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Joined Mar 21, '08.
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we are officially open for business, the upgrade took a little longer than planned, we pulled an all-nighter
i will be making a brief video and will take some screenshots etc... of the different areas to check out. meanwhile, please tell us what you think? thanks
quick video tutorial on redesign
wOW! You guys really hit home with this one! I am pursuing a nursing career also.... looking at some of the other negative posts on the site, I had almost forgot why I wanted to be one! You guys brought me back...All of positive things that you guys mentioned is what I felt in my heart all the time its just that when you hear too much negativity about nursing it was starting to make me wonder and question the field. But I feel that God is calling me to take care of the sick and I have alway loved serving people.:heartbeat and Help Restoring them if I can.
I work on a very busy L & d floor that had a long history of making life very hard on new nurses. It was brutal and many wonderful nurses were lost to blatant bullying. Finally an ingenious nurse created a Mentor program which has proved to be fabulously successful in shifting our culture to one of nurturing our new nurses instead of isolating/picking on new nurses. Each new nurse is assigned an experienced nurse as her "Mentor" once out of orientation. That nurse checks in regularly with the new nurse and acts as a "sounding board" if there are difficulties. The mentor can also act as mediator if there are issues with another nurse. After 6 months working on her own with the support of the Mentor, the new nurse has a "shower" thrown for her where she is bestowed with words of support and encouragement, "cut" from the support of her Mentor (long red licorice cords--what can I say, we're OB nurses) It brings everyone together in a culture consciously choosing to be gentle and supportive with our newbies. It has made a world of difference to retention. Makes us old nurses feel pretty good, too!
I am very familiar with new age thought. I practiced it through the late 80's and 90's and finally came to realize that I was missing a piece. Unfortunately it was too easy to deny reality. Once I started accepting reality of the way things were, then I was able to have a firm basis to build on. It isn't as pretty or pleasant that way sometimes. I certainly don't reject all of this practice. Affirmations are important. I generally refer to them as positive self talk. It is also important to be aware and cognicent of the good in others and in situations. I wish the total new age concept worked but I have been there and done that and it doesn't work as well as grounding my actions in the reality of what is. Prayer, sending out energy to the universe does work, but sometimes the answer is "grow some gazungas and confront the person whose behavior is making it rough for you!" Even Christ got angry with cause. I wish I never had to do that, but am glad that I can today. Accepting my humaness and my dark side has been part of my journey.
Actually quiet well. I am a realist. I know well the power of positive self talk, however you have to start based on what is, not on what you wish. Yes, change is an inside job. You have to change the way you react to the negative or the stressors you encounter, unfortunately denying them won't get you anywhere. Sometimes it involves confrontation of others behavior, sometimes venting, sometimes re-evaluting your actions and planning for change. All of this is about inside changes as your thoughts and strategies change and evolve as you go on. Mahage
we do "group" training sessions that "all staff" attend, this seems to cut down on the "eating of anyone", because we will repremand you if you "eat your young" at our facility.. We expect respect to all staff , young & old, and to be honest! I would rather hire a NEW grad than an Old Hat! Reason being, a new grad is opening to learning, Us old HAT's are stuck in our ways & are hard to train!!
But thats just 1 nurses opinion! But i love the take the cranky nurse out for coffee, and compliments, that would really work for me! haha i might have to suggest that!!
Thanks again for your positive spin on Nursing! :heartbeat
I think you idea about the parameters is a good one, however as a new nurse you are lucky to get to go potty! At 56, I have to, or I would have an extra "clean-up Job." I can't afford anymore cleanups than neccessary, LOL!
Hi everyone....I am doing a powerpoint on Nursing Stress today and would love to open this website in class. I would like to take an informal poll on what you think causes the most stress in your work environment and what nursing specialties you think generate the most stress. Thanks....
Does anyone have any good ideas on stress relief during nursing school.I am a junior taking Adult Health I, I think I will pull all of my hair out before it's over. Also looking for any new ideas for studying tips. I am just taking way to long to get through any subject.
