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Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'. wooh is a RN & Critter Mama. Posts: 4,988 (74% Liked) Likes: 20,634

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  • Jun 28

    Hardest nursing? Whatever I'm doing.
    Easiest nursing? Whatever someone else is doing.

  • Jun 28

    Hardest nursing? Whatever I'm doing.
    Easiest nursing? Whatever someone else is doing.

  • Jun 25

    Hardest nursing? Whatever I'm doing.
    Easiest nursing? Whatever someone else is doing.

  • Jun 25

    Hardest nursing? Whatever I'm doing.
    Easiest nursing? Whatever someone else is doing.

  • Jun 25

    Hardest nursing? Whatever I'm doing.
    Easiest nursing? Whatever someone else is doing.

  • Jun 23

    Quote from ckm2
    Hey folks legally you do not have to give a reason its called HIPPA.
    HIPAA doesn't apply.

  • Jun 18

    Facebook tends to make people stupid. It's like you log in and your brain turns to mush.

  • Jun 12

    Quote from Kittypower123
    I work in LTC and our administrator told us that our facility should be comparable to a nice hotel. Really? I've never been to a nice hotel that had staff to toilet me, get me up and dressed in the morning and undressed and in bed in the evening, managed my medications and treatments, showered me, fed me and monitored my condition.
    When management pulls out the hotel comparison, I always think to myself that the patients are perfectly capable of choosing to go to a hotel if they want to do so. I'm not sure how well room service will handle their illness, but if they want a hotel, there are many that I can recommend to them. On the other hand, if they want hospital care, here we are.

    Quote from RNsRWe
    OMG, I remember a scenario like this....except it wasn't a complaining family, it was the fact that there simply weren't enough pillows on my med-surg/ortho floor. Every patient had at least one or two pillows, some had more to prop various body parts.

    Nurses complained to management that we were reduced to rolling up sheets and towels to try to form props until of course we RAN OUT of THOSE items. Their answer? We should be more efficient in our use of hospital supplies and equipment so we wouldn't be out of them when we needed them! Never mind that we weren't using the pillows to build play forts, they were used ON the patients.

    Never understood that thinking: if they GIVE us the equipment we need, we'll somehow be ungrateful and therefore misuse the stuff....and then we'd want more. Seriously? :-/
    Our supply people refused to bring us isolation gowns. At least 75% of our floor is on contact precautions, but we were apparently using "too many" gowns. Like we used them for a fashion show or something.

  • Jun 7

    Sheesh, I make a mistake, I tell EVERYONE. Better for my colleagues to learn from my mistakes than for them to have to make the same one.

  • May 24

    Quote from Been there,done that
    We get to leave the hospital at the end of our shift. The patient remains... to fight their battle with a life changing event.
    And the patient is discharged, and we keep showing back up.

    We need to remember that, and keep it foremost in our efforts to provide a holistic effort towards patient care.
    I would argue that the majority of us don't need to be reminded of our duty to be selfless martyrs, giving our all to every patient that crosses our path, no matter how obnoxious they may be.
    We've got hospital administration reminding us. (Though they seem to forget it's about the patient when it comes time to pay for appropriate staffing.)
    We have visitors reminding us. (Though they seem to forget it's about the patient when they're asking for coffee for themselves while you're in the middle of caring for the patient.)
    We have the patients reminding us. (Though they seem to forget they aren't the only patient that it's about, there's generally an entire hospital full of them, most being sicker than whomever is complaining the most.)
    And now we've even got staffing people reminding us to ignore our immune system, because calling in is unacceptable, even if your immune system is shot to hades by the stress before you spend 8-12+ hours around a bunch of sick people.

    I'd venture to say that most of us get that "it's about the patients." Heck, what's our most common complaint? Nurse patient ratios are not safe FOR THE PATIENTS.

  • May 24

    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    However, you should never directly say to a patient that you are short-staffed. It can scare them because it makes them think there aren't enough people or resources to adequately care for them, making them feel unsafe.
    Yes, much better for them to think their nurse is just too lazy and incompetent to care for them properly rather than they know the truth.

  • May 16

    Have to agree that a lot of it is just having a good attitude about it. I realize for a lot of people, it does suck. But I snagged a day job when I got the chance. And I've learned so much. But I love when I pick up a night so much that now that I'm going back to school I'm trying to work something out so that I can go to nights and cut my hours without cutting my pay too much. You absolutely cannot match the comraderie that a nightshift team has. There's an "us against the whole wide world" that brings you together. You don't have the resources that day does, so you get creative and learn who you can count on. Who's a good IV stick? Who knows all the policies? Who knows how to do a discharge since they only happen once in a blue moon at night? And the lack of management, it's a wonderful thing. Sure, they don't know the pain that nights is always facing, but if you're like me and don't have a desire to "move up," then face time with management is more likely to get you in trouble than to help you reach your goals. And it's HARD to hide on days.
    It's funny, I've been at my current hospital for a while, worked nights for a while there even, but working nights, I learned all sorts of things that I didn't know working days, because I didn't have to. Like where the vending machine is that has tylenol (since at night, can't send visitors to the gift shop!)

  • May 15

    Meh, probably just annoyed to be getting an admission. Like I am when I get an admit from ED or a transfer from another floor or PACU or one of the ICUs.
    I think part of it though is if you feel like your "lesser" then you're going to feel like you're getting that attitude from the other nurse even if there's really not that vibe going on. I've noticed the more confident that I am with my own skills and knowledge, that it now takes a lot more to offend me than it used to take. I remember when it used to bug me when ICU nurses would expect the kind of report that you can give when you only have two patients from me when I was transferring one of my 6 or 7 or so patients. Now I just say, "don't know" and go on. If they feel "superior," fine. But I'm not going to ever let it make me feel "inferior."

  • May 6

    My sister is special needs. My parents have been taking care of her for over 30 years all on their own. They've NEVER had a respite. My mom is in her 60s and has to lift a full grown adult 2+ times per day. I actually keep trying to convince her to take advantage of some home care services that I know they'd qualify for.

    I thoroughly believe in the respite theories. I get that it's exhausting. I understand when things are new there is fear and being overwhelmed and intimidated. But what I see in the hospital, and I think makes the difference between the annoying families and the families that you'll do whatever you can to help in any way possible is the sense of responsibility vs. the sense of entitlement.

    There are families like my parents, and quite a few of my frequent flyers, that feel it is THEIR responsibility to care for their child, and are appreciative of the help they get fulfilling THEIR responsiblity at the hospital, from home care, etc. These are the ones that if they're in the hospital, I try to give them a respite, a break from the exhaustion of caring for a special needs kid.

    Then there are the parents that feel they're entitled to have someone else care for their kid. Basically they popped out a kid, it wasn't what they ordered/expected, and now it's someone else's responsibility to take care of their kid. If their kid came out without the special needs, they'd likely be taking advantage of their family and friends to babysit all the time and getting mad when they won't help.

  • May 5

    Quote from richardgecko
    My mom told me that a lot of nurses felt fetishized with the caps (think sexy nurse Halloween costume) and that contributed to its demise. It wasnt an infection control issue

    Personally it makes me smile to see the vintage pics of nurses with their caps or being capped at their ceremony. It's beautiful.
    Feel free to wear one. Heck, wear two. One for you, one for me.