Marie_LPN, RN 23,950 Views
Joined Jun 15, '03.
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The mixing meds thing has bothered me since i read it. I mean, what meds, what are the effects, compatabilities, etc.? I do not believe anyone should be mixing meds or messing with meds unless they have the knowledge of what they're mixing, drawing up, etc.
(And ideally, that person should always be a nurse.)
I have been a First Assist for 13 of the 17 years I have been scrubbing and NO I am not a RN. I make as much or sometimes more than the RNs in the room.
I can circulate circles around most of the RNs they grab off the street to fill some policy that states an RN must be in the room.
The RNs come to me and ask what we need, I am usually the one to pull all equiptment the supplies, meds and mix then prior to the case because they give me some new grad fresh out of nursing school and expect me to be able to teach them.
I am a great teacher but I think you have to get your hands dirty to learn. Circulators: No sitting back reading a book or magazine after the case starts, you better be standing at my back table ready & willing to learn and LISTEN>>> Watch what's going on and be ready to anticipate the needs of the scrubber, myself and my surgeon
No different than my job.
I have the experience in the OR and feel everone deserves to learn and if you are willing; keep asking, keep begging and if your free, ask a Tech to let you scrub in with them.
A patient shouldn't be in danger or die because they don't have properly trained staff in place.
Gum stuck in long blond (bleached) hair. The doctor wrote a recommendation on an order sheet to a cosmetologist.
Definition: Disruption of the flow of energy [aura] surrounding a person’s being that
results in a disharmony of the body, mind, and/or spirit
One of the hardest things i still run into is listening to heart and lung sounds on someone with large breasts. In order to hear, of course i have to get underneath, but i have naturally ice cold hands (they turn right back to ice after washing them in hot water), and needless to say, not a good thing, because i can't hear anything crackles over "OOOOO YOUR HANDS ARE COOOOOOOOOOOOLD . The only solution i've come up with so far is putting towels in the blanket warmer, putting my hands in one on my way to a room, and use the warm towel to move the breast (better than a cold hand).
Oh, I know---STOP BEING SO DAGGONE PETTY and just do your job to the very best of your ability and skill level!!!"
I guess in the world you live in people don't judge by appearances....
That's just it, ours say "silence". Evidently that's a big word that requires a lot of thought.
(What a shame that button doesn't come on a remote control that'll work on humans .)
Played unit secretary last night (3-11), and despite the night that it was night shift, i was beyond busy. But i did have to take part of my lunch break to write a complaining letter to the NM about ONE nurse who received TWENTY-EIGHT personal (non-emergency-mom-bobby-won't-stop-pulling-my-hair) phone calls and went off on me when i tried to screen them by saying "Is this an emergency?". Her reply "If it's my ***d**n kids, it's ALWAYS an emergency to me *****". Luckily she was overheard saying this, and those two nurses that heard her say this signed their name to my little note.
Kinda hope that fan's on 'high' when the doo-doo hits it.
Doctors that get angry when their pt. is exhausted because the pt. hasn't slept. Well uh when you prescribe their qd Lasix at 2100 and it's 80 mg, yes they're going to wear a path out to the bathroom all night since they have to pee all the time. And that equals no sleep. Jeez
Let's see, a nurse that looks up, sees her pt.'s call light go off, goes back to cutting out coupons, but when i come out of that room after answering the light, she says "oh sorry i didn't see it". Yeah, right, i'd almost buy that but i saw you look up at it three times, then look up the hall to see if i were coming down the hall. (and yes, i realize that there are those that legitimately did not see the light going off).
The whole "who's a real nurse" arguement where the LPN, Diploma, ADN, BSN degrees are concerned. Find something better to get on a high horse about, please.
The "nurses eat their young" phrase. Man, i'm REALLY tired of hearing/reading that one!
"That's not my pt." when the pt. is crying from chest pains and has a HR of 164 bpm.
"I need to get my aide" when someone's pt. is dirty, and the aide is a floor float for 34 other pts. And they have no inention of helping the aide.
Nurses who think that that anyone (housekeepers, aides, LPNs, maintenance people) that is not up to their educational level is beneath their dignity, and treats them that way (thinking of one in particular now who does that).
Students who got into nursing for the sake of finding a doctor to marry.
I'm kinda seeing both sides of the fence right now. The other day, i was SUPPOSED to not bathe 4 of my pts. because the students were supposed to. All the vitals on teh floor were supposed to be gotten by the students. Well out of 30 pts., 12 pts' vitals were done, and those 4 baths that their instructor specifically asked me NOT to do bease the pts. were assigned to students were not done until after noon.
Here's the fun part:
Two students actually said "well it's not like we're ever going to have to bathe patients or do vitals when we're an RN. That's what the aides are for." I tell this to the instructor, and she says "oh i'll talk to them". Yeah we've all heard that song and dance before. Ironically these students had wondered aloud weeks ago why the aides never looked or spoke to them. Can't imagine WHY?!
And like i'd said on another post, when i went up and introduced myself to a nurse (as a student), and her reply was "Great, another ****ing student". If people would start with basic human respect and do what they're supposed to do, you'd never see threads like this.
Golytely=GoOftyn, Goplenty (Directions: Take jug and cup, 12 pack of double roll toilet paper (soft) and stack of magazines to the john, pull pants down, sit on toilet, procede to drinking Goplenty. Stay seated for the rest of the day, clip out favorites from the magazine articles.)
Ativan=the sandman in a bottle
Xanax=Everyone take one
Greer's Goo=Rear's Goo
"code blue" called overhead- there were no pagers.
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