mpccrn 4,606 Views
Joined Mar 9, '08.
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Looking for how different units handle patient's home meds. We are horrible at returning them upon discharge. Currently, we put them in a bag with the patient's name on and put them on the countertop in a locked med room. I find them there long after the name on the bag even rings a bell and I'm looking for a better practice. Any ideas?
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I haven't had lunch in 35 years....rarely get paid for it. It comes down to staffing by numbers. You can't leave 1 nurse in an ICU and when they staff only 2...oh well, you loose. Administration won't understand why we won't leave because that would be admitting that staffing by accuity makes more sense than staffing by patient numbers, but hospital's are a business now and patients are our customers. Boy was that a mistake. Morally staff does not leave because we truely care about the safety of our patients, more so, than our own sanity. We are currently making an all our effort to try and take lunches, some days it works, some days it doesn't.....again, it's what going on in the unit that is the determining factor. Just having 1 more set of hands would make all the difference but that does not make economical sense to the accountants running the place. Maybe they need to become patients and see how it would be to suddenly not have a nurse for 30 minutes....maybe then......
ICU ratio's at my hospital are anything that is required.....1:2, 1:3, 1:4
Perhaps if nurses didn't have to use our vacation time when we get sick, we'd stay home and prevent passing on illness to our patients!
How does everyone feel about the latest trends in hospital administration's demands that all nurses must receive the influenza vaccine or wear a mask the entire time they are on duty....including eating lunch!
oral gastric tubes decrease the changes of sinus infections. By bypassing the nose you deminish the risk.
online ACLS is just fun! It's like a video game. It'll let you do anything you want.....even give epi during VT haha. I wouldn't go back to the regular course!
our ratio for Cardiac SDU is 5:1, working hard to cut it to 4:1. Is 5:1 do-able? sometimes, does it suck? Always. There is something about that 5th patient that just puts the assignment over the edge
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