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Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'. wooh is a RN & Critter Mama. Posts: 4,988 (74% Liked) Likes: 20,649

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  • Jul 22

    Quote from kids
    Would you want a nurse who had cause the death of a patient to care for your loved one?
    I'd much rather be cared for by a nurse that knows their own fallibility than with someone who thinks only a "bad" nurse could make a lethal error.

  • Jul 22

    Quote from old.timer

    nursing is notorious for taking care of others.
    we ignore our own.
    that must change.
    this is every nurse's nightmare come true.
    totally agree.

  • Jul 21

    Quote from Blondenurse83
    When I noticed the veins popping out of the arm of the statute of David in Italy and I was thinking, I could get an IV in him, no problem!
    Skin might be a little tough though...

  • Jul 20

    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.)

  • Jul 19

    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.)

  • Jul 19

    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!"

  • Jul 19

    Quote from Blondenurse83
    When I noticed the veins popping out of the arm of the statute of David in Italy and I was thinking, I could get an IV in him, no problem!
    Skin might be a little tough though...

  • Jul 18

    Quote from Blondenurse83
    When I noticed the veins popping out of the arm of the statute of David in Italy and I was thinking, I could get an IV in him, no problem!
    Skin might be a little tough though...

  • Jul 18

    Quote from Blondenurse83
    When I noticed the veins popping out of the arm of the statute of David in Italy and I was thinking, I could get an IV in him, no problem!
    Skin might be a little tough though...

  • Jul 17

    Quote from Blondenurse83
    When I noticed the veins popping out of the arm of the statute of David in Italy and I was thinking, I could get an IV in him, no problem!
    Skin might be a little tough though...

  • Jul 7

    I'm vegetarian. I don't kill animals for myself. But I'll administer heparin, I'll carry a tray with meatloaf into the room. You can't expect your patients to suffer or your coworkers to do more work to accomodate your beliefs. Don't know what the answer is for you, but you need to work it out without expecting the burden to fall on others.

  • Jul 1

    Quote from HalfMarathoner
    OMG. I assess everyone within two hours, but if I had to actually document all of those assessments (each and every shift) within two hours, well I just don't know how I'd do it. Sometimes I get in at 7pm and can't get assessments and notes into the computer until 11 or 11:30 pm. Jeeeeez.
    One of my coworkers this morning had a column pulled up for 2045. At 0800. We're supposed to clock out at 0715. And yet she was still charting. And I was still there to see her charting.

  • Jul 1

    Quote from grntea
    you know, when you make out a variance report ("meds for south wing given two and one half hours late due to new admission assessment," "no weights done on first of the month, insufficient staff," "mds done 4 days early as i will be away on vacation and there is no one to cover me," "foley catheter care on five residents not done this shift, no time due to extended med pass.") it goes to your risk manager. if you are part of a corporate structure, it goes to the corporate risk manager.

    risk managers get very cranky about this sort of thing, because they realize that when there are a lot of these, they indicate system-wide risk exposure, and that means money (fines, judgments), and that gets management's attention.


    yup, get's management's attention, and they come up with an innovative solution, generally involving giving the nurses yet another form to fill out.

    if everyone does them, especially if you are in touch with colleagues from the other facilities in your network, you could <gasp> have an effect for the better.
    bahahaha! right. like nurses can get together on anything. there's always the few that will just suck it up and do whatever management tells them to do. and depend on the few vocal ones to get in trouble and change things. but because the quiet do gooders won't get behind them, the vocal ones get told, "well nobody else is complaining!"


    Quote from onlybyhisgracern
    i have made many variance reports in my day for other nurses. it came to a point that i was making them on a daily basis and could not keep up with my work and i would leave work hours late doing these reports.
    if there's not time to chart accurately, there's sure not time to chart incident reports for every single thing.

  • 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.


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