armyicurn, BSN 4,662 Views
HI, got questions? Just ask. :)
He was dead when you started. You did not fail him, CPR wasn't enough to restart his heart. While you are curious; the why is irrelevant. The family may not consent to an autopsy depending on his history.
You saw a problem and you tried to help. You FIRST asked if 911 was called which was the most important step as clearly he needed more than CPR.
Since this was not a professional relationship but Good Samaritan watch for the obituary to be posted. If the services are public, feel free to seek closure by offering your condolences to the family. Don't say I'm sorry my CPR didn't work it's likely the aunt & grandmother will identify & introduce you. Without knowing the history, it's likely the parents will be thankful you tried to help.
If the services are private, then you can send your condolences via the funeral home. Tell the funeral director that if the parents wish to contact you they may this way it's on the parents terms not your need for closure. I've seen traumatic pediatric deaths go both ways. Open/public services and closed/private services. It's impossible to predict.
I would definitely think about changing your practice. It doesn't take long to got to the Pyxis for a med once patient asks for it. Carrying it around in your pocket is just asking for trouble. You could lose it, you could accidentally take it home, someone could see you pocket it and report it, etc, etc.
Our policy here (and I believe this comes from state regulation) is that controlled meds have to be given within 30 minutes of being pulled.
Nope. That's not accurate. Under chapter 760 a former employer has to be asked the specific question " how did she quit" for that employer to legally disclose that specific information. Florida job reference law is very strict and any employee had the right to file a civil suit if they feel this right is violated. It's very tricky and most employers will not take the chance to bad mouth or disclose specific negative information. Civil suits are a liability to any employer. Have you been in management and given bad references? There are absolutely consequences.
Lol. This is so tacky, yet hilarious to me!
Did I mention that I also work from home?
After 6 wks of on site orientation IT came out to my house and set me up with all the necessary equipment to do my job. And because high speed internet is essential for me to work, they reimburse me the cost every month.
On my lunch hour (a FULL hour) I can prepare my meals in my own kitchen, sit in my spa - or even take a nap if I want to.
Plus, it is the shortest commute I've ever had.
I have to agree with Nurse Beth - why not look into telephone triage nursing? Some places will even allow you to work from home.
I medically retired in 2004 after working as an ICU RN for ten years. I had become gravely ill with SLE and didn't expect to live: I did.
At the end of 2013 I recovered enough to return to work in the right environment, however I was faced with the daunting task of finding employment after nearly 10 years on SSI medical disability. It was frightening, and my prospects seemed dismal after such a long hiatus. Medical disability wasn't exactly a glowing reference I could use on my resume.
SSI recipients had a work vocational program option available supposedly designed to assist prospective annuitants in re-entry to the work force - I'm am sorry say that was not the case. After expending much energy on that, I discovered it would be of no help at all. I had to do it all on my own.
I was a retired federal employee, but not a veteran. The nurse recruiter of the VA hospital I retired from acidly told me they were under no obligation to assist me with returning to work: she said I held no special privileges any other nonemployee had (I figured that since I also drew federal retirement benefits they would rather pay me to work, rather than pay me not to work. Not the case).
I struck gold with a telephone triage gig. I returned to work full time March 2014, and after 9 months of steady employment I applied to withdraw from collecting SSI. I have been working full time ever since.
I can honestly say it is the best nursing job I ever had, and I work from home. No one ever asked me why I had been out of nursing for 10 years in my interviews. My boss is awesome, and my coworkers are amazing. I love what I do, and I discovered I'm good at it: bonus! The pay is comparable to a floor nursing job.
If you've never considered it I urge you to look into it now. Your age really isn't a deterrent to being hired - your past work experience will speak for itself.
Good luck in your job hunting quest, and I hope your wife's health steadily strengthens.
Check out insurance companies. I was hired by an ins company at the age of 63.
Learn from this. Carry it - hide it, never take it out of the pocket, or leave it at your locker. What's there to think about?
I carry mine on vibrate, it has a pedometer app.
I'd have lost my job because if ANYONE, including doctors, called me or anyone I worked with "monkeys" I'd have gone ape-sh*t on his a$$. The last time a doctor was anywhere near that inappropriate I has his butt pulled into the Chief of Staff's office and his privileges were suspended for 10 days.
You didn't hear it from me, but the nurse was pretty much told she would be fired if she considered legal action.
Typical of management. never sticking up for a good employee.
I workes on a vascular access team and one of our previous CNO's said any monkey can start an IV then cut our staff................I was one of the cuts. It was really hurtful. I was an LPN at the time went back to school and got my RN now working back on the same team. ( all those in charge at the time are no longer there) no not "monkey" can start an IV. It does take talent and skill plus we do mote than that.
Out of respect for yourself and the rest of the nurses, I would report him to the Medical Director. That is insulting, degrading behavior and should not be tolerated. If the Nursing Supervisor is aware of this and is tolerating this, then he/she should be reported to the Director. Excuse me, but I have too much respect for what ER Nurses do to allow that kind of ******* to continue to be degrading and abusive. Emergency requires extreme teamwork. There is enough stress in the ER to allow that.
Start leaving bananas at his computer/office. If he eats it, then we know who the real monkey is.
I would have told him to f*ck himself.
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