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For real on that education stuff. A fairly smart guy showed up for treatment with almost no information after being discharged from the hospital. Imagine his response when we told him he needed to stay 4 hours.... and come back three times a week.... for the rest of your life...í ½í¸ í ½í¸¡í ½í¸¤
The poster that mentioned going home smelling like feces:
That had to have been a pretty bad situation and is not the norm! I've done this job for about 30 yrs and have never come home smelling like feces.....maybe smelling of bad body odor from my own sweating! but not feces. Not gonna lie tho, I have gotten feces on my scrubs and I have been pee'd on. ...it's happened only a handful of times to me....I keep extra scrubs in my locker.
As far as the pay...for what we do and what we put up with...it will NEVER be enough pay! I can however, live comfortably in a nice safe apartment with a nice reliable car. I may not have a fancy phone or go on a fancy cruise every year but, I can make ends meet without being stressed out.
I agree, the worst part of the job by a long shot, is dealing with "co-workers" who don't want to work!! Who roll their eyes or disappear all together when you ask them to help with a 2 assist transfer!
Who get all bent out of shape because a resident with dementia is calling out to them for help into bed for the 5th time in 10 minutes.
Who has no patience for the confused/scared resident.
and the CNA who gets SO offended because a resident with dementia comments on their messy hair or a tattoo they have!
.....sorry, I think I slipped into a little rant there....
I liked being a CNA more than I like being an RN.
There are people like that throughout nursing (and presumably every other working environment with more than one person). You just happened to hear yours in the act of being an unprofessional jackass.
I think also that when a person holding authority or responsibility in a workplace is the source of the trashing, it's even more reprehensible, as that becomes a fruitful ground for a toxic workplace by a ripple effect.
Since the preceptor phase is temporary, I personally would stay away from that person if at all possible. If you're stuck with him for the duration, don't engage with him beyond basic civilities. Don't talk about him to others. It won't make him change, but you can provide less fuel for people to twist your words to suit their own agenda.
It may be tempting to complain that he wastes time and flaunts the HIPAA, in the end that's the employer's problem.
I very clearly remember thinking, "I could do this the rest of my life and be perfectly happy" when I was a nurse's aide in a residential home for the developmentally-delayed. Of course, I was 20 years old and still living at home--ie, had no bills to pay. CNAs don't make enough for all the stuff they have to do and put up with. Still, they come to work, and I couldn't do my job without them. Nothing beats a good CNA.
I loved being a CNA. If it had paid better I probably wouldn't have hurried myself through nursing school. It is very satisfying to make sure your patients are clean and comfortable.
Thank you for the excellent article. To expand on your zero-tolerance idea, I believe we have to stop making and accepting excuses for threatening and violent behavior. For many years we have been taught that the "stress" (of hospitalization, of illness, of social factors) manifests in many different ways, some of which may not be our own personal style. While that's true, "stress" can not continue to excuse the types of behaviors being discussed here.
People all over the world experiences stressor of the worst kind (things a far cry worse than having temporary illness or being temporarily hospitalized) and do not react with violence or threatening behaviors towards others. It is not a given that one "might" act that way. Most people do not.
They didn't correct her on your previous complaints, or if they did, it didn't work. I think that firing was coming for a long time, and you did a good thing.
I thought this thread was called "Why are some nurses so pretty?"
Hi wise and wonderful Nurses!
I'm hoping to be accepted into a BSN program for the Spring 2018. I know I shouldn't think too far ahead, but I am already worried that I'll graduate, and make a mistake that'll get me fired. I believe that I can learn from other's mistakes, so I'm wondering if any of you would be willing to share some of the worst mistakes you done or seen someone else do? Thanks in advance!!
i've been a travel nurse for 20+ years and most facilities have some disturbing occurrence. currently i'm at a hospice facility and occasionally i get a feeling that i'm not alone, although i've never 'knowingly' seen an apparition. however....
i do have an experience. my patient was a young woman dying of cancer and getting very close, her husband had a habit of leaving his shoes outside the door. noticing them there i started in to talk with him and the door was slowly opening a little. as i went in the husband was at bedside and seeing me said "i think she's gone" and i concluded that she had. the husband immediately left, and i called the funeral home for transport. meanwhile, i had past the room twice and the door was standing open of which i closed it on both occasions (this room dosen't have that tendency- normally).
later, i asked the cna why she had left the door open has we had visitors there for other patients. she said that she too had closed it and thought i had left the door open. i had assumed the husband had been opening the door when i went in to speak with him, but now realizing he was about fifteen feet away by the bed. this has not reoccurred, so strange. i do believe the woman's spirit wanted the door open, after the body was gone it didn't seem to matter. what do you think?
