Nurse Contracts Ebola: Who is to blame?

After reading this article on Reuters, I felt the need to weigh in on what is happening with the nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus here in the U.S.

As a nurse, it really angers me that the hospital administration was so quick to point the finger at the nurses taking care of the patient. Everyday, the finger is pointed at the nurse as to why a medication wasn't given on time, why this order didn't get carried through, why a lab wasn't drawn, etc. There are so many contributing factors to how/why something like this happens and many other individuals involved. It is not acceptable to put the sole blame on nursing.

Some questions that come to my mind are:

  • What was staffing like for this nurse? I know that personally, when I was having a crazy, busy, day I'd use shortcuts to maximize my productivity. Of course, I never did anything that would have caused danger to my patients, but still, was she so busy that she didn't have time to decontaminate equipment/herself properly?
  • Did she have enough support from her manager, charge nurse, infection control department, clinical educator? Were they readily available if she had questions about the process of donning/doffing PPE (personal protective equipment)?
  • Did the nurse feel comfortable questioning the process if she noticed it was not being followed? Did she feel comfortable asking for help if unsure of how to manage this patient?
  • Did the hospital provide adequate, annual training on infection prevention and protective measures? How did they assess competency?
  • Did the hospital have the appropriate PPE stocked? Nurses are some of the most creative people on the planet. We can make something out of nothing. Maybe the nurses had to make do with what they did have. 
  • Did housekeeping/environmental services follow protocol for cleaning an isolation room?  Was waste properly discarded?
The nurse(s) who took care of the patient in Texas with Ebola need to be thanked and appreciated not blamed and criticized. I'm sure when word got around that there was a patient with Ebola on the floor, many staff members probably did not want to care for that patient, some probably even refused.

Also, noted in the article that the nurse has a dog that she adores and a dog of someone in Europe who had Ebola was euthanized as a precaution. So sad. As a fellow nurse and dog mom, I wish all the best to the nurse in Texas and her dog too. 



October Dachshund Finds

Here are a few Dachshund Finds that I've spotted so far this month, enjoy!

Dachshund boys outfit: price was under $15 not sure of the exact price, sizes 18M-4T, found at the Columbia Costco 
Lighted Tinsel Dachshund: $39.99, seen at the Target in Columbia
Women's Dachshund Pajama Set: $39.97, Nordstrom Rack in Columbia



I Like Our Guys

Part of being a Baltimorean is having a strong passion for our sports teams. I can remember going to the games at Memorial Stadium with my Nannie and Great Aunt who were long time season ticket holders and I remember being at the game when Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's most consecutive games played record. Ahhh, such fond memories.
I've always been an Orioles fan although some years to a lesser extent (lifelong Orioles fans you know what I'm talking about)... but lately it's hard not to talk about my excitement/pride for what this team has done.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to get tickets to the ALDS/ALCS/World Series home games. The first game just so happened to be on my husband's birthday and he received the best gift of all when the Orioles beat the Tigers. That 8th inning was definitely one to remember. 

I have been to many, many, games at Camden Yards and I have never seen or heard the Orioles fans as crazy excited as they were. I think the crowd at the second game on Friday was much louder and pumped up than the first game! The Orioles fan are truly some of the best, we definitely show up for our team win or lose, good seasons and bad.

I haven't been able to stop watching the replays of the best plays of the ALDS series. I get goosebumps when I heard play calling by the announcers and seeing the players celebrate almost brings tears to my eyes. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing the O's play this Friday at home against the Royals in the first of the ALCS games. I couldn't be prouder of our city, our fans, and our guys!



Etsy Dachshund Finds

Today is my dachshund Cooper's birthday! I thought I'd celebrate by posting about some recent Etsy dachshund finds! I loveeee Etsy and especially because it is a treasure trove for the dachshund obsessed such as myself.

Aren't these adorable?! They are dachshund nail stickers that come in a variety of colors. 
Sold by: Craftlockian, $3 for 50 (what a deal!)

This is actually my second candle from this shop. The scent is driftwood. The first one I got was Milk & Honey. The candles smell great without being overpowering and last a good while.
Sold by: The Waxy Dachshund Candle Co, $12 for a 10oz jar



Product Review: Jamberry Nails

My lack of blog posts has been partly due to work being extremely busy. After working 15+ hours like I did earlier this week, the last thing I want to spend a lot of time doing is painting my nails! I previously reviewed Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Nail Color which has changed my life.

I've been hearing a lot about Jamberry Nails and was curious what it was all about. Basically they are nail decals that you apply using a bit of heat and they are supposed to last longer than a traditional manicure with nail polish.

A sheet of nails (20 decals) costs $15. Before I committed to buying a sheet, I wanted to first try it out to see if it even worked! Fortunately, a former coworker was hosting an online Jamberry Nail party and the consultant, Christina was offering to send anyone a free sample!

I did quite a bit of research on the best way to apply the decals online before I actually did it myself. The website offered some helpful advice, but the YouTube videos of non-Jamberry Nail employees were better.

The suggested supplies needed are:
A source of heat
Orange stick
Cuticle pusher
Nail file

I only had a few of the suggested supplies, but my nails turned out fine. I found the decals a little difficult to peel off the sheet, so I used some tweezers to do that and I also used the tweezers to hold the decal while I was warming it up with my hair dryer. The orange stick is supposed to be used to smooth out the decal as you are applying it to your nail, but I used a finger on my opposite hand and that worked out fine. I actually would suggest you use cuticle scissors like I did to cut the edge of the decal instead of using the nail file. The nail file didn't work out for me.

Getting everything set up
Decal is on my ring finger
I just removed my decals after almost two weeks of applying them. A group of my friends got together for steamed crabs and I thought picking crabs would be a true test to see if the decals were as durable as they were advertised to be and they were! No peeling or anything! Some other comments about the decals is that the sheets are all the same color or same design. I wish there were some way to mix and match. The decals do come in different sizes, but they may not cover the entire width of the nail. It is hard to tell, but still.

If you are interested in trying Jamberry Nails, feel free to visit the website of the consultant I referred to earlier at or check out