ahappyicurn 759 Views
Joined: Oct 2, '01;
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Our hospital is writing out standards of care for our ICUs and we were interested in finding out how often everyone was changing chest tube dressings using foam or elastoplast tape? We realized that every 24 hrs. may be too much for most of our patients skin to handle, especially using the above tapes. Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.
Would I still recommend nursing?
You bet I would! Especially someone who feels they have the calling. I have been in nursing for 24 yrs and I still know I wouldn't do anything else. I will admit, when I first went into nursing I thought I'd made a mistake but that was because I hadn't found my niche. I have and have been doing ICU nursing for the last 22 yrs. I learn something new all the time. I am also one of those rare individuals who loves night shift. And if you think some MD's are tough dealing with during the day try dealing with them at night!
I really think we need to encourage and nuture new nurses to show them the passion of nursing so that we have someone to take care of us when we need them.
I do remember this phrase from over 20 yrs ago also. Personally, I think we do need to remember what it was like when we first started. Part of that comes from realizing that in nursing you are constantly learning. Nursing changes every day. New procedures are approved by the FDA, new drugs hit the market, research is being done to improve or finds better treatments, etc...... The list goes on. I once heard an experienced nurse say "What is with the attitude of the new grads?" Several minutes of discussion went on with some people agreeing. Maybe some of the new nurses didn't go into nursing for some of the reasons we did but "we" as experienced can act as changemasters to help them understand what nursing is all about. Some of us are burned out, overworked, underpaid, short-staffed, whatever the case may be. You can still make the best of it and try to focus on the positive side of nursing; helping patients get better if at all possible. We have all seen that "miracle patient" make it home. We also need to listen to what the new nurses are saying. Some of them can and have taught this "old dog" new tricks. Being flexible helps. As the saying goes "The flexible tree bends in the wind, the rigid tree breaks!"
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