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12 Days of Nerdy Christmas: Amazon Edition

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Nerds are funny people. Most of us genuinely appreciate any kind gesture that is bestowed upon us, especially a Christmas gift. However, since you’re nerds, we definitely know our tech so if you plan on buying something digital for a special geek in your life, you need to make sure you getting quality nerd gear. You wouldn’t want us to awkwardly accept a gift that we’d never buy for ourselves, now would you?
Didn’t think so.

But really, it can be difficult to buy Christmas gifts for anyone. The hard part of gifting family and friends is finding that unique item that you think will be a big hit. We’ve taken the time to round up some of awesome find on Amazon to help ease that problem and give you plenty of ideas to find that special someone a special gift (whether they are a nerd of not!).

Raising The Salary for Nurses Across the Board

Recently I posted about the pros and cons working as a salaried nurse verses hourly. Kevin Ross, of Innovative Nurse, has responded in a youtube video but has shifted the focus of the discussion to the wages of nurses in general. So let’s continue the conversation.

Kevin is a nurse consultant and was surprised after a discussion with another nurse hen he learned what the average pay for nurses is currently. And let me be completely honest when I say that I think nurses are reimburses well, compared to many other jobs I’ve done, but there is always room for improvement.

Unforgettable Family Fun at Rocky Branch Railroad and Old West Ghost Town

Recently we made a trip to the Rocky Branch Railroad and Ghost Town.

We had family come to town and didn’t want to be the old bumps on the logs we normally are. Since my husband and I had been talking about taking Ty to a nearby old west ghost, we figured this would be a great time. It was also a great thing to take Pappy and our niece and nephew to.

The price of admission was very reasonable compared to many of the other attractions we attended during the week (including Zoo Atlanta, The Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coke, and The Fernbank Museum). For $10 you got a hay ride, a trip on the train, alligator exhibit, an 1880’s Variety Show, a gun slinging show and even robbed at gunpoint by train robbers (oh my!).

Telemedicine & Online Doctors: Reaching the Unreachable

Technology continually improves healthcare and our daily lives.

The video below is a fantastic example of technology saving lives by providing improved access to trauma surgeons in areas that don’t have them on staff. Trauma surgeon Rafael Grossmann MD(@ZGJR) reached out to me on twitter and shared with me the video. In it, he discusses iPod Teletrauma: the $229 130 million sq. ft. Trauma Room.

Stat Gear: Where Do you Keep Your Tape? Review

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Tools that make nursing care easier are always in high demand. The Stat Gear S3 Stat is one of those tools. It is a device that holds your tape securely on your stethoscope. I can’t tell you the number of times my tape has went flying across the floor off the earpiece of my stethoscope. So an clever little item like this is welcome in my nursing world.

At $5.99 they are are inexpensive gift that an nurse, EMT or paramedic would surly enjoy. The concept seems so simple, but it’s a good one and keeps your tape close at hand and safe from the floor.

Nursing Interruptions and Interruption Awareness in Nursing Practice

Do folks realize that I need to concentrate on important details when I am administering medications?

Do they understand that interruptions are a source of medical errors? Sometimes catastrophic ones?

Does anyone care that an environment of endless interruptions can cause horrible stress on caregivers?

Forever Lazy: When Products To Make Life Easier Just Go Too Far

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I am fairly sure that this may very well be this year’s hot Christmas item. It’s like the Snuggie to the next level. For a mere $29.99 (plus shipping, handling, and who-knows-whatever-other-fees-or-clubs they will charge your credit card) you can own these adult pajamas (complete with a fly zipper and a butt-flap) and not have to be inconvenienced by any of those other foolish methods of keeping warm like blankets, turning up the heat, or wearing regular clothes. You can’t be bothered to do any of those obviously expensive or boring traditional methods.

HandStand for iPad and iPad2 Holder Case Review

The HandStand is a bit of an innovation in iPad cases because it addresses something that most cases do not: the need for a hand strap.The HandStand for iPad delivers it’s promise when it states “The revolution is at hand.” And why is that? You may ask. Well the darn thing swivels around a full 360 degrees, so literally, the iPad makes a revolution in your hand!

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