Suggestions from IDDM nurses that are working with diabetes

  1. 0
    Chello everyone, I am just looking for suggestions from iddm nurses. I'm a new onset iddm(type 1). I recently went to work at a busy LTCF, and had barely any time to pee, much less take my insulin and eat within 30 minutes of taking insulin. I'm on insulin 4 times a day so that drives me crazy. I barely have time to check my pt.s blood sugar(mine isn't even an option). I love nursing soooooooo much but how do some of u iddm nurses do it? I'm a nurse if just under 3 years, so any suggestions of what you guys and gals are doing at work. I'm no stranger to hypoglycemia :imbar attacks(bs goes down into the 30s -40s) Boy is that a panicky feeling. So please offer some good suggestions. I'm not at that LTCF, because there was no way to care for myself when I had sooooo many pts. to care for. It seems to be the same story everywhere I inquire about. Let me tell you, I've done alot of pt. education( on diabetes ) in home health, but until you are diagnosed you have no idea. I have alot more patience and empathy for my diabetic pt.s now. Thanx in advance, for any suggestions. Ps, I'm looking to work in the hospital enviorment, or LTCF. I realize, I may have to go to home health for more control over my scheadule, but I know I can't be the only iddm nurse out there. Thanx
  2. 16 Comments so far...

  3. 0
    there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to have a granola bar, fruit, crackers in your pocket;
    a fingerstick takes 1 minute.
    you need to take care of yourself first and foremost.

    i'm sorry you're struggling with this.
    but please, you need to look out for number 1 (which is you, in case you didn't know).

    when are your fingersticks?
    6a, 11a, 4p and 9p? this should be doable.

    wishing you peace,

    leslie
  4. 0
    I agree with earle58. You have to be able to care for yourself first or you're no good to anybody else. As nurses, I know that we never actually get to take our breaks, but we are supposed to have them. Four accuchecks and a quick snack here or there shouldn't be that much of an issue.
  5. 0
    Quote from CRNAsoon
    I agree with earle58. You have to be able to care for yourself first or you're no good to anybody else. As nurses, I know that we never actually get to take our breaks, but we are supposed to have them. Four accuchecks and a quick snack here or there shouldn't be that much of an issue.
    Dear CRNAsoon, i would have to guess you are certainly not an idd with the previous comment. If it were that easy I wouldn't have posted here. As I said in my oroginal post, I have taught and worked with tons of diabetics, and you realize you don't know squat until after you are diagnosed and learning to live with your new diagnoses. :angryfire Thats why I asked for IDDM nurses to reply. And let me assure u that living with diabetes is alot more than just a diagnoses. I haven't found too many nursing positions that allow for much breathing room. I'll proably end up back in homehealth( which I love), but I'm working toward my adn, and wanted to get some more hosp. experience.
  6. 0
    Quote from Hairstylingnurse
    Dear CRNAsoon, i would have to guess you are certainly not an idd with the previous comment. If it were that easy I wouldn't have posted here. As I said in my oroginal post, I have taught and worked with tons of diabetics, and you realize you don't know squat until after you are diagnosed and learning to live with your new diagnoses. :angryfire Thats why I asked for IDDM nurses to reply. And let me assure u that living with diabetes is alot more than just a diagnoses. I haven't found too many nursing positions that allow for much breathing room. I'll proably end up back in homehealth( which I love), but I'm working toward my adn, and wanted to get some more hosp. experience.
    my goodness!
    it's obvious you are feeling overwhelmed with your new dx and i'm sorry.
    what we are trying to tell you is to check yourself with a snack on the go, is not that time consuming and it is doable.
    perhaps a support group for newly dx'd diabetics would be more helpful for you?
    please, you needn't get angry at those who are trying to help you.
    also when you come to an open forum, then you are bound to get replies from all, not just those exclusively with iddm. that's the chance you take when you come here. but we are here to help you, iddm or not.

    much luck to you hairstylin',

    leslie
  7. 0
    You got me, there. I am not an IDDM ... only cared for my mother, father, and sister for many years on their deathbed before ESRD took their lives. You're right. I guess I just don't know a thing.
  8. 0
    Quote from CRNAsoon
    You got me, there. I am not an IDDM ... only cared for my mother, father, and sister for many years on their deathbed before ESRD took their lives. You're right. I guess I just don't know a thing.
    Well so sorry crnasoon, how many times have you dealt with bloodsugars in the 30-40s, how many insulin shot have you had, how lond have u lost your vision for????????? I'm sorry that I was simply asking for suggestions from nurses that are dealing with the same issue I am. I guess I'm not making that clear.Just because u take care of someone with a disease doesn't make u a patient or expert of it. I take care of my mother that has emphysema, doesn't mean I'm going to try and tell a pt. with emphysema "oh you can breathe if u really try".
  9. 0
    Quote from earle58
    my goodness!
    it's obvious you are feeling overwhelmed with your new dx and i'm sorry.
    what we are trying to tell you is to check yourself with a snack on the go, is not that time consuming and it is doable.
    perhaps a support group for newly dx'd diabetics would be more helpful for you?
    please, you needn't get angry at those who are trying to help you.
    also when you come to an open forum, then you are bound to get replies from all, not just those exclusively with iddm. that's the chance you take when you come here. but we are here to help you, iddm or not.

    much luck to you hairstylin',

    leslie
    Thanx for the suggestion earle58, I'm not in shock any more at the dignosis, but where I have worked since then, there really was no way to eat or do insulin until I got out to my car at the end of shift. But I will have to try that. I'm looking for a little less busy facility.
  10. 0
    Quote from Hairstylingnurse
    Thanx for the suggestion earle58, I'm not in shock any more at the dignosis, but where I have worked since then, there really was no way to eat or do insulin until I got out to my car at the end of shift. But I will have to try that. I'm looking for a little less busy facility.
    You must be kidding me! The other poster is the saviour and I'm the non-IDDM scapegoat? I will now be exiting this discussion before I post something really regrettable.
  11. 0
    Quote from CRNAsoon
    You must be kidding me! The other poster is the saviour and I'm the non-IDDM scapegoat? I will now be exiting this discussion before I post something really regrettable.

    beats the heck out of me crna....i was surprised too.

    i guess you just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    it happens to me quite frequently.
    but if it matters, your input was also quite appropriate and you did nothing offensive.

    leslie


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top