What is your no fail nursing tip - page 4

I was surfing the web and came across this web site It is mostly related to doctors but there are some good nursing tips... But I know that all of you experienced nurses have learned something... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    Do unto others as you would have others do unto you!

    Treat patients as if they were you lying in that hospital bed!

    Be concious of your post-op patients need for continuous pain meds within the first 24 hours after surgery. Think of "their pain" as your own pain, and you'll remember to keep them as pain-free as possible.

    Remember to be a good team player, and not just one who looks out for self only among those you work with.

    Don't call in sick when you really aren't! It makes someone else sick to think that you would be so thoughtless of those you work with!

    Lend a hand where a hand is needed when yours are "freed up" for any given moment!

    Remember when assessing a patient that they are not just a textbook subject, but a live human being with emotions, feelings, embarrassments of their own, beliefs different from yours, and a need for continued privacy during the assessment.

    Remember to warm your hands and stethoscope before touching them to a patient, especially a fresh post-op patient.

    So many others, but this will suffice for tonight! I'm tired. Yawn!!!
  2. by   betts
    Do Not Use Bar Soap to Cleanse Wounds
    Treat minor cuts and scrapes by cleansing with a liquid antibacterial soap, such as Dial. Bar soaps hold germs and could cause a wound infection.

    The most important measure in preventing wound infection is thorough handwashing before and after wound care. You should wash your hands with a mild antibacterial soap for at least 10 to 15 seconds under running warm water and dry your hands with a paper towel rather than a hand towel.

    To easily remove an adhesive bandage:
    Use a small pair of scissors to separate the bandage portion from the adhesive strips. Gently pull the bandage away. Then remove the adhesive sections.

    If your wound or scab is stuck to the bandage, soak it in saline solution, a teaspoon of salt per gallon of water.
    If the bandage is stuck on body hair, pull in the direction of the hair growth after loosening the adhesive with alcohol.

    Saline is an effective and natural wound cleanser. To make your own saline, boil a quart of water for 20 minutes and add 2 teaspoons of table salt. Store it in a sterile glass jar in the refrigerator and discard it after 24 hours. DO NOT use this solution in your eyes.

    Application of an OTC [over-the-counter] antibacterial ointment, such as triple antibiotic ointment, speeds healing and lessens scarring.
  3. by   BrightEyes
    Totally agree with Mattsmom. Smile, smile, smile!!!!
  4. by   wenron
    When removing a transparent drsng from picc line or central line, secure the cath and pull the dressing down towards the floor instead of tearing it off. This causes no pain and just lifts off.
  5. by   chelli73
    Thanks to allnurses out here posting their awesome tips!!!! I am a 2nd sem. ADN student and I sat here with my little notepad and neatly copied the tips for my reference later!!! Have a great day, and continued success!
  6. by   baseline
    Tips for orienting new grads. (Keep your sense of humor now...these really happened to me while orienting new nurses and or new to the ED/ICU)
    Never mix charcoal with the Mg Citrate.
    Never grab an uncapped bag of PRC by the middle.
    Never blow into the vent tubing to unstick the valve.

    :-)
  7. by   Momto3RN
    Great tip I learned as a student nurse:

    If a bed-bound pt needs his/her hair washed, roll a blanket lengthwise and fold it in half. Cover the folded end with a large plastic bag and place it under the patient's head so that the opposite end is perpendicular to the patient. Place the bottom portion in a garbage can (or other large container) and pour water to your heart's content over the patient's head.

    His/her head should rest between the folds of the blanket.

    Works like a charm!!

    Love these tips!
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    One little thing that makes a huge difference to anyone receiving an injection: LET THE ALCOHOL DRY FIRST!!
  9. by   rdhdnrs
    Of course, label the IV tubing. Also, for a patient with mutiple drips on a pump, label the pump channels. Use some tape and beside each channel, put whatever: pitocin, mag, D51/2ns etc. This has saved me from opening up the wrong bag for bolus.
  10. by   niteshiftnurse
    When giving someone po liquids that taste bad......contrast for ct scans or potasium, tell the patient to hold their nose shut while drinking and they won't taste anything.......remember when you were a kid and you mom gave you casteroil?????
  11. by   Sally_ICURN
    I LOVE that hairwashing technique! The chronic patients in the ICU are always in need of a good hair washing and I can't stand the no-rinse stuff!

    My tip for bedpans is to fold up and place one of those paper toilet seat covers inside the lightly powdered bedpan when the patient needs to have a bm. It's so much easier to clean up as the stool lands on the paper instead of the bedpan.

    Probably people do these already but....
    For patients with mutiple drips infusing into a single port of a central line I like to gather all of the tubing about 6-8 inches from the stopcocks and put the tubing into the triangluar part (the middle) of a pair of kelly forceps then clamp the forceps to the sheet. I place the stopcocks on a piece of chux so I can see easily, heaven forbid, if anything is leaking. It's nice and neat.

    When a patient is swanned, I like to get a flat armboard and neatly tape the CO wiring to the bottom and the CVP stopcock to the top with the syringe for the injectate perpendicular to the board. It makes a great hard surface for shooting an output and is also nice and neat!

    ~Sally
  12. by   magRN
    NICU...when on transport always start the same amt in the IV syringe then it's easy to know how much fluid you gave on transport per that IV.

    When giving a bath...before you start put the new sleeper in the blanket warmer too...nice warm clothes for baby to keep him warm!

    Always warm heel before sticks...more accurate and flows easier!

    To save myself time...I draw up all my feeds ahead lable with pts ID and type of feeding and intial.

    I find if a baby get Really cold in an Iso and all else is OK he warms better and quicker if you turn up the Iso insted of putting on a bunch of new blankets or extra clothes....
  13. by   peds77
    I consider myself to be pretty good at inserting peripheral IV's i work in peds so I know alot of tricks...I'm really good with babies but I always blow veins on big kids...I get a flash back then when I flush it blows...any suggestions?

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