Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

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  • 1
    TheCommuter likes this.

    I do it because I can work part-time and have healthcare benefits. If this were not the case, I would not be there. Part-time left me time to take on a ridiculously easy nursing side job so that I get to make more money with no stress. I make decent money all together.

    I became a nurse for the money. I loved being a CNA, but I had a practically free education handed to me on a platter and a chance to make better money, so I wasn't going to pass it up... though sometimes I feel I sold my soul to the devil.

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    I work inpatient psych. We have an admissions nurse who floats around the hospital doing admissions. When we need her, we give her a call-- especially if it's going to be complicated and time-consuming. If she isn't already tied up with several admits, she'll do them. If not, we thank her anyway and do it ourselves. Sometimes, if our team is light and the admit is an easy one, we won't call her so we don't over-stress her... because we love her.

    She is a wonderful person and we are so grateful to have her. When we aren't having admits, she comes into the units and spends time interacting with the patients. She is a phenomenal worker with a big heart and a dash of spice. She is gold and we always let her know it.

    I know what it's like to have a heavy assignment and have to take a difficult admit, and I know we are so blessed to have this service that so many nurse don't. Yes, indeed, she is golden and her work ethic and personality is a bonus.

  • 13
    liebling5, SHGR, BeenThere2012, and 10 others like this.

    I remember a nurse I liked so much. She passed away several years ago and I was sorry I did not hear of it at the time. Totally would have went to her funeral. She was also trained by nuns and still wore a uniform dress and cap. She was hilarious, but also skittish. I remember her catch phrase was "Jesus! Mary! Joseph!" when she was startled, like the time she shattered a glass suction jar full of thick nasty crap all over the floor. She was so nervous that it was a common sight to see her clutching her chest in fear over something or another.

    She had such a great sense of humor and was a funny lady. She had amusing stories about caring for a few celebrities in days past. She would puff away on her Virginia Slims and cackle. Interestingly, when she passed it was as a resident in the nursing home she had worked in and was cared for by her (and my) former coworkers. I'm sure she was treated like gold.

    Loved that woman and I regret not to have kept in touch.

  • 4
    JustMe54, sevensonnets, SC_RNDude, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from djamies
    Actually, I am a nurse - for 18 years. I hate care plans, too, and generally believe they are as helpful as they have ever been. However, we are being told that the "pt/family long/short term goal" is going to be automatically added on every patient, and my principal trainer told us that there is not a list of goals because TJC requires it to be the patient's/family's statement. The thing is I need to train the RN's the way we should do things, not the real world way, you know what I mean?
    This is the frustrating part. Everyone knows it's bogus!

  • 14
    MaxAttack, Altra, Maritimer, and 11 others like this.

    I hate those care plans so much. So, we're supposed to create a care plan on the patient's goal, and this gets to be ridiculous in Psych.

    "So, Bob, what's your goal?"
    "To get the hell out of here, you dumbass!"

    "Mary, I'd like to ask you what your goal is."
    "I know you're in cahoots with the KGB. I'm not giving anything up."

    Here's a special one for Geropsych:

    "Ok, Joe. What's your goal?"
    "Have you seen Mother?"
    "Ok then, Junior. Can you tell me what your goals are for Joe?"
    "To get better."
    "Yes. Of course."
    "I want him back to the way he was before all this happened."
    "I see he has dementia..."
    "Yeah, I'd like him to get his memory back."

    So, now I put these patient/family goals into the care plan and we are supposed to chart under these. Thanks to Whoever-Started-This-Mess that decided to hyper-focus on using "the patient's own words" [insert unicorns and rainbows here], we are now charting under these bizarre "goals". Yes, I'm charting about suicidal ideation on the care plan for "Risk for Suicide" under the patient's stated goal of "To get the hell out of here."

    On my more ornery shifts, I almost hope for the most ludicrous response to this question. I think the best answer I ever got was "none of your business, sweetheart", which was given to me by the world's crankiest, crispiest old lady

    On some patients, yes, I can work with them and pull out a reasonable goal... most of them? Not really and I don't really try anymore.

    The only time I look at the care plan is when I have to set it up with a new admission or when I have to chart through the care plan. No, I do not update it. I do not care. It is a sham. The only people who care are the people who are paid to make things look good on paper for Joint Commission.

    This is how I really feel.

  • 14

    Quote from Sagegrr
    When I was in my nursing program, we actually had a nurse yell at a student to move out of her chair and computer. There was at least five other computers open.
    Maybe the nurse shouldn't have yelled, but if she was already logged into that computer, I can see where she may have been frustrated. Our computers can be slower than dirt and trying to get logged back in elsewhere can be infuriating. Also, I'd say if she actually works there, she gets dibs on which computer she wants.

  • 6

    Quote from mrs.hood
    Well multiple times that day she was heard stating , "If a resident hits me, I'll hit them back because I don't play."... I didn't think much of this at first, she didn't sound serious to me.

    A few hours later I got called into the DONs office. Another nurse reported that she heard the orientee saying this and that I heard it to. When I asked, I stated yes I didn't hear her say it.
    I'm sorry, but I'm confused. Did you hear the orientee saying this or not?

