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  • May 24

    It's "wildly inappropriate" to ask a coworker how many patients they have? That's news to me!

  • May 24

    There's plenty of posts on here where we talk about a typical day for a cath lab nurse...but I will just say this: it is not an appropriate place for a new nurse.

    You will be running the balloon pump, titrating drips, managing a crashing pt, getting sterile supplies, circulating, planning, anticipating ... ALL at 2am.

    If you find a hospital that allows new nurses (note, I did not say new grads.) then it's an unsafe lab that is setting you up for failure.
    Most nurses have several years of either ER exp or ICU exp prior to coming to the lab.

    I worked with a girl with only tele exp (10 yrs) and she failed miserably. You really gotta be exceptionally comfortable in your own nursing skin, be able to intellectually interact with Drs, and be able to multi task like nothing else.
    And wear a ton of lead all day.
    And give your life away to call.

    The cath lab is great! But not appropriate for newer nurses...

  • May 24

    Welcome to the exciting, cool world of Radiology Nursing!
    I worked in it for 21 yr.
    Have been exclusively Cardiology now for 11yr (but still in a procedure area).

    Yes, getting your CRN would be wise.
    Attend local ARIN meetings, if there is a chapter in your area.
    Create and maintain your SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).
    Have a written plan for orienting new employees, with a check-off list for skills (one for them and possibly that you copy to keep for you).
    Recognize that orienting someone to Radiology takes time -- time to be exposed to the many procedures and department needs, and time for new hires to adjust to this VERY different area.
    We still use our nursing skills -- some moreso! -- in Radiology. We see this area with a nurse's eyes and think of procedures with a nurses's perspective and brain.
    I hope you have good Radiologist support!

    Good luck to you!

  • May 24

    We take ours down to sterile processing. They lay the lead on these racks and put them in a huge dishwasher looking thing, it's where they sterilize the stainless cases for instruments used in the OR. We take it on Friday and Monday it's clean and dry and smells so much better!

  • May 24

    Bottom line is, how can a non-nurse fully evaluate you in terms of NURSING skills/judgment/functioning?
    Yes he can evaluate how you perform the tasks to the department's standards and satisfaction but as far as NURSING is concerned?
    At the very least, the evaluation would need to be reviewed by the DON or some other RN.
    I know this is a sticky issue for many departments.
    Will have to do some research on this for more info.

  • May 24

    OMG, yes, this happens all the time and drives me crazy! Kids coming in with parents or others inhalers, yes, because the parent is qualified to diagnose and prescribe someone else's inhaler!! I always call them out on it, and tell them how dangerous it is, but usually I am told the same thing "mid you business".....YES this is my business when YOUR child cannot breath at MY school!

    {{{BIG WALL...HEAD BANG}}}

  • May 24

    Why? Workplace harassment is wrong and turning a blind eye allows abuse to continue. If the employees before me had spoken up and resisted the intimidation (and their were several) then maybe this wouldn't have happened to me. maybe wont happen to you in your career..
    what happened to nurses standing together?

  • May 24

    Why waste your time and energy? If you need income devote your efforts to getting a new job.

  • May 24

    chronic blood letting I call a period each month for many of us ......

  • May 24

    Thanks for a very sobering post. The fallout from being reported to the BON and/or terminated has huge repercussions. For me, as it seems for you, the emotional toll it takes on a practitioner is unbelievable. Providers who make mistakes are often the second victim. And for those of you who still sit on your high horse (as I once did), it CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! No one is bulletproof.

    I've been sued and a claim was paid out on my behalf because of an error I made.

    I wish the students and new APNs could understand that though we are paid well, have great benefits and respect, that when push comes to shove, you WILL stand alone.

  • May 14

    It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

  • May 14

    "Keep 'em alive until seven-o-five."

  • May 13

    "The only thing that works is that medicine that starts with a 'D'."

  • May 13

    We are traveling and Grandma stopped talking 2 hours ago.

  • May 13

    Work smarter not harder


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