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  • Sep 6

    Quote from Sunflowerinsc
    Way ,way back in the day ,we didn't have gloves at the bedside. The only gloves were sterile ones used in surgery. Yea, really
    Oh no. That is terrifying! Gloves are my bubble of protection -- I can do anything if I have gloves. Anything.

    My practice is not that old but I was taught to Trendelenberg (sp?). I was also introduced to Swanz-Ganz as the top of the line monitoring possible. And now I haven't seen one used in at least 5 years.

  • Jul 21

    ^^ Right? You'd think these decisions and programs would be evidenced based since that's what nursing theory is all about ... SMH ...


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  • Jul 3

    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Dh was helping another nurse change a poopy patient. He happened to have his mouth wide open, laughing, when her projectile diarrhea cought him square on. In the mouth. Did I mention she had C. Diff? He got C. Diff, and it was unresponsive to antibiotics, including oral Vancomycin (which is hideously expensive, by the way.) After months of having up to 30 bloody bowel movements a week and temperatures to 105, I finally got him to see the right doctor. He was hospitalized, placed on TPN for a few weeks and ultimately diagnosed with ulcerative colitis secondary to the C. Diff infection. He now has to take four enormous pills four times a day to keep it under control, and still has flare-ups.
    Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry about your husband's experience. Has anyone suggested a fecal transplant? It really works. I've seen it.

    My worst exposure was stabbing myself with an IM needle as I was removing it from the patient's body (she moved and the needle jumped into the hand I was using to stabilize the injection site... I know, I know! Totally my fault). Testing for 12 months post exposure all clear, but jeez, that was stressful. And scary. I realized how errors are just a chain of events that can the prevented. My IM technique has changed

  • Jun 3

    Quote from vintagePN
    I know this doesn't help you, but in Canada it is illegal to do random drug screens except in specific situations, and I have never heard of anyone having one before. Crazy.
    Canada continues to amaze me for its maturity and respect of basic rights.

    The marihuana debate will be resolved as more states legalize. For now OP, wait until you turn 21 and have some vacation time to smoke. And obviously don't before applying to a job or school...

  • May 23

    Why do people think $220 k is too much for an NP? I'm honestly curious about this. Why do NPs feel unworthy? For the responsibility and work involved, I find the $200,000+ range completely reasonable.


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  • Apr 5

    Honestly, the mobile app is what alerted me to this forum because on the What's New feed, everything shows up by time of posting. Also, the name of the forum it was posted on is in tiny font in a lighter tone, so sometimes it is missed -- especially if the post title is interesting.

    I'm usually drawn to posts from this forum because they are very real, human experiences. Also, because I do not have experience with the recovery process and it intrigues me. I have learned a lot about stipulations and different approaches from this forum. As someone else mentioned, it is not a subject people are open about. I only met one nurse who had been caught diverting narcotics and his story was my idea of how things went down in general. He told about how wonderful his employer had been, how he went into inpatient rehab and was transferred to work within the same system as an addiction specialist. Never lost his job or benefits, it was like a fairy tale story. Now I realize he must have had stipulations from the BON too. Unless the employer handled it all in-house? I wish I'd known what to ask back then... He was giving a talk during orientation to encourage those with addiction issues to speak up and voluntarily enter the state program. Crazy! He never mentioned the legal aspect of dealing with the BON. He made the program sound like an understanding environment where if you self-reported you would be supported and not punished...

    The stories of success are wonderful, although often I am left with anger towards the strictness and across the board mentality of the BONs. It seems the punishment is too harsh for the "crime" on many occasions.

    Anyway, I appreciate the wisdom of this forum. Thank you all for sharing your experiences.

  • Apr 4

    Honestly, the mobile app is what alerted me to this forum because on the What's New feed, everything shows up by time of posting. Also, the name of the forum it was posted on is in tiny font in a lighter tone, so sometimes it is missed -- especially if the post title is interesting.

