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  • Feb 22

    So I am not a nurse but wanted to share this with all of you still. I see how hard the nurses and CNA's work. I am a patient and this is my fourth facility. My second facility I was in I had a nurse come in at 2:30 in the morning, flipped on the lights and said I am here to give you your shot! I said Shot? What kind of shot? He then told me it was my Insulin shot. I said Insulin? I am not Diabetic! He said oh you are not? I said no I am not. He then said I must have the wrong room. I was glad I caught it the first night and the second and third night. After the third night I told the DON (I reminded the nurse the other two times.) I also told the DON I did not get my meds the night before. She talked to him because he came and tried to convince me he had given me my meds. My meds had been counted to which he replied well I know I gave her some meds!! At that point he was put on suspension, the DON was fired and he came back within a day. The Center Director told me I made accusations against his staff. A month later or so he passed away of a overdose. I am not putting blame on him persay how ever there was evidence he was rushing through his med pass. My concern was the possible of insulin shots when I am not diabetic. I had seen this in another facility I was at. When I did HR and Payroll I made sure I had checkpoints in place to ensure my work was correct. Is there anyway of adding checkpoints to med passes as well? And the doctor that barked orders, did you repeat back what he told you? Thank you to all of you for what you do.

  • Feb 22

    Wow, seriously you guys with all the hate? I was asking a serious question and NO IT'S NOT A DENTAL ISSUE. I floss every night and have perfect teeth and gums and have never had a cavity.

    And YES, I wanted to slap the nurse, b/c we were taught that you are supposed to roll up the dirty bedding gently and so that the dirty side is on the inside, while having the dirty linens bin nearby, not just fling it all over the place and eventually onto the floor, causing debris to go everywhere.

    The residual "taste" has mostly gone away, and I have several nurse friends who have confirmed that they have had this happen as well.

    So, yeah, you can all get off your high horse. Jeez...

  • Feb 22

    [QUOTE=EllaBella1;9347974]Just wait until someone rips a sock off in front of you, and you experience the wonders of dry foot flakes snowing down upon you/into your mouth/hair.[/QUOTE

    I call that gomer dust. Inhaled a lot over the years, with no untoward effects. However, I learned to mask up whenever removing stockings of any sort.

  • Feb 22

    OP's situation seems odd. I have only worked with organizations in which PTO was actually accrued time (X number of hours per pay period), so it's $ that is actually owed to the employee and must be paid when they terminate. Seems very odd to me.

  • Feb 18

    How many nurses forget where they started? We didn't start off knowing how. It took many tries to gain that experience.

  • Feb 18

    There are nurses who don't start IVs. Like anything, it's a skill, and if you don't practice it regularly you become rusty. Residents/MDs don't typically start IVs that frequently. But they also perform other tasks more competently than I do.

    We are all equally important members of a healthcare team. I don't see why it's necessary to make fun of residents because they don't often start IVs.

  • Feb 18

    One of the best things about working in a small school is that I get to know these students pretty well. I also have a ton of frequent flyers. So one of my usual ones came in this morning with the same old complaint of her belly hurting. Took her temp, gave water, set up the heating pad. Asked the typical questions, what did you eat for breakfast, when did you last poop, etc. But I could tell this was more nerves. So I asked her what was going on today in class and how it is Valentine's Day which means you can't get sick because of all the fun that will happen in class. She broke down and said that she left her Valentine cards in her dad's car and the secretary wouldn't let her call home. I get that, the secretary doesn't want to have the students use the phone if they forgot something. She's tough. But my mommy heart broke so I whipped out construction paper that I have in my office and we decorated 16 little cut up pieces of paper with stickers and she signed her name in less than 10 minutes. The teacher was so thankful because apparently she was so upset that she couldn't focus in class. Glad that I was able to make her day a little better.

  • Feb 17

    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Some certainly can be, although I agree that most are not ...and not just psychiatric patients, but maybe that's the OP's current field and current concern.
    Absolutely agree. I work in forensic psych and these patients *are* a danger, thus why they are where they are. It takes a lot of time and work to get someone deemed ready for release into the community. And sometimes, that never happens.

  • Feb 17

    Quote from brownbook
    I am more unsettled that a nurse who is working in Psych and is afraid the patients are somehow a danger to her!

    Patients with serious psychiatric illness are not a danger to the public, including any care givers they come into contact with during their hopspitlization.
    Not all patients on a psychiatric unit have a serious psychiatric illness. Some are criminals who may or may not have a psychiatric illness. Nurses on a psychiatric unit should not presume they are safe.

  • Feb 17

    Others have commented on your current position, so I won't other than to say that if it doesn't work out, there are others. Someone mentioned telephonic jobs. Another option is hospice. There are no compressions over the phone or in hospice.

