Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

Hygiene Queen, RN (19,134 Views) Guide

Joined Sep 13, '07. Posts: 2,277 (72% Liked) Likes: 7,497

Sorted By Last Comment (Past 5 Years)
  • 1
    LupieNurse likes this.

    Quote from dream'n
    I so want one of those individualized guided imagery tapes. Where did you get it, if you don't mind sharing.
    You can find a ton of them on YouTube!

  • 17
    SmilingBluEyes, OCNRN63, morte, and 14 others like this.

    Quote from HeartRNtoREV
    If you think that nursing is just a job....get out.
    Sorry, but I'm staying.

  • 2
    WinterLilac and heron like this.

    Quote from Lev <3
    This poster likes to stir up trouble FYI.
    Yeah, I was trying to sit on my hands and not reply at all... then Heron answered with some fine emoticons... which was funny because I was restraining myself from using the poop emoticon...
    Nope... not even worthy of a poop emoticon.

  • 4
    Here.I.Stand, WinterLilac, Lev <3, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from Pythinia
    That's a lot of descriptive words you use on a patient... to deal with the immature, ignorant,abusive, manipulative, controlling, unstable bipolar,angry, and the never ending parade of nut jobs!

    Why don't you find another vocation?
    Are you even a nurse?

  • 9

    I deal with these types of folks from time to time (gero psych). They are extremely exhausting, and the only thing gets me through a shift is knowing that this patient cannot stay inpatient forever. My time dealing with them is limited... except when nobody wants to accept the patient (shocker!!!) to their living facility... ugh! I always felt sorry for the staff that had to deal with them long term. I remember having some lu-lus in LTC, but your resident (former resident!!!) wins the prize.

    Do not feel guilty for feeling less than compassionate. This type of person feeds off of sucking others dry. They want to see you miserable because they are miserable... but we already know this. I just want you to stop feeling guilty! Let yourself enjoy that fact that she is gone! Yes, she's somebody else's problem now, but with her noncompliance, she may do everyone a favor and bow out early... which is probably what she really wants, if you get down to it.

    I'm glad she's gone... you deserve a break! Take care.

  • 5

    Quote from jadelpn
    You can't put flowers in a butt and call it a vase.

  • 28

    I work geri-psych.

    Listen to report.
    Pull my meds.
    Check my labs, orders and vitals (MHA's do VS)
    Try to skim the chart as I f/u on wonky labs and VS.
    Get interrupted constantly.
    Do my med pass and assess my patients as I go.
    Get interrupted constantly.
    Try to verbally redirect, then distract my agitated geros.
    Play whack-a-mole as all my high fall risk geros try to get up and "walk" at the same time.
    Redirect my geros who are banging on the exit doors, because they "have to go home and feed the baby".
    Break down and prepare the Haldol, as quickly as possible, because staff are trying not to get kicked in the face or nads.
    Get interrupted constantly because my noncompliant diabetic is in my face, demanding chips now, and doesn't care I'm bookin' it with a syringe in my hand, while staff is trying to hold down an 88 year-old man who thinks he's Bruce Lee.
    Check my orders and find the psychiatrist wants my patient to have ECT tomorrow... no labs, EKG or x-rays done. Crap.
    Try to get all of it done in half a shift while constantly being interrupted.
    Take my patient to the toilet because all of the MHA's have disappeared somewhere.
    Stop everything because a patient has chest pain and crummy VS.
    Deal with a medical emergency.
    Get an admit.
    Deal with constipation... though not my own.
    Try to be therapeutic in my interactions with my walkie-talkies, while my butt-hole is in a pucker because I'm one noodle away from drowning.
    Med pass again and visiting time.
    Deal with the visitor that is absolutely crazy. She is demanding Mom be put on this antibiotic that she read about on WebMD, instead of the one Mom is on. I come close to asking her is she has a lab at home and has run the culture on the urine herself, but I contain myself.
    Try, again, to get dementia patients to take their meds. I promise them it's not poison.
    Find poop on my WOW.
    Play with the phone as I finish up coordinating the ECT, check on my chest pain patient in ER and watch my Haldol patient wind back up again.
    Get interrupted for a warm blanket by a patient who has decided to walk past the MHA in the hallway and ask the nurse allllllllll the way over here at the nurse's station with a phone in her ear.
    It's bedtime, but the patients do not sleep. They are milling around in the dark. It looks like Night of the Living Dead.
    Make an old lady put her clothes back on.
    Give report and run like hell.