    I'm usually drawn to posts from this forum because they are very real, human experiences. Also, because I do not have experience with the recovery process and it intrigues me. I have learned a lot about stipulations and different approaches from this forum. As someone else mentioned, it is not a subject people are open about. I only met one nurse who had been caught diverting narcotics and his story was my idea of how things went down in general. He told about how wonderful his employer had been, how he went into inpatient rehab and was transferred to work within the same system as an addiction specialist. Never lost his job or benefits, it was like a fairy tale story. Now I realize he must have had stipulations from the BON too. Unless the employer handled it all in-house? I wish I'd known what to ask back then... He was giving a talk during orientation to encourage those with addiction issues to speak up and voluntarily enter the state program. Crazy! He never mentioned the legal aspect of dealing with the BON. He made the program sound like an understanding environment where if you self-reported you would be supported and not punished...

    The stories of success are wonderful, although often I am left with anger towards the strictness and across the board mentality of the BONs. It seems the punishment is too harsh for the "crime" on many occasions.

    Anyway, I appreciate the wisdom of this forum. Thank you all for sharing your experiences.

  • Feb 17

    Why do people think $220 k is too much for an NP? I'm honestly curious about this. Why do NPs feel unworthy? For the responsibility and work involved, I find the $200,000+ range completely reasonable.


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  • Feb 15

    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    The family admits to encouraging her to talk & giving her a Popsicle in the immediate post op period despite instructions of NPO & voice rest (they gave her a white board to communicate) then reports that the bleeding started. Based upon family reports, it seems that the family at least contributed to the post op bleeding. Though they vehemently blame everyone else.
    Years ago, we had a similar story. A toddler was post-op and coded. The nurses and doctors were shocked, the family was outraged and hired a lawyer who demanded an autopsy. They found a piece of food stuck in the child's airway. Only then, a family member confessed they had given the baby food because she was crying and asking for it...

  • Feb 6

    Quote from Esme12
    While a question is asked again and again...that doesn't mean that THIS poster has ever asked it before. I think we need to remember that members have wide ranges of experience that other members and it is common for younger members....brought up with social media to post questions. Schools are making the internet an integral part of the class work. To them this is asking associates and associate it with a pen and paper. Heck some schools at the grade school level are not even teaching cursive (huge mistake) and have "keyboarding as the required" writing' class.
    I agree with this (including the cursive comment -- it's pathetic that kids can't read cursive now...). Technology is an integral part of our lives and seen as an extension of our human tools. I don't find it strange or outrageous that someone in their 20s would consider recording report a viable option. I wouldn't consider this an option because technology is not the first thing I go to for solutions, and actually would think of recording and re-listening as double the work anyhow

    I'm glad we have this space to safely ask these questions. We probably saved the OP a lot of troubles by reminding her of HIPAA.

  • Jan 13

    Coffee filter filled with ground coffee in a corner. Does a good job of absorbing those horrible smells of decaying bodies, c diff, melena (ICU setting).

    I didn't invent this, the aides do it without being asked. I was surprised the first time I saw it, but it does work.

  • Jan 6

    Oh my G-d! I would kill for a Baylor shift. Full pay and only work weekends? Where do I sign? You need my firstborn too? No problem.

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  • Dec 10 '16

    Why do people think $220 k is too much for an NP? I'm honestly curious about this. Why do NPs feel unworthy? For the responsibility and work involved, I find the $200,000+ range completely reasonable.


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  • Nov 16 '16

    Quote from charming_kitty
    personally i would never get my degree online. I've taken online classes before and with online classes, you lack the intensity, and discipline, and monitoring. it's a lot easier for people to get away with things. I've avoided getting an online degree because I fear employers would not approve. That being said, would you want your doctor to get an online degree? same thing with nurses. I would never go to a NP with an online degree. A person with an online NP degree has prescription power just like MD!
    Get away with what? Most online programs have proctored examinations. And you can get your friend to write your papers for you at a brick and mortar school just as easily as an online school. That is an uneducated opinion. I don't judge my medical provider based on what university they graduate from. I judge them on interpersonal skills and knowledge that I asses when I meet them in action.


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  • Sep 25 '16

    Why do people think $220 k is too much for an NP? I'm honestly curious about this. Why do NPs feel unworthy? For the responsibility and work involved, I find the $200,000+ range completely reasonable.


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