Sunday, September 1, 2013

5 Things I Learned About Nursing While Playing Candy Crush

By Chiqui Raveloski

So you are on your break and have 30 minutes to eat and relax. But no......Tiffi and Mr Toffee are calling you and saying, "Come here and play with us". You know what I'm talking about. The latest game that has been sugar coating your taste buds. The Candy Crush Saga.

Now, I have to wonder why they have to tag along the word "saga". When I hear the word saga, it reminds me of hits like "The Thorn Birds" , ( remember Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, this series, OMG the taboo behind the story, hot, hot, hot ), and "Shogun", another epic series with Richard Chamberlain.

 These iconic movies had certainly made an impact to those who have watched and loved them. And I have to say,  that the creators of The Candy Crush Saga knew what they were doing when they were designing the game. For those who have jumped on the Candy Crush train, don't you all agree that this game has totally made an impact one way or the other in your lives?

As funny and corny as it may sound.  I have learned a few things about nursing while playing Candy Crush! Yes....silly right?! But for those who have been following my blog, you know that I always try to make a connection with one thing to the next. Like connecting the dots.

Speaking of that, my husband makes fun of my "age spots" on my cheeks and says it makes him want to play connect the dots on my face. And I'd say, OK....see what letters or symbols you can get out of it and see if you want to do it again!

OK back to the saga. Which one, Right? So here are the things I learned about nursing while playing Candy Crush.

1. "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump
Each level of Candy Crush , no matter how hard it is keeps you coming back. Wanting you to get to the next level and begin another torture. This is so much like nursing. Don't you think? We all know how demanding this job is but we always go back for more. Why is that? Do we really love our jobs, or are we just settling for the status quo?

We always say, it will be better the next day and sometimes it is and sometimes it's worst. Just like the levels in Candy Crush. We like to get to the next level  to see if it will bring us cooler boosters or super challenging puzzles. And as more candy comes down from the top your smart phone, you just never know what it will bring you.

2. Choose Wisely
Boosters or not, Candy Crush has reminded me to choose accordingly. Each move you make has to be strategically thought of. You always want to make a move that will bring you that striped candy to remove the entire row or the candy bomb to wipe out all the candy of the same color.

It is so much like nursing. You assess the patient and pick out the best nursing intervention to bring out the most desirable outcome For some reason, it reminds me of inserting a 3 way foley cath and running a Murphy Drip. Cleaning out the bladder, get rid of clots, urinate at the same time. And the saga continues.

3. Be Patient.
You know that Candy Crush has a life system that will make you want to spend that extra buck for a life. Someone has to make the money right? But, if you are patient enough, you can always take a deep breath, put the game down, and wait a few hours to gain more lives, for free. Heck, you even have Facebook friends that can donate extra moves to you.

Nursing stays hectic. As your friend, I want to remind you that when the going gets tough,  to please take a step back and breathe. This way, you take care of yourself and refrain from feeling overwhelmed. Each deep breath you take is like giving a little bit of your life back to yourself. Stay patient and relax.

4 Manage your time effectively. 
So,  you are in a level where you have 60 moves to clear out the all the jellies! Are you kidding me? Before you know it there are only 4 moves and butt loads of jellies. Or you have 60 seconds to score 40,000 points! Really? Just like in nursing,  you have 2 hours before that next Dilaudid IV for the sickler. And before you know it, 2 hours is gone and its time for the next Dilaudid

Time flies when you least expect it. Time management is so important in nursing that it can really throw you off the wazoo when something unexpected happens. Nurses, you know, the unexpected always happens. With this said. Plan, delegate, and get rid of all the unnecessary jellies.

5. Have fun.
I'm sure that you had the intention of just purely having fun when you first decided to download the game into your smart phone. Keep on doing that. This game is mainly for relaxation, escape from reality, and take a breather moment.

But what do you think about the background music ? As irritating as it may sound, it has a strange, opulent, carnival melody that stays in your sub conscious, whistling back for your attention in the middle of the night. LOL.

Just like Candy Crush, life is enjoyable, colorful,  and sweet.

Candy Crush is an enjoyable saga. Tiffi and Mr. Toffee are always there to cheer us on to the next level. They represent our 'Inner Ninja" - quietly and patiently giving us the strength to move on to our next level in life.

The colorful candy represents our colorful lives in general. Each candy whether it's green, red, purple or yellow, represents each and every race and personality we posses. When you see all of the candy in one screen, each color shines through like each one of us. And as each of the candy work together to bring down all the ingredients to the bottom, it represents each one of us working together to bring out the best quality in each one of us.

Last but not the least. Stay sweet and be happy.

Go on candy crushers. Have a great time and reach for the top!


  1. I like number 1 the most. What a creative list.

  2. Thanks Nurse Karin,
    Exactly what I thought of while playing Candy Crush. We never know what we're gonna get, but, we always come back for more. As nurses, its probably our caring nature towards patients and the profession. As candy crushers, we're just suckers for it.:)
    Take care.

  3. Whether or not you are actually playing this game, chances are you have seen notifications pop up in your Facebook inviting you to give it a try, or receive some gift that a friend who plays the game got for you. Candy Crush Saga could likely be the most popular game on the Internet right now, being the game with the highest number of downloads in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store for many months already. Experts claim that Candy Crush works its addictive magic in a way similar to Bejeweled and Tetris - it's like once you get started you don't want to stop and before long several hours have passed.

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  4. Absolutely, I was addicted to Bejeweled at one point. I still play it every now and then. Yeah, just saw on the news today that the company is going public and start selling stocks.

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