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Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'. wooh is a RN & Critter Mama. Posts: 4,988 (74% Liked) Likes: 20,682

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  • 8:32 am

    Ahh, my favorite soap box...

    Quote from PedsNP2013
    I know some of these adults have pediatric diagnoses but this is the reason i chose to do pediatrics because i cannot stand adult patients that act like this.
    I drive an HOUR to work peds. If I wanted to take care of adults, I'd have an 8 minute commute.
    The patients we get, there are services for them in the adult world. They just do not want to transition. We're nicer than the adult hospitals. Because we have a bunch of bleeding heart sweet young girls that never worked adult care and have a complete inability to put their foot down and tell the patient that they need to start acting like a grown-up and take responsibility for their own health.
    It's one thing when there truly is no other alternative, and the congenital cardiac stuff? Fine. The young adults with oncology, until the adult oncologists get up to date on what will work better for them? Fine. But sickle cell? Cystic fibrosis? There are adult programs now. Various handicaps since young? The adult hospitals have people that can take care of them.

    The most irritating thing is that the only time our hospital actually WILL refuse a patient is if it's a young woman that's given birth. So we'll refuse to take a 12 year old that's had a baby, but a 23 year old guy that has multiple kids by multiple women? We'll take him. Even if he's spending the entire hospitalization hitting on every staff member with boobs under the age of 30.

    We have to do mg per kg math. We've got to be up on the developmental processes. We shouldn't have to deal with adult patient drama on top of it.

  • Dec 24 '16

    I feel every shift that doesn't end in me strangling a random administrator is a day I've gone above and beyond.

  • Dec 23 '16

    Quote from RNperdiem
    The guy had taken a stab at the snake that bit him and stabbed himself.
    That's so the kind of thing that I would do....

  • Dec 22 '16

    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.

  • Dec 10 '16

    Thank goodness this thread started. We'd been sooooo long without a young skinny girl telling us fat old women how hypocritical we are...

  • Nov 27 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

    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 '16

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


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