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    Ditto to the trying to badge in anywhere there is a door!
    Last edit by tots24 on Jan 29, '13
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    Quote from SCTravelRN
    Don't we all critique the medical senarios on tv shows or in the movies? (Why is everyone always yelling "STAT!"? Why is the ETT never taped? Why aren't the sidrails up?) I drive my family up the walls with that!
    Oh my gosh yes! The worst show for me is/was(?) HawthoRNe. My two favorite scenes:

    1. Teen girl in labor, fetal heart monitor in the background. Fetal HR drops to 30 for a sustained period. This goes completely unnoticed by everyone and is not addressed.

    2. Patient needs emergency surgery, but surgeon doesn't want to operate because he's too hypotensive. Monitor in the background again, BP is 110/67.

    Hello. I appreciate the desire to make things more realistic by having monitors, but at least make them accurate!
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    Staring at veins, hospital corners on the beds, good handwashing, and critiquing medical shows
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    Sometimes I open napkins a fast food places like I'm setting up a sterile field, if they're folded right.I like to do dressing changes as quickly as possible, so I set everything up before hand - a piece of plastic for the old dressing, pre ripped and dated pieces of tape, vaseline guaze opened, presoaked guaze, creams uncapped, tools laid out. And now when I put on makeup or cook, I lay everything out - eyeshadow open, brushes preloaded, mascara wand on a piece of toilet paper...I wish my constant cleaning at work would carry over to home, though. No luck so far.
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    I sometimes notice people glancing at me in the bathroom when I wash my hands. If asked, I just say, "Ahhh, old habit” and slink away.

    Really, if our instructors succeeded in beating one habit into us, it was hand washing. If nursing was a religion, hand washing would be a sacrament.
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    Quote from CountyRat
    I sometimes notice people glancing at me in the bathroom when I wash my hands. If asked, I just say, "Ahhh, old habit” and slink away.

    Really, if our instructors succeeded in beating one habit into us, it was hand washing. If nursing was a religion, hand washing would be a sacrament.
    People find it odd you wash your hands after using the bathroom?? I'd be looking at them sideways if they DIDNT wash their hands after using the bathroom.

    I don't know, my Mom taught me from the age of a toddler to wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Didn't need a nursing instructor to beat it into me
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    Quote from CT Pixie
    People find it odd you wash your hands after using the bathroom?? I'd be looking at them sideways if they DIDNT wash their hands after using the bathroom.

    I don't know, my Mom taught me from the age of a toddler to wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Didn't need a nursing instructor to beat it into me
    Lol I assume she means the way she washes her hands. Maybe she sings happy birthday :-p

    "No day but today"
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    Quote from YouwishiwasyourCNA
    Lol I assume she means the way she washes her hands. Maybe she sings happy birthday :-p

    "No day but today"
    Yes, that is what I meant. I never got into the "Happy Birthday" thing, but I still perform the ritual with solemn reverence:

    Crank out the paper towel half way (lest I sulley my soon-to-be pristine hands on the bacteria ranch that is the towel dispensor knob), wash each finger individually ("do NOT forget the spaces between the fingers, the nail beds, or the area under your wedding ring!" I hear resounding sternly from the distant past), rinse from the wrist down (fingers pointet down, of course!), leave my dainty paws dangling over the sink (no shaking them and splattering water all about), tear off the afore mentioned, partially deployed paper towel, dry hands, and then, and ONLY then, turn off the water using the paper towel as a barrier against the festering sesspool of contageon that lurks upon the faucet handles.

    Whew, I am exhausted! Maybe some other time I will enthrall you all with description of how I exit the lavatory without (heaven forbid!) touching the Door Knob of DEATH, but right now I need to lie down for a while and regain my strength. You guys just continue without me.
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    I think the biggest habit I have picked up is knocking on every door and announcing myself...then I am realize i am at home and don't need to knock to go into my own bedroom... Ah the things that get ingrained into our heads...lol
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    Quote from CountyRat
    Yes, that is what I meant. I never got into the "Happy Birthday" thing, but I still perform the ritual with solemn reverence:

    Crank out the paper towel half way (lest I sulley my soon-to-be pristine hands on the bacteria ranch that is the towel dispensor knob), wash each finger individually ("do NOT forget the spaces between the fingers, the nail beds, or the area under your wedding ring!" I hear resounding sternly from the distant past), rinse from the wrist down (fingers pointet down, of course!), leave my dainty paws dangling over the sink (no shaking them and splattering water all about), tear off the afore mentioned, partially deployed paper towel, dry hands, and then, and ONLY then, turn off the water using the paper towel as a barrier against the festering sesspool of contageon that lurks upon the faucet handles.

    Whew, I am exhausted! Maybe some other time I will enthrall you all with description of how I exit the lavatory without (heaven forbid!) touching the Door Knob of DEATH, but right now I need to lie down for a while and regain my strength. You guys just continue without me.
    Ahh, than that makes it make sense now hahaha. I bet your description of exiting said cest pool is the same way I do it. Never knew my body could bend and twist the way it does when I leave public rest rooms. hahahah
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