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Joined Feb 12, '04 - from 'GA, US'. wooh is a RN & Critter Mama. Posts: 4,988 (74% Liked) Likes: 20,625

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  • May 24

    Quote from Been there,done that
    We get to leave the hospital at the end of our shift. The patient remains... to fight their battle with a life changing event.
    And the patient is discharged, and we keep showing back up.

    We need to remember that, and keep it foremost in our efforts to provide a holistic effort towards patient care.
    I would argue that the majority of us don't need to be reminded of our duty to be selfless martyrs, giving our all to every patient that crosses our path, no matter how obnoxious they may be.
    We've got hospital administration reminding us. (Though they seem to forget it's about the patient when it comes time to pay for appropriate staffing.)
    We have visitors reminding us. (Though they seem to forget it's about the patient when they're asking for coffee for themselves while you're in the middle of caring for the patient.)
    We have the patients reminding us. (Though they seem to forget they aren't the only patient that it's about, there's generally an entire hospital full of them, most being sicker than whomever is complaining the most.)
    And now we've even got staffing people reminding us to ignore our immune system, because calling in is unacceptable, even if your immune system is shot to hades by the stress before you spend 8-12+ hours around a bunch of sick people.

    I'd venture to say that most of us get that "it's about the patients." Heck, what's our most common complaint? Nurse patient ratios are not safe FOR THE PATIENTS.

  • May 24

    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    However, you should never directly say to a patient that you are short-staffed. It can scare them because it makes them think there aren't enough people or resources to adequately care for them, making them feel unsafe.
    Yes, much better for them to think their nurse is just too lazy and incompetent to care for them properly rather than they know the truth.

  • May 16

    Have to agree that a lot of it is just having a good attitude about it. I realize for a lot of people, it does suck. But I snagged a day job when I got the chance. And I've learned so much. But I love when I pick up a night so much that now that I'm going back to school I'm trying to work something out so that I can go to nights and cut my hours without cutting my pay too much. You absolutely cannot match the comraderie that a nightshift team has. There's an "us against the whole wide world" that brings you together. You don't have the resources that day does, so you get creative and learn who you can count on. Who's a good IV stick? Who knows all the policies? Who knows how to do a discharge since they only happen once in a blue moon at night? And the lack of management, it's a wonderful thing. Sure, they don't know the pain that nights is always facing, but if you're like me and don't have a desire to "move up," then face time with management is more likely to get you in trouble than to help you reach your goals. And it's HARD to hide on days.
    It's funny, I've been at my current hospital for a while, worked nights for a while there even, but working nights, I learned all sorts of things that I didn't know working days, because I didn't have to. Like where the vending machine is that has tylenol (since at night, can't send visitors to the gift shop!)

  • May 15

    Meh, probably just annoyed to be getting an admission. Like I am when I get an admit from ED or a transfer from another floor or PACU or one of the ICUs.
    I think part of it though is if you feel like your "lesser" then you're going to feel like you're getting that attitude from the other nurse even if there's really not that vibe going on. I've noticed the more confident that I am with my own skills and knowledge, that it now takes a lot more to offend me than it used to take. I remember when it used to bug me when ICU nurses would expect the kind of report that you can give when you only have two patients from me when I was transferring one of my 6 or 7 or so patients. Now I just say, "don't know" and go on. If they feel "superior," fine. But I'm not going to ever let it make me feel "inferior."

  • May 6

    My sister is special needs. My parents have been taking care of her for over 30 years all on their own. They've NEVER had a respite. My mom is in her 60s and has to lift a full grown adult 2+ times per day. I actually keep trying to convince her to take advantage of some home care services that I know they'd qualify for.

    I thoroughly believe in the respite theories. I get that it's exhausting. I understand when things are new there is fear and being overwhelmed and intimidated. But what I see in the hospital, and I think makes the difference between the annoying families and the families that you'll do whatever you can to help in any way possible is the sense of responsibility vs. the sense of entitlement.

    There are families like my parents, and quite a few of my frequent flyers, that feel it is THEIR responsibility to care for their child, and are appreciative of the help they get fulfilling THEIR responsiblity at the hospital, from home care, etc. These are the ones that if they're in the hospital, I try to give them a respite, a break from the exhaustion of caring for a special needs kid.

    Then there are the parents that feel they're entitled to have someone else care for their kid. Basically they popped out a kid, it wasn't what they ordered/expected, and now it's someone else's responsibility to take care of their kid. If their kid came out without the special needs, they'd likely be taking advantage of their family and friends to babysit all the time and getting mad when they won't help.

  • May 5

    Quote from richardgecko
    My mom told me that a lot of nurses felt fetishized with the caps (think sexy nurse Halloween costume) and that contributed to its demise. It wasnt an infection control issue

    Personally it makes me smile to see the vintage pics of nurses with their caps or being capped at their ceremony. It's beautiful.
    Feel free to wear one. Heck, wear two. One for you, one for me.

  • Apr 25

    If you have a doctorate, call yourself doctor (don't care about the "confusion" thing, PhDs were "doctor" first, so if ther's confusion, physicians need to fix it.)
    But, if you just want to be called "doctor so-and-so" you can get that pretty quick off the internet. Often from the same places you can get ordained.
    Reverend Wooh

  • Apr 24

    They're important for SOME patients. It's like monitors and monitor fatigue. When they're frequently ordered on patients that don't need them, you become immune to them for the patients that do need them.

  • Apr 22

    Quote from thelema13
    He picked her up on discharge and demanded the medical directors name and number, screaming he wasnt going to pay the bill and that he was going to get us all fired.
    Bahaha! Like he was planning to pay the bill anyway....

  • Apr 16

    They don't want to hear the details. What do I do? "I torture children for a living!haha!" And move on. Even adult healthcare providers don't get it. They can find the dark humor in adult tragedy, but most will wince at what these kids go through.
    The details are what coworkers and allnurses are for.

  • Apr 15

    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Who even thinks of that?
    There's a peg for every hole....

  • Apr 14

    Doing peds, I would really appreciate if patients' parents/parents' significant others/people that parents just met in the lobby/etc. could find a form of stress relief other than having sex in patient rooms. And if they're going to do it, could they please stop hitting call lights while doing so. Especially the emergency lights that a staff member MUST GO IN THE ROOM TO TURN OFF.
    I really don't care who you have sex with. But I don't go to the bank/store/wherever and have sex in your workplace, please stop having sex in mine.

  • Mar 14

    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    I will never, ever give narcan, which eliminates the ability to control pain AT ALL for hours, to one of my dying patients. And thank a merciful providence I am no longer in a hospital setting. Press Gainey this.
    I love the use of P-G as an expletive. I find P-G a lot more offensive to my sensitive eyes/ears than the words the site will automatically asterisk out.

  • Mar 7

    Quote from aknottedyarn
    Some of you recall that your vitals may have some relationship with that thing called the Krebs Cycle. ... puts you in a position where the next thing yhou know there is a script for such events.
    I think it might actually be a bit awesome if we got a script that included the Krebs Cycle instead of the usual, "I have the time!!"

  • Mar 7

    Quote from applewhitern
    I have had doctors tell us to not give tylenol unless the temp is 103. But unfortunately, most patients want it if a temp is 99!
    Ugh, it doesn't help that our techs like to tell parents that their kid has a fever if their temp is 37.6...