Hygiene Queen, RN Guide 23,631 Views
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I've lost almost 40 lbs. since my husband died in July. Not only did my appetite diminish, so did my stomach capacity. It takes only a little food to satisfy me. I eat whatever I want, but I haven't had soda (not even diet) in months and I make better food choices most of the time. I don't eat much sweets anymore either. I think that has a lot to do with the weight loss. I don't recommend losing a spouse as a way to shed pounds, but I might as well take advantage of it and go with the flow.
Lol my dad always calls me nurse ratchet...
Wow I can't tell y'all how much your responses have helped me gain clarity on this issue. I had to recover one of his surgical patients today and he kept his contact with me at an absolute bare minimal level... which is fine with me as long as we take care of the patient. My unit manager and charge nurses are aware of this and have witnessed some of his comments to me and they have my back and a few people have made comments to him about easing up. I'm prepared for him and his antics now and the last time he yelled at me I stood my ground. Another physician overhead the exchange and told me later "Great job! Keep standing your ground with him. Stay professional but stay strong. If he doesn't stop, write him up!" This from a physician who gives very few compliments. Made my day and helped me feel validated and confident. So today was a great day. Everyone e kept their cool and the patient was safe. That's a win anyway. Here's to hoping the trend continues.
I work 2nd shift in long term care.
My hallmate and I make a real effort to give the best care possible. We have a difficult group. There are 21 residents between the 2 of us with the major majority being total care or 2 assist &/or light riders.
Two of my hall mates recently left for other positions on different units because of the work load.
I spoke to my nurse the other night about feeling overwhelemed and concerned the residents weren't getting the needed/deserved care.
she admitted she knew its a tough group. She then threatened to write me up if I couldn't keep up with the work load! This was a nurse I worked well with and trusted to listen to my concerns.
Now, I don't want to go into work because I feel no matter how hard I try, it won't be good enough. I'm feeling like I won't give 100% any more. No more LITERALLY running from room to room instead of walk...just answer the call lights (same ones every 10 minutes) in "less than 5 minutes" and if the total cares go without changes for 5 hours and others are still up in their chairs at 10pm....at least the call lights are answered and I repositioned everyone who needed to be every 2 hours...
NEVER in my 20+ years of being a CNA have I felt SO frustrated and stressed in my job...and I have NEVER dreaded going into work like I do now.
Just needed to vent because noone else will listen.
I'll run errands in my scrubs. I don't wear my ID badge, so no one knows I'm a nurse and therefore I don't get pestered with questions.
Until the hospital provides me with a secured, changing room with my own full size private locker I will continue wearing scrubs everywhere after and before work.
Symbol of subservience to doctors?? Really? Where the heck did that come from? I went to nursing school...yes, a 3 year TRAINING program, that put out some of the best prepared and ready to perform nurses around. The cap was a symbol of accomplishment....the stripe according to the color depicted the years of training you had completed and finally the black strip indicated that you had graduated and were now a fully trained and prepared RN. So, under no circumstances did I or any of my classmates ever think the cap was a symbol of subservience. That being said, wearing a cap has mostly gone by the wayside. They are not easily cleaned and can carry disgusting stuff, and they also get in the way, particularly in a busy ICU or ER...bumping on equipment. Still, I loved the cap and the whites. Some of the outfits I see on new young nurses are very unprofessional and disturbing (low cut scrub pants with string bikini showing over top of them) and skin tight scrubs...just to name a few. What profession are those young women really in?? And the men whose crackage shows when they bend over to do something. Clean, crisp, bright and well fitting scrubs are the best. It is so important to all of us, young or old, to project a professional image.
A long time ago, I started my first ever job as a CNA. This nursing home was a hell hole. I sucked it up for about two weeks before I quit.
Anyway, the aides were a bunch of older men and women who were absolute losers. They were, maybe, late 20's to early 40's. I was 17. You'd think they'd show some maturity, but nooo. The crap started to fly when a resident complimented me and this was overheard by the aides. Oh my god, you'd think being complimented would be a fantastic thing... not to these yahoos. I was immediately taunted, "Ooooh... you're sooooo nice... isn't she just sooooo perfect!" Blah blah blah.
Then as I was walking down the hallway, there they all were, waiting for me to pass. They were actually lined up on each side and blew straw wrappers in my face when I walked through! I couldn't believe it! Another time, they all gathered about to watch Tim the Lead Aide offer me a piece of chocolate cake that he had brought from the soiled utility room!!! Yes, I'm confident to this day that there was poop in that cake. When I told him I wasn't stupid, you better believe I was mocked some more.
I also had my purse stolen the first day was there-- but that wasn't bullying. That was just a thief.
I have never, in any job anywhere, ever experienced anything like that before or since. I believe it's truly rare. Thank the Lord.
My experience on bullying both as a recipient when I was new and now as an observer on the side is that on my ward the bullies identify themselves as fiercely protective of our patients.
The culture of my ward is set that our patients have always received top notch intelligent, timely and life saving care and if you as a new grad can't make the cut and demonstrate that you make sharp observations and can critically think, you will be hounded (watched very closely and questioned) because you aren't trusted to keep the patients safe. Students/new grads that can demonstrate that if they aren't sure if something they will ask someone is trusted to work on our ward and not expected to know everything. Is it extreme? Oh yeah. Our ward DOES get recognized for above average care and good numbers in quality audits, but we are also known as one of the worst for 'eating the Young' and other wards, like PACU and other hospitals sending us patients, know as as the overly aggressive report takers because we ask lots of specific questions.
My own experience with being bullied is that I didn't recognize an anti seizure medication by its official name since we all call it by trade name on the floor. When I told the nurse orienting me that I needed to look it up before I gave it she said "really!?!? You've been a student and new grad on this ward for HOW long and you need to look it up!??" When I did and saw that it was a drug I had given regularly and new the side effects and risks for and said "oh! It's Tegretol" she stopped staring at me like I was the dumbest thing and carried on with her lesson (which was actually an excellent one that I still use today about nursing like a waitress. Never enter or exit a room empty handed)
One girl that I work with (in her 30s) wears a scrub dress and stockings about once a year, just for fun. I've never seen someone wear the "old garb" non-ironically, but then again I've 'only' been a nurse during this millennium
Every May for nurses' day .Attachment 23212.
The cap is mine. The Cape vintage.
I still have whites, including my cap, although I've worked in psych nearly all of my career, so I've been wearing street clothes. I've never heard anyone seriously suggest that the cap is a symbol of "subservience to doctors." I worked for several years as a hospital surveyor for my state and CMS, and, in nearly every hospital we surveyed, I would see at least one nurse still wearing "real" whites (not scrubs) with white hose and cap. The hospital at which I currently work has one nurse who does. On the occasions over my career in which I've worked in a uniform rather than street clothes, I've always worn "real" whites and my cap. I would do so now, if I worked in a uniform rather than street clothes.
My coworkers (that are not nurses) tell me I look intimidating in this, lol. Not sure why.
Just move on.
Woah! It was LOCKED?!! Was it at night?
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