Marriage in Trouble? Five Warning Signs

September 29, 2013 in Marriage, Personal Growth, Relationships by improve-your-life

Don’t you wish marriage came with a user’s manual?  No matter what ‘model’ or ‘make’ of your marriage, my guess is that you could benefit from a problem-solving guide on how to fix that broken whatchamacallit or replace the squeaky thingamabob.  Sometimes it would help to know if something is really a problem or not.  Based on my twenty-six years of working with couples, here are some signs that your relationship may be showing some wear and tear. 1.       Negative Full Article [...]

Are You Prepared For A Government Shutdown?

September 27, 2013 in News by James L. Paris

Looming government shutdowns have become to most people another episode of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf.' Both sides square off swearing that they won't compromise, but in the end a last minute deal averts the crisis.  This time, however, could be different.  The last time the government was shut down was in 1996 for 28 days, as a result of a standoff between Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton.   There is probably just as much acrimony now as there was in 1996 Full Article [...]

Save 90% Or More On Ink Cartridges

September 27, 2013 in Finance by James L. Paris

I hate spending money on things like ink cartridges.  Yes, I know they are necessary and a must if you have a printer, but there is nothing more frustrating than that message that pops up telling me I am out of ink.  I have been surprised at how much the cost of a basic printer has come down in recent years. The last time I bought one it was less than $50, and it also functions as a fax machine and scanner. What a deal, I thought (until I needed to buy my first replacement ink cartridge). In Full Article [...]

4 Emergency Tips for Managing Workplace Interruptions

September 26, 2013 in Careers by nursechat

"I'm all yours for three minutes." How many of you wish you could work secluded from interruptions? In the current “open-door” environment of floor nursing today, patients, doctors, phones, therapists, techs, family members, bosses, and others usually act entitled to every bit of you. Hospital policies even encourage this – which doesn’t help. Speaking as one personally under-skilled at addressing what feels like brazen, entitlement behavior, I’ve been reading some books on boundaries, Full Article [...]

The “Value” of Interruptions

September 25, 2013 in Medical by nursechat

What would it be like to actually be able to do your work without being interrupted 1000 times every hour?!!! Don’t you sometimes want to tell people to take a number? How often have you tried to focus on a drug dose calculation, a sensitive conversation with a family member, educating a patient, or anything else at work – only to be interrupted - repeatedly? Here is a typical day at my last hospital nursing job. The charge nurse and clerk sit and talk and laugh about their families and Full Article [...]