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    [–] YA Contemporary Thriller/Mystery? Preferably within an academic setting? CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in suggestmeabook

    Maybe try checking out The Bellwether Revivals- Benjamin Wood. I loved it and was recommended the Secret History based on that.

    [–] Rant: I'm your doctor, please stop. CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in TwoXChromosomes

    I’m not necessarily offended but I don’t think it’s really appropriate in a professional setting. Comments on my English don’t make sense to me because it’s my first language. Also I’m born, raised, and work in Canada, so asking me where I’m from just makes it sound like I’m assumed to be ‘not Canadian’ based on how I look.

    Usually people mean well, and are just trying to make conversation or something which I get. It’s not always a big deal, but it can be annoying to field questions like that when trying to do my job.

    [–] Rant: I'm your doctor, please stop. CATSHARK_ 53 points ago in TwoXChromosomes

    Sorry you've had that experience. I'm a female nurse and I completely agree with you- in my experience the sexually inappropriate comments come from older demographics, as does most racist comments, although I have had a few from younger people (although less to do with race specifically and more things like 'wow, your English is great! What country are you from?")

    [–] Recommend me books with enemies-to-lovers CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in YAlit

    Interesting! I saw it had come out and considered picking it up, but I wasn’t heavily invested based on the summary. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    [–] [Personal] It's Casual Friday! General Chat thread - Feb 01, 2019 CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in SkincareAddiction

    Where are Canadians buying Mizon All-in-one Snail cream from these days? I was buying it from Wishtrend, but they've recently stopped carrying it. I just tried Peach & Lily and got hit with a $40 customs fee, so I'd like to avoid that. I see it's on Amazon for $30 a tub, but was wondering if there's anywhere cheaper I'm missing. I use it as my daily moisturizer, so I go through a lot.

    [–] How on earth do I meet people in this city? CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in askTO

    I think this is really the key. It also helps if you choose a hobby that might have a higher proportion of dudes that also participate- if your goal is to meet new people and maybe find a relationship. My partner plays in a couple of co-ed sports leagues, and tons of people in his extended group of friends have met SOs through ball hockey, soccer, etc. Also anecdotally there's been a lot of success for the few girls I know who enjoyed board games, card games, etc and started hanging out playing Magic the Gathering and stuff at game stores.

    [–] Am I cut out for this? CATSHARK_ 2 points ago in StudentNurse

    Hey friend. Skills was the hardest thing for me back in the day. It freaks me out to know I'm being watched, and I would constantly fidget and ruin things. Practicing helps- ask if your school has open lab times for you to practice things you need help with. Or practice sterile technique at home- our school gave us these little kits and I would go home and watch videos on sterile technique and practice using the little foreceps and putting on the gloves and taking them off.

    Also just because the skills don't come naturally to you doesn't mean you're not cut out to be a nurse. I'm the first to admit I'm not the best at making an occupied bed or whatever, but I've been able to succeed because nursing relies on so many other things beyond things like how quickly you can turn and clean a patient. When you get to clinical you'll see all sorts of nurses, ones with amazing skills, ones with mediocre skills, ones with amazing bedside manner, some who are kind of dicks. All of them are going to be good and not so good at different things. The only important thing is to know where you can improve, and working towards getting better at whatever it is.

    Week 1 is always tough because you're still getting used to everything. Don't be so hard on yourself, school is all about learning, and by making mistakes and moving past them you're doing exactly what you're supposed to.

    [–] Reading Material that is supposed to be Taught in Lecture, Before the Lecture CATSHARK_ 3 points ago in StudentNurse

    Good timing, since I literally just sat down to read for tomorrow's lectures.

    I have pharma tomorrow morning, so I opened up my lecture slides and skimmed those to see what the topic is (HTN/Cardiac). The slides are focusing on drugs that affect the RAAS, so I'm heading to the required readings and I'm going to do a quick read through of the whole chapter (basically skim it), but I'll focus harder on anything related at all to the RAAS or anything that was highlighted in the slides. When I "focus harder" I mean I take the time to open up a separate word document and type up those important things or write them down on the slides in the lecture that cover the material to reinforce the ideas. Sometimes I'll draw a picture.

    For me, important information is anything you can use to kind of 'logic' your way to an answer, it helps if you have an idea of how the material might be tested, then you can think about what info you need to answer a typical question. Using pharma as an example, anything related to patho is usually important because you need to know it to understand why drugs do what they do and when you would and would not use them. Understanding those concepts will help you answer wayyy more questions than just memorizing the onset, peak, and duration of a specific drug (which is still important, but I do dedicate less time to it). In general if I see 10/50 slides are related to something, it's important. If it's an exception to a rule it's usually good to know. If it doesn't come up in lecture and the textbook mentions it a lot- I ask after class how it's related to our learning objectives (a nice way of saying "is this on the test?"). Sometimes I ask friends if they think something is worth studying- don't be afraid to crowd source ideas. Also if your prof publishes a document of "learning objectives" for the course- go through them because that's basically a list of what they want you to know to pass the course. In general it gets easier to pick out the important things with experience, and like anything else it takes a bit of practice.

