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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Interview: YouTube’s ThePatriotNurse

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It is my honor to provide here a written interview with YouTube’s – ThePatriotNurse. I have been watching her videos for a couple of months now – and she is providing some excellent and very much needed preparedness information. 
On the with interview:

ThePatriotNurse, YouTube, first aid, medical, emergency TSHTF
ThePatriotNurse providing excellent advice.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and how did you became interested in survival/preparedness?

 I have been a nurse for 4 years, and in that time have worked in Orthopedic, Inpatient Psychiatric, and Labor and Delivery– So I guess you could say I’m a Jane of many nursing trades!  In 2008, I watched the documentary “The Obama Deception” by Alex Jones and came to a fork in the Road.  After delving into research regarding our global and national economic interworkings, I decided it was time to have a Plan B. Thus I embarked upon the path of modern survivalism/prepping. :-)

What motivated you to start making YouTube video’s specifically dealing with medical issues after TSHTF?

I started my YouTube channel because I saw that there was a tremendous lack of medical prepping information.  Nobody was REALLY covering much else besides gunshot wounds and glitzy, glamorous medicine– especially on YouTube. Making videos was my way of contributing to the Prepping/ Survival community.  It has taken on a life of its own now! So you could say I wandered into the briar patch!

Are you involved in preparedness in your own life in any other ways – such as food storage, gardening, firearms, etc?

 I take a holistic, multi-faceted approach to prepping. This involves frequent weapons training, food preparation and storage, canning, pickling, and dry-packing.  I garden each year, and I also try to keep sharp on my nursing skills and learn new ones. Weapons training is becoming an increasingly larger part of the mix. It is wise to be prepared for a myriad of contingencies. 

Where do you see the survival/ prepping community going and what trends will take it there?

The key question that the prepping community faces currently is in how it will be defined. Will it be defined by stocking STUFF, piles of gear and useless crap without a knowledge base to support it?  Or will we seek to be more than just fringe-element consumers bent on amassing piles of survival-junque? This is a key moment for us.

The American Prepping mindset (currently)  seems decidely consumeristic to a fault. We believe that our sheer amount of stuff will impart survival capability.  We store huge quantities of food, ammunition, gauze, and seeds thinking THAT will save us.  Many folks have 100,000 rounds ammunition, an arsenal of guns…and NO TRAINING…none.  This is insanity to me!

Let me give you a relevant illustration to prove a point.

 I have a stethoscope that I use every day at work…It is a very good stethoscope, one of the best made. I have plenty of spare parts for it, keep it in prime condition, ensure it is stored in the proper environment…BUT..the stethoscope does me (and my patients) NO GOOD unless I know how to use it– intimately.  I have to know what I am listening for, know where to listen, and how long.

Firearms and weapons training in general is much like the stethoscope.  Pulling it out and givin’ it a whirl every now and then is NOT ENOUGH to make me proficient. I need to know it and how to use it like the back of my hand.  The same is true with weaponry. To make this a reality, I encourage folks to seek out training from a good school of their choice.

 What is the #1 preventative measure after TSHTF that people can take to prevent medical situations?

CLEAN water.  You can probably go a while without getting shot, contracting pneumonia, or encountering zombies.  However, you won’t last very long without water.  Thirst will drive humans to do stupid things, including drinking contaminated water.  Don’t let that be you!  Get a reliable method to purify your drinking water.

Are there any herbal/natural treatments that you feel can assist those that do not have access to antibiotics?

Oil of oregano, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc, Tincture of Elderberry, and Echinacea seem to have good reputations at this point.  Herbs are kind of hit or miss but, in my opinion, I would use these before antibiotics. If improperly used, antibiotics can do more harm than good.  To me, It is wise to employ less invasive measures first. I am also a huge fan of nasal saline irrigation (snorting saltwater) for sinus infections.  Works wonders!

Thank you thePatriotNurse. Is there anything you would like your viewers and my readers to know?

I am just a nurse.  I am no different than anyone else out there!  We tend to make heros out of people in our minds, but each individual has the capacity to succeed in at least one area.  Find your “prepping niche” and build on it.  Mine is nursing. Yours may be something else, but make it work for you!

ThePatriotNurse YouTube Channel  can be accessed clicking HERE. I highly recommend it.
Rourke
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