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jaderook01, BSN, RN 2,039 Views

Joined: Jun 16, '16; Posts: 117 (66% Liked) ; Likes: 255

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    I agree. I'm one of those nurses that will generally ask a patient how they're doing when I go in to do my first assessment. Nine times out of ten, they never complain of wanting pain meds when I do this. When they call out for pain meds is when I go to give them anything, and I will always start with offering their PRN Tylenol and will only go the next step if they already know about their other meds and/or insist on something else. If a patient has PRN dilaudid or morphine, I won't advertise it to them without reason. I'm heartily sick of the faux 10/10 pain folks. In fact, I've called doctors and had PRN morphine and dilaudid DC'd more than once.

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    Of course, it's doable to get an A in a seven week summer course. Lots of people have done it. I've done it, myself.

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    FSZ Student Nurse likes this.

    Ah, yes. I frequently encounter people that think that all hospitals should be like St. Mungos in Harry Potter. Wave a magic wand and we're all good.

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    VivaLasViejas and wondern like this.

    So long as it is illegal and I'm susceptible to random drug testing, I'll refrain. For the sake of people like my husband, who could truly benefit from medical marijuana, I hope it is legalized everywhere soon.

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    TriciaJ likes this.

    OP: You can't reason with unreasonable people. You can only be professional and not react to the crazy/stressed/insert-preferred-word-of-your-choice-here on your end. You can have the perfect 'tone', demeanor, provide the best nursing care in the world and still get fired. Just let it go.

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    amb25315 likes this.

    If you hate it so much that it's causing you to cry all the time, then it isn't for you. Go do something else. Get a degree in something else. I'll be honest, I never cried in clinicals and I've never cried on the job. It's not always fabulous times- but I don't hate it at all. This is also my second career. It's perfectly fine to admit you don't want to do something. You simply discover what you want to do and then go do it. Good luck.

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    Twenty-four is far from old. I already had a B.A. and a Master's degree and went to nursing school in my late thirties. Personally, I went for a BSN as it was only two years.

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    djoshi1094 likes this.

    Personally, the schedule alone would make it worth it to me to stay. If you leave that behind you will see the difference and- no matter how much you may like the job- it will not make up for the hassle of having to schedule your life around work instead of work around your life.

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    sallyrnrrt and Buckeye.nurse like this.

    Quote from shoregrl
    If you learn one thing in nursing, before you call a doctor or an NP or PA.....TAKE A SET OF VITAL SIGNS!

    It is so basic and I have been an NP for 2 years and still come across this...it is so frustrating!
    And- you may as well go ahead and do a manual blood pressure- especially if the BP is really high and/or you're going to call a cardiologist.

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    amberscareer likes this.

    If they take the same amount of time, then go ahead and get your BSN. I already had a B.A. and a master's degree when I went to nursing school. I work with someone that was in a similar situation to my own, but she just did an RN program whereas I have my BSN. Where we work, everyone is required to get their BSN within a particular time frame. Save yourself the trouble of being put in a tight spot. If you want an MSN, then take the path of least resistance and get the BSN starting out.

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    tara07733 likes this.

    I can't say if they have an easier time, but it doesn't hurt. When you have no particular preferences you're not constantly looking for the next great thing. You just do what you do, learn what you can, and move on if something else sounds interesting. I had no preferences either. I still don't. Lots of things sound interesting. I know that where I am right now gives me a lot of skills and I can pretty much move on to do whatever with few issues. Of course, maybe it is because I was older than most when I became a nurse. I actually used to roll my eyes at all the young ones that had it all figured and planned out before they even graduated nursing school. Some of them have already learned from their overly enthusiastic 'this is how it's going to be' and 'this is exactly what I'm going to do and when' pre-graduation blustering.

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    It sounds like you've been through a lot. Also, I think it is healthy to vent about it sometimes. I'm sorry you've dealt with a lot of unprofessional people as a nurse. I've only been doing this for a year-and-a-half, and I've encountered way more unprofessional individuals as I nurse than I did in the entirety of my previous profession (fourteen years). It's not just some other nurses (with the emphasis on some), it some doctors (with the emphasis on some) too. It has been very disheartening. I've come to the conclusion that many work environments in healthcare must be toxic. You are not alone. I wish I had some good advice for you- but the only thing I can come up with is for you to simply be the best person and nurse you can be, try to find a decent place to work, or go do something else. Best of luck.

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    Quote from smudges.blips
    I have a 5th grade student who came to me last week that I ended up making a child abuse report on. Today, she came to me and informed me that her "safe" caregiver has been removed from the house and is currently hospitalized (unrelated) and is possibly in a coma.

    She has mentioned her faith a number of times to me and what a comfort it is. I am also a Christian. I have told her that I am praying for her and for her situation, but believe that encouraging her spiritually as well as taking some private time to pray with her at school would be of help to her physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She has been missing quite a bit of class time due to her emotional state.

    I know that this is not legal. But for my Christian nurses: Where does our requirement to follow worldly laws end and our commitment to our patient and to God begin? Would you or do you pray with your students if requested or encourage them spiritually when necessary?
    I hope you don't mind my perspective. While I am currently a nurse, I was a teacher for much longer. Also, I'm a Christian. I often prayed for my students- they just never realized it. However, an issue with which I had to contend is that I am Orthodox Christian and I don't believe I ever had a student that was. Our prayers are not what the typical Evangelical, non-denominational Christian of America would pray. From a parental perspective, would you want a teacher or a nurse or any other adult attempting to influence your child in their own beliefs, even if your child asked them to pray for him or her? For all that we all call ourselves Christians there really is a wide variety of beliefs to be had. For example, if you're a devout Calvinist type would you want someone with very differing theology from yours to push their version of things on your own kids?

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    I've been older than all of my preceptors. I didn't care at all. They knew their stuff and were willing to share.

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    NightNurse704 and JKL33 like this.

    Quote from DesiDani
    Or the visiting family members? Do you welcome it or do you find that it prejudice the report (does that make sense?). If you feel that a patients or family demeanor is important to pass along during a report, how do you word it?

    Let's say you neglect to mention that a patient makes derogatory comments to you. The family member watches EVERYTHING you do like a FBI probe notes, names, and all. Would that lack of info matter to you?
    I like a heads up. However, I also like to be pleasantly surprised and often am. I generally have a good PR face and attitude and handle alleged problem folks just fine. I've often found it is the same nurses that seem to have issues with patients and families over and over again. Sometimes though, those warnings you get in report are right (sundowners, dementia, the family that wants everything done just so, et cetera). I'd rather know and for it to be wrong than to not know and walk into a true disaster. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.


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