    If you heard it, you needed to tell her to cool it and report her. I worked in an LTC where if somebody even so much as joked about popping a resident in the nose, they were gone.

    I would say that if this orientee was so casual in their inappropriate commentary (and in front of their new coworkers! We usually try to impress our new coworkers, don't we?) then this is a person who would likely do something abusive. They displayed no restraint. If you had reacted with any agreement to what they were saying... wow, that person would have been off like a rocket. They obviously see nothing wrong with what they were saying and, to me, that is scary.

    As for advice, like I said, you need to report stuff like this. If you heard it and said nothing, you are guilty for allowing a potentially abusive person into the lives of very vulnerable people. I would work on developing common sense and a backbone.

  • 0

    I also have hypothyroidism. I use Dove, Olay or Caress. I prefer bars over body wash because I love the texture of a nice beauty bar! I also apply pure coconut oil to my skin after my bath or shower, which is awesome. A (very) wee dollop of the coconut oil to the hair also helps with the dry brittleness.

  • 23

    I think I'm at most most attractive, as a nurse, when I have a poop smear on my knee from catching a naked and confused gero mid-fall. I cannot tell you how many handsome doctors have wanted to swoop me up and carry me off to the linen closet because of this.

    I'm also tired of fighting off men who think I'm a cheap date just because I wear TED hose.

    Nursing can be too sexy for it's own good.

  • 21

    That must have been a terrible shift to have compelled you to do that. I hurt for you because I know I have been in the position of being berated constantly by patients. After awhile, you do feel like you are going to lose your mind. You will want to do anything just to get them to shut up!

    May I ask how they found out you gave the patient Benadryl without an order? Did you try to get an order afterward to get the doc to cover?

    It sounds like you snapped and threw your give-a-damns to the wind.

    At least you're not trying to justify it with a million excuses... and I sure as hell hope we don't get a bunch of holier-than-thous coming on here and beating you up... you've been punished enough.

  • 0

    Quote from Fura
    Yes ma'am. I did clarify.
    Thank goodness, because I know we have gotten nurses on here before asking questions of us on the internet instead of asking their coworkers

    I would have asked the resident if "continue the present antibiotics until confirmation for meropenem is available" could be put in as a written order, either by himself or by you. That would help cover your butt.

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    TDub and Cream and sugar LPN like this.

    Quote from needlesmcgeeRN
    Years ago I worked in a LTCF. One morning as I was getting ready for work, I had a thought cross my mind out of nowhere: Mr. Smith died. When I got to work that morning, I found out that Mr. Smith had died. Not a ghost story, maybe...but it still gave me a chill.

    I did private duty for a lady who was a hoot. I loved taking care of her! Anyway, after tucking her into bed after our usual night together, I gave her peck on the forehead and said, "Goodbye, Marie". Her daughter gave me an odd look, but gave me a quick hug and I headed home.

    That night, I awoke from a sound sleep around 1:00 am and very abruptly thought, "Marie's in a better place now." Then I thought, "That was a weird!" I wondered for a moment, thought, "naaah" and after thinking about Marie for a bit, went back to sleep.

    The next day, Marie's daughter called me to tell me Marie had passed away. I was flabbergasted as it was unexpected. I told the daughter how I had woken up, the time and my thought. Yep... she died around 1:00am. We both had chills!

    Her daughter then told me, "You realize you said 'goodbye' to Mom instead of 'goodnight' last night". It was true and that's why she gave me that funny look! I had never said "goodbye" before.

    The only thing I can honestly figure is that with all my prior experience in taking care of the elderly and dying, somewhere in the dark recesses of my brain, I picked up something very subtle. I think that makes more sense than to think Marie would reach out to me, but who knows?

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    Work hard now, play later.

    Your friends are being ignorant.

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    What did you do? Because I'm assuming you pursued some course of action before asking your question here. I'm assuming you are looking for some feedback on what you already did. I refuse to believe you are coming here to ask what you should do, because if that's the case, you're wrong already.

    Whenever I get an order that is unclear, I may run it past another nurse just to see if I'm not being flighty and misunderstanding something. No matter what, I'm calling the doc before I do anything. That's what you're taught to do. Sometimes doctors make mistakes, such as (in your case) possibly forgetting the metronidazole was already d/c'd or poorly wording the order or giving an incomplete order. But you must clarify with the doctor.

    Going to the internet for answers is always the wrong answer.

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    Mommavik, MrNurse(x2), lkirk87, and 5 others like this.

    Quote from Flare
    I've noticed that the things that people want to nitpick are the little things like, well, nits. People usually don't question my judgement during something big like a seizure or a kid that's climbing the walls with pain due to a fracture.
    This is how I've been feeling lately. In fact I told my boss, "It's ridiculous! If someone is having a life-threatening emergency, oh! We run to the nurse and trust her judgement... yet my judgement is questioned over a trivial non-issue like whether or not a client can have cake?!"

    How does that work?

    I'm sorry. I'm not a school nurse, but there aren't any other elder daycare nurse peeps here We do have some similarities, so I have to crash your board once in a while.