Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

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  • 1
    VivaLasViejas likes this.

    I recently took a "stay-cation"... meaning I took a week off of work and just stayed home. I was getting too edgy at work because I was wore out from the manipulation attempts, histrionics, ridiculous demands and blatant disrespect that is the norm in psych. It was like my ability to compartmentalize and my thick skin were being wore down. I didn't care if I went anywhere! I just knew I needed a break.

    I deep cleaned and organized my house so it was comfy and pleasant. I sewed, I crocheted, I walked the nature path, I drew, I wrote little stories and just enjoyed my patio and pretty garden. Maybe not exciting, but these activities were so enjoyable, I felt like a human again. No one screaming, crying or calling me-- or hearing anyone else called-- a "b". It was lovely.

    I'm taking more time off soon and I cannot wait.

  • 2
    Mia415 and Here.I.Stand like this.

    Quote from nurseredd
    Thank you all so much for your responses As the charge nurse I do have the authority to discipline & write the CNA up, which I will be doing tomorrow when I see her. Additionally, state BON responded, of course stating CNA's can most certainly change leg bag to bedside bag.

    I'm curious to hear how she responds. She can't argue with the BON. Will you give us an update?

  • 5

    Quote from Alicee
    I've seen a lot of nurses who obviously hate their jobs and are extremely rude to patients, so in my opinion I feel like you do need to have some sort of passion or motivation for doing it.
    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.

  • 0

    Quote from thewhitechickoj
    I once had the RCM of my unit come to me and flat out say, "They (the floor nurses) will just have to live with the fact that their orthos don't get done." This was a day that we had only two aides instead of our usual four and we were being bombarded by admits (who are all technically 2-person transfers until PT evaluates them the next day.)
    What's an RCM?

    Not sure what to think. I understand your unit was bombarded with admissions, but it if was crazy busy for the aides, I can assure you it was for the nurses as well. So, because the aides are "too busy", the nurses have to "deal with it" and take that on as well? The nurses aren't going to let the orthos not get done. They're ordered for a reason.

    What happens is that the nurses (who have far more responsibilities with all these admissions than the aides do) now have to figure out how to get it all done... on top of everything thing else. How about instead of "they will just have to live with it", everybody just work harder together to get it all done? Even better, why the hell can't a unit just be staffed properly?

    We all have days where it seems impossible, but we all have to figure out how it's all going to get done. We need to be respectful of everyone's time. Nurses who dump anything they can on the aides suck, but so do aides who do the same to nurses.

  • 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.

  • 0

    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.

  • 1
    LadyFree28 likes this.

    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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