wooh 33,968 Views
Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'.
wooh is a RN & Critter Mama.
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I will be honest sometimes I don't take break not because my hospital is depriving me of a break but just because I'm behind, and would like to catch up.
The problem is if you're on a unit that doesn't normally get breaks, management will blame YOU and your time management for not getting one.
Luckily I'm now on a unit that we normally do get breaks. Now I may not get my lunch until 9 hours into the shift, but I absolutely WILL take a lunch.
I've also learned that just taking a few minutes to clear your head and regroup actually SAVES time. Sometimes when you think there's no way you have time to stop for at least a break to drink some water (or a caffeinated beverage of your choosing) that's when you most need to just do it.
Hardest nursing? Whatever I'm doing.
Easiest nursing? Whatever someone else is doing.
I don't come to their job sites and hang around to make sure they do their job well. Just give me space and safety to do mine.
Same reason as every other person who has ever passed on this ridiculous story. One of those things people who study human behavior have worked on for years!
Everyone thinks that their situation is different. "Well of course *I* don't abuse my spouse. *I* know all the drugs my mother is on." It's not personal. It's like standard precautions.
You can tell me all you want that YOU don't have HIV or Hep C. I'm still wearing the gloves because there's absolutely no way to tell the difference looking at you whether you have HIV/HepC or don't. It's not personal, it's standard.
You can tell me all you want that YOU aren't someone that needs to be kicked out of the room. But the person that's throwing dad down the stairs? That's kicking their pregnant wife in the stomach? That doesn't know their husband is taking Viagra? THEY are saying the same thing. There's absolutely no way to tell the difference looking at you.
I do not like asking the patient if the family can stay, becasue i do not know the dynamics of the relationship and the pt may feel pressured into saying yes when he/she really wants to say no.
I think plenty of married couples or those couples who live together or are intimate might still have trouble letting their loved one see them nude, helpless, or with dressings, drains, and the like.
This is now my new favorite thread.
We have a place to chart narratives everywhere I've worked. "Patient updated on plan of care, given meal tray, ate pills off floor at own insistence. Family at bedside."
You know you're a nurse when you put a straw in your fast food drink, then look down and realize that you did that "leave the end of the straw wrapper on the tip of the straw" thing to your own drink!
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