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Insight from the music industry

Previously on WhatWouldWesleyDo: Infomercials: the grown adult cousins of commercials

I am going to enlist my good friend (our use of the internet makes us friends) to post some more inspiration from Mr. Pharell Williams of the Neptunes/N.E.R.D.:

Again I’ll say it, who knew so much profundity coursed through Pharrell…pause. This time drops some motivational/advice information for whoever will listen, via Rest in Beats. If you’re new, here’s what he said the last time that was so profound.

This video is part one of a three part series entitled “You Can Do It Too” in which Pharrell explains the value of exposure, common sense, and outlines rules for moving forward. I will do my best to try to remember to post the entire series.

So why am I mentioning this video?

Not to toot my own horn, but I drop a lot of beautiful and insightful motivational knowledge on people and even thought it’s not my own, I still drop it like it’s hot…

I don’t read much, but when I do read, I like to read books about people. Some of my favorite books detail the journey to success or the reclamation process, because in these books the authors are the most candid and vulnerable, allowing the reader to peer into the doubt, malaise, and depressed nature they experienced.

Whether Barack Obama, Pat Croce,  Sydney Poitier or other famous individuals (that have written biographies that I have yet to read, but assume have similar theses) the unifying factor between these individuals is their belief int heir abilities, reinforcement from other strong individuals, unwavering drive and faultless resolve needed to reach the highest of heights in this world.

On a lot of levels people my age don’t really grasp those kinds of messages, and I am really bad at articulating certain things to people with different comprehension levels than mine. (I tend to work in adult or child mode and anything in between is a foreign language… maybe my comprehension skills suck).

This video fills in as a middle ground, because a lot of people won’t sit down and read a book, or take the advice of someone who has read a book… but they’ll listen to a rapper!!!!

Pharrell is a self-made, been-there-done-that kind of guy that normal people can relate to. Like he said, he’s fallen “on his ass,” but he’s learned so much and is willing to share.

So why not listen?


1. Identification badges must be visible at all times and not defaced in any way.

2. The practice of good personal hygiene is important and includes proper care of hair, body, nails, teeth, etc. Hair must be controlled and securely fastened so that it cannot touch the patient when working with patients. Beards and mustaches must be neatly groomed.

For all staff who provide direct patient care, nails must be short and clean; artificial nails and tips are not permitted.

3. Attire must be neat, clean, and professional in appearance. Radical departure from conventional dress shall not be permitted regardless of the nature of the employee’s position. Hemlines should be on the conservative side of the current style. Our goal is an impression of professionalism to all who visit us. Examples of inappropriate apparel include but are not limited to: revealing or tight fitting garments, recreational clothing, printed T-shirts, leggings, anddenim. Hats or caps are also unacceptable unless they are required by the department or signify licensed personnel. Religious headware or headware worn due to loss of hair/illness is acceptable.

4. Moderate jewelry, when not prohibited by department guidelines, is acceptable. Any jewelry that creates a safety hazard or draws undue attention is not permitted.

5. Foot wear will be clean, safe, and appropriate for the individual’s work assignment.

6. Scents should be applied in moderation.

7. Laboratory coats/uniforms/scrubs, where required or allowed, shall be worn and maintained in accordance with departmental guidelines.

8. The appearance of students, house officers and faculty plays an important role in gaining the confidence of the patient. Males should wear dress pants and shirt. Females should wear dresses or dress pants/skirts and blouses/sweaters. In addition, house officers may wear the white coat issued to all incoming house officers. Wearing scrubs is acceptable as long as it is a full set (top and bottom).

9. Students will wear clothing appropriate for the department in which they are training. Male medical students must wear a tie while training in clinical areas..

The determination of “appropriate” will be made by the employee’s supervisor. On the first offense, the employee will be counseled and the supervisor will document the conference in the personnel file. An inappropriately attired employee may be asked to return home (without pay) to remedy the problem. In extreme circumstances where it is not feasible to send the employee home, scrubs may be obtained from Materials Management by the supervisor.

Based on standards in the health care industry, this policy is designed to provide reasonable guidelines while still allowing for individual tastes. The policy applies to all employees as well to students of UKHealthCare. .

Those guidelines will be enforced through the department. Those which pertain to students, house staff, and faculty will be enforced through the clinical area.

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