wooh 29,631 Views
Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'.
wooh is a RN & Critter Mama.
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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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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".
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!
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!
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 !
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.
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.
D5 1/2NS. Stickiest shower of my life.
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.
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.
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.
The ADHD tendencies of the ED nurse finds the ICU while difficult and interesting...suffocating by tending to the same patients everyday.
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.
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