LadysSolo 4,641 Views
Joined Dec 17, '06.
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As some have said, it depends on you. Some love OB/PEDS, and I personally detest OB/PEDS. I happen to love hematology/oncology, but many can't stand it. It's a bit stressful, but it is my niche. You have to find what works for you. For me, too easy is BORING and I hate to be bored. For me the perfect shift is a steady pace, but some people love to run the whole time (we call them ER nurses.) YMMV
Explanation on the veins thing - I am a frequent blood donor, and I always tell the person that the best vein is in my left antecubital but it goes at an angle, and I show them this with the tourniquet on. I occasionally have a person who insists on going straight in, and then the blood flows but the needle hits the vein wall the whole time and I sit with my teeth gritted because it is VERY painful, but we are NOT doing it again! When I had my son, the nurse wanted to put my IV in my hand. I worked oncology for 23 years and I could put an IV in a turnip if required (still can, but that's beside the point,) and my hand veins are very full of valves. I preferred it in my LFA, and I have a vein there that you can hit with an 18 gauge without a tourniquet. No need to use my hands. I have not had multiple hospital admissions, but my mom did. My sister told me not to embarrass her, so I was a "good girl" and said nothing when at the premier hospital in Columbus, OH, after hip surgery the nurse drew a PTT in the vein ABOVE a heparin drip, no one knew 3 days after hip surgery mom had not had a BM and no one cared, etc. And away from work I am very introverted and prefer "alone time." So if all this makes me a "bad patient," so be it.
I am a firm but undemanding patient. I tell you where to put the IV in (I know my veins) and then I want to be left alone - I will call you if I need you. I am pretty much self-care, and just don't want to be bothered.
I tell the truth - my licensing body "suggests" we not be on social media, and since they control my ability to make a living, I am not on social media and have no account. Happens to be true, but they have no way to know if it is true or not. You could easily lie and say you have no account.
First of all, the education requirements are wrong. It says Bachelor's degree, a NP MUST have a Master's degree. And I made more than that as a floor nurse 10 years ago.
The problem that SobreRN does not seem to get is: How long would you remain sober if you had to drink alcohol every day to survive? This is the problem people who are overweight have: They have to eat food every day to survive (unless they would be on home TPN every day, which is impractical and expensive, and unnecessarily invasive.) So to be exposed every day to your addiction (supposing you are a food addict or an emotional eater) to survive is a VERY difficult proposition. And those of us who have dieted all our lives have destroyed our metabolisms (see the study on the "biggest loser" participants after the show - they had to stay at abnormally low calorie counts to keep weight off, and most gained the weight back despite staying very active.) I will say for myself, to lose weight I have to get my calorie count below 1000kcal/day, which for an active person is not compatible with good health. It is not as easy as stopping drinking or smoking, since cigarettes and alcohol are not necessary to survive (even though some who are addicted to those substances would have us believe they are.)
You say "oh, I'm sorry, I must have missed it" about the sticker on the flow sheet and let it drop. The MRI - are we talking about the person going within the first hour or two if the oncoming shift? Then you probably should have done it. If later on, it would have been a courtesy (but not required, although to get along on a unit we try to be courteous) to start it at least. So if an early MRI, I would have said "Oops, sorry, I missed it." If you make a mistake that inconveniences the oncoming shift, always better to "own" it. If takes away their ammunition to hassle you. When are you not going to forget? We all make mistakes - we are human. But we are all part of a team too, and we pick up the slack that others forget or drop.
I also might add that I (at age 61) have AWESOME bone density (per ortho.) About two years ago when one of my horses dislocated my thumb (not a fun experience) the orthopedist stated, "You must have great bone density. At your age (?1?) most people don't dislocate, they break." (He is about 3 years younger than me - AT MY AGE?!? LOL!!) So appearances can be deceiving, fat doesn't mean not fit.
I am about 30 lbs overweight with normal blood pressure, normal blood sugar, a bit anemic (but always have been.) I also a couple weeks ago received and stacked a shipment of 191 50# bales of hay on a 90+ degree day, work two jobs and live on a working farm. I also find (as a practitioner) that my overweight patients take advice from me because I understand the struggle. I am fat but fit. I eat right but do NOT sleep right, and that has been found to be a factor in keeping people overweight. So I believe if I am ever able to get and keep a healthy sleep schedule, the weight will come off. My patients resent people who are thin who have never struggled with their weight giving them advice (and they have told me this.)
I have seen it where they cannot be in the same room because one tries to take care of the other and it isn't safe. I have one resident who is in assisted living and her husband is in skilled care, so they are on different floors but in the same facility. Someone had to arrange for this, patients are not admitted to Nursing Homes without a POA signature.
I can't believe they made NO investigation! (Actually I can, and that's scary.) However, that is SHAMEFUL! They needed at least to look for corroborating evidence of the complaint. When there is a complaint against a nursing home in my state, the surveyors send out someone to investigate the complaint before any more is done. One would think the BON would at least take as much care. Apparently not. I ALWAYS recommend carrying your own malpractice insurance - I want someone whose sole focus is defending me.
I don't mind the OP (information-seeking) as much as I mind a non-nurse giving nursing advice (posing as a nurse.) In my state that is criminally actionable (a non-nurse posing as a nurse.)
It was worth it. When I did it it was with relatively low expectations - I would continue until either the money or brains ran out. I also was a single mom, working full-time, going to grad school, and during it just to add to the fun decided to build a house and move! And I finished. The only thing I would say is that if I had know in the beginning of my career that I would go on, I would have worked harder in my undergrad program (all of you RN students pay attention if you think you MIGHT go on to a graduate degree.)
As a female nurse who has been "hit on" by male patients, let me tell you that what turns females off is bigotry (one of the patients in attempting to prove he was a "manly man" told me how he could recognize a f*g at 20 paces and would do "whatever" to them, was trying to impress me with how "tough" he was, his "big truck", etc.) Other than I would never date a patient, if he has to brag so much I am DEFINITELY not interested. I prefer intelligence, looks fade......
[QUOTE=Asystole RN;9156612]Boo hoo.
"Who cares about someone's feelings when LIVES are on the line? The pursuit of organ donation should be aggressive and persistent. We owe that much to those who are dying and to the families to know what their feelings may cost."
Absolutely wrong. Each person has rights, and your rights/your family member's rights DO NOT take precedence over mine! I know you will disagree, but too bad. What if I wanted your car because it was prettier than mine? Do I have the right to just take it? What if I NEED rent money, and you have more money than you need? Can I come take it just because? What if I am having difficulty feeding my child, can I come in your house and raid your refrigerator even though you say no? Where does it end?
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