Quote from Daytonite
Thank you, guys. I was told by a couple of the moderators that some of the student members follow my posts closely. I was shocked to hear that. I'm kind of in my own little world here at home. When I found the allnurses site a couple of years ago it became a way to pass time for me. You see, I am no longer working because of many medical problems that I have. I do so wish I could be back at work, but it's just not something that is going to happen any time soon. Beside two soap operas that I admit to watching faithfully, there are only a few other nighttime TV programs that I follow, so I need something to keep busy and allnurses has filled the bill. But, I want my time on allnurses to be productive. You'll see that if there are no questions for me to respond to on the student forums I'll look on the other forums and sometimes get into controversial exchanges and get myself in trouble with the moderators!
I mainly worked on a variety of medical units, in nursing homes and as an IV therapist. I was also a nursing supervisor in a couple of acute hospitals and a head nurse in a large metropolitan hospital. I've seen a lot and I am glad to share my experiences with others. Believe me, I had my struggles with things along the way. Anything I can do to help others is my pleasure. I had a head nurse who sat me down in front of our bank of telemetry monitors when I started working on a stepdown unit and explained arrhythmias in simple terms in half an hour that was very understandable. She was such a realist. I try to keep in mind that most things are not as complicated as they seem and if I can come up with any analogies that might be helpful then it's a win-win situation for everyone.
If I ever get my health in order here, I would like to pursue a Master's in Nursing so I can teach. There is a university down the road from me that has the exact program that I need. However, some of you may know I'm undergoing a 6-month course of chemotherapy at this time and the side effects have been brutal. Another long-term complication of radiation therapy I had 10 years ago for another cancer I had has also developed and cannot be treated until the chemotherapy is completed. So, I tend to take each day at a time. I did want to put something together on how to write a care plan. That's how my Critical Thinking Flow Sheet started.
Well thank you so much with all you have oing on, to take the time to share your knowledge with us!
I hope your health continue's to improve, your certainly an invaluble source of information.
Not that you are looking for more to do, but have you ever thought of contacting the local community college as a tutor? Heck you could even do that online, our tutoring center has online tutors, if your still looking to keep your hand in things that would be a good way.
i love the idea of writing a manual, booklet etc...until then please keep answering questions, like I said I am making a folder for when I start (hopefully in January). We went over ABG's and Fluid balance in AP it was a year ago now though and I remember thinking boy this stuff is complicated, I am glad I have another tool now thanks to your posts.