Hat tip to Kathy for giving me a nudge to rekindle the Thunderbox Papers.
I thought it was a good idea….then I let is slide (sorry about that). So, just to refresh your memories:
We are all very busy nurses. And I totally get how you are so busy sorting out ‘the-rest-of-your-life’ when not at work that it’s pretty hard finding time to scratch yourself, let alone do any work related reading.
To those of you who are doing some professional studies AND are working (especially if you have kids)…….we salute you a long hard salute.
For the rest of us….. you can access: The Thunderbox Papers.
A thunderbox is Australian slang for an old style outside toilet that was little more than a drafty wooden shed over a hole in the ground.
They also used to use pages (usually out of a magazine or newspaper) stuck on an old piece of wire for toilet paper. Life was rough back then. Hardcore.
Each week I will publish a new Thunderbox Paper. The idea is that it is a one page overview of some topic that you can print out and stick on the door of your toilet (hence thunderbox)
It will always be only one page. Sometimes it will be VERY short (just a few lines).
The trick is to make it ONE thing1 for you to remember before the next paper is published.
HERE IS THIS WEEKS THUNDERBOX PAPER
Arterial Blood Gas Values.
To work you must commit to posting on your toilet door (you could even consider posting on the toilet door at work) and taking a moment to read over each time you………well, you know. Business.
The goal is to commit each paper to your long-term memory before the end of the week. So repetition is essential (as is business regularity).
Even if its is just a single blood value or suchlike, print it and stick it.
- It may not always be on a topic that is relevant to you. It may be something you are already well familiar with. So…skip that paper. [↩]