Sorry to leave that growly post up, but here's a cheerier one. (Tania, I *will* eventually get to my 'blog tag' assignment, I promise!) For the next couple of days, I will be immersed in oncology-nursing mania at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center for none other than the 9th Oncology Nursing Society Institute of Learning. The conference kicked off with this humorous, heartfelt speech by Meg Brown, a survivor of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I used to scoff at such 'touchy-feely' speeches, but now I know they're just the kind of soul food one needs to stay in this profession.
I've run into several old co-workers, met some interesting new folks--even a nurse and a CNS from Korea!--and caught up with an old Seattle U classmate. I've always liked hearing what people's impressions are of Seattle, and making suggestions of how they can take full advantage of our lovely city. Today there were lots of comments about "why, it's not rainy at all"--to that one, I just smile and nod.
I can also report that I am many pens richer thanks to the exhibitors. Too bad big pharma rules are changing, so we have to all snatch up these freebies before they're gone. More importantly, there will probably be less free continuing education offerings at fancy restaurants where I can have many glasses of nice wine and learn lots at the same time (yeah right). Oh, and the talks today were excellent too, but nobody comes to my blog to read about evidence-based practice for diarrhea and constipation.
So here's hoping I can make it through 2 more days of seminars and not have my ADD-tendencies emerge, and rather new-found knowledge and enthusiasm for what I do.