labor nurse has been reborn and shares her experiences as a new nurse-midwife, woman, and blogger

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ground Rules

Hi Everyone!

Did you miss me? I certainly missed all of you. This was a surprise because I didn’t realize what a blogging addict I became. Well, perhaps I knew but was in denial. How could I have a blogging problem? HA!

Many have emailed me when The Life and Times of a Labor Nurse (LTLN) went down. Why did it come down? What prompted all of this?

There were several events that lead to the demise of LTLN. First were some threatening emails, then some very nasty discussion and hen clucking, and it all happened within a week of some other health care blogs going down for similar (and much worse) reasons. I decided that I needed to straighten some things out before I continued.

Now that all of this has blown over, I decided to come back reborn, if you will. Don’t worry, I haven’t changed. But I need to make a few things very, very clear. Apparently I didn’t make these things as clear as I thought the first time around. I do not mean to insult anyone with the following, but again, just need to make things very clear.

My style is not for everyone. If you are not finding humor in my posts, then this is likely not the blog for you. I am sarcastic, saucy, opinionated, and prone to profanity every once in a while. If you are looking for a nurse blog that doesn’t bother you like mine does, I direct you to the links. There are tons of fabulous nurse bloggers out there who have different styles, styles of which might suit your tastes better.

I’m all for debate. I have no problems with people disagreeing with me. I stood corrected a few times on LTLN and it doesn’t hurt my feelings. But, I will not tolerate disrespectful or rude comments towards any of my readers or myself. Saying, “You are a slimy bastard for saying XYZ about issue ABC” will not be posted. Instead say “I disagree with your points about ABC because of 123”. In other words if you want to disagree with me or any commenter I highly suggest you post in the form of the latter. And as much as I hate this, I have activated comment moderation.

When I discuss patient care issues or patients I have cared for all identifying information has been changed, deleted, or made up. Some stories are composites, some are completely fabricated, and others loosely based on reality. In other words, I comply with HIPAA. This hasn’t changed since LTLN was up and running. However, I think that some readers missed the disclaimer at the bottom of the screen. This is why I am making it loud and clear here (refer to the Legal Mumbo Jumbo to the right). There is a chance that someone could read something here (or on any health care blog) and see themselves or someone they know within a story. This is because many situations occur over and over and to a lot of people. I’ll give you an example: I read a story about a nurse complaining about a patient she cared for who was on the call light every 20 minutes. After several hours of this the nurse decided to say something that wasn’t very nice to the patient and subsequently the patient stopped ringing the call light. Guess what? I was a patient once who had a nurse who told me to stop ringing the call light every 20 minutes. Actually she said something like I wasn’t dying and stop ringing her every minute. (I can hear the gasps at the thought that I could be a bad patient…) And I can guarantee that there are thousands more where that story could apply. Is this not complying with confidentiality? Hell, no.

I am a strong advocate of nursing, midwifery, and reform of our current maternity care system. I talk a lot about these issues here on my blog. Again, I have no problem with people disagreeing with me but this is not the place for those who come just to bash my beliefs (nor the beliefs of any of my readers).

Lastly, my blog is not meant to give any medical advice or replace your medical or midwifery care. The Childbirth Education Series will be back up and running. This is meant to educate and entertain, but in no way a replacement for your care or advice and education from your own providers.

Oh, and you are all required to come visit me every Friday at the NJO Blog. It’s your only chance to see me never swear~!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Beginning, Part Two

There is a smile on my face. I just couldn't help myself. It'll be a bit before this new blog gets off the ground, so hang in there and bear with me.

I look forward to seeing you all again.