fragments of an attempted writing.

the end....

For a number of reasons, many of which have to do with my entering my last year of nursing school and the demands that entails, I am going to shut this blog down come Jan 1.  I also need to clean up my pixel trails as I get closer to the time when I will be seeking a "real job" again, so I suspect any future blogging endeavors done out and about in the public world of blogging will be done pseudonymously. I hope you each have a spectacular 2012.

19 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed your blogs. They're sometimes irritating but always interesting. Good luck with your efforts.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear this, but I sympathize with the need for online anonymity nowadays. Good luck to you! I hope you don't give up on blogging completely.

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  3. I've really liked both your previous and current blog. While I won't say I'm ready to join the CPUSA anytime soon, it has been educational to read a serious, thoughtful voice on the Left and to learn more about various issues I had't really studied much in the past. There has certainly been much food for thought.

    Anyway, I wish you luck with completing nursing and getting employment in that area afterward. If you ever do get back to blogging, let me know--I'd certainly be interested, as would several others, I think. I hang around at El Pelón's blog, as you know, so you can find me there.

    Have a great New Year!

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  4. Farewell. I completely understand the desire for an alias. Hopefully I'll recognize the prose or the clowns.

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  5. Welcome to the pseudonymous world of upward mobility. You're not selling out; you're getting a life.

    Hurry up and get your nurse practitioner's ticket, and I'll gladly dump my corticosteroid whore.

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  6. Vis, I would offer some grunt but your absurd ideological reductionisms are their own reward. Fair thee well.

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  7. Owen,

    May you find a non-union nursing job and raise all sorts of hell. Hospital CEOs have demonstrated repeatedly that they are the biggest pieces of shit on the planet, caring neither about their patients nor their nurses.

    Doctors can be real douchebags too, but I have little doubt that you're already aware of this.

    Any over/under for how long you last in your first job?

    You have chosen a noble line of work, Owen--perhaps one of the last ones left. It didn't surprise me in the least when you first announced you were going to nursing school.

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  8. You have chosen a noble line of work, Owen--perhaps one of the last ones left.

    I could not agree more. Best wishes to you, Owen. Hope you find a great job that's as satisfying spiritually and emotionally as it is financially. :)

    diane

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  9. discourse, what a nasty thing to say. Are you serious? If so...are you Christian?

    diane

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  10. Diane,

    Discourse is my sister-in-law. She's getting me back for the time I said "good riddance" in regard to her and my brother and their 5 children moving from Memphis to Kansas. She's kidding. We play rough in my family.

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  11. lol, ahhhhh so. Sorry!!!

    diane

    P.S. We play even rougher in mine. my kid sister has refused to talk to me for the past two years.

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  12. Well sir, while I think you and I disagree on just about everything outside of faith but I do have to say I've enjoyed your blogs so much. I hope you'll continue writing in one form or another. It's difficult to find a well-read communist who has sympathy for Christianity. You've challenged a lot of the assumptions I grew up with and for that I know I'm a slightly better person.

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  13. sorry to read this. I got something out of both blogs.

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  14. I have a hard time expressing how much I revere the nursing profession without sounding like some kind of ditzy fangirl. But smart, competent nurses are venerable heroes, in my book. I am so grateful for them. You are entering one of the most noble professions, and you will rock the hell out of it. Your patients are lucky, and God help the corrupt administrators whose butts you find the need to kick. Go get 'em, Owen.

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  15. Couldn't say it better than anonymous above.

    Hoping to read more from you eventually, because this blog , and the old one, have always been challenging and so much appreciated.

    MJ

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  16. Thanks for the kind words.

    I hope that someday I'll be able to get into a work situation wherein a nurse can flex some patient advocacy muscle. In many settings today, the entire system is so stacked against that it is virtually impossible.

    It's also not helpful that, as one prof of mine put it, "nurses are not taught clinical care today, they are instead taught managed care, and that should scare the shit out of you." At my school there is at least a slight mitigation of that because I go to a 2-year community college program and thus have less nursing management classes and less of a focus on management issues. Still, half of what we learn seems to fall under the focus of "how to not get your institution sued" right down to the way we are taught to speak to patients.

    In my clinical rotations thus far, the best, most patient forward nursing I have seen has been at the VA of all places. For all the bad things one hears about them (and there are bad things about the VA system for sure), the nursing care there seems a hell of a lot better any other place I have been. From what I've seen so far, the nursing specialties that most appeal to me are either working med-surg at the VA, or working as a hospice nurse or working in pediatric oncology nursing setting.

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  17. I will be interested in any future blogging that you may chose to do. Best of luck on your career trajectory.

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