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Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'. wooh is a RN & Critter Mama. Posts: 4,988 (74% Liked) Likes: 20,742

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  • Aug 15

    I couldn't do it. I love animals more than people, can "hurt" people to help them, makes me too sad to hurt animals to help them. When I helped out at an animal shelter, I could force myself to give the animals vaccinations but could NOT microchip them because the needle was just too big. But I'd stick a human with that sucker any old day.

  • Jul 26

    Quote from G MA RN
    Nursing is not a job its a calling and if you are not prepared to fully commit to your duties as a health care giver, find another career.
    Great. Another martyr.

    It's easy. With any call, just say, "Sorry, but I have other plans, I'll be back on Saturday." Don't elaborate. Don't tell them what your plans are. Don't defend yourself. Don't argue. Just, "Sorry, but I have other plans, I'll be back on Saturday."

  • Jul 21

    Quote from Cuddleswithpuddles
    I accidentally spilled some vancomycin on my shoes yesterday while throwing away an old bag and wondered "Does that count as getting them clean?"
    You can give an antibiotic pill that falls on the ground because the antibiotic will kill the floor germs, right?

  • Jul 8

    Quote from OCNRN63
    See, I think it sounds like a toothpaste. I even have a jingle in my head (music included):

    "If you want your teeth gleaming white,
    Try the new toothpaste...Fomite!"

    I wish I could put the music for it here, but I am not that tech savvy.
    I just sang it in my head!! LOVE!!!

  • Jul 8

    Stolen from someone on another thread and then mangled: I used to be a people person, then I became a nurse.

  • Jun 17

    Fabulous idea. Alternative is anoxic brain injury or death. I think if someone gets the narcan and the education that goes along with it, it's like an epi-pen. Waiting for EMS for narcan is subjecting the person to the exact same risk that waiting for EMS for epi does. Brain cells dying.

    Of course, we see people with allergies as "innocent" and drug users as "asking for it."

    Some might not call EMS after giving it. Person that OD'd is in no more danger there than they would have been when nobody called EMS after NOT having narcan available. Some might be surprised by the agitation. Nobody hanging out with someone that would have narcan is going to be surprised by agitation from a drug user. Especially if they've gotten the narcan education.

    Instead of basing this on moral outrage at enabling drug users, we need to look at it practically. And practically, this is a great plan.

  • Jun 17

    I'm kind of an angel of death. It's not that I make patients die, but I don't mind if patients die on my watch, so I tend to get assigned to ones that are going to die. (After all, if wooh doesn't mind, why give the patient to someone that will spend the whole shift saying, "Hold on until shift change!")
    I've noticed, you can be with someone nonstop, then they go the second they're alone. My spiritual side kind of feels like it's a moment for just them and their maker. Families will stay, the step out for coffee, for just a moment, that's when they go. Actually saw a patient, overnight the nurse just didn't want her to die on her watch, and she did, for about 5 minutes, was even pronounced, then big old breath, came back until I kid you not, that nurse had given report, clocked out and walked out the door. Died AT that moment. If they need someone with them, someone will be with them. It will happen the way it's meant to happen.
    Here's why I think I can handle being the one that handles a lot of "expiration" paperwork better than a lot of my fellow nurses. I know one thing well. Death is not a failure. It's hard for those of us that do a lot of "healing" to keep that in mind. We take our CPR classes and we watch our monitors and we do all the things needed to keep people alive. It's what we do. And even if you know that there are worse fates than death, even if you know that people are going to die, I think that it takes some real pondering on that to KNOW it so deep down that you can counter all that training that tells you, "Gotta save them!!"
    I think it helped that I started my healthcare career in a nursing home, where death happens a bit more frequently than elsewhere. There's really something very special about knowing that you kept someone comfortable in their final moments. You don't have to be there with them at the moment. Just knowing that someone's last moments on this planet were warm, dry, as comfortable and painfree as possible... And knowing that you were a part of making that happen for them... It's a privilege. It's as far from "failure" as you can possibly be as a nurse.
    You did good. You made her last moments more comfortable. In my opinion, THAT is what being a nurse is about.
    Have yourself a good cry, there's nothing wrong with that. And feel good about your work, you were far from a failure. You were a nurse.

  • Jun 15

    Quote from wannabe2008
    I wear
    Die mid-sentence from being near a person wearing scrubs after work?

  • Jun 15

    workingharder, I'm glad you were prepared. I wasn't as prepared one day. No N95 mask. No nitrile gloves. I grabbed some lysol on the cleaning products aisle, but it was too late. I died. I am a fomite victim. And to top it off, I was arrested for shoplifting. When should I report it to the board of nursing? And do I need to tell them that I'm dead?

  • Jun 15

    Well obviously they're floozies if they're drinking beer and dancing. Not to mention they're GIANT FOMITES!!!! They'll take the bar germs into the hospital. Grandma will probably get drunk off the second hand beer on their scrubs.

  • Jun 15

    I've been at work all day, knowing what rooms I need to wear gowns in to avoid the germs. You've been to Wal-Mart. Who knows who had the buggy before you. Who pawed the banana you're picking up. Who sneezed while looking at underwear. Who was just released from the hospital with a still oozing wound and picked up some gum on their way home.

    If my scrubs keep you and your Wal-Mart worn FOMITE clothes sitting further away from me, all the better for me.

  • Jun 13

    Great, another "let's rant about every bad nurse we've ever met" thread where we all get to feel superior because we're so much more caring.

    Quote from applewhitern
    We have a problem with cell phone usage at my facility. They won't ban them, because they say a child might need to call, or some other emergency. Staff is on their phones constantly. It is unprofessional, and rude. There is no excuse for anyone having to wait one hour for a dilaudid refill. I would be knocking some heads over that.
    How exactly does a nurse being on their cell phone make the pharmacy deliver the dilaudid any slower? Because everywhere that I've worked, it wasn't nursing that was the delay in a PCA refill, it was pharmacy. Of course the nurses always make a perfect target for any frustration with the delay.

    Quote from blueheaven
    He had been up at the bedside almost an hour before I got there ... (mental status was a little shaky at times) ... I stood at the door looking out toward the group and finally after 15 minutes someone acknowledged me. ....
    Exactly 15 minutes? Not 14? Or 16? Although I'm sure your perception of time was better than the man with "shaky" mental status, who couldn't remember to call for assistance but knew the exact amount of time he'd been sitting on the side of the bed. I'm sure in your time as an ICU nurse you've NEVER had someone perceive their wait for you to be longer than it actually was.

  • Jun 12

    Quote from outrunningzombies
    If you're on a regular floor (ie not the ICU), you do realize your nurse probably has 5 other patients, in addition to your granny?
    At night that would be a low guesstimate. I'd bet AT LEAST 5 other patients.

  • Jun 8

    Yes, I hate when physicians touch my pumps, monitors, side rails, bathroom lights...

  • Jun 5

    Quote from Bubbles
    Why do you say pee instead of urinate?
    Why did you urinate on OP's cheerios?