Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Article on Great Coupons Sites!

For those of you who do not know, I am a HUGE coupon person. Before I buy anything online I try to find a coupon to use. I am also one of those irritating people in WalMart people get behind that has all the coupons and price matching sale ads. Even though coupons can sometimes be a hassle they are still worth the effort to me. I came across a great article on Yahoo! that has several websites listed that offer coupons for just about everything. Check out the article, I have posted a link below.

Yahoo! Personal Finance

Monday, January 14, 2008

First Day in Class

Well today was my first in class and met all the students. I think it is going to be a great semester! All the students seem to be interested and ready to learn about pediatrics. This afternoon I toured an amazing pediatric facility in Gladewater called The Truman Smith Pediatric Center. I had no idea that such a wonderful medical facility was so close to home. On our tour, we were told that the Truman Smith Center was the only long term pediatric facility in Texas and only 1 of 4 in the country. This is an amazing opportunity for the students as well as myself to be able to learn about a wide array of disease processes that are affecting this particular population.

Also on our trip, I was introduced to Currier and Ives prints. I fell in love with them and have to show off two reproductions that I purchased.

The Coast of California

The Florida Coast

Aren't they pretty?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

France is healthcare leader, US comes dead last: study

What is going on? How can the United States be "dead last" in health care? The United States, a nation that claims to be the best in the world for everything, has the highest rate of preventable deaths of all industrialized countries in the world according to a recent study released by the Commonwealth Fund. Americans need to speak up, especially when we are in the midst of a presidential election. Don't just think about your current situation when casting your vote, but what could happen in your future, i.e. recession, unemployment, serious illness, etc. Is the current health care situation in America sufficient for you and your family, or could it be better?

Read the attached article, it should make you nothing less than furious.

France is healthcare leader, US comes dead last: study - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Internet Buyers Beware!

This morning I received quite a shock while looking at my checking account online. Someone has been using my debit card to buy all kinds of merchandise online. I had no idea anything was even happening until I received a bank account alert email stating my account balance had dropped below my alert balance, I immediately thought, "WHAT! How can that be?". I looked up my account and saw numerous charges that I had not made, things like wines and quit smoking aids. I got on the phone, stopped my credit card, and headed for the bank. The bank was wonderful and said they would get right on it and call when all the paperwork was complete for me sign. When I returned home, I had a package in the mailbox from Boca Raton (one of the fraudulent charges locations). I opened it up to find a quit smoking aid. I called the company without any luck then I started calling some of the other charges just out of curiosity - the items were being sent to my address. Then I really started to panic because I thought the bank may think I actually made the purchases and my money would be tied up forever. Again, the bank was wonderful and said that it was OK, I needed to refuse packages and they would handle the rest.

Learn from my mistakes... Never, never use your debit card online and always check your checking account everyday.

I'll keep you all posted on the progress of my identity theft situation.

Stephen F. Austin University Clinical Nursing Instructor

"The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest." -- William Osler

Well, there is no turning back, I am officially a Clinical Nursing Instructor at SFA. If someone would have asked me in nursing school if I saw myself teaching nursing in the future, I would have stated without hesitation, "NO WAY!". All I can hope for is to do a good job of helping students find their passion in nursing. Anyone can hand out medications, it takes a special person to care for and help people through their time of need.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Heated Response

You go Hillary! Health insurance and drug companies need be at the top of the agenda right beside Iraq. If Americans are not healthy and being provided with adequate, affordable health care, how can we protect our own land and the soldiers be expected to leave home to fight a war?

Happy's babies have arrived!

Well, after a long, sleep deprived night, Happy had 11 babies. They are sooooo cute (of course). All of them appear to be healthy for now.

Take a look at the most recent additions to the farm:

Aren't the sweet!

The kids had a really hard time staying awake, so they took short little power naps.

DJ - sleeping on the feed bin.

Callan - sleeping with Momma cat on the goat stand.

Don't they look so comfortable?!

Now I'm off to bed for my quick power nap.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Years Everyone!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

- Oprah Winfrey

Today I got my first glimpse of this new year's flowers.

Last night Al, Callan, Dalton, & his friend Tyler rang in the new year by watching the ball drop on TV; I could not make it past 10:00 (as usual).

I hope everyone has a great year!