Sorsha the Dog

“Sorsha the dog”, our dog, passed away on Saturday July 2nd 2011, the day that the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776. She went to sleep peacefully in the grass looking out over the mountains of our remote property and was buried in a shady spot underneath a mighty Fir tree surrounded by many Aspens. She was fourteen years old and a beautiful fluffy Golden Retriever-Chow mix. She traveled the entire North American continent with us, when I was a Travel Nurse.

Our furry child led an incredible life. She has ridden in elevators in five star hotels, she swam on the shores of the Great Lakes; she has slept in a tent with on every mountain in the United States. Sorsha was very protective and loyal. She was gentle but quick to leap into action to protect her home and her family. She was known by many names; My personal favorite, “Misses Sorsha Fluffy Butt”, her Native American name “always in the way dog”, and her four wheeling companion name, “Sorsha the four paw drive doggie.” We loved her dearly and she is much missed. Thank you, God, for her presence in our life. May God grant everyone as special a pet that we were blessed with for fourteen wonderful years.  And always remember, God spelled backwards is: DOG.

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The Uncooperativebloggers/ Radio show’s State of the Union Address

The State of the Union sucks. There ya go people. No matter what our President/Caesar and our elected cockroaches did, said, or promised tonight, do not believe it. The Constitution is the solution!!! Did ya hear that word tonight? NOOOOOOOO. WhyYYYYY! And no, we did not watch it tonight. Brian was sick all day, but we did record it. Oh, and by the way, it is Unconstitutional to televise the State of the Union Address. It was only meant to be given to the congress and the senate. Not to “we the people”. We will review this on our radio show this Thursday 1/27/11 @7pmest, on uncooperativeradio.com.
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The In’s and Out’s of Travel Nursing

By Susan Frances Bonner, author of Opening A Registered Nurses Eyes; A life Altering Journey Across North America

What’s a Travel Nurse? This is a question that I have gotten from numerous patients as I traveled the entire North American Continent, as a Travel Nurse.

So, with that said, I will give you a brief definition of what a Travel Nurse is; from travelnursejobs,org. “Due to a nursing labor shortage and nurse specialization in the early 80s, the travel nurse was born. A travel nurse is a nursing professional who works with a staffing company and typically works at a hospital or healthcare facility in a temporary assignment that is usually 13 or 26 weeks. Travel nursing started as a means for these facilities to fill scheduling shortages resulting from census increases, maternity leaves and vacations.”

I became a Travel Nurse due to the nursing shortage that occurred in North Florida in 1998. The only job I could get was as a Travel Nurse because I lived in a rural area and there were only two hospitals, very few Doctor’s offices and one Home Health Agency outside of said hospitals. I did work for the one Home Health Agency in my area, but was laid off because of the hospitals. (That story will be for another article in the future.)

Travel Nursing, in my humble opinion is the most unique form of Nursing in the field. For starters, you have to have the mind set of becoming an independent contractor. Now, most Nurses know what it means to be independent or we could not do our jobs. But most of us work for either a hospital or other organization. We are given a schedule, shift time and know what departments that we will work in.

When you are a Travel Nurse however, you more than likely will have to be flexible when it comes to all of the above. See, hospitals hire Travel Nurse’s to fill shortages and most shortages occur during evening and night shifts, weekends and holidays. They also usually occur on a floor or department which is very busy and less desirable to work on. And not every hospital will have slots open that cater to your area of expertise. I found this out the hard way. All of these factors have to be carefully considered before you even look for an agency.

Next consideration is choosing an agency. And there are many out there to choose from, which believe it or not is a good thing for you. More agencies mean more competition in the hiring arena, which means that you are more likely to get an assignment that you really want and fits your needs. This is the most important part of becoming a Travel Nurse and by far the most critical. As I alluded to in the previous paragraph, Nurses are not used to being independent contractors. This is where that roll comes into play and it is a hard one to master, at least it was for me.

Make sure you contact more than one agency at a time, while looking for an assignment. I made the mistake of jumping in with both feet with just one agency my first time out. I picked the first agency I found in one of my nursing magazines and ran with them. As I chronicle in my novel; Opening a Registered Nurse’s Eyes, I only learned more about contracts and agencies when I met another Travel Nurse during my first assignment. I call her my “Travel Nurse Guru”.