    Sorry for the novel, and good luck with your first semester :)

    [–] Reading Material that is supposed to be Taught in Lecture, Before the Lecture CATSHARK_ 2 points ago in StudentNurse

    I read ahead before lecture. I do the required readings and compare them to the lecture slides, and make notes on the overlapping material that is emphasized. Then during lecture I add to the notes with anything that I missed, and ask questions to the lecturer for whatever still doesn’t make sense. The first few weeks of school are very busy trying to catch up with readings since our syllabuses are always put up late, but I find this method really pays off for midterms and exams since I know the material pretty thoroughly and have all my questions answered by the time lecture is over.

    [–] Ontario's Tories eliminate free tuition for low-income students CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in ontario

    “Or do poor people not vote for some reason.”

    I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not, but as a poor person it can be very difficult to vote. Imagine being pay check to pay check and every hour at work means food for your kids, or keeping your electricity on. Also imagine telling your boss they cannot schedule you for a double shift because legally they need to give you time off to go vote during polling hours- how quickly do you think you’d be fired and replaced with someone who didn’t cause ‘problems’ for management?

    When working retail I always offered to stagger shifts and work cover so people could vote, and management always had a problem with it. There is a real problem making things like voting accessible to the working poor, and many are just well-off enough that they don’t see it, or aren’t affected by it.

    [–] What’s your guilty pleasure? CATSHARK_ 2 points ago in Cooking

    Sounds amazing, I’m going to make this for supper tomorrow night.

    [–] What are some good sci-fi/fantasy books that feature LGBT characters? CATSHARK_ 4 points ago in suggestmeabook

    I loved Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Also there’s the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo.

    [–] Help please 😭 CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in StudentNurse

    You need to check a list of bridging programs available in Quebec, and ask whether they accept RPNs from Ontario, or whether you need to be licensed in Quebec as an ‘infirmier auxiliaire’ (LPN) before you can apply. I’m doing my bridging in Toronto, and to qualify for my program you needed to be licensed in Ontario, which meant contacting the provincial association (CNO) if you did your education out of province.

    Good luck!

    [–] I Need a Book that Will Surprise Me CATSHARK_ 3 points ago in suggestmeabook

    The Heart Broke In -James Meek

    Took me a little while to get into, but once I got there it was surprising.

    Fingersmith -Sarah Waters

    I read this a few years ago and found it unpredictable until the very end.

    [–] I’m over wedding planning CATSHARK_ 2 points ago in weddingplanning

    I feel this in my soul! Every time I bring it up people are always surprised and upset about it too- like it’s wrong to be exhausted and not into it anymore. I did the stuff I cared about, and now it’s all boring crap. My dad is retired and I’m super tempted to just starting giving him jobs because I know he’ll take it seriously and I won’t need to deal.

    [–] Setting a plan to go back to school next year CATSHARK_ 3 points ago in PersonalFinanceCanada

    Great comment! Just wanted to chime in for OP on your last point- there is no prehealth/nursing program I know of that offers paid coop. I did the PN program at GBC and I’m currently doing my RN through GBC/Trent U, and in all nursing/PSW programs you get work experience through clinical placements that are organized by the school. There are strict requirements about how much/when you can work another job for insurance and patient safety reasons though, especially during your consolidation semester in which you complete ~350 hours of patient care. Some people get hired on after graduation, but as a student they cannot pay you.

    EDIT: I didn’t go to pre-health route but I have some friends who did. Feel free to PM me if you have questions.

    [–] Just found out SO's are allowed at my cousins wedding unless you're married or engaged CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in CasualConversation

    Right??? This is a family wedding. I don't know what kind of family this guy has but my family has always been able to get together without worrying about inevitable incest or cheating because no one could bring their significant other.

    [–] Just found out SO's are allowed at my cousins wedding unless you're married or engaged CATSHARK_ 3 points ago in CasualConversation

    This thread blows my mind because it's so common. I've never met anyone who's been offended by this before, I think almost everyone realizes this is a way of keeping the guest list down. Sure you've been with your gf for 4 years, but if you've got like 7 other cousins who all expect +1s because you got one the guest list is going to grow really quick.

    [–] Just found out SO's are allowed at my cousins wedding unless you're married or engaged CATSHARK_ 1 points ago in CasualConversation

    I'm planning my wedding and this is very common, especially in larger families. It probably has nothing to do with you or your girlfriend personally and has way more to do with the fact that they don't want to give every cousin a +1, especially those who aren't in long term relationships. It can be hard to single people out like that, so a "ring or don't bring" rule is a fast way of keeping the guest list down without looking like you're judging the quality of people's relationships. Weddings are expensive and while they might not mind paying a couple hundred bucks each to feed you and your long term gf, they don't really want the other 7 cousins to bring along randoms they don't know or care about- and it's easier to just say no to all +1s rather than calling everyone up individually and looking like they're playing favourites.

    PS: My cousin got married 2 years ago and my fiance (BF at the time) was not invited despite the fact that we'd been living together for 6 years. I went with my family and had an amazing time anyway, and my boyfriend understood and encouraged me to go without him. My cousin and his wife were the ones paying for the event, and it was to celebrate their marriage- so everything was on their terms, and I respected that. If you are offended just let them know you won't be able to make it.

    [–] Just found out SO's are allowed at my cousins wedding unless you're married or engaged CATSHARK_ 0 points ago in CasualConversation

    Urgh don't do this. I'm planning a wedding and nothing is more annoying than people who try to do things like this to get their way. You can always tell who is trying to play games and who is just confused and it honestly just sours your relationship.