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- Apr 21 by westieluvQuote from NurseRiesOh, yeah. Easiest job on the planet, except you have to know how to do everything exactly right or risk the patient coding and possibly dying under your watch and having someone attempt to sue you for everything you have. I hear that once in a while on the cardiac unit that I work on too, just because I don't always "appear" to be busy, even if I'm catching up on hours of charting or waiting for a doctor to call me back about a critical situation.Actually a patients daughter told me yesterday that I have got to have the easiest job on the planet. WOW! She had some nerve to say that.
People can be so dumb sometimes!
- Apr 21 by NurseRiesQuote from westieluvHaha yes.. I'm sorry but anytime someone's life is at risk, it ain't easy. There's so many things that COULD go wrong, but I don't let it happen if in my power. Ugh, I was almost amazed. Even if my job is now less challenging to me, I had 5 years of college, state boards, 2 years of hellacious hard work to get the hospital position I have now, and state certification test. Yes, it was a walk in the park!!
Oh, yeah. Easiest job on the planet, except you have to know how to do everything exactly right or risk the patient coding and possibly dying under your watch and having someone attempt to sue you for everything you have. I hear that once in a while on the cardiac unit that I work on too, just because I don't always "appear" to be busy, even if I'm catching up on hours of charting or waiting for a doctor to call me back about a critical situation.
People can be so dumb sometimes!
Not to mention the death and dying, which is mentally difficult, and the smells alone some days would be enough for the weak to quit!
- Apr 21 by westieluvRenal patients are a very unique population too, and there is so much that goes on with them that goes beyond just the basic renal failure/need for dialysis. I've taken care of a lot of them over the years and depression seems to be a big issue, as anyone would expect, since the life of a chronic dialysis patient isn't much fun. I have also cared for chronic renal patients who have related stories of job loss because they had to miss work to go to dialysis, divorce because their spouse couldn't handle the dialysis lifestyle changes, and just generally feeling crappy much of the time. What I'm trying to say is that I think that a dialysis nurse has to be so much more than just a nurse performing a function. These are real, sometimes angry, often times emotionally hurting people, and it takes a lot out of you to deal with all of the facets of their diagnoses on a day to day basis.
- Apr 21 by NurseRiesYes thanks ! That's very true. One of my favorite parts of my job is education. I meet dialysis patients that have been doing treatments 5 years, and when I explain some diet concerns or teach them about phosphorus, it is sometimes brand new material. Some people take an active role in their health and they want to know! But with my renal background, I feel I can teach them more detailed info. It's very rewarding in that sense.
One of my favorite things to teach is no orange juice .. EVER! I often have to send a nurse or an aide away when they bring it for low blood sugar. That drink is loaded with enough potassium to make their serum potassium a 6! Then bam, stat dialysis! Orange juice is a huge no for renal patients. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten called in for potassium 6+ or even 7 on a patient that has been in the hospital for days. There's really no reason for an ESRD patient to have that kind of potassium other then diet. It may not be anyone's fault, maybe the grandson brought in a banana (or 3) and the patient didnt know better. Or maybe the nurse gave the patient orange juice 3 times yesterday for hypoglycemia. Seen them both happen! But hey, it's an honest mistake. I don't claim to know much about cardiac patients.. Just a different