments:

Nicole said...

Not sure that you meant this for so much enjoyment but I read it out loud to my student worker. We both love you and your advice! Thanks Nurse Jo!!!

Yr sis said...

When you're driving down the highway and somebody passes you going eight zillion miles an hour, check your rearview mirror--there's always a second one following.

-- Dang it, you're right. You're absolutely right. Frequently it's a cop car, too.


A little loose powder dusted under your lower eyelashes will keep your mascara from smearing.

-- It WILL? OMG. I have to try that.

Hang all bags and place all pumps so you can see them from the door of the room.

-- Why?

Buy ten pairs of socks, all the same color, for work. That way you can match socks in the dark.

-- I just buy socks of all the same height. Many interesting and artistic combinations can be achieved this way.

Keep napkins in the glove box.

-- I assume you mean paper dinner napkins, not sanitary ones. I am being perfectly serious. A case could be made for either.

Never ever ever wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

-- Why not?

Keep the receipt.

-- Hi, Mom!

Anonymous said...

Try hydrogen peroxide on all blood stains in fabric. (Why don't all 13 year old girls know this??)

Solveig said...

That is good advice! :)

Thanks for a great blog, Jo.

Hugs from Norwegian nurse Sol.

Anonymous said...

Bags and pumps - I thought this was about closet wardrobe organization and then I realized this was a combination nursing/personal maintenance list.
You mean bags and pumps in the patient room and not handbags and heeled shoes in our closets?
Just had to check.
Love your blog, and all of your good encouragement to us nursing students.
One request: more dog photos of the big dogs!
hugs and kisses,
biscuitx

Gwen said...

Wish it was a cop car. Usually the one behind is careening up the slow lane. Or the left turn lane, if I'm on surface roads.

Good advice!
(relurking)