Cant believe the nurse did..... - page 7
A few threads latley have had tittles that got me all excited to read the juicy "gossip", only to be very disappointed or think the OP was a little on the the nutty side. So I thought we could share our juicy "I can't believe the... Read More
- 1Jan 2, '13 by BostonTerrierLoverRNQuote from Jenni811I bet they were thankful when his "Oxy" was due, Lol!We had a patient that was constantly screaming. he was completley alert and oriented, he would scream at the top of his lungs until it was time for his next oxycodone. He jumps from hospital to hospital complaining of "back pain." Guy played the system and figured out hospital wasn't falling for it. So he started complaining of chest pain.We've seen him a few times for "chest pain" even though nothing is wrong. Anyway...constantly screaming "GIVE ME MY OXY!!! GIVE ME MY OXY" Then he would lift his butt and set off the chair alarm on purpose until someone came in the room "GIVE ME MY OXY!!" Patient's were complaining. One of our nurses walked into his room and was like "YOU! sit down now and shut the *heck* up, nobody is falling for this anymore." (profanity- i didn't want to say it but you get the idea).
- 12Jan 2, '13 by Orion81Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRNUnfortunately when we try to advocate for our residents in LTC by saying there isn't enough staff, we get accused of being too slow and they turn it back on US, putting us in the spotlight and eventually getting fired. The phrase "keep your head down" exists for a reason.I think only a couple "came down hard," and their certainly entitled to their opinion. I think BrandonLPN is the wrong target, as I know this is widespread in LTC if you truly want them to prioritize. You otherwise take out good nurses willing to call out such realities, and not the real problem: understaffing, profit greed, and poor management. I think everyone knows in their heart he is doing everything in his power to take care of his patients with his resources and training. The fact that LTC is renowned for understaffing, funding shortages and lower funding priorities by reimbursement is the real problem, and the lack of more educated attention on the obvious problems in LTC settings. It's a Management problem by people with NO medical or clinical experience making detrimental decisions for patients that deduct the importance of their dignity that needs to be addressed, yesterday!!No, I think the reality is you can only do so much with so much, all I ask is that if something involving a patient would be inexcusable for you or a family member, advocate and address the problem with superiors. If that doesn't work, I'm sorry, it's called "whistle blowing!!!!!!!!!"
- 5Jan 2, '13 by MulanQuote from Orion81Same thing in acute care, mention the overwork and understaffing and the nurse is told he has poor time management skills.Unfortunately when we try to advocate for our residents in LTC by saying there isn't enough staff, we get accused of being too slow and they turn it back on US, putting us in the spotlight and eventually getting fired. The phrase "keep your head down" exists for a reason.Last edit by Mulan on Jan 2, '13
- 13Jan 2, '13 by somenurseQuote from redhead_NURSE98!What an idiot! I've seen multiple people use shaving cream, they say it takes the smell off better than our perineal wash, but I don't like to use things that are not for their intended purpose. If a visitor saw you doing that and the pt got an infection or something, it would immediately be blamed on the shaving cream.
sorry for derail here,
but, it's NOT for smell control, it doesn't much help for THAT at all,
some of us will use SHAVING CREAM cuz nothing but nothing helps remove DRIED ON poop better than shaving cream, imo. Especially kind to do for the patient, if the skin in that area is super tender, apply some NON-MENTHOL shaving cream to some DRIED ON poop and WA-LA!! The previously dried on poop just gently wipes off easy and painlessly, no scrubbing or heavy, excessively-repetitious rubbing req'd. It's also great for any oop: but for dried-on poop, shaving cream can't be beat, it's great.
And yes, this actually works better and is LESS PAINFUL than water, or soap and water, or anything else i've ever tried.
Imo, shaving cream should also be sold as "Dried on Poop remover", ha ha!!
- 0Jan 2, '13 by KatieP86Quote from applewhiternI add bath soak or shower gel. Like it's intended to be used. And yes, the staff buy the 50p Walmart bottles or use the patients own. Mouthwash is not intended to be used for cleansing the skin. I would imagine it's very harsh.We used to make our own magic mouthwash, too. All it contained was benadryl, viscous lidocaine, and maalox. (We used to use maalox on decubitus ulcers, etc., too.) Some of us older nurses had to mix our own IV fluids, with potassium chloride, etc., and didn't have pharmacy there to mix stuff for us. There was no such thing as "waiting for pharmacy" or simply going to the pyxis for what we needed. Also, many nurses add some alcohol-free mouthwash to the bath water to help deodorize stinky patients.