Kooky Korky 18,720 Views
Joined Feb 12, '10.
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Patient presented during a blizzard. Complaint: erectile dysfunction x 12 years. We did not solve his problem during that very brief visit.
Saw a patient once who had gotten a tetanus shot for an injury corrected in the doctor's office 1 year ago...still had the bandaid on!
Abdominal pain started 2h after eating mcdonalds. Admitted to tele for a full cardiac workup. Arrived with 4 more burgers in a mcdonalds bag and was irate when told he was NPO for stress test or cath in AM.
Bicycle pump where the sun don't shine. At least the guy flat out admitted why he stuck it there and didn't try to come up with some crazy wild tale that no one would have believed anyway.
Had a patient roll into PCU with a red toe. That was it. No other hx. A red toe, in a PCU bed.
MRI done, nothing. Blood cultures, clear. Pt requested to have the toe amputated....AND THEY DID.
She was on the unit for like a week.
Most ridiculous thing I've seen in 12 years.
its another example of why we need a free universal healthcare system.
Where is the patient's motivation to get better, try and get a job and a life etc. the hospital will take a part of every paycheck he ever earns to pay his hospital bills...
As far as the suspension goes, I am sorry to hear that management did not do more to speak to the family and then you. I could understand management asking you to apologize and possible take communication classes? But suspension is a lot. Especially when it seems the family was okay after the apology.
To be suspended over that sounds as though you've made some enemies where you work. I would keep my mouth shut and my head down if I were you.
You seem to have a "history" with a lot of people. Just sayin'.
It appears that this body odor conversation is perhaps the straw that broke the camels back?
You stated that this was perhaps retaliation for a conversation an hour earlier and that you have a history with one of the staff (a charge nurse) who participated in the suspension discussion.
How long have you been at this place of employment, OP? What is your history here like?
It just seems like overkill for a body odor discussion, however insensitive it may have come across.
I got a letter about 2 months before end of my contract stating the board had approved my discharge date- I tried to log in that morning for a drug screen and I got the message my user number was not recognized. Wrote an email to be sure and got confirmation I was done. No hoops, no drama- just done.
As for the 12 step programs- I don't participate- I got a dog, spend time with friends, go to yoga, put myself first.
Congrats on finishing up your monitoring program. I have been clean since '96 (hard to believe it's been over 20 years!). I am a believer in "meeting makers make it." I go to no less than 2 or 3 meetings a week (NA) and am involved in some form of service, always. I am a CNRN (Certified Neuroscience RN) and currently getting my PhD in Nursing with a thesis topic of the Neurobiology of addiction and it's impact on the nursing profession. I have learned a great deal about rewiring and neurogenesis/neuroplasticity with meeting attendance, step writing, prayer/meditation and so on. What I do know is...5 years is just the beginning, not the conclusion. Whether it is good news or bad news, the reality is we have brains that just don't make enough Dopamine. Using makes that worse, recovery makes that better. Good luck and big cyber hugs to you! Suzanne
Terrible human being
Second career student here.... I just want to say- I love all the nurse posts, such as Tell On Yourself If You Dare, and remember the one about the way things used to be done, like crank beds, being admitted prior to surgery for a full work up, and cardiologists smoking on the floors? Loved that one!!!!
So, I hope the students don't get kicked out, because I love the actual nurse posts and advice given. I felt like I wrote a better admission essay because I have already gotten so much great advice on here from reading your comments on various threads.
Of course since I'm a student I also appreciate the posts that recommend helpful tools for passing the NCLEX, or tips from current students about things that they thought were helpful to bring with them to clinicals.
So, I say, bring on the nurse posts and helpful student posts!!! I like the stories such as the recent home health nurse making a difference, and articles where I can learn about different specialties, as well as any tips offered to students/new nurses.
I think nurses would feel more open to staying over if they saw that adequate staffing was a concern to ALL nurses employed there helping out with staffing. That includes management, education, infection control, MDS, QA/QI, Restorative, etc.
They have the same licenses just like the line staff. Besides a show of solidarity, it could also imbue a sense of 'reality orientation' to all those with the unrealistic demands upon that same working line staff.
Yeah, I know. When pigs fly ...
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