Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Too much experience

Today I called about a position that I found on Craig's list. The job was for a R.N. in a doctor's office, I called the number and after a short interview the woman at the staffing company felt I was not qualified to even send her my resume. Seems that no matter how much experience you have if you do not have a year's recent experience and she meant current experience then you are not qualified! Now, I calmly explained to this person that as a nurse I had over twenty five years of experience and some of that was indeed working for a doctor. Moreover, I was more than qualified to work in a doctor's office….no matter what doctor it is. I don't want to seem arrogant but, I have worked in every aspect of nursing and done just about everything and I do mean everything. I have done procedures as an advanced practice R.N. that includes everything except delivering a baby!

No sale, forget it, nada, can't do it, Sorry not interested, thank you for your time and goodbye! So, what do I make of this! I thought experience was gold. My feeling is that the real story is what you have done for me lately like in the last week!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Frozen flags

Looking out my window I have a very good view of my flag which is flown everyday. Today it is covered in ice and folded over on itself a large ice sickle hangs from the blue star field. This sets my mind to wondering about the irony of my flags predicament. Wisconsin and to some extent Ohio are in the same shape as my flag….folded on itself and frozen.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Young people are doing it again!

Many of us were alive when young people filled the streets all over the United States back in the late sixties. Then those folks were protesting the Vietnam War and the government prosecution of that war. Protests eventually brought an end to that war and eventually indirectly caused a president to resign.

Today over forty years later young people in Tunis and now in Egypt fill the streets wanting something better wanting their future to be in their hands and a change at the top. Those of us who were alive back then in the late sixties I for one find it amazing that we will witness the people in action and causing change in our lifetime. Possibly, a wholesale change in the Middle East possibly that this will just be the tip of the iceberg. Could this be the tidal wave of change to democracy that would forever make how we look at our world?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Justice is blind and maybe dumb

There are over one million people incarcerated in the United States and it's guesstamated that around ten percent of that one million is innocent. Math was never my strong suit but, I can figure out that a lot of folks are sitting in jail and shouldn't be there. Locally, today we seem to have the same problem that is two people who by most accounts are probably not guilty of the crimes of which they are accused. When I say probably that means there is some doubt and in this case there is a lot of doubt. Moreover, to my mind you would think that the whole bunch i.e.: the judge, the prosecutor, the defense, defendant's and those who did the accusing get together and figure this thing out without the letter of the law. From my point the letter of the law is the problem.

Laws were made to protect all of us and punish the guilty and the original laws the ones way back at the beginning were written with a certain spirit. Ideally, with some room to say wait a minute are we doing the right thing? Lately, it seems we are more interested in the absolute application of the law and no wiggle room and let's go for the conviction no matter what! I can't help seeing Al Pacino screaming "you're all out of order", this whole system is out of order". Well, of course that was just a movie…..or was it!