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  • Sep 17

    I agree with PP about getting air out of the chamber. As far as how to prevent it, I would only program the pump for ~20ml for the saline; just enough to clear the tubing and chamber. Where I worked, we also only used 250ml bags.

  • Sep 11

    Quote from TakeTwoAspirin
    I know, let's not communicate at all with one another! Fantastic idea, just think of all the time we will save! Can't possibly see any problems with that affecting patient care/safety!




    Are you feeling the irony?
    Thank you! My thoughts exactly.

  • Sep 10

    My philosophy? Don't look down your nose at the nurses doing bedside care.

  • Sep 1

    "I'm too sexy for my cap, too sexy for my Danskos, whacha think about that?"

    (Hopefully someone will be old enough to remember that song.)

  • Aug 22

    I remember as a student there were few electronic thermometers, so each pt. had the old mercury thermometers. One day I dropped one, and I was terrified I'd get kicked out of the program for it. We didn't have IV pumps in med surf. back then, so you had to time your IV and put a pice of tape the length of the IV with marks on it for when the IV would reach each time till it ran out. You had to remember when your piggy backs were due to run out.

    Pts. who had cataract surgery were sandbagged on wither side of the bed and not allowed to get up. Pts. who had a choley had huge surgical wounds and were sick, sick, sick.

    The had of the hospital was an older nun who would make rounds every day, checking each floor. Everybody stood t attention when she came through the unit. She was actuarially a nice woman, but boy, did she command respect.

  • Aug 1

    Quote from Esme12
    I don't think they mean to be insulting they are sharing their personal experience on what has been good for them. I can appreciate how personal beliefs helps them be a better person.

    The post intimates that anyone who doesn't believe in Jesus can't be as good a nurse as a believer does. Not only is it insulting, it's just flat wrong. If religion helped the OP through school, terrific. But holding specific religious beliefs doesn't make one "nursier than thou."

  • Jul 31

    Quote from AJJKRN
    Try your best not to let that interaction take up space in your head. People like that usually have major insecurity issues and unfortunately this one just happened to be a nurse.

    Learn the lesson even earlier of how not to treat others when you pass your NCLEX when the time comes!
    Or maybe that "rude" person is dealing with a serious personal health issue; has a family member who is dying; had to deal with a her car breaking down and was just frustrated;had just been reamed out by a doc for something else and took her frustrations out on OP. We'll never know. The point is, episodes like this are not necessarily indicative of psychopathology.

  • Jul 19

    Quote from cracklingkraken
    I wouldn't say I have a phobia of clowns. I certainly hate them and think that they are the creepiest things ever, but not to the extent of a phobia. I HATE spiders though. If one was on my windshield while I was driving, I might crash. No joke.
    One night when I was working in the ED, I went to walk into the med room, when all of a sudden this spider bungee-cord dropped right down in front of my face. I started screaming, and the ED doc came bolting out of the doctors' lounge yelling, "What happened!" I said, "A spider dropped down in front of me!"

    If looks could kill. He said, "I thought someone was out here killing you!" Then he had the audacity to ask me where the spider was. I said, "I stomped it!" He got mad and sad, "I would have released it outside if you hadn't killed it."

    To this day I believe he cared more about that stupid arachnid than me nearly dying from fright.

    ETA:That is probably the most exclamation point filled post you'll ever see from me.

  • Jul 19

    Quote from ixchel
    You people need normal, well-adjusted, reasonable phobias. Like midgets/dwarves and identical twins.
    I'm afraid of clowns, spiders, mimes, heights, enclosed spaces, and Donald Trump's hair.

  • Jul 19

    Quote from CