Tomorrow is the start of my behavioral health clinical. The best and/or worst part is that we don't have to wear our scrubs. This is good cuz it is one less day of laundering them, but on the downside is that I have to actually pick out what I am going to wear. We are supposed to look "professional" which translates into no jeans and no sweats (which is pretty much all I live in). So tonight I had to dig up my bin labeled "Fancy Clothes" and drag out my old office wear. And Jane was kind enough to iron for me which is good cuz otherwise I would have resorted to hanging up my pants in the bathroom while I took a shower hoping the steam would magically make the wrinkles disappear. (I don't like ironing. I know how to do it in theory, but Jane volunteered, so I willingly obliged:) I will let you know how it goes!
Speaking of theories, we had our Nursing Theory class today where we discussed really abstract concepts like the "Metaparadigms of Nursing" and the "Theories of Knowing" in nursing. Oh, and apparently there is a big debate going on about whether "caring" should be considered the fifth paradigm of nursing and what exactly constitutes "caring" and whether or not caring should just be considered a part of nursing or whether it should be considered the "essence" of nursing. Oh and some fear that we should not place emphasis on caring because it is considered a "gendered attribute" and is not valued in our society. But really what I learned today is that I would not care to be a Nursing Theorist when I grow up. Although we did read this great article that amongst other things said that if we continue to have these great debates about "caring" then nursing as a profession will be ridiculed. And I had to agree.