Been a Nurse over 10 years (7 years as an STNA before that) and I have had TONS Of experiences. But, my most profound was a cpl years ago, my Fave Resident (I work in nursing home, it's my passion) passed away. We became very close during her stay with my facility and even exchanged birthday cards and gifts (yea, not suppose to do that, but I loved this lady and her daughter). Well, the day she passed was an extremely emotional one for me as I was the one that had to pronounce her and what not. Well, she passed at 5:57pm and I have a thing that the window needs opened right away to allow the spirit to leave. Sadly, the window did not get opened right away. Anuway, I finish up my shift and leave about 11:20pm. I lived about 25 minutes from work and it's all expressway. About half way home, coming up yo a split in the eway (could go east or west on the next connecting expressway), my brakes go ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR! I am coming around the bend and going about 50 (let of the gas from about 65). I have NO BRAKES! I'm freaking out because my exit is the next exit and there is a stop light at the top of the exit ramp and it's a main road and is ALWAYS busy. Well, miracles happen and as I let off the gas again on the ramp (it's going up hill so I am slowing down), I realize I will not be slow enough to check for traffic AND turn left (have to turn, can't even go straight across). So, crazily, I try the brakes and OMG, they worked! I stopped, and was able to safely turn left. I have 1 more stop and right turn before my street. I am able to stop and turn right on the next street and also safely turn left onto my street and even pull in my driveway. I get out and run in to get my husband and tell him about what happened. He comes out and checks my brakes, they go all the way to the floor and there are NO BRAKES again. He pops the hood, no brake fluid. Looks umderneath, no puddle of fluid (which proved it was leaked out BEFORE pulling in my drive) and my drivers side brake line was rusted and broken in half. I'm in shock I made it home. Well, next day, my mechanic comes and tells me there is no way I stopped and how did i get home. I tell him how they started working again at the exit ramp and he says there is no way. Anyway, I post on FB about it and Beryl (that was my Resident that passed away), her daughter Christina messaged me and asked if I was ok and she said the weirdest thing was before I came to work the day before, Meryl told her she had to see me that day because she needed to make sure I made it home. Chris chopped it up to confusion from being at the end because why would Beryl wanna see me at work to make sure I made it home. Well, we decided she wanted to see me one last time and she made sure I made it home. I still thank Beryl all the time for me being here today. I love her and miss her and think of her often. I believe the window didn't get opened right away so her spirit could stay with me and keep me safe that night... and one more crazy part was, after the brakes went out, I cracked open my driver side window a cpl inches so I could listen to the car (something I have always done when I think there is a problem with my car) and I believe once she made sure my brakes would work enough to get me home, her spirit went on it's way. My most memorable spiritual moment of my Nursing career which is over 17 years now. I do have many other incidents, but this is the most important. Maybe soon I'll share the others. This is my first time ever posting.
I'm just finishing my cna class and was wanting to work has a cna while in high school. Do nursing homes do a 4-10 shift or something that I could work after school? For a few months I would need every Saturday off for sports, would a Ltc faculty allow me the time off that I would need?
Someone mentioned in another thread that it's unprofessional to mention that you have other patients.
I disagree. There is definitely a tactful way to let a patient know that you have an urgent matter with one of your patients, but will get that extra pillow as soon as you can. I find people very understanding when I communicate in a friendly and informative manner.
There are tons of options available to you, as far as nursing jobs with a slower,
less stressful pace. Psych nursing is one option. I loved going from a post
surgery/ortho floor to an adult psych unit. I worked night shift on the psych
unit. Very low stress!
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