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    I was the go-to dude to lift heavy pt's. I only did that once. Told the crew that I wanted to enjoy my back well into my 90s. Lifting is a group effort.

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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    What does?
    Segregation.

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    Have you ever been to the VIP wing at the former and new Walter Reed?

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    That is not excusable!

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    Swellz likes this.

    I would have told that nurse sup NO. I already started drinking.

    I hate management that panic to fast and call people off just to realize 30 minutes later that they really need all hands on deck. I do not condone such thinking. If you tell me I am off, then I go on to do other things as my mind is already made up.

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    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Why do you think the offgoing nurse should clean up?

    Why not? How critically busy are your shifts? On my 12 hr shifts, if there was a mess, I clean it up. Every unit I worked, has been this way. If the pt coded and the whole 5 pound bag of _____ (you fill in the blank) hit the fan and is like an IED went off right where you are standing before the end of your shift... that to me is understandable and I still will clean up a bit unless my coworker told to go home.

    Even when I was in the sandbox after 12-14 hrs of caring for casualties, we clean up for the next shift.

    What is your thinking? I work 12 hrs, let's say I was a sloppy/messy RN...yes, there are some that fit that title... YOU come in and you are ok with cleaning my mess? Just curious...

    The docs in my facility know damn well that if they make a mess, they will clean it. They cannot make a mess because they do not have access to the supply room. They find us and let us know that they need to do such procedure and will need such and such...

    If they came in without me noticing, they would be lucky to get away with it. My facility is a teaching facility and the white coats (baby docs) are trained from the first day to do it right.

    Now, if the coworker came to me all out of control like the OP states, I know that they are a lunatic for not being civil. I could pull many cards on them like call security and say that I felt threatened by their behavior... I seen this once and the outcome was not pretty.

    I do not tolerate such behavior. That is all I will say on that.

    And where do you work? ICU, MEDSURG, OR, L&D, PICU, ER, Pain Clinic????

    Cheers!

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    Quote from billswife
    This is our situation also. For quite awhile we were working mandatory overtime. Now we have "incentive shifts" for people to sign up for. It's working pretty well from the standpoint of staff members. I'm not sure how our leadership team feels. I hope it is working for them as well. If it looks like there might be a low census situation coming up there are usually a ling line of us trying to sign up.

    Where are these hospitals? I need to go there!

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    I shower all the time. Before, after my work outs, after a crazy shift. Oh, and I put lotion during the winter months.

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    Outgoing shift should clean up. I expect the same when I return in 12 hrs. I might let you get away with it once but that depends on the pt's acuity. Do it again and I see it as habit forming, I take you in my office and deal with it right there.

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    Sassafras6 and NurseEmmy like this.

    I go home with pay. I am a salary employee. Other times, I catch up on the tons of mandatory training required or other government related politics.

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    That is exactly what I tell everyone when I hear them freak out about the autoinjectors. I tell them to get the vial.

    Who did your voice over?

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    BeenThere2012 likes this.

    Have you contacted your BON? It may be a while before anything shows up on your record. Has it been a month? It would not hurt to call the BON and check for yourself. According to some of your postings, I do not agree on how they behave. It sort of boils my blood that there are some spineless lifeforms out there. Good luck.

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    I prefer to dive in and take care of it. I do not worry about smells anymore

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    Quote from ProgressiveActivist

    The reason that most nurses don't want to orient is that we have taken new nurses under our wing, helped them develop skills and confidence - and then had them stab us in the back. I guess that is just the nature of the business. I am very jaded when it comes to mentoring or precepting because I have given 100% and then been treated like crap once the new grad can function independently. It sucked and I will never ever do it again.

    Been there too... Kudos for sharing part of your CCTK-critical care toolkit.

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    Quote from Sun0408
    If you can't handle codes, don't do it. Codes don't bother me but the pts that are rotting from inside out, or outside in. Laying in the bed crying, on the vent, pressure to soft to medicate are the problem. Families that want everything done while mom sits in the ICU alone with the most horrific skin, wounds etc. That's the part about ICU that can get to you. One thing I have learned in the years of being a ICU nurse is... There are worse things then death!!

    Well said! OP, if you have the burning desire for critical care, start in the ED. As already said, less codes. If you go for it, you need to expose yourself to them. It is not easy and EVERYBODY goes through a stressful time. Practice, practice and practice what you would do in a code. Did not read the entire thread, but not sure if you mentioned you have ACLS. How do you do with mock codes? What part of the code stresses you the most? giving meds? compressions?

    If you are the type that gets easily attached to your pt's, then be very careful what you ask for. I've only experienced being emotionally attached once or twice... The one that is very vivid to me is when I took care of a WWII, Korea and VietNam conflict veteran. He worked my rear off and I was on my feet for my entire 12+ hours except for the 3 min bathroom breaks. I worked very hard to keep him alive until his last family member flew in later that night. He passed shortly after all the family was there. It was such an honor to have cared for him.

    Good luck!


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