  • 3
    Sylvie864, Txldy, and beckysue920 like this.

    Quote from TheCommuter
    There's no escaping poop in psych...
    Ain't that the truth.
    I once grabbed my WOW only to find it frosted with a mighty coating of poop

  • 15
    abbnurse, Cee_Cee, DahliaDaisy, and 12 others like this.

    I met my first husband at work. You never would have known we were dating. In fact, there was one nurse who was gung-ho to hook us up... but we were already dating
    I was an aide and he was maintenance... unfortunately, about 12 years later, I caught him doing maintenance on the neighbor lady, sooooo......

  • 15

    Quote from KelRN215
    She rolled her eyes at me and said "I'm not lifting anyone today."
    So much for being "the backbone of nursing"!

  • 0

    It's not like that everywhere. There are some decent-- and even some very good LTC's. You just have to find them.
    Try to hang in there a bit and get some experience and move on to greener pastures.
    Don't forget your experiences there. Even if the experience was negative, it's valuable. You'll learn what not to do, how not to behave and how not to treat your patients and coworkers.
    Also, this is a time to thicken your skin. When I worked in a dump, I was going to be damned if anyone was going to see me bothered. You will find yourself in many tough situations and you gotta keep it together.
    Start looking for another job and do your best until you get one.
    Unfortunately, the culture of your job is already set and you are no position to change it.
    There is nothing for you there.
    I've been in your shoes, as have many of us.
    Good luck!

  • 49

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    Actually, nurses are the backbone of nursing.
    That's why it's called nursing.

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    We are social workers,housekeeping, play parents,clerks,security you name it we do it.
    Join the club.

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    But this day really made me realize "Am I needed?"
    No. Nurses can do your job.
    In fact, your job is a small part of the nurse's job.

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    "What are you doing to my patient? Shouldn't you be checking the trash? Aren't you housekeeping?" She yells loudly across the room. Embarrassed is an understatement of what I felt.
    The nurse made a mistake. She thought you were housekeeping. I'd be freaked out too, if I thought a housekeeper was handling the babies.
    Hopefully, she apologized when she realized she had jumped the gun.

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    As soon as I was about to defend myself our patient stops breathing and a code blue is called. All of a sudden she knew my occupation. Wow what a miraculous turn out I thought in my sarcastic voice. Long story short my patient lived and his parents said they were thankful I was there to help regardless of my occupation.

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    All I could do is laugh.
    Phew! You showed her...

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    But also respect comes a long way, at the end of the day we are all a team and we should treat each other with respect regardless of our job title or degree.
    Yes, it does.
    Yes, we are.
    We will if you will... it's a two way street.

    Quote from AspiringNurse23
    So nurses give your CNA"s love and let them know they are people too. : )
    I 99.9% of the time do... but for some reason, your post kinda/sorta frosted my nuts.
    I think it's crappy when someone takes such a pleasure in showing someone up...... and then at the expense of a baby coding.

    Your post came across as self-important, entitled and disrespectful.

  • 1
    Scarlettz likes this.

    Quote from Scarlettz
    Yes lol! I don't mind giving IV medications but I hate starting IVs. It is certainly not my strong suit. I have been in med-surg for a little over 2 years and probably only started less than 20 IVs successfully.
    Many of the psych nurses are not great at starting IV's, especially on the units that rarely start them.
    Many of those nurses have only psych experience, so it is not unusual that they may need to find another nurse (usually with prior medical floor experience) to help them out.
    We don't judge because we know it's something many don't do often at all or haven't done in awhile.
    I know I'm not always successful and may need to ask for help.
    Don't let it keep you from considering psych.
    If you hate IV's, consider a lower acuity adult unit and avoid gero.
    Good luck

  • 1
    Scarlettz likes this.

    Like Davy Do said, there are IV's on gero... so much dehydration!
    We will do them on our other units too, but rarely.
    I know, in spite of our best efforts to get our old folks to drink, that I will be cringing as I look at my labs because I will have to start an IV on the most combative patient on the unit... good times!
    Sometimes, we have to get a 1:1 sitter if we start an IV... it depends.
    Are you worried about working with IV's?

  • 1
    SubSippi likes this.

    Elderly daycare.
    Little to no stress.
    I love it and it's fun...
    Wish I could do it full time!!