Knitting, baking and learning

In the course of trying to knit these socks I have learned all sorts of different things about types of stitches, and the good and bad points of each. Some stitches give more warmth, but they add more bulk (which you had better think about if you are going to try and wear it with a shoe). Openwork stitches  in the winter in New England? No probably not. What about sock construction, and how you make it in the first place? Are you going to use 4 double point, 5 double point, magic loop (still can’t figure out that one), two needles,  or just a really short circular? And all of those methods have their pros and cons. I’m going to go crazy!

In addition, I’m in the process of learning how to use my bread maker. I made some honey white, and the crumb was all wrong. I’m trying raisin bread tonight. We’ll see how that goes.

I’m also trying to wrap my mind around the concept of “nursing judgement”, which of course is different for everybody. Nursing judgment affects a million things, from whether you do rounds when you hit the floor, to when you give a prn, when you hold a med, when you monitor somebody closely and when you don’t.  When do you follow your supervisor’s advice, and when don’t you?  As everybody keeps telling me, “It’s your license!”

What’s a license? It’s a piece of paper (or rather an electronic entry in a huge database) which designates a person who has the goverment’s permission to behave in a certain way, and to allow them access to certain types of information. It is, to many people, the way that they have elected to make their living. However, to me, it means less than nothing when it comes to my opinion of myself, the standards that I try to adhere to. A license can be revoked, suspended, or otherwise impaired. I make mistakes, and plenty of them. But my license doesn’t dictate the degree of my integrity. For many of the nurses I know, that is the case. We advocate for the patient, and yes, we protect ourselves. But first and foremost, a nurse cares for his or her patient.

I ran across a rather interesting statement from the hospice and palliative nurses association position paper on pain management. Bear with me, because deep down I am still a scientist, and you’ve got to always do your background work before you start forming a hypothesis…

“Our ability to relieve pain should be the litmus test of our value as healthcare professionals. It is the core of our contract with society and the mandate of our privilege to be nurses.”19, p. 54

The quote is from  The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing by Ferrell and Coyle.

Food for thought.



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