Day of Codes - page 2
It finally happened. It was a day filled with code after code after code. The day started out great. I, an LPN, was relegated to the role of primary nurse this day. I was on a team with two... Read More
Jul 18, '12Wow! The team work sounds great! It is nice to see that a nurse is a nurse where you work and you were able to stay in scope yet be such a critical part of the team. That is nursing at it's best!
Jul 18, '12Sounds like you have a great team there! Makes me miss my old ER crew. The one LPN we had in our ER helped raise me from a baby nurse, and though I'm the one that everyone comes to when they can't get an IV or lab draw, I still wish I could scream out, "Joey, Help!" sometimes;-)
Jul 18, '12I practice in the state of Indiana. Lots of ppl comment "be sure you're not practicing outside your scope" when really, Indiana has a very liberal scope for the LPN. The only certs I carry are ACLS, PALS, and TB testing.
I once posted that one of our best IV starters in the ED was an LPN who held a dual Paramedic cert. someone responded that she was prolly such a great IV start b/c of her EMT-P cert, when really it was the opposite. She is a medic less than one year and an ER LPN for 4 years. She got all her IV start experience in the ED.
The hospital also provides training for all nurses (RN/LPN) to hang blood. That's just another thing I'm allowed to do, although admittedly, I've only done once.
My limitations are only dictated by my hospital policy which include no IVP cardiac meds, no discharge/(initial) teaching, and an inability to perform a legally binding assessment (that is the RNs job) although I am allowed to continually monitor a pt and report directly to the doc.
I sign up for a pt. An RN assesses. I care for the pt. I report clinical data to the MD and perform orders. Then the RN discharges/teaches. End of ER visit. I see the pt for two hours, the RN sees them for 20 minutes. It allows the RN to take care of higher acuity patients while I handle kidney stones, suicidal thoughts, pain issues, seizures, and septic work ups.
Jul 19, '12fantastic state of mind. Thanks for the return to sanity here. I work in a 600+ bed level II trauma hospital and haven't seen that kind of day for a while. Great team work, sounds like things run the way they should. keep the stories coming.
Jul 22, '12Amazing!! You sound like the kind of nurse I am working towards becoming thank you for being an inspiration!! Keep up the GREAT work
Aug 6, '12Quote from Esme12I've worked at a few hospitals in L&D and NICU. At one hospital, a "Code Pink" referred to a cardiac or respiratory arrest in L&D or NICU, and at another "Code Pink" would mean infant abduction.At your facility....yes....at another? Maybe not.
At yet another hospital we had an interesting code name for someone having a baby outside of L&D. It was called "Code Zebra." Seriously, I have no idea on why it was called "Zebra."
Libran: I have read many of your posts and you are a great writer. I always look forward to reading them!
Aug 7, '12Quote from bjaeramNot where I worked. Code pink is a neonatal or pediatric respiratory arrest. Missing baby I believe is a code yellow stat. Code yellow being missing patient. Its never come up so Im not real sure, thank god. Code blue, code white, see plenty of those when you have a highly geriatric demographic though!Code Pink usually means a baby is missing not coding!