A message to new grads: NEVER.... - page 10

* un-spike the old IVF's with 100 mls left in the bag while it's still hanging * say the word "quiet" in reference to your hopes for the shift * say you've never had a patient ________ before... Read More

  1. by   happthearts
    Quote from Surgical_ICU_RN
    Excellent words, indeed!
    To continue a comparison with the meat products - "fresh" and "old", let me just add that ANY meat will get marinated instantly (and become much juicier!), if placed in a plastic bag with added tenderizer and left in a freezer until needed to use. Note: thaw slowly!

    Anyone want to try same with nurses? :chuckle

    Yes that is very cute.
    OK the platic bag is the hospitial and the tenderizer is the time put in.as a nurse.The freezer is what we get Until we find our way.and we are Thawed slowly because thats how we learn.
  2. by   Surgical_ICU_RN
    Quote from happthearts
    Yes that is very cute.
    OK the platic bag is the hospitial and the tenderizer is the time put in.as a nurse.The freezer is what we get Until we find our way.and we are Thawed slowly because thats how we learn.
    Glad to find someone with vivid imagination and instant understanding!

    Thank you, happthearts
  3. by   CritterLover
    i am in rn school right now, and last semester during fundy's/med-surg one rotation, my instructor told me to always stop an ivf with 100mls left in bag...now im confused...lol.


    she is referring to how to change a hanging bag of fluid........ before you unspike it, take it down and turn it upside down before removing the spike. otherwise, all of the fluid still in the bag will come rushing out, giving you a little shower.
  4. by   *PICURN*
    Quote from tjusnjon
    I am in RN school right now, and last semester during Fundy's/Med-Surg one rotation, my instructor told me to ALWAYS stop an IVF with 100mls left in bag...now im confused...lol. :uhoh21:
    I think your instructor is referring to not letting the IV "run dry"....change it before it completely runs out!
  5. by   pediatriclpn
    I was thinking the "marinated nurse" is the one who forgets that the IV bag or Tube feed bag or bottle still has liquid in int when unspiking it? :chuckle
  6. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from pediatriclpn
    I was thinking the "marinated nurse" is the one who forgets that the IV bag or Tube feed bag or bottle still has liquid in int when unspiking it?
    Nono dear, that's the "wet" nurse!
  7. by   alexandria1221
    Quote from bonemarrowrn
    ...tell someone (especially a doctor) "I'm sorry to bother you". It's their job to be bothered!!!
    OMG!!!! I love you. So many people act as if they are above being "bothered". How quickly they forget what their job is.
  8. by   BETSRN
    Quote from *PICURN*
    I think your instructor is referring to not letting the IV "run dry"....change it before it completely runs out!
    It's so much easier to change the bag before it runs out. Then you don't ahve to spend time getting the air out of the tubing before you hang the next bag. Don't worry that there is fluid in the bag when you chane it: just give the paient credit for whatever went in. No one cares that you hung the new bag after only 900 was used. That will be reflectd in your I&O.
  9. by   Comicnurse
    I love this thread!

    Never tell a patient to relax as you set up a tray to do a procedure on him or her. They aren't going to relax! :uhoh21:

    Kendra
  10. by   78BugRN
    Quote from Comicnurse
    Never tell a patient to relax as you set up a tray to do a procedure on him or her. They aren't going to relax! :uhoh21:
    By the same token... Don't EVER tell a patient "I've never done this before so you're gonna have to bear with me." It took us the entire day to calm down a patient during clinicals and he never did stop screaming "Keep her away from me!!" when that student would walk in. :imbar
  11. by   tiggerforhim
    Quote from critterlover
    she is referring to how to change a hanging bag of fluid........ before you unspike it, take it down and turn it upside down before removing the spike. otherwise, all of the fluid still in the bag will come rushing out, giving you a little shower.
    well, i have learned not to completely turn the whole thing upside down because inevitably an air bubble will get into the trap and then you have an air alarm to deal with later. i turn the bag upside down but leave the trap and spike the right way up; i also kink off the tubing leaving the trap like a g-tube; again, so that air doesnt' get into the tubing. yes, i can hold/do 50 things at once with my two hands!







    sometimes.
  12. by   rosieseattle
    Go to work when you're ill and think that you'll be able to leave early if you get really sick.

    Never put your job before your faith/family.

    Never connect a contaminted IV tubing connector to the patient.

    Never think you're indespensible.

    Never take on every battle that comes your way....pick your battles wisely
  13. by   Nurse Hatchett
    If you are doing a bolus feeding, never fill the syringe all the way up,. If your pt coughs, which they undoubtly will, you will wear the feeding. Not a pleasant smell for a 12.5 hr shift.

    Always take care of your pt as if they were your own family.

    Never be afraid to cry with a crying family member.

    Always check your pockets for keys before you leave. No one wants to bring back keys after an awful shift.

    Never bad mouth another employee to a res/pt or family member. Just assure them that you will make sure the issue at hand is addressed.

    Always remember actions speak louder than words

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