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  • Aug 23

    So I have a couple of stories! None specifically from nursing, but still on topic, and a good read - i hope.

    1. So my mom works (still) in surgery at a hospital here in Oklahoma. She has worked there since I was about 6 (I'm 25 now) and we used to visit her from time to time, sometimes have lunch with her, I'd be broke, call mom, and meet her for lunch, lol. Anyway, when i was about 17 or so i started working as housekeeper after school, and on weekends. One linen closet we used was back down towards the morgue. We didn't use it a lot, but from time to time, we'd have to go back there for extra supplies, carts, ect. anyway, one night i was taking a cart of extra linens to the closet. The grill stopped serving food at like 8 or something, so when I heard metal clanking together, I didn't think much of it. I figured it was someone from the caf doing something, and I kept walking. I dropped my cart off, and turn around to start walking back. Mind you, this was a fairly long hallway. It has one intersecting hallway, and alllllll the way down at the end, was the morgue. So, I was walking back, and i would have made a left at the intersecting hallway to get back to the stairs and stuff to go back to my little area. Im about halfway there, and I hear that metal clanking sound again. Again, I keep walking but at the time, I think its kind of weird, because I can't tell where it's coming from. That's when I redirect myself to get the heck out of there, and I see this foot, just a bare foot turn around that corner i'd have to go down. I froze. There was no body attached to it, and it just moved so fast, I almost wasn't sure if I saw it. Needless to say, I high tailed out out there and literally refused to EVER go back down there by myself. Told my boss about it, and she just kinda shrugged and said, "well i wondered how long it would be before you wouldnt go down there either." apparently, the other girls refused to down there alone.

  • Aug 23

    He needs a psych consult.

    I had a patient once who was a frequent flyer, she was a young girl with a heart defect who was constantly being admitted with her PT/INR totally out of whack. It was pretty much determined that she was deliberately either not taking her Coumadin, or over taking it, so that she could go into the hospital and have lots of attention.

  • Aug 23

    psych consult. If he manages to get BG to 1000, that's pretty close to lethal. He "might" be serious? I wouldn't take that chance with a diabetic. have 2 teenage type 1 boys. Not something to mess around with.

  • Aug 23

    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Others have pointed out the possibility of burn-out. I'd also like to point out the possibility that maybe those nurses just happen to be rude-- and would continue to be rude-- even if they worked in another field.

    You also don't know what's going on with those nurses. Their life could be really really crappy at the moment. I always hear people excusing patients from their negative behaviors because "oh, they're not well"... well how about extending that compassion back to the nurse for a change? I'm sure if you met these nurses on a better day, your opinion of them might be much different.

    And I have to ask anyone who's on this "passion" bandwagon... what does this exactly mean? Making it #1 in their life? Living and breathing it 24 hours a day? Being a martyr to it? Working for free? Hell no. If you really loved nursing-- and yourself-- you would not would not do any of those things.
    I've been singing this song for years. You hear it often from the dewey eyed newbie: "Oh, you may have problems at home but you should NEVER bring them to work." I remember being very young and thinking the same thing -- back before I had any REAL problems to bring to work. Yes, it's an ideal NOT to bring your personal problems with you when you clock in, but I defy you to NOT when your dad just died, you've got Mom at home and she has Alzheimer's, your son just totaled the car and is in jail awaiting arraignment on a DUI, your husband is in CHF again and their talking transplant and you've used up all your PTO and FMLA caring for Dad before he died, and you HAVE to keep your job because you're the only one with health insurance to pay for care for your mother, your son, your husband and yourself because now you REALLY need a knee replacement but cannot afford to take the time off.

  • Aug 23

    Most of the LTC facilities I have worked at do not allow briefs in bed. I was told this is because it increases the risk of pressure ulcers.

  • Aug 21

    I had a similar situation with a doc, he asked me for tool, and I didn't know WTH it was. I asked for clarification, but I've been around enough to not wither and tear up with a snarky remark back. I just asked "well is it sterile? Is it bigger than a bread box? I have to look for it, and you need to give me some clues."

