Latest Comments by dream'n

Latest Comments by dream'n

dream'n, BSN, RN 8,215 Views

Joined Aug 28, '06. Posts: 806 (55% Liked) Likes: 2,054

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    prnqday likes this.

    I always have some coworkers dieting, so I usually make a 'berry bowl'. Just fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. I bring whipped cream separately with sugar packets and Splenda. That way people can keep it low calorie or sweeten it up however they want. Or I make my secret 'dill dip' with lots of fresh veggies. Both dishes are quick to put together before work

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    Quote from Babyeen
    Hi all nurses!

    I am stuck between a rock and a hard place and need a bit of advice. I have been working in a nursing home as assistant nurse for two years. I have recently graduated my diploma of nursing making me an endorsed enrolled nurse and gained casual work at a local private hospital. I still work as an ain at the nursing home as i need the permanent money until i pick up more work at the hospital. My problem is that i dont like working at the nursing home i much prefer the hospital where i am employed as an EEN. Is it too risky to leave the permanent job for a casual job? My heart says yes but mind says no. Help!!
    I don't understand most of this post. What is an "endorsed enrolled nurse", an "EEN", or an "ain". I'm thinking you're not in the US, but please explain what these titles are?

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    JossAY and NuGuyNurse2b like this.

    You can't refuse without risking your job. That said, I have seen certain units always be short (usually because it stinks and no one wants to work there or the hospital is purposely not hiring to save money) and the nicer unit nurses always being floated to fill the holes. That is one reason I left hospital nursing.

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    Disrespectful and demeaning to the profession of nursing

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    rnccf2007 likes this.

    I hear ya OP. I just left my bedside hospital position and am starting to feel human again Years ago I told myself I would NEVER work LTC again, now I'm adding to the list acute bedside nursing. And I don't give a flying fig how anyone feels about it. My new position is in a new specialty out of hospital, and I'm feeling so much better already. Bedside nursing is ridiculous and miserable now days.

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    icuRNallie, Cricket183, shan03, and 17 others like this.

    Quote from macawake

    Yeah, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that particular Tshirt. How ridiculous.

    When it comes to education I personally don't think that a nursing degree qualifies as one of the more difficult ones. Of course it's all relative and different people find different things challenging depending on their individual strengths and weaknesses.

    As far as the job itself, I do believe that it is a rather demanding profession.
    I think that the mix of shift work (which is common in healthcare even if not everyone does it), inadequate staffing levels, the very real possibility that a human being gets seriously harmed or even dies if you make a mistake and the frequent and close contact with human suffering, the various emotional manifestations of loss (of function, ability, health) and death sets healthcare work apart from many other professions. So yes, I think that it can be a hard job.

    If I'd venture a guess, I'd say that the rate of burnout and compassion fatigue is significantly lower among for example librarians and botanists (but what would I know, I'm neither).

    So yes, I think that nursing has its challenges but you certainly don't have to sacrifice your life in order to be a nurse. I find that kind of martyrdom attitude rather off-putting.
    Now a shirt that says, "I sacrificed my mental health for nursing" sometimes feels a bit true, LOL

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    No, my hospital doesn't dispose of the glove boxes usually. Perhaps they do for contact rooms, that I don't know.

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    Quote from SoScared
    Today I had a patient that was brought to the ER following a heroin overdose. She was extremely combative after being given Narcan. While I was trying to place an IV, she suddenly jerked her arm back and I ended up sticking my hand with the contaminated needle.

    She refused to give consent for an HIV test. With her history of IV drug use, I am freaking out. I am also pregnant and am so worried about the potential exposure to my baby. Has anyone else ever experienced a similar situation where a patient refused to consent to an HIV test following a needlestick? I could really use some advice and encouragement right now. I can't believe I did this. I feel so stupid and I'm so mad at myself
    Sending good thoughts your way. Try and concentrate on the very small risk of contracting HIV from a needle stick, even with a HIV positive patient. Wish I could think of something to take the worry and stress away, but all I've got is to remember that even if the absolute worst happens (which is highly unlikely anyway), that HIV is not a death sentence anymore and worry will not change anything. It will only stress you and the baby. Take deep breaths and try to relax (easier said than done, I know.)

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    You're getting a very long orientation for an experienced nurse. Is this field of nursing totally different from what you were doing before?

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    Ugh, what a horrible way to go, conscience and aware while your body is assaulted. Where is my DNR paperwork??

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    I've even heard of Salvia being used lately.

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    RHC81 likes this.

    Quote from DharmaLynn
    What is spice?
    This coming from a former substance abuse nurse...
    Users smoke the drug. Remember the incense we used to burn in the 1970s, spice is sort of like that. Or alot of times Nutmeg in huge quantities that are soaked in chemicals are added in. Mostly comes from China and is sold in Smoke Shops in some states. The 'recipe' changes quite often to avoid law enforcement, so users have no idea what is in each batch and the effects can be varied.

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    katfish67, Altra, RainMom, and 12 others like this.

    There is not one scenario in nursing where telling the patient that you think they are "pathetic" is appropriate.

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    I truly am shocked that any nurse would speak to a mentally unstable patient as the OP did. Do you talk to your confused, Alzheimer patient's like this?? This young man has a MENTAL ILLNESS. Mental illness is as real as dementia, diabetes, or any other disease process. The OP was judgmental to the extreme and let me tell you something; I've dealt with mental illness with one of my children. And yes at times he was certainly not pleasant to be around. BUT, if a nurse had ever spoken to him the way you spoke to this patient, I would have done everything in my power to get them fired and before the BON. And as for the mother being an enabler, you have no idea of the patient's family history. She probably was trying to prevent him from going over the edge and knew that it wasn't the right time to push him.

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    The HOB needs to be elevated in a tube-feeding patient to prevent aspiration into the lungs.