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Twitter for Medical Professionals

I’m back! Still angry maybe, even more now that I’ve been working sooo much. Been twittering a lot mostly from the “jungle” as we call it. You can follow me @zh3n . Anyone who works the ER or in any busy hospital will know what I am talking about. Since,my last post we’ve had a pandemic of swine flu. You can find more on this practically ALL over the internet and most news outlets. We have had NO known cases in Alabama…yet but it’s spreading quite quickly.

I am a little worried because my mom went on a Carnival Cruise to Mexico, Belize and some other destinations that isn’t quite worrying me as her stop in Mexico! They were not cancelling the trip they’ve had planned for months and, can I really blame them? Especially,since Carnival hasn’t issued any concerns neither has any of the Mexican Rivera Resorts. Anyways..I’ve met some really cool and interesting people on Twitter both people in the medical field and out. Great outlet to meet new people!

Found some great medical resources for us Medical Professionals here: Twitter for Medical Profesionals–Networking and Medical Job Search on Twitter by Andrea Santiago from About.com

Enjoy! The angry med student..signing out!

The ER and rules

So,I got to work last night and they were short staffed. They pulled myself and two other interns to be techs for the first part of the night. I don’t care what anyone says, being a tech is hard work. They do just as much as we do and even more. They round, draw blood,chart and take vital signs, you give credit where credit is due!

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(Yes,that’s me and those are my navyblue scrubs. Just got in from work)

I worked with some cool people last night and kinda wanted to give them a shout out(they know who they are). After a few hours of being a tech,I was told to go and help out in the ER. I get there and there was trouble off the top. There was a CODE:Brown because they were having issues with an elderly lady. She was brought in by the ambulance that was called by her family.
They said,”we have been trying to give her some medication but she has been fighting us”. I just wanna say, that the elderly, are pretty strong. I was pushed by a 67 year old and I stumbled backwards and almost hit the floor.
There is always something going on in the ER. I can almost guarantee that, my night will be eventful. It’s fast-paced,hectic and I get an adrenaline rush. So when I was pushed by that lady, I gained my footing and by the time I ran to get a shot, security was involved so there were four more people in the ER getting in my way on top of someone else yelling in another room(I don’t know why).
The shot was given,she finally calmed down in maybe 5 minutes. We treated her and transfered her to another floor. That was just the start of my night; went to the PY ward and came into contact with another lady. There is snack time on the floor before the patients go to bed. So we helped put snacks out and, being the weekend, the food was limited because food service delivers Monday morning or something.
Anyways,one of the ladies was standing in the middle of the hallway and I saw that she had dropped a few things that she had planned on eating. It turns out,she had been hoarding the snacks like she was hibernating!
I said, “ma’am you can’t take all the food off the cart because there are other patients that have to eat as well and there has to be enough snacks for everyone”. She had all this food wrapped up in her jacket and said,” her family needed to eat”. How do you respond to that except to say, again “ma’am you can’t take all the food”.
She was NOT happy with me and she yelled and screamed at me. I am governed by rules that will NOT allow in me to feel certain emotions or take things personal. It’s hard..it’s really hard but if I expect to get through my nights or days and my career as a doctor, I have to use these rules. Now, I am not saying be stoic or harsh, but show emotions accordingly. It took everything in me to not get mad at the lady that pushed me.
People come into a hospital everyday needing and wanting help. Not matter our political views or our opinions, we made a choice to serve, help and hopefully fix things and make people feel better. I take that with me everyday.

Social networking sites- A new way to screen Medical student applicants?

This is a pretty interesting article although, worrisome. I’m sure most of us have been to one or two out-of-control parties and, post our pictures on facebook or myspace. Well. Here’s an article that says, maybe that is NOT good idea! The Student Doctor Network. It asks the question. Is it Ok, to post your good/fun times on any profile that is NOT private without taking into consideration that it may cost you a job? Guess I need to at least, post an appropriate profile picture!