She taught me that I could solicit more than one agency at a time and I could do so even while working on my current assignment. Pretty cool, huh? It’s just a perk that comes along with being an independent contractor. I didn’t know that at the time, so I ended up taking an assignment with an agency that was very small, did not have many contacts and I got gypped out of a chance to bargain for higher pay and a better place to live. During my first assignment we lived next door to drug dealers.

Once you find an agency that fits your needs; (and please make sure you find one that does), you must be vigilant when you are constructing the contract. I have had so many horrible assignments because I did not cover all of my bases during the contract phase of Travel Nursing.

You have complete control over your contract with an agency. Do not let any agent or agency tell you other wise. Even though they cover you with medical malpractice insurance, pay for your housing, travel expenses and give you a bonus, your professional license is yours. You own it, and you must protect it. You and only you can dictate what you will do as a Nurse. So keep that utmost in your mind when drafting your contract.

I cannot emphasize how important the contract phase is to becoming a happy successful Travel Nurse. It covers your shift, your department, your salary, your living expenses, your living accommodations, your travel expenses and terms of employment, not only with the agency, but what the facility can, and cannot do to you. Be meticulous in this process.

My second assignment was a nightmare because I was not explicit in its wording. See, I since I had graduated nursing school, I had always worked weekends, twelve hour night shifts. So, as a Travel Nurse, I wanted to continue that trend. I found that I was more marketable that way. But when I went to my second assignment, I was told by the assistant nursing supervisor, “I am paying a lot of money for you and I will schedule you when ever and where ever I choose or need you. You are mine for the thirteen weeks you’re working here.” And she had that attitude because I did not stipulate, 7pm-7am weekends, ONLY! One word caused a lot of headaches for me. Don’t let it happen to you.

When you are a Travel Nurse, you visit many places, you see many different types of medical care, and you make a difference. Believe me; I have changed many a floor as a Travel Nurse by bringing my unique perspective to any given hospital.

During my last assignment I had renewed a couple of times because this particular hospital was near the home I owned in Florida. The hospital was in a hiring freeze and many of the Travel Nurse’s did not renew, so we were critically short of nurses. My patient care load went from six to seven patients, up to ten to twelve patients. Very sick patients as well. One night I had a very heavy load and was told I would be getting two more admissions, something I knew I could not handle and would be putting my patients’ well-being in jeopardy. I told the charge nurse I would not take any more patients for the reasons I have stated above. I also explained that if I did take on more patients, I could not safely give my patients proper care due to the acuity of my current load. She told me that she would have to call the hospital supervisor if I refused these patients. I told her to go ahead and that I wanted to talk to her as well about what was going on, on this floor.

The house supervisor called just then and informed the charge nurses that our “census” was going to stay the same for the shift. We would not be getting any admissions that night because we were short staffed. I found out later, that the house supervisor was diverting any new admits to less crowded floors that night. According to existing hospital policy, if a floor was short staffed the supervisor was to be notified and other arrangements had to be made. The key concept here was the notification of the supervisory staff. Would I have done that if I was a regular employee of this hospital? Probably not, but since my contract was with my agency and the hospital was a secondary note, I had the freedom to do the right thing by my patients and the other nurses without fear of being reprimanded. So, keep that in mind when you hit the road.

In conclusion, Travel Nursing is an exciting and challenging form of our Nursing Profession. One for the “not faint of heart”. But one worth exploring if the timing is right and one is up to the adventure. And it is an adventure.

Happy New Year All !!

Well it’s here, 2010. Does anyone out there remember how many Science Fiction books were written about this year, not to mention movies. Does anyone remember how; said books and movies portrayed our planet? Next week I will be researching just that question and explore it on the Radio Show.

Speaking of which; the Uncooperative Radio Show Host has decided that we will continue to inform, educate and be a platform for the new “Patriot” movement. I am up for the fight against communism and the Obama Administration. Oh, no, I was just added to another “watch list”. lol 🙂

2009 was a year of great change for me. I quit a job, got laid off of a job unjustly; fought against it and won. Have had numerous court stuff, more than any in my lifetime and am now a published author. My novel; Opening a Registered Nurse’s Eyes has been out since November. I have had two interviews on other Radio Shows and am scheduled for more this year.

