Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Thursday, September 17, 2015

What is Talent? I'm cooking up the definition of the Talented Nurse

This is an unusual post for me to do. I'm that nurse who takes joy from taking care of people on all levels whether it be through my nursing practice or in the kitchen cooking up a great comfort meal. Getting united with my Nursing family I have gone through the familiar range of emotions prompted by a recent show of The View.  Michelle Collins cited that "doing your job is not a talent".  Joy Behar wanted to know why Miss Colorado was wearing "that costume" and a "doctor's stethoscope".  So let's take the mystery out of why Nursing is a talent for those who might be confused by the definition.  So I have listed  Webster's Definition of Talent at the bottom of this page.

You might ask yourself, where does Nursing fit into this definition?  Well let me assist those that may not quite know all that is required to be a nurse.  As a Registered Nurse for almost 20 years it takes a lot of time and yes, talent, to do what we do all day long.  Some nurses, just like TV talk show hosts, have more talent than others.  So how does talent form, it forms by having unending empathy, sympathy, compassion and an incredible capacity for critical thinking and medical knowledge.  It takes talent, to walk into one situation where you might be physically attacked by a patient due to many medical and/or psychological reasons only to be able to calm them down so that medical care can be given.  To the next moment, you walk out that door into the next room to help a family cope with a dying family member.  You left your previous experience at the door and now are making this next patient and family feel they are the center of your world.  Meanwhile, you have put aside that you still have many other patients to see, you haven't gone t the bathroom in 8 hours, and you certainly have not had a break or eaten lunch/dinner/midnight meal.  You don't have time to read your "e-mail", the stories you have aren't written down, they are burned into your memory due to the emotional significance or even the trauma of the experience you have just been through.

That "doctor's stethoscope.  It takes talent to differentiate between heart, lung and abdominal sounds.  It takes talent to understand medications and the pathophysiology that they create.  Did you know that many physicians will tell you that they use the "nurse's stethoscope"?  Did you know that nurses save physicians from making critical mistakes.  To be able to understand your position as a nurse and also the position of doctor does take talent.  Nurses spent 12 hours a day with a patient, doctor's typically spent anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes if they come see a patient at all on the inpatient level of care.  Did you know that some nurses go to school for up to 8 years depending on their field of study?

Nurses are an extremely talented group of people which is why nurses have united to speak up for who and what they are.  People need to understand that historically nurses have been very undervalued and the time for that is gone.  Value the people that have chosen to care for you in your time of need and their talent to do so.  Thank that nurse, they probably haven't eaten, gone to the bathroom, are missing their child's event and/or are missing out on a family gathering during a holiday.  We do this because we have a passion and talent for what we do.  #NursesUnite #NursesUnited #TheView #JoyBehar #MichelleCollins #WhoopiGoldberg

Thanks for taking the time to read my opinion.

Nurse Kelli


[tal-uh nt] 

a special natural ability or aptitude:
a talent for drawing.
a capacity for achievement or success; ability:
young men of talent.
a talented person:
The cast includes many of the theater's major talents.
a group of persons with special ability:
an exhibition of watercolors by the local talent.
Movies and Television. professional actors collectively, especially star performers.
a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30.
any of various ancient units of weight, as a unit of Palestine and Syria equal to 3000 shekels, or a unit of Greece equal to 6000 drachmas

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwiches

Can we say YUMMO!!! I love my Tastefully Simple biz! I have some great clients and I love the community in general.  I came across a recipe developed by another person in the Tastefully Simple community with a recipe for Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwiches done in the crock pot using the Jalapeno Popper Dip Mix from this summer's catalog (page 25, item #762605 $7.99).  A truly great recipe and one I will be definitely using for this years football tailgate season!

Now at time I saw this I was in a time crunch.  Family arriving out of town for the July 4th holiday weekend, dogs running around the kitchen chased by kids, the men hollering they had beer now they want get the picture.  Total chaos and mayhem!  But what would a holiday be without those crazy pieces.  So I looked at the recipe on the box, I looked at the fridge then off to the pantry! AH HA!  I have the perfect mix of ingredients and this can be served as a dip or on a bun! Love it!!!

So here we go, my rendition of the Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich is 35 minutes or less!

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwiches

2 cups mayo
1 cup sour cream
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded (more to top with, I like things pretty cheese)
2 cups canned chicken breast, shredded
1 pkg Tastefully Simple Jalapeno Popper Dip Mix
Your choice buns or bread

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  I used an 8x8 square baking dish.  Mix all your ingredients together, place in baking dish, top with some extra cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes uncovered! How easy is that?!

Here is the link to the original crock pot recipe, equally enjoyable!


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Monday, April 6, 2015

Italian Game Day Sliders

Well I haven't posted in quite some time! Life has taken some twists and turns and we have found our selves smack dab in the Mid West! I LOVE it! So as we get settled into our new home I have been a cooking machine to work through the anxiety of being in a new state and meeting new people. There is no better way to make new friends like having a gathering with great food!

I have to say I have been a total Pinterest junkie over the last couple of months between home decor, home improvement and curb appeal ideas for our new home. Well as it goes in Themis West, you have to wait for everything to thaw. Why not creative cook while you wait! And that is exactly what I have done! Today's recipe is an adapted version from the Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Baked Sandwich recipe that has circulated for years on Pinterest. I wanted something similar but different. Of course my tastebuds were being totally fickle. I looked up n the big white fridge and got started and this is what I came up with!

 1 pkg of 24 Hawaiian rolls, 2 pkgs of Capacolla and salami each, 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1 stick butter melted, 1Tbsp Tastefully Simple Onion Onion and 1Tbsp Tastefully Simple Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning.

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You will need a 13x9 baking dish. Cut your rolls in half, line the bottom of your dish with the of the bottoms of the rolls, place a slice of Capacolla and Salami on each (you will need to fold the slices), top with your mozzarella, top with the remaining roll tops. Melt your butter while you are doing this and put your Onion Onion and Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning in the melted butter, stir and set aside while you are putting the sandwiches together.  Once the sandwiches are made scatter the chopped onion, I used half of a medium onion, then pour butter mixture over all the rolls. I did a very long time get sprinkle of Parmigiana on top. Cover with foil and put in fridge for a couple hours to let flavors come together. Bake uncovered in oven at 350 for 20 minutes. Then enjoy!