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  • Aug 17

    Okay guys - several posts have been deleted due to TOS violation.

    And...quite frankly I'm surprised several of you with rude comments didn't know about this. These UA containers have been around for years and years. I used them when I worked in the ED which was >11 years ago.

    Just because YOU are not familiar with a device doesn't mean it doesn't exist or that the nurse did something wrong.

  • Aug 17

    Quote from meanmaryjean
    But here's the thing- you had AMPLE opportunity to get all of the other questions right, and didn't. I see this so often, students focus on 'that one question'. No one fails an exam because of one question. One question can be the tipping point for sure- but all of the other questions you got wrong indicate a basic failure to master the exam content.
    Agree. Consider that it is ALL the missed questions that provide inadequate care to a patient. When does that inadequate care actually cause harm?

  • Aug 17

    But here's the thing- you had AMPLE opportunity to get all of the other questions right, and didn't. I see this so often, students focus on 'that one question'. No one fails an exam because of one question. One question can be the tipping point for sure- but all of the other questions you got wrong indicate a basic failure to master the exam content.

  • Aug 17

    Just be careful about appealing this, depending upon the standing the professor has with her colleagues, it could cause you trouble or additional scrutiny in later semesters. That being said, it's not out of the realm of possibilities for you to appeal this. Though I would caution you that she very well could have documentation that she discussed that particular quiz with the other instructors there and determined that the question or two that she initially said would be thrown out shouldn't be. I would also suggest looking into whatever readmission process they have to hopefully allow you to re-enroll in the program and retake the failed semester. If they allow you to, your best bet is to figure out why you ended up failing by so close an amount whereas your classmates passed. Nursing schools are going to be notoriously strict in their grading policies.... rarely will they round-up anything. In any event, once you figure out how you study best/most efficiently, use that so you can pass the program with as high grades as you can manage.

    A classmate of mine failed out by a similar margin, was readmitted and he's been a nurse for just over 3 years now. I failed out, was on the bubble a least once and I figured out my own issues, and was readmitted. In the process I went from a student that the professors were concerned about to a student that the professors never had to worry about, indeed occasionally pointing me out as an example of what a successful student is.

    Best of luck!

  • Aug 17

    Quote from roser13
    Be careful who you aggravate unless you're just about to graduate.

    Some would say that if you're .1 % away from failing, that you really are not showing a mastery of the material and should take the class over. Don't aim for the minimum possible passing score - aim higher.
    I agree with this. If you were close enough to failing that it came down to one question, you weren't grasping the material.

    I'd recommend you take ownership of your inability to reach the required grade, and retake the class if that's an option.

    Fairness is relative. And yeah, it sucks to fail by .1, but the truth is that it wasn't one test that failed you - it was your performance throughout the semester.

    Best of luck to you.

  • Aug 15

    I think that you would do well to listen to your instincts here. The handwriting on the wall is becoming more visible with each 'situation'. These people are letting you know what is going to happen to you in due time and they are not being very subtle.

  • Aug 15

    Most of the trach kids I know IRL have oxygen tanks at home in case of accidental decannulation, plugging, or major desat that requires resuscitation.

  • Aug 15

    Quote from Wuzzie
    No you did not because nurses need a high level of integrity and the ability to critically think. You seem to possess neither of these attributes. You took something that did not belong to you and made excuses, weak ones at that, for it. I am appalled that you actually think what you did is okay. You could have dropped those books off at the school of nursing office and anybody with half a brain could have figured that out. I don't know what kind of "spirit" drives you but whatever it is you need to find a better one.
    I thought for a moment my ethics were just too "high and mighty" when I was thinking OP just walked off with someone else's expensive textbooks and thought they were a gift from god!

    Boy! People sure see what they want to see. Memorizing meaningless colors even. This sounds like some kid's letter to Santa.

    What happens when some patient leaves their wallet or cell phone all out in the open on an overbed table for the public to grab and go? It's gonna take a lot of self control to not assume it was left there by god for me to find.

  • Aug 15

    OP, maybe if you learned proper grammar and how to use periods at the end of sentences, people would be a little more willing to answer your questions.

  • Aug 14

    Your answer was perfect. Bravo!

  • Aug 13

    He is doing OK, just needs to step away for a bit.

  • Aug 12

    Social media

    The use of social media and other electronic communication is expanding exponentially; today’s generation of nurses grew up in a social media milieu.

    Social media provides wonderful online communities for nurses to post and interact. I myself have met amazing colleagues on Twitter I would not have otherwise met. I’ve been on Twitter as @bhawkesrn since 2009 and thankfully never violated HIPAA or posted an over-the-top rant.

    Thankfully because social media is far reaching and nothing can be easily and permanently deleted once posted.

    Poor Judgement

    Lindsay posted a picture of herself on Facebook at a party showing a lot of side boobage.
    It was shocking and hard to reconcile the image of her as a responsible nurse in scrubs with a blatantly sexy picture. Of all the hundreds of images she posted, this may have been most memorable. She took it down, it stayed up only 24 hours, but the damage was done. It’s not that it wasn’t attractive, it’s poor judgment.

