TopazLover's Nursing Blog

TopazLover's Nursing Blog

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Joined Jun 7, '08 - from 'Delaware. River and State'. TopazLover is a retired. She has 'a life time' year(s) of experience. Posts: 8,003 (87% Liked) Likes: 23,297

The Nightmare Part Two

Currently we have jails to provide a majority of mental health services. In other words you may have to get into the penal system in order to get any mental health care. Is this really mental health care? Do we find skilled treatment savvy individuals? Yes, some are. Many of these individuals are recovering addicts who work with those addicts who wish a shorter sentence or real help to stop using. Guards are not psychiatric workers. Their training is in control, not assisting an individual to... Read More →

The Nightmare known as Psychiatric Care Part One

The Nightmare Many years ago there were insane asylums. Some were so bad that we even got a new English word to describe mental illness based on the facility, Bedlam. When I was a child we had State Hospitals. They were filled with people who did not fit well into society. Some were severely developmentally delayed, they were called retarded, idiots, imbeciles. These were real classifications. Now we see these words as swear words. I am hesitant to even write them. Others in these... Read More →

Being Top Dog

Nursing is the most respected profession. This statistic is pretty static year after year. We are almost always the first. The only exception to this was in 2001 when firefighters ranked higher after 911. People accept honesty and ethical behaviors as the norm for nurses. This distinguishing characteristic may bring responsibilities to all of us. At least I believe we need to accept the fact that being "top dog" in honesty and ethics means we need to do the "right thing." If we value... Read More →

And He Will Die...

Words that are heard by many family members when a catastrophic event is going on in a bed nearby. The lifeline they have held on so firmly is being cut by a doctor who knows the physiological condition of the loved one in the bed. The doctor walks out. His message has been delivered. He has allowed 30 seconds for questions by the family. They were too stunned to respond except with a quick inhale and the internal la-la-la-la-la of denial throbbing in the head of at least one of the... Read More →

Wearing A Nursing Cap - Not these days

I worked with a doctor who was very proper. He was friendly and not stiff or unapproachable. He just had his own ideas of right and wrong. One day he asked me why I did not wear my cap. I went through the usual answers... It pulls my hair, it is hot, it gets dirty, it gets caught in the curtains around the beds. He still was not convinced that it was right that I did not wear a cap in critical care. I told him that my actions would let people know that I was a nurse. Not... Read More →

The Vaudeville Suturing Experience

Many years ago I worked in a small rural hospital that had had more than its share of motorcycle accidents one summer. I normally worked critical care but would occasionally work in the ER if it was busy. On this evening we got a call that an ambulance was bringing in yet another of the motorcyclists who seemed to have a way with running into things. That summer, among other motorcycle accidents, we had a man flip over the handlebars when a car cut him off. He went over the hood of the... Read More →

Be Kind to Co-workers, Or Else

To tell the truth, I don’t know if she had dementia prior to the stroke. Certainly after this stroke she had classic perseveration. Many of us have taken care of elders who focused on money when they developed dementia. Perhaps it goes back to being raised with little money when they were young. Regardless of the cause, this woman had become focused on money. Over and over I heard her yelling. “I can’t find my money”. Relentlessly she yelled. “I can’t find my money. I can’t find... Read More →

Bruce and Ethel

Bruce and Ethel It seems like I have been a nurse forever but two patients stand out who quietly taught me about the real spirit of the human being in the bed. They changed me in ways I still can’t believe. Many years ago I worked in a CCU, before many of the sophisticated machines, medications and treatments we now use daily were available. We knew we were progressive because we got our patients out of bed very soon after their MIs. I met Bruce when I worked 3 to 11 pm. He had... Read More →