You know you've been a nurse for too long when.......... - page 3
My first thought last night when I got my patient's blood all over my scrubs was, bugger, I am going to have to do my laundry tonight now, instead of tomorrow. No consideration of how awful it... Read More
Jul 10, '12When I remember the days when standard bedtime care in LTC meant restraining 75% of the residents. Those that had "bedsores" had heatlamp treatments. Anyone else remember putting someone on their side and running 2 ft of tape from a butt cheek to a siderails to keep the bottom spread open to allow the heat to actually get to the area. It all sounds so brutal now but it was perfectly normal back then.
My 2 teenagers always tell their friends that they had to be 1/2 dead before they ever went to the Dr. "No matter how sick we got it never seemed to impress Mom". (PS: At least they grew up to be tough kids and not ninnies over every little thing )
Jul 11, '12i've been a nurse for 30 years....an OR nurse for 24....'one of the girls' for 30 years....nothing phases us much, unless it's one of your own...about 5 years ago, a bunch of us were eating lunch in the cafeteria (it was a slow day, otherwise no cafeteria..not lol), having our usual 'conversation', when we noticed ALL the patrons at the tables around us had moved to other tables...didn't realize that we 'grossed out' everyone around us, talking shop....oh well
Jul 11, '12Quote from Young CitizenHello.
Well, I cannot say that I am a nurse, just yet.. In fact, I am still a high school student, fresh out of Health Sciences class.
I hoped to share a moment of spending a week with two nurses. (I am a HOSA member who had made her way to the National Competition which was held in Orlando.) I was with my very encouraging and excellent Health Sciences teacher (RN-BSN) and the mother of a fellow student (LPN). With it being Orlando, we were on the bus heading to the convention center (front seats). I looked over to the two nurses and said:
-"I like how nurses get to see all the blood-and everything." (at the spur of the moment, it wasn't very well said, haha.)
-The LPN held up her fist, and turned it in a swivel motion: "Well, wait until you get a patient with a decubitus ulcer that you can fit your fist into."
-With furrowed eyebrows, the bus driver looked at us through the rear-view mirror: "Um-I'm going to change the subject now."
And here is a section that could maybe become- You know you're a nurse candidate when...
-When I watch 'Monsters Inside Me' I crave spaghetti.
-One time, on my laptop, I came upon a video of a surgical procedure where a cyst was being removed from around a woman's uterus.. My cousin sits down next to me, just happens to glance over, and then says: "What...is that?" ... "The bursting and removal of an inflated cyst." .. "How are you watching that while eating...?.. I can't even look."
-I was showing my friends my Health Sciences book.. We came across a chemical burn that had left the man's leg almost unreognizable: skin nonexistant; fat, muscle, and bone in a almost liquid mingle.
"Oh my god." .. "What happened?"
Me: "Chemical burn.. It's kind of pretty.. like art."
Hope you enjoyed. ^w^
You should consider going in to wound care!
Jul 11, '12I had just finished pumping gas and saw a CNA I had worked with a week ago, on the next pump. She said, "oh, I gotta show you something!" She flipped up her t shirt in front of God and every body and asked, "is that a heat rash? How do I treat it?". I proceeded to explain tx to her for a heat rash. Later I considered the exam room choice.
Jul 11, '12Quote from adaptChristineI once had a coworker pull me into the med room. She lifted her shirt up, grabbed my hand, and put it on her boob! She had found a lump and thought she had breast cancer. She was too freaked out to ask me before kinda forcing me to feel it lol. There was a lump, but thankfully it wasn't cancer.I had just finished pumping gas and saw a CNA I had worked with a week ago, on the next pump. She said, "oh, I gotta show you something!" She flipped up her t shirt in front of God and every body and asked, "is that a heat rash? How do I treat it?". I proceeded to explain tx to her for a heat rash. Later I considered the exam room choice.
Maybe that kind of stuff is where all the sexy nurse stuff comes from lol.
Jul 11, '12When I take my children to the doctor and I start off with SBAR and the doctor tells me "so you want this for this patient? Ok, do you have that writen for me to sign?"
Jul 11, '12My mom died in 0ctober 2011, i loved her very much , she was my #1 fan. Of all the women I have known in my life (I am male), she was the sweetest, kindest and most caring and not just to me but to everyone. She did not have a mean bone in her body, anyone who met her loved her. People often thought she was too good to be true. She suffered pancreatic cancer and luckily for her it did not torture her for very long. I still have'nt cried one tear for her. I attribute this to being a nurse and knowing that death is a part of life. I miss her very much and often wish I could cry for her, I guess I just feel I was lucky enough to have for 53 years. I have been an RN for two years with pediatric ICU, Hospice, Psychiatric hospital care and nursing home care experience. I guess it only took two years to make me emotionally as tough as nails. I don't think I have been a nurse to long because I care very much for my patients but I wonder if I would have cried for my mom had I not been a nurse, hows that for a story.
Jul 11, '12you might seek counselling. I have never had any problem keeping my job separte from my personal life
Jul 11, '12My kids: Mom, my stomach hurts" "Really? Have you gone to the bathroom? Because if you have not gone to the bathroom, that is why your stomach probably hurts".....
"Mom, I have a headache (sore throat, stuffy nose, etc) "Really? Take a shower, you will be FINE."
Jul 11, '12@rtg502, "gang green", you can't be a nurse, really , you have given yourself away. Nice try though , thanks for playing.
Gangrene is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that arises when a considerable mass of body tissue dies (necrosis
Jul 11, '12@billyboblewis well aren't you the judgemental one, i see you have no problem because your very cold hearted. first of all the question was have you been a nurse to long, not do you mix your personal life with your professional life. obviously i don't if you read my post correctly, i simply stated that i don't let my emotions out as easily as i use to. people handle their grief differently, not crying is not a reason to seek counseling, i grieved for my mom i just thought it was unusual to not cry for her.
Jul 11, '12Quote from brick195969I am sure that you spent time with your Mom as she was going through her sickness, and I am sure that being your biggest fan, you were able to spend a lot of quality time with her. Sometimes, that puts people at some point of peace when the end comes (and the cancer your Mom had is such a nasty disease).well aren't you the judgemental one, I see you have no problem because your very cold hearted. People handle their grief differently, not crying is not a reason to seek counseling, I grieved for my mom I just thought it was unusual to not cry for her.
You still think of her fondly, and that is lovely, and keeps her memory alive inside of you. And you continue to do work that she was so proud of, and is in itself, so very difficult. You have been through one of the most heartwrenching things, losing a parent, so you certainly are in such an amazing postion to help the loved ones. And somehow, I think that she is still watching over you, proud of the nurse you have become!! So yes, everyone does grieve differently, but I think our personal lives help us to be able to cope with how we provide care to patients. It may be unusual not to cry tears, however, it makes you no less of a son.
Jul 11, '12Excuse me for not being clear but I was referring to the letter which was at the beginning of this thread.. I have concern for all people but do not see the need to discuss my opinion of their health with them as soon as I see them. People I know dont strip in gas stations and ask for my opinion. I really didnt see anything in the opening letter referring to grief. I have an excuse though I am recovering from brain surgery so I dont have all the sense I use to or memory.