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Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'. wooh is a RN & Critter Mama. Posts: 4,988 (74% Liked) Likes: 20,677

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  • Nov 27

    I had a great shift last week. Only worked with women. I swear, when I work with the men nurses, all they want to do is show off how much jello they can lift. They won't even clean up after themselves. There's jello everywhere!! Working with the men, I'm always afraid I'm going to loose my license!!!

  • Nov 18

    Quote from Jenni811
    I don't need a nurse who is a new hire who has 10-20 years of experience because they are just as new as i am to that unit. We are learnig the same things and at the same pace.
    So you think the only thing you'll learn over the next 10-20 years is how to work on your unit? Not a single bit of experience that would carry over to being a better nurse somewhere else?

    I better quit calling my mom for advice. After all, she's never lived in the state that I live in, so what would she know about life...

  • Oct 17

    The other night at 3am I called the endocrinologist with a blood sugar. I normally am so organized when I call for orders, especially at night, since you don't know if the doc is going to actually know who the patient is. But this time, you'd think I'd have been the one that was woken up based on the conversation. "Hi Dr. Endo, I'm calling about a.b., in for CF, had surgery today, has been on IVF since, along with her feed tonight. Her mid-feed blood sugar is 303, no, 305, no 335, (after the tech who'd taken the blood sugar overheard me making a fool of myself and reminding me what it really was), wait, 435!" He actually laughed (rare occurrence for all except one of our endocrinologists, and he's not that one.) Says, "Wellllll," So I said, "435! I'm sticking with that number. That's it. 435!"
    He probably woke up and told his wife, "I had the weirdest dream that I was Bob Barker," because I sure sounded like a contestant on the Price is Right.

  • Oct 14

    I love when they request another nurse. Someone else gets the distinct privilege of dealing with their crazy butt instead of me. Life becomes good again.

  • Oct 10

    Quote from Esme12
    One day I heard a newer nurse happily chatting away in a room in the ICU and I heard her say....

    "Oh..... I just kill everything I touch".
    Quote from nursel56
    That reminds me of the time one of our family practice docs told a group of us "I'm not too good with living things."

    Apparently she was referring to a houseplant, but still ---- the hilarity of that statement completely escaped her!
    I've done that too. Talking with a patient's mom about houseplants. My mom can grow anything. My neighbor could go grow anything. And I can kill anything!! (Always a reassuring thing to hear from your child's nurse!)


    Quote from canesdukegirl
    So here I am, on the other side of the OR bed helping the anesthesia care provider transfer my pt to the OR bed from the stretcher. My pt was quite sedated from the 2mg of Versed that was given in pre-op and seemed to be confused as to how to scoot himself over to the OR bed. So I patted the OR bed and said, "Bend up your knees and scoot your (another word for a donkey) on over here toward me." Umm....that kinda slipped out!
    You developed a rapport with your patient, what more could a manager want?
    Long ago when I was a CNA, the nurse had gathered up reinforcements because we had to get a cath UA on one of our more ornery old ladies. And she was a big woman too, not so much obese as just big frame, strong lady. This woman had a mouth on her, saltiest language that to this day I have ever heard from a woman, and few men have matched her either. So we're about to start, and everyone is ready for a fight. Lady starts asking, "What are y'all trying to do?" So I take a chance and just say, "Show us your [the word that sometimes comes before "cat"]!" She says, "Oh, y'all want to see my *****? Well here!" and she spreads her legs and we're done in about 2 minutes without any trauma. The nurse says to me, "I can't believe you said that!" And all I could say was, "Well it worked!"

  • Oct 5

    Quote from francoml
    I just wish I had the same opportunities to have those wage increases on my floor. ... When I made the comment about just passing meds I was just coming off a shift on medsurg when that was all that I did. ... I have had over 150 hours of critical care class only to make $22/hr !
    First, want to make med/surg pay at your hospital? Transfer.
    Only passed meds? Probably because they gave the inexperienced float nurse a cushy assignment.
    And if you were paid while you were sitting in all those classes? What are you bitter about. You got paid for training that will make you marketable, and got to sit on your ass in class making $22/hr while your fellow nurses were busting their butts on the floor to earn only $3/hr more.

    Quit whining. You could have it worse. You could be one of the many nurses who graduated when you did and are unemployed. Or could be the patient that you're making all those "life altering" decisions on. (Silly me, on the floor, my decisions are all just what I'm going to eat for lunch or when I'm going to take a pee break.)

