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Discovered On Twitter: Hospitals Recruit Nurses With Free Plastic Surgery

Life is good. I’m settling into my job at UGH (Undisclosed Government Hospital) and I have a couple of days off from work. I’m using my time constructively. My house looks like hell, but I am doing other important things like writing, reading blogs, and visiting Twitter.

Yes, I’m addicted to Twitter. I started tweeting when I hooked up with Pixel RN and Dr. Val at BlogHer last year. They showed the joys of micro-blogging and my life was changed forever. Twitter is great place to meet people using 140 characters at a time. You can hangout in cyberspace with people like Ashton Kutcher, Lance Armstrong, and Stephen Colbert. You can also hangout with a lot of great healthcare providers. I make new “friends” by putting the word “nurse” into the Twitter search engine. Then I sit back and see what pops up.

Yesterday, something very interesting caught my eye. Dr. Hess, a plastic surgeon, tweeted that nurses were being offered free plastic surgery. I love free stuff, so I followed the link in his tweet, and checked out his blog. He wrote a great post. I also checked out the link in his post to the New York Times. The upshot of the story is that some places in Europe are offering plastic surgery as a recruiting tool for nurses. The story talked about the enormous social pressure that some nurses are under to look good. It’s true. Even some hospitals in the United States are using young and beautiful nurses as a marketing tool to entice more patients into their facilities. Age discrimination is rearing its ugly head. I wrote this post about a nurse who lost her job because she was getting old and because she wasn’t pretty anymore.

I tweeted Dr. Hess. I told him that there wasn’t enough plastic on the planet that could make this sow’s ear into a silk purse. I also told him that I look forward to tweeting with him in the future. He wrote back and told me that he thinks that I’m charming. Just wait till he really gets to know me!

I’m going to Twitter my way through life.

*This blog post was originally published at Nurse Ratched's Place*

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