  • Feb 17

    What are the chances of people needing CPR on the floor and not a bed? The reason I ask this is the last time I did my CPR update the guy that ran it was an ex paramedic and rode bikes, he taught us how to do chest compressions with our feet so if we'd been pillioning on a bike and had come off, we could still perform the compressions with broken arms. He also taught this way to people who were smaller such as teenagers and the elderly.

  • Feb 17

    I wouldn't necessarily assume you can't do CPR. I have the same condition you referenced, among others, which are more commonly known as just a "bad back". I see a physical therapist regularly and one of the first things we worked on was common movements at work including CPR. With the right technique, it's possible to produce high quality CPR even with a delicate bad back.

  • Feb 16

    I recently got promoted to a nurse manager within my department and I'm going to tell you what my mom told me, "Make new friends at the level you're on." Shortly after starting I realized that my teammates (now my employees) will never understand my role because they have never been there. It's sort of like telling a person that's never been married what marriage is all about.

    I remind myself daily what it's like to walk in their shoes and what can I do to make it better. I know that you're doing all you can but diligence is key. Sooner or later things will turn around. You've made a great career move and your heart is in the right place so don't let the negativity get you down.

    I'm rooting for you!

  • Feb 14

    Its not easy to be a nurse, nor is it easy to be human at that. We make mistakes. We have feelings. We have opinions. And we also have judgements because thats human nature. But we are nurses. We should strive for excellence in health and it is our job and duty to do. So although after 10 hours on shift we may be tired, irritated, frustrated, and quite possibly stewing over the judgements we have made about this patient or that patient. I believe as nurses we can rise to the challenge of trying not to judge our patients. It is not easy and of course we may catch ourselves doing it, but in the moments we do catch ourselves lets try to just take a step back, breathe, and remember we are all imperfect humans. never hurts to try.

    Last night was a rough one. As I attempted to lay a patient down for the 15th time I slowly found myself in a state of total irritation. Thinking in my head why does she keep doing this? I swear this only happens to me! Ok, now she is doing it on purpose! And lastly I found myself thinking wth is wrong with you?!? But as slowly as the irritation came on it quickly subsided when i heard her say..."Im sorry i cant sleep, my brain wont."

    This stopped me from what i was doing as I was reminded of why i was there. I was there bc she needed help, because she needed to be safe and well. I was there to do a job, not to judge her and wonder almost aloud what was "wrong" with her. I took a moment, we sat down, we watched TV, we talked about why her brain wont work. She smiled and laughed for no did I. After an hour, guess who was ready for bed? After doing the bedtime routine for the umpteenth time I found myself alone and in silence.

    But I also found myself with a new way of thinking and the simple way of thinking can change so much for so many. Because as nurses our job is to provide care to people during what is likely some of the most difficult and trying times of their lives. We also tend to major catalyst in the way someone is cared for. We are all human and during rough times we may not always be at our finest moments or remember how much our small actions and thoughts affect the way we treat others and reflect how we feel towards them. We must remember this about our patients always but we must also remember this when it comes to our fellow nurses and all humans alike.

    When you see the man yelling at all the staff down the hall and you think to yourself geez what a grumpy old man. Or when your brain injured client ask you the same question 13 times in 5 minutes, you think omg why do keep asking the same question?!? Or when you never seem to see the parents of that 4 year old peds patient and think to yourself, I would never leave my kid alone in the hospital. Well during these moments remember to stop, take a breath and not judge. Maybe that old man knows he is dying and is having a difficult time coping. Maybe that brain injured client didn't ask to be hit by a drunk driver and spend the rest of her life permanently confused. And maybe that parent you never see is struggling to work full time and provide for the other 3 children still at home.

    In times of sadness, illness, life changes, and everything in between let's all stop to remember our patients are only human, just as we all our. Our job is not to judge those whom we don't know, but to heal our patients and provide them with care and comfort during times of distress or need. Sometimes a simple smile or words of encouragement go far beyond what you know. And sometimes when we open our eyes just a little wider we learn to accept the fault of being human and we also allow ourselves to see our patients as they truly are...not as just another patient but as a person.

  • Feb 14

    Quote from Onmyway110>
    OP never came back? Obviously she thinks she knows best how to fix her call in issue. Why bother posting a question when you don't care for answers that aren't your own? I smell troll. This thread should be closed.
    Even if the OP was a troll or simply someone with her mind already made up and determined not to consider any alternatives, the thread serves a purpose. Maybe someone else had the same question but didn't get around to posting it, or maybe it makes folks think about how they use their sick time and why. No reason to close a thread just because a troll started it!