    Sheila posted in a large Facebook group that she was looking for a job… because her nurse manager played favorites...unfortunately her nurse manager was tipped off by someone in the same group. It can blur the lines and pose a risk when you friend your boss on Facebook.

    I’ll never forget an ED nurse I knew personally who took a picture of a tattoo located on a patient’s genitalia- what was she thinking? “I’ll never see something like this again, I have to get a picture and show my friends”? To make it even worse, there were four other employees in the group and no one said anything. Until later, when one nurse was bothered by the incident and spoke up. She reported it to the manager, and of course, the nurse was fired.

    My heart goes out to this patient who trusted himself in our care and was taken advantage of.

    Katie Duke, a popular nurselebrity, starred in a medical reality TV show a few years back, ABC’s New York Med. As a nurse in the ED, she dealt with trauma and death every day.

    One day she posted an image on Instagram of a room after a code in a trauma room. A man had been hit by a train and had been treated in this room. If you’ve ever been in a code, you can picture the scene.

    The gurney is gone, leaving a clean floor space in the center of the chaos. The room looks as if a bomb went off, with paper wrappings thrown on the floor, discarded supplies, maybe a bloody get the idea.

    It was an evocative picture but did not reveal any patient information of any sort. Even though she did not violate any HIPAA laws, she was fired that same day from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she had worked for seven years, being insensitive. Katie claims that the image was taken by a doctor, although shared by her, but that the doctor was not reprimanded.

    I’m sure she suffered a lot afterwards and regretted her choice.

    Other examples include nurses posting X-rays on Facebook, employees taking shots of residents in nursing homes, and posting without consent. Sometimes an employee will only receive a warning at work but typically these violations are not taken lightly, and the current trend is to be terminated.

    Impulse and Anonymous Posts

    Impulsive posts, venting, inappropriate humor...we see it all the time on social media. Remember humor doesn’t always translate well in text and can backfire.

    I have been on social media for many years, but never as anonymous. It was a boundary that kept me in check especially when I wanted to vent, and it prevented me from using bad language or making other poor choices.

    My rule is to only post whatever I’d be OK with my mother reading and seeing. If I hadn’t done that, I could easily have sabotaged my own career down the road. I would not have been able to become a nurse author and write a book, I’m sure.


    As professionals, we must never breach hospital policy or violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a law known as HIPAA, that protects patient privacy.
    Most facilities have social media and patient privacy policies in place- be sure and read yours.


    The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) posted a joint statement on professional responsibility in social media. have mutually endorsed each organization’s guidelines for upholding professional boundaries in a social networking environment.

    According to NCSBN Board of Directors President Myra A. Broadway, JD, MS, RN:
    “Nurses must recognize that it is paramount that they maintain patient privacy and confidentiality at all times, regardless of the mechanism that is being used to transmit the message, be it social networking or a simple conversation. As licensed professionals, they are legally bound to maintain the appropriate boundaries and treat patients with dignity and respect,”


    Inappropriate posts on social media can get you kicked out of nursing school, fired, or not hired at all.

    If you think only your “friends” see your postings, remember that curious hiring managers can simply google your name and check your online presence and postings with little effort.

    Protect your online presence and if you question whether you should post something- you probably shouldn’t.

  • Aug 12

    Quote from petcorrector
    I'm in California. An old boyfriend filed a complaint with the BON alleging that I use marijuana and starting that I have psychiatric problems and that I am impaired at work.

    I have depression and adhd, and I see a psych and take meds. My work is flawless. I do have a medical marijuana card, and I would test positive if tested right now.

    Do I need an attorney? Will they contact my employer? Will there be an investigation? All I got so far was a letter informing me of the complaint - no response deadline was included.

    Anyone with experience with this type of situation?
    I have no experience with this type of situation, but I'd stay come to a full stop right now with the marijuana. I've read and heard that the CA BON is very slow when it comes to responding to complaints (and everything else). Hopefully, this might work in your favor? If it does go further, definitely consult with a lawyer that specializes in board issues.

  • Aug 12

    So sad, and so scary. During falls risk teaching in the NICU, I've had moms confess that with their earlier (non-NICU) babies that while on postpartum they had fallen asleep with baby in the bed or chair, dropped them on the floor, and never told anybody.

    Unfortunately, in NICU I find that many parents get pretty ticked off if you tell them not to fall asleep holding baby, since there is too much risk that they'll a) fall and hit their head, or b) roll into a crevice and suffocate. Some parents get really argumentative when you actually enforce this policy, with the mindset of "I'm the parent, don't tell me when I'm allowed or not allowed to to hold my baby," or "You think you know better than I do whether I'm capable of holding right now?" It really puts the nurse between a rock and a hard place, since we have to balance safety with satisfaction scores.

  • Aug 12

    I'm wondering why it took her five years to file the suit.