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Joined Oct 24, '06. AnnieOaklyRN is a RN, Paramedic. She has 'Previously ER RN, 17 years in EMS (yes, I still love it) , IV RN 8 months!' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'IV RN, (911) Paramedic'. Posts: 2,000 (32% Liked) Likes: 2,203

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  • Apr 15

    I know how you feel, it is so gross, but I find a lot of men want women that are far younger than them!

    I moved out of my condo last year and there was an older man, probably in his 60s, that actually said to me as I was packing the moving truck that if I ever wanted to have dinner out with him and go back to his place (he added that he lived alone for a reason), he would really like that. I vomited in my mouth a little, and then in the bushes, and then in my bathroom and did not eat the rest of the day! So gross, some men just have no social skills and think any women they meet that is single must be desperate enough to sleep with them! This was the same guy who lived in a unit with windows right next to the front door, he would sit in his underwear in his rocker chair almost every night and once he was even watching porno with the blinds wide open I think someone said something because I saw the police there and he never did it again! So discusting!!!

    I tried to erase this memory from my head, but as you can see it didn't work. I had other friends/neighbors in the condo building that I would like to visit, but it would be so very awkward now I will never go back there!

  • Apr 13

    Please clarify what you mean by "code", as someone else said some of those meds would not be given during a cardiac arrest.

    Annie

  • Apr 13

    Please clarify what you mean by "code", as someone else said some of those meds would not be given during a cardiac arrest.

    Annie

  • Apr 12

    Be careful, someone used a flashlight on an ambulance in my area and the infant ended up with second degree burns because there was no way for the heat to escape!! I would stick with a transiluminator!!

    Medical équipement is expensive because it has to go through both expensive and rigorous testing per the FDA, someone has to pay for that!



    Annie

  • Apr 6

    Hi,

    As the last poster eluded to you may want to see if they are having a CISD for the first responders and participate in that. That may help you work through what you have seen. Good luck and god bless.

    Annie

  • Apr 5

    I had a women who looked well, eating and drinking normal, not in severe pain get admitted for a sinus infection...she showed up in the ER because she was suppose to be a direct admit but we were all out of med surge beds... Yes that is right... she had a sinus infection and was admitted!


    Annie

  • Apr 3

    Hi,

    As the last poster eluded to you may want to see if they are having a CISD for the first responders and participate in that. That may help you work through what you have seen. Good luck and god bless.

    Annie

  • Apr 3

    Hi,

    As the last poster eluded to you may want to see if they are having a CISD for the first responders and participate in that. That may help you work through what you have seen. Good luck and god bless.

    Annie

  • Apr 1

    Hi Cherimcd91,

    I am up in your neck of the woods and can tell you to go for it if you are ready. i will say your kids are still young and it may be difficult to do. Assuming you have a husband who is able to help out around the house and with the kids it is doable.

    There are many community college programs in your area as well as universities. If you can afford to go right for the BSN, I would. There are fewer and fewer hospitals in MA willing to hire ADN prepared nurses as new grads.

    I would also start taking some general education classes just to get your feet wet and lighten the load when you are in the actual nursing program.

    Just PM me if you want any more specific information ! Good luck!

    Annie

  • Apr 1

    I just turned 39 last week and graduated with my RN-BSN last January at the age of 38. I obtained my associates degree in nursing when I was 29 and my associates in paramedicine when I was 26!

    Annie

  • Mar 30

    You should insist that your hospital provide you with an IV course! It is crazy to expect someone with no previous IV skills to assess them or start them!!

    Happy

  • Mar 28

    You must be a millennial if you are even asking this question!!

    YES, work full time while you obtain your RN to BSN! You will not melt and I assure you, you will survive it!

    Sincerely,

    Someone who has worked full time since the age of 18, even through two full time degrees and my RN to BSN!

  • Mar 28

    Hi,

    I worked with a nurse in a very small ER (8 beds) at a critical access hospital, and had not a clue, none of us did, that she was abusing narcotics. We did always wondered why she was wearing long sleeves even in warmer months, but to us there were no other warning signs. Then the day came when we responded in the ambulance to her in cardiac arrest from an overdose (I worked for the hospital based ambulance), that was a truly awful day. She was young, married, and had children that needed her!

    Some of the nurses even hung out with her outside of work and still no one thought anything was wrong, until it was to late. I am not sure how close you are to this nurse, but if you are a close friend please have a heart to heart with her and make sure she is ok and not truly addicted, if she is encourage her to get some help before it's to late.

    Annie

  • Mar 27

    It isn't about what happens during CPR it's what happens after, which can include permanent disability and brain damage (permeant vegetative state), huge medical bills with a person that is still dead. I would focus more on the big picture versus the right now. CPR isn't gonna effect the dead body, but when we bring them back with only their brain stem surviving or worse a small part of their cerebral cortex, that's where people may get that its not something they want to endure!

    Unfortunately society sees what is on tv and that is usually a code, CPR, a shock and like a miracle they all wake up and are fine! You need to emphasize that most patents who go into cardiac arrest stay that way and another percentage will have permanent brain damage that can leave them bed ridden etc. Advise them that only 8% of out of hospital cardiac arrests survive to discharge, that is a very small number and it's up to the patient and family if they want to roll the dice!

    Encourage patients to speak up and voice what THEY want if they are cognitively able and advise the family to make sure there are no advance directives if the patient can no longer make that decision. I think families have a false idea that everyone gets a shock and wakes up and life goes on.

    p.s. let them know not everyone is in a shockable rhythm either!

    Annie

  • Mar 27

    It isn't about what happens during CPR it's what happens after, which can include permanent disability and brain damage (permeant vegetative state), huge medical bills with a person that is still dead. I would focus more on the big picture versus the right now. CPR isn't gonna effect the dead body, but when we bring them back with only their brain stem surviving or worse a small part of their cerebral cortex, that's where people may get that its not something they want to endure!

    Unfortunately society sees what is on tv and that is usually a code, CPR, a shock and like a miracle they all wake up and are fine! You need to emphasize that most patents who go into cardiac arrest stay that way and another percentage will have permanent brain damage that can leave them bed ridden etc. Advise them that only 8% of out of hospital cardiac arrests survive to discharge, that is a very small number and it's up to the patient and family if they want to roll the dice!

    Encourage patients to speak up and voice what THEY want if they are cognitively able and advise the family to make sure there are no advance directives if the patient can no longer make that decision. I think families have a false idea that everyone gets a shock and wakes up and life goes on.

    p.s. let them know not everyone is in a shockable rhythm either!

    Annie


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