  • Aug 20

    Quote from amari
    I live in Seattle and work in a plasma center, which is only a good job if you want to do a minimum amout of nursing.
    This sounds like a dream job to me. You get to generate a full paycheck for a low-stress job where you don't sling bedpans, deal with egomaniac surgeons, wipe stinky bums, or be yelled at by verbally abusive families at the bedside.

    I couldn't care less if I never learned another procedural skill for the rest of my life. I realize I have a good situation here, far removed from the floor.

  • Aug 19

    I have learned to have a love/hate relationship with nursing.

    I went in for a stable job, like many others. I even liked it at the beginning. Heck, I still enjoy patient care. I enjoy critical patients - I enjoy titrating drips, I enjoy having a million different machines in my rooms, and I really enjoy the heck out of the days where I was absolutely positively sure the patient was going to die on me but they made it through my shift. Had a great one of those Wednesday night and it was awesome!


    What I hate is everything else. I hate being the coordination person. I hate having lab call me for a redraw when I know a lab was drawn correctly, just because the lab person thought it looked diluted. I hate drawing it again and them saying the same thing. I hate when a physician has been waiting for the lab result and I get a "What do you mean they are refusing to result it?! Tell them we expect it to be critical and they need to result it!" I also hate taking the time to, but get a lot of personal satisfaction out of, writing an incident report on the lab person for refusing to result a value, which resulted in a very preventable delay of care than nearly killed the patient.

    I hate calling back and forth between MRI and RT. "MRI says they can take us now." "Well, nobody's free now, it's going to have to be in 30 minutes." I call MRI, they say 30 minutes is fine, and it's a plan. We finally get the resource RT in the room to manage the vent during the trip. Everything's packed up, I call MRI to see if they're still free - "Wait, we just got a code stroke in. They have to go first." Fine, fine... I tell the resource RT it's going to be about 45 minutes. MRI confirms that 45 minutes from now is a good time. In 45 minutes I call the resource person back because MRI's on the phone asking when I'm going to get there and the RT hasn't shown up yet... because he is now busy intubating somebody somewhere else and can't come, and none of the other RTs are free. MRI confirms that they have a spot now but someone else is scheduled for a MRI later, so I can't go if I don't go right then. And then I get a massive eye roll from the day shift nurse I give report to because I didn't get the patient to MRI when I "had all night to get it done."

    All the little things, from nobody being available to help, to going through three IV pumps before I find one that doesn't have an error message and ding for no reason, to family asking, "What do you mean you don't have a recliner for me?!?!," to getting an attitude on the phone from a physician I had to wake up in the middle of the night because he didn't consult the intensivist or hospitalist group like he should have if he didn't want to be woken up in the middle of the night... it is all really starting to get on my nerves. I don't think I can do this much longer.

    I never did think you had to have a passion to do something well, but I'm starting to think if you don't have a passion for nursing, all the bull crap you have to wade through to be a nurse is going to wear you down very quickly.

  • Aug 19

    Nursing was never a passion, childhood dream, or higher calling of mine. I entered the nursing profession as a practical means to an end. It has provided me with the flexibility, stable income, career mobility, and educational advancement I desire.

    As an aside, I was raised by two parents who worked mind-numbing manual labor jobs for a living. Their financial situation was precarious and always on the edge. However, the door to better job opportunities and higher pay had been closed off to them because they had no education beyond a high school diploma.

    Since I grew up without many middle class comforts, I wanted a career pathway that provided stability and a certain standard of living without taking up too much of my personal time. Nursing was the answer.

  • Aug 15

    You're not alone. It seems as though 'going back to school' is associated with marital problems. In some cases, I think that the student spouse is seeking a positive change and a more positive future. In other instances, the non-student is threatened by the loss of familiar patterns & unable to change - particularly if it's a change in power dynamic that will occur as their spouse becomes more confident and independent.

    I know how busy you are, but it would certainly be beneficial if you had support & counseling to get through this rough time. There are divorce support groups in most larger communities - try Googling and see what you come up with. There are also online communities. Take care of yourself. We're cheering you on.

  • Aug 14

    Right now I have a cushy work-from-home job that involves no hands-on skills. I couldn't care less if I never gave another injection or started another IV line again.

