Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

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    I used to do this. Fell asleep in the tub once while studying and had a bizarre dream about bacteriophages.

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    elkpark and Nurse Leigh like this.

    Quote from SouthernBelle85
    It's a problem for the students that aren't great note takers. I never could write fast enough to take good notes.
    I think the problem is people try to write everything down. Notes should be key words and phrases that you can go back and expand upon later.

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    Shoot. I grew up in a house with roaches, mold and sewer problems. Not proud to say that. If that didn't kill me, my work shoes sure as hell won't.

    Quote from TheCommuter
    I don't change out of my work shoes, either. After my 12-hour shifts ended, I'd wear my work shoes throughout the house and never became sick.

    I think society is too germaphobic. Healthcare facilities are actually cleaner and more sanitary than most peoples' homes and businesses. The average community dweller does not deep-clean the house or apartment on a daily basis with industrial strength disinfectants, yet hospital surfaces are deeply cleaned and disinfected every day.

  • 7

    Quote from Emergent
    I work with a gal that always hates the newest hire. Then after 6 months she ends up not having a bad thing to say about them because she now hates an even newer person. She's actually a great person to work with, a hard worker, but this one trait is really not nice, and actually undermines her.
    I work with a gal like that and, boy, did she do her best to make it known that I was not in the Cool Kids Club. Unfortunately for her, I've never been one of the cool kids and it's no big deal to this nerd! I just keep coming back and coming back and coming back...

    Well, in time, my charm, wit and delightful sense of humor (and great singing and dancing abilities) won her over. Then she told me I'm not allowed to go on vacation anymore... because she doesn't like the new substitute nurse. My substitute never wanted to come back again and quit!

    I watched this gal give grief to new aides, nurses, secretaries, social workers... it wasn't just me. When she behaves herself, she's golden, but I cannot figure out what the deal is with her and the newbies! Does she perceive them as a threat? Self-esteem or trust issues? What??!!

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    BabyFood26 and joanna73 like this.

    Quote from Horseshoe
    I always heard it stated as "Pits and slits." :O

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    I do a nice hot bath before work. I may shower after if I've been into gross stuff. Days off, I may skip a shower and just do a quick wash up at the sink (my husband calls it "a whore's bath", lol). I cannot wash my hair everyday with hypothyroidism.

    I've fallen asleep in my scrubs, in the recliner, after work... sooo gross, but no one's died yet.

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    "We care a lot about you people yeah you bet we care a lot,


    Well, its a dirty job but someone's gotta do it!


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    OP, please do not put your career on hold. Get it done. I mean no disrespect, but we just do not know what out future holds. What will happen, if god forbid, your relationship ended? Could you support yourself? My stepson chased his girlfriend all over the country and was counting on her brains and money. They broke up. Guess who is almost 30 and trying to get through school now? He regrets it terribly.

    I also have Hashimoto's. It can be a rather nasty condition, especially when you can't seem to get it under some semblance of control. You can do well but you have to stay on top on your symptoms and practice strict medication compliance. I was depressed from my divorce and let myself go. My TSH hit 30 in nursing school and, yes, I was a zombie! Got made fun of and everything. I got myself to the doctor and pulled myself together and carried on. You can do it, I promise!

    Take care.

  • 4

    Quote from Emergent
    My psyche rotation instructor was also nuts. I sometimes wonder if most folks specializing in psyche tend to have mental health issues themselves. It seems that way.
    Everyone I work with in psych are just fine. I have to defend my people, lol! They come from many different backgrounds: medsurg, tele, ICU, ER, LTC, etc. They're in psych because, like a lot of nurses, they like to try their hand in different specialties. I'm not sure why they're suddenly considered "nuts" because they work psych. Maybe because psych is a whole different ballgame and it seems foreign. Psych nurses are not mostly nuts any more than bariatric nurses are mostly fat. On that note, I only met one nurse who became a nurse because of her own issues. She didn't last because she had crappy boundaries.

    I will say OP's instructor sounds over-the-top, but there may be good reasons for what she dictates. If you you've ever had the side of your head forcefully smacked by a patient, you'll be glad you didn't have stud earrings. I've had patients freak out over my red hair. You don't know what's going to set them off. Besides, it's better to just go with the flow in clinical. It'll be over soon enough.

    As for the microwave, OP needs to figure out how to think outside the box and let the petty stuff go.

  • 7
    dishes, NursesRmofun, cocoa_puff, and 4 others like this.

    Hannah, it's rough. Keep coming back and continue to "bust our ass" for your residents. They need someone who'll work hard for them. Too many CNA's don't give a flying fling. Your reward is your paycheck and knowing you provided excellent care.

    The more you come back and face all the challenges, the tougher you'll make yourself. You'll also gain more experience, become more savvy and even find the quality of your work will improve while you don't "bust your ass" so much. You'll learn to work smarter not harder.

    Back when Jesus was a baby, my old hardened instructor told us straight out, "If you are waiting for someone to pat your back, you'll be disappointed. You'll have to pat your own back". She also told us we had to develop a "thick skin" and let things roll off us like water on a duck's back. She was right.

    If you haven't experienced a lot of rudeness, disrespect or coldness before then it's now your turn in life to know it exists and learn to rise above it. I experienced my share early on in life so I ended up being a tougher cookie early in the game... but that was me.

    Please take your dinner break. The work will still be there when you come back. Being a CNA is hard physical work and you need fuel. We're human and need to eat and pee too.

    Hang in there.

  • 9

    nursingforme2, I don't know how old you are, but you sound young. I do not say this to be rude. I say this because I suspect that you are at an age where your friends are super important and fitting in matters. At some point, friends move on and fitting in isn't something you worry about too much anymore. Some of our friends are meant to be forever and some are not.

    Your friend is giving you clues that she is moving on. If you try to keep her by your side, you'll push her farther away. Ask her what's going on, but only ask her once. If you get an answer, accept it graciously and let it be. Give yourself a little time to be sad or mad about it and then put all that energy into your studies.

    ... and all this makes me glad I'm an old fart and these types of experiences and feelings are behind me... waaaaaaay behind me!

    Chin up, this will pass.

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    Rexie, Neats, Surprised1, and 4 others like 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.

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    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.

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    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.