I just had a Christmas potluck/ornament exchange party at my house last night for my co-workers. It was a wonderful experience. It was my second (annual) Christmas potluck. Attendance doubled from last year. It was actually surreal to be surrounded by all the wonderful hard working ladies that I work with. There they were in my own home. We were all dressed in beautiful (non-scrubs) clothing. We were HUMANS!
The Director of our floor sat right next to me and one of the main charge nurses sat two people over on my left. It was a warm and happy atmosphere. Lots of laughs. Great food. Nice music. Cute ornaments.
And I helped create it because I was willing to reach out. I was willing to do something different. I was willing to ask for it to happen in my life.
I don't believe in being a door mat in my life. But I am also careful to not focus on the negative either. What I do focus on is what I want (NOT WHAT I DON'T WANT).
Some of the parameters I've written for my job are: I am respected at work. I practice good self care at work. I take regular breaks. I have all the help I need to care for my patients. I am safe at work. I am effecient at work. I help to create a great sense of teamwork on my floor. I love my co-workers. I have managable assignments. The pace of my workday is easily managable for me. I advocate for my patients. I make a difference in my patient's (& their families) lives.
And yes, I made a list specifically for my Christmas party. Focused on what I wanted.
Ask for what you want. not what you don't want. I blog about it.
Yes, I find the behavior offensive, not the phrase. Those few bad experiences can be devastating. As a very new nurse, I felt that I could easily make a small mistake and really hurt someone, or miss some observation and let a condition go untreated and lead to death. This pressure combined with the "make her or break her" acuity level of my assignments gave me the feeling of drowning.
I don't think there's a nurse alive that can't relate to what you are saying about sleeplessness and anxiety before a shift. Here's some of the things that I do.
First, I acknowledge that anxiety is the state of "living in the future" about something. For me, it usually involves a feeling that somehow my needs won't be met (in that future scenario) or that there's just not "enough" for me in the world. (not enough support, help, resources, breaks, wisdom, back up, etc., etc.)
1) Write about it. Write a letter to "the universe" and hash it out.
2) Talk about it with a professional (and I DON'T mean an M.D. Perhaps a counselor of some type. Release some pressure. Don't do it alone!
3) Have some spiritually nourishing (or just plain entertaining) reading materials right at your bedside and start reading if you can't sleep.
4) Affirm what you need in your life with pen and paper. An example of how I do this is: "I have all the help I need at work. I build teamwork at work. I serve my patients well at work. I practice good self care at work. I take regular breaks. I am efficient at work. I leave work on time regularly."
I don't know about you but these are SOME of the things that I can potentially worry about enough to lose sleep over.
So basically, I take all my worries and I ask "the universe" to specifically help me with those things.
Believe it or not, it helps tremendously and is somewhat empowering!
Good luck! I blog a lot about stress relief for nurses. Stop on by. My blog is listed in my profile.
Thank you for your courage to express yourself so honestly. You talked about the horrific things you saw as a PICU nurse. You talked about how you let yourself slip into addiction to cope with it all.
But you've changed that now. You've made a decision to get into recovery. They say that the first step in recovery (from ANY addiction) is to be able to admit that your way of coping doesn't work anymore.
I recently started a blog about how I cope with the stress of nursing. You see, I'm NOT willing to sacrifice my soul for nursing. I LOVE my patients...don't get me wrong. For 12 hours at a time, I am devoted to them like nobody's business. But I'm no longer willing to "keep it all in" and to come home and go into MUTE mode.
I'm not willing to risk addiction, alcoholism, over shopping, overeating, depression, isolation or self-abuse over this career. It's like saying, "Something isn't right here...I'll show you, I'll drink this poison!" Who gets hurt? We do.
Not worth it to be silent any more!
Good for you. Keep doing your steps of recovery. Work with someone who has gone before you. You're doing great!
Wow, I've never heard of 2000mL straight away from an NG. The poor pt! Are you guys allowed to insert one without a doctors order? Or can you place one based on your judgment. Unfortunately we have to have an order. We try three times, and if unsuccessful, call the resident medical officer. Generally speaking, nurses are better at it. Doctors seem to love putting down hosepipes...
There are a few residents on our floor that does not visit some of the patients, but rather asks the nurse about the patient and writes their progress notes and orders based on that.
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