I also have a few new projects in the works for our little Homestead this year and will keep my readers updated as they come to fruition. Brian’s daughter got married this year and we are looking forward to a grandchild in the future, not the immediate future, but she and her husband are talking about it. We are so proud of her.

So, I hope to be blogging more this year and continuing my writing career. Including, sealing the deal with an agent I am working with to get my children’s stories published.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers and listeners for the wonderful e-mails, comments, chat room discussions and support that you have given us and hope it will continue in this New Year.

I also apologize in advance for any typo’s/misspellings, that will be occuring in this New Year, 2010. I also leave you with this Irish and Chinese curse: May You Live In Interesting Times. Well, we, do.
God Bless Us, Everyone.
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Update on the Mountain from the Uncooperative Wife

First; Merry Christmas from my family to your. Second, I have been so busy that it has been hard to blog on a regular basis. We have finally gotten the snow and winter weather we deserve. Well come on everyone; we live on a Mountain. And with that comes work. All our snowmobiles are ready to go, and I will be going down the Mountain on one for work next week. Brian got real sick this weekend his Fibromyalgia kicked in and we got all that snow so I took off to be a nurse to him. I’m a nurse to everybody else it was time to heal my man. Besides, I needed this. So, here I go blogging again. Or not; as my life goes.

The Uncooperative Wife is back

Sorry folks for neglecting ya all for the past few week. Life always seems to get in the way, but I realize this is part of my life as well. Which means I need to pay attention to it. I got Brian the Uncooperative radio show host hooked on blogging, back in the day. But he is way too busy now and I have been handed the torch. Ironic huh? Well hopefully I will be as entertaining and half way reliable. Oh and make sure to tune into our Radio Show, uncooperativeradio.com. Ok, the plug was made so lets begin at the end of 20Technorati Tags: , 08.

Evel Knievel Days come once again

Brian and I have made Butte Montana our adopted city. And what a city it is. Unknown to us we have adopted the very city, where Evel Knievel, one of our childhood heroes and an American Icon was born and raised. As a kid, not a child (for those safety naziees out there) I was one of the obstacles that my male playmates would jump over. Oh, and by the way; we never got hurt. My husband, also tried many a stunt to emulate Evel.

Evel Knievel’s hometown of Butte, MT plays host to the worlds greatest celebration for the Worlds Greatest Daredevil in the finest fashion.

Started in 2002, the three-day event draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to the Mining City during the last weekend in July each year.

from wkipedia

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel was born in Butte, Montana, in 1938, the first of two children born to Robert E. and Ann Kehoe Knievel. His surname is of German origin; his great-great-grandparents on his father’s side emigrated to the United States from Germany after a famine struck in 1782. Robert and Ann divorced in 1940, after the birth of their second child, Nic. Both parents decided to leave Butte. Evel was raised by paternal grandparents, Ignatius and Emma Knievel. At the age of eight, Robert Knievel attended a Joie Chitwood Auto Daredevil Show, which he gave credit to for his later career choice, to become a motorcycle daredevil. Almost every jump he did was on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel (pronounced /ˈiːvəl kɨˈniːvəl/[1]) (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, an entertainer famous in the United States and elsewhere between the late 1960s and early 1980s. Knievel’s nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the twenty most-watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports events to date. His achievements and failures, including his record 433 broken bones, earned him several entries in the Guinness Book of World Records.[2]

His son Robbie Knievel is also an accomplished motorcycle daredevil.

What can I say, for better or worse, the man was and is a true American Icon. He was arrogant, he defied the odds and he paid for his mistakes with his body. All of the new “so- called” extreme sports are a direct product of this man’s lust for adventure and quest for pushing the edge. I had a chance to be his Home Health Nurse last yr and my agency had to turn him down because of his, yes you got it, extreme demands. Arrogant and demanding to the end. I don’t know if he is with God, but God did not let him die those many times when he should have.

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