Latest Comments by BittyBabyGrower

Latest Comments by BittyBabyGrower

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Joined Feb 9, '04 - from 'Somewhere in the midwest'. BittyBabyGrower is a Nurse of course!. He has '30+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NICU, PICU, educator'. Posts: 1,811 (19% Liked) Likes: 1,010

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    We dilute drugs like this in NICU and peds all the time. You mix it
    in the syringe or vial, this is the solution. Figure out your dose based on what the solution is. Draw it up in a syringe and discard what is left. It's just less concentrated.

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    I hate to hear when a pet is returned, I volunteer at our shelter and it is sad to see them returned, and they usually don't fair well. Pets and kids aren't impulse "buys". But better returned than abused or neglected.

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    Sit down, lay out your financial situation and ask if he really thinks it is possible to keep going on part time salary from both of you, look at cost of benefits, childcare if applicable, household expenses, etc.

    Is their another healthcare system near by? A lot of people I work with commute 40-60 minutes to come to work as they live in small towns.

    If he can't pass NCLEX then you need to tell him that you are moving to look for a better job. Marriage is a two way street and sometimes the male
    ego gets in the way. If you keep butting heads about this, your marriage is going to go downhill quickly with both of you resenting each other. A big sit down talk is coming.

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    At our hospital this is one of the roles of the L/D nurse. They rotate the role just like they do scrub, charge, etc. For a while the NICU sent a nurse to do this, but it doesn't have to be a NICU nurse.

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    Kitiger likes this.

    Did you have training as an L/D nurse? If it is part of your float pool such as peds/maternal child,
    then that is the expectation. If you are an adult float pool say med surg and they are having you float there without training,
    then that is an issue. So, take a look at your contract and see what it says.

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    chaseloveRN likes this.

    My guess is she is not happy that you were not up front with her and gor this note without you speaking to her. Personally, I have never heard of a lift restriction unless you have a high risk pregnancy. What if you had a 25 lb kiddo at home? Many many people work right up to when they deliver without restriction. That being said, most co-workers are more than willing to help out a pregnant co-worker.

    I think you are just starting off on the wrong foot. Hope things look up. And she may have been looking ahead at scheduling for the fall and holidays, so now she has someone on orientation for 10-12 weeks, working for 6 weeks and then on leave for 6 weeks. Most
    managers know girls get pregnant, but she probably feels blindsided and frustrated about having to put off scheduling you until you are cleared.

  • 11

    First off, discharging late at night is a bad idea. We would have held off discharge. What was the baby eating when he/she was there? I'm guessing formula since the parents/mom wasn't in too often. And depending on the insurance they have, social
    worker can set up X amount of transportation rides in to the hospital. I know that Caresource does this.

    I work in a large inner city hospital. We have instituted mandated discharge classes, parents have to bring in the car seat prior to discharge (if they do not have access to one, they are given the names of organizations to get one at no to low cost), we make sure they have WIC lined up and provide 24 hours worth of formula, we keep vitamins in our Pyxis to give at discharge instead of sending them to pharmacy. If they haven't been in for a while or are infrequent visitors, they have to come and spend at least 2 feeds with the baby.

    As as for pushing you to discharge because housekeeping was only there until 2300, are you kidding??? Housekeeping shuts down or what? And we clean our own spots if they are back logged and we need spots.

    Maybe be you could talk to your manager about starting up a discharge committee. We work with the neo who runs our follow up clinic and over the years have developed all the things I listed. We do discharge rounds to see who is going home, what they need, what follow up they need, things like that. Makes discharge a lot easier!

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    poppycat, cocoa_puff, KelRN215, and 1 other like this.

    Flush with saline and cap it.

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    SororAKS and Emergent like this.

    I take one day a week and cook a bunch of stuff, cut veggies and fruit. I will also make chicken soup or chili and freeze it. A crock pot is a great thing too! We also buy snack stuff and divide it up into snack bags. Then all you have to do is grab and go!

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    BeenThere2012 likes this.

    Our hospital policy is you can work but you are required to wear a mask your whole shift unless eating or drinking. This is for the whole hospital. Now if it is a whopper and more than one you have to go to employee health and get cleared. And they tell you to get a script for Valtrex from your PCP.

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    See if the hospitals around you offer internships for critical care.

  • 7

    31 years ago, I did spend more than I had as a nursing student for sure! After working for 3 months I bought a brand new car, new clothes and moved out. Fast forward to a year and a half into my career, I fell and had a severe break of my tib/fib, I was supposed to be moving to NC with my roommate, well guess what, I ended up back at home with my parents (thank goodness for
    them), and still had those bills to pay. I had 6 weeks paid sick time, and about half a year's salary in the bank. After 6 weeks it went unpaid. My long term disability kicked in, but it wasn't my full pay. And in the time between being unpaid and my disability, I had to shell out money to keep my benefits. My ankle took 2 surgeries to repair, months in first a long leg cast then a short leg, non weight bearing for 9 weeks and I had to go back at 6 months due to my job being on the line. I went back 2 days a about being poor again! I also had to postpone my wedding due to lack of funds.

    Moral of of the story....don't spend spend spend right away, put away money for at least a year. I don't know what I would have done without my parents help. Buy yourself small things that you want, but be careful with credit and large purchases!

  • 5

    So sorry for your loss of a mentor! I have lost 2 great mentors that were my nursing instructors. One an Army nurse who knew the ropes and taught us well. She taught us to be confident but was stern enough with us that we knew we better live up to her expectation! The other was the one who would tell us "This is a pearl" and you knew you better listen up and hear it, memorize it and know it. She is the one who taught us self respect, such as "Don't you dare give your chair to that Doctor, he can find his own!" Lol

    But they are the ones who taught us that a pat on the hand, the hold of hand, even briefly, sitting to be eye level with your patient so they feel comfortable speaking to you, a night time back rub for our elderly, fetching that pitcher of ice water ourselves, making sure the sheets are just right, holding that weepy child, using a quiet voice or just saying, "I am here for you" are all what the art of nursing is really about. There is a person in that bed. We were taught what it was to be empathetic and have empathy.

    These are the things our old guard taught us. I do try to teach our younger nurses that sometimes, even
    the most angry person will respond to kindness or a kind act.

    We need to keep "the Art of Nursing" alive and well!

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    Kitiger, kidsmom002, and morte like this.

    We get a 3 day unpaid suspension for refusal. That being said, our hospital moved to floating only within that service. Maternal-child only floats NICU-PICU-Nursery-Peds. OB is
    closed. Med-surg to med surg, adult ICU-other adult ICU/ER.

    We we used to do whole house floats and it was awful. I was sent to burns, cardiac, med surg and surgical ICU. Hello, I work with babies, but the thought was we were ICU nurses, sure but a preemie is not a little
    adult! I would tell the charge
    nurse that I needed a resource person and made it quite
    clear what I could and could not
    do. I did feel bad for them
    but I had to make sure I kept my license safe.

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    What do you think?