    Skills are overrated. I'd rather have the low-stress job that is devoid of any procedural skills or disrespectful family members. You have a good job and I'd hold on to it for dear life. Good luck to you.

  • Aug 13

    Mine is bad. Realllly bad. Happened 10 years ago and I still cringe.

    It's really bad. I cannot believe I am sharing it.


    So I was working at an abortion clinic, doing recovery. I had been there about a month. Prior to that I had worked as a midwife at a free standing birth center. So that's the context here.

    I am discharging a young woman, and her boyfriend pulls the car around to pick her up. I see her safely into the car, and as they begin to pull out, I cheerfully wave and call out "Congratulations!" Just like I did when I discharged my patients home from the birth center.

    OH MY GOD. I cannot even. I definitely win the prize for worst comment EVER in the history of the universe. I seriously cannot believe I am posting this!

  • Aug 10

    I had a patient who actually was the mother of one of my coworkers. Her blood sugar got really low one night and she told her husband "I think I need some sugar," whereupon he leaned over and gave her a great big kiss....

  • Jul 27

    Quote from moni24que77
    First off! The school would not be listed on GA board of accreditation because GA is a state body whereas the website clearly states it is accredited by a national body. So that explains that... Secondly, you cannot enroll yourself. It also clearly states that the school admits if you meet the requirements. Third, financial aid is a federal govt program (well known may I add), and the govt does not remit payment to schools not recognized. Your argument is not convincing due to the fact that you clearly DID NOT do any research. I am not backing the school but I am investigating carefully before proceeding. In the event that the nursing part is not as what it seems, I believe that fasfa would be going after there money spent. So honestly there is no inconvenience on my part financially. If I am scammed, then the govt is scammed and I have never seen no one get away with scamming our govt.
    I know I shouldn't be wasting my time on this, but now I'm fascinated. It's like watching a train wreck or cheesy horror film; I know I shouldn't be watching, but I just can't turn away ...

    I went back to the website to look for information about student loans and financial aid. The "Financial Aid" page of the website talks about private student loans, scholarships, grants, aid, and employment tuition reimbursement, but says nothing about the FAFSA or any federal student loans. Which seemed pretty odd to me, since most schools talk about that right up front, as soon as the conversation turns to money. Then I looked at the "Legal" page of the website (the link is a tiny little word down at the far bottom left of the website page), and that page notes that everything about the school is private and proprietary, and the schools is not under the jurisdiction of or bound by any regulations of any state or the US government. That tells anyone who knows anything about higher education that the school isn't eligible for students to get Federal financial aid, because the Federal government doesn't give anyone money without strings attached.

    But the real cherry on the sundae was this link that I found (I'm not sure it's supposed to be available to the public?) when I did a Google search for ENI and Federal financial aid, which shows an administrator stating in plain English:

    We do accept private student loans and grants offered specifically for our programs through partner institutions. However, we do not accept public/federal government funding, such as Pell Grants.

    financial aid | Erudite Nursing Institute Support

    So, no Federal student aid for ENI students. Rest assured that the "school" would be more than delighted to "accept" "public/federal government funding" if the states or Federal government were willing to give it to them. It's not like the Feds are saying, "Here, please, take all this money in student loans! We want you to have it!" but they're saying, "No thanks, we're good." If they met the basic, established criteria, students attending the "school" would be eligible for the financial aid, but they can't or won't meet the necessary basic criteria for their students to be eligible. When one considers what sleazy, low-quality "schools" do qualify for Federal student loans (although, thank God, we're starting to clamp down on that recently), that's a really scary thought. (The only good news so far is that no taxpayer money is being frittered away on this operation -- that's a relief!)

  • Jul 26

    I left floor nursing nearly 8 months ago. But during those years, I simply administered the pain medication as long as the patient was not overly sedated, no allergies to the analgesics were present, and the respiration rate/blood pressure was not too low.

    Perhaps I was defeated, but sometimes all parties come out on top when you take the path of least resistance and give patients what the heck they want (as long as it will not harm or kill 'em to do so).


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