Dora's Nursing







Got offered one of the two charge nurse roles on my unit.

Found out the other person (a guy) got offered more on the hour. Told by HR “to make it fair.”

He has less experience AND a lower degree.

Fire. Away.

so proud for you!

It is complete horseshit! What are you going to do? What can you do in this situation?

What I have done is call the hiring manager & HR out on the wage discrimination. Results pending.

The next step is to keep climbin’ the ladder.

I don’t *need* this position to validate my leadership/excellence. What I *need* is to be compensated appropriately. …well, and for the organization to recognize and OWN this paternalistic, mysoginistic discriminatory practice. Time to change the game, guys.

What state are you in? How much more is he being offered?
I read this and I thought of you. I’m rooting for you.


All it took for flesh-eating bacteria to go from harmless organisms to gruesome infectious pathogens was four mutations and about 35 years. That’s what an international group of researchers announced today in a study that outside experts are calling the largest bacterial genome paper ever published.



ZEIT ONLINE hat mehr als 22.000 Menschen in Deutschland gefragt, welche Drogen sie nehmen. Das sind die wichtigsten Ergebnisse der Online-Umfrage Global Drug Survey. (bm)


Krista and Tatiana Hogan are craniopagus twins, meaning they’re connected at the head.

They share a structure that connects Krista’s thalamus to Tatiana’s. The thalamus is a double-lobed organ that plays important roles in processing sensory input and creating consciousness.

Since Krista’s and Tatiana’s thalami are connected, scientists and members of the Hogan family think the girls might view the world differently than the rest of us do.

For example, Dr. Cochrane believes the girls can see through each other’s eyes. He came to this conclusion after covering Krista’s eyes, placing electrodes on her head, and watched Krista’s brain respond after shining a light in Tatiana’s pupils.

Other times, one girl will be watching TV while the other is looking somewhere else. Suddenly, the twin not watching TV will start laughing at what’s happening onscreen.

Their “thalamic bridge” also affects their sense of taste. Krista is a ketchup fiend, but Tatiana hates the stuff. Once, Krista was eating ketchup, and Tatiana furiously tried to wipe it off her own tongue even though she wasn’t eating any ketchup herself.

Perhaps the strangest phenomenon of all is that the twins sometimes use the word “I” to describe both of themselves at once.

As of 2011, no one had run any conclusive tests on the girls and their odd condition. However, scientists who have observed their behavior and brain scans are flabbergasted and excited. While no one can say for sure at the moment, it really does seem Krista and Tatiana can share private thoughts and perceive what the other is sensing.

As someone who wants to study consciousness in the future, I can say this is one of the most extraordinary cases I have ever heard of. 





Dr. Mary Edwards Walker’s pocket surgical kit

Dr. Walker was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army, serving during the Civil War.

She was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865 by President Johnson, and remains the only woman to have ever won it, to this date. Interestingly, this high honor was awarded to her (and even had a bill passed in order to make her eligible) in order to recognize her service to the country…while making sure that she didn’t receive an army commission in retirement.

Indeed, she made less as a pensioner than the widows of most officers did, but she saw the greater honor of her Medal, wearing it every day until her death in 1917.

Walker also campaigned as an abolitionist (prior to the war), prohibitionist, and an advocate for dress reform, citing women’s clothing as “immodest and unwieldy”. She was arrested several times in the late 1800s for “impersonating a man”, because of her trousers and top hat.

Get it, girl.



But… it’s really the smell.


Fournier Gangrene

  • necrotising infection of the perineum
  • life threatening, urological emergency
  • must rule this out in any patient presenting with red, painful scrotum, look for patches of necrosis 
  • emergency debridement and antibiotics
  • progresses rapidly, mortality rate >40%