  • Oct 2

    Quote from nrsang97
    Its exacerbation NOT exasperation. That makes me crazy . Mrs.Smith dosen't have a exasperation of her asthma she has a exacerbation of her asthma.
    She might be exasperated with it!

  • Sep 28

    Everyone that wants to close visitation, will YOU leave your family member alone in the hospital?

    The answer isn't blanket rules forbidding visitation during whatever hours. It's allowing staff to kick out disruptive visitors. And management standing behind them when they do.

  • Sep 23

    Quote from Esme12
    One day I heard a newer nurse happily chatting away in a room in the ICU and I heard her say....

    "Oh..... I just kill everything I touch".
    Quote from nursel56
    That reminds me of the time one of our family practice docs told a group of us "I'm not too good with living things."

    Apparently she was referring to a houseplant, but still ---- the hilarity of that statement completely escaped her!
    I've done that too. Talking with a patient's mom about houseplants. My mom can grow anything. My neighbor could go grow anything. And I can kill anything!! (Always a reassuring thing to hear from your child's nurse!)


    Quote from canesdukegirl
    So here I am, on the other side of the OR bed helping the anesthesia care provider transfer my pt to the OR bed from the stretcher. My pt was quite sedated from the 2mg of Versed that was given in pre-op and seemed to be confused as to how to scoot himself over to the OR bed. So I patted the OR bed and said, "Bend up your knees and scoot your (another word for a donkey) on over here toward me." Umm....that kinda slipped out!
    You developed a rapport with your patient, what more could a manager want?
    Long ago when I was a CNA, the nurse had gathered up reinforcements because we had to get a cath UA on one of our more ornery old ladies. And she was a big woman too, not so much obese as just big frame, strong lady. This woman had a mouth on her, saltiest language that to this day I have ever heard from a woman, and few men have matched her either. So we're about to start, and everyone is ready for a fight. Lady starts asking, "What are y'all trying to do?" So I take a chance and just say, "Show us your [the word that sometimes comes before "cat"]!" She says, "Oh, y'all want to see my *****? Well here!" and she spreads her legs and we're done in about 2 minutes without any trauma. The nurse says to me, "I can't believe you said that!" And all I could say was, "Well it worked!"

  • Sep 23

    Quote from teeniebert
    D5 1/2NS. Stickiest shower of my life.
    Better than lipids!

  • Sep 19

    Quote from AmberHawkins
    I once had a pt that was admitted for tampering with her stoma to make it bleed and hurt so she could get pain meds (dilaudid, of course). ... Apparently she met a gentlemen out there smoking, ... she gave him a blow job.
    At least it was just a blow job. And not stomal penetrating sex.

  • Sep 16

    Not around THAT long, but did work in a nursing home where we had to rinse the poo out of linens before they could go in the linen bag. That was a fun time after getting everyone up the morning after beef stew nights.

  • Sep 15

    Interesting thoughts, but I'm going to agree with the poster that said that wouldn't be the sole explanation for complaints from 15-1900. Perhaps: staffing cut at 1500 (after all, it's not daytime anymore) and still all the hustle bustle of days? Doctors coming in after offices close and creating lots of orders to be done at the same time dinner trays hit the floor. Patients and visitors getting cranky at the end of the day because they're tired. I think boiling it down to "Type A" and "Type B" nurses is sometimes just another chance to blame staff for what is more of a system type problem.

  • Sep 8

    Quote from Esme12
    The ADHD tendencies of the ED nurse finds the ICU while difficult and interesting...suffocating by tending to the same patients everyday.
    Hehe! I often whine that I should just go work ICU since my floor gets patients that would be in ICU at our sister hospital (and I've got a 5 to 1 ratio where their floors have a 4 to 1.) But I absolutely HATE only having 2 patients. I don't care how much work they are, how interesting they are, how critical they are. BORING. I actually like running from room to room AND TO ROOM TO ROOM TO ROOM.

  • Sep 5

    Quote from Do-over
    Back to the topic at hand - if you all could only see the place we go for a beer in the mornings after work... between us and the guys from the plants it isn't usually pretty. But, we've all been working hard and just want to have a drink and shoot some pool.
    You have bars open in the morning. THAT is so awesome! We have to sneak our own liquor into the Waffle House. And at the Waffle House, my scrubs are about the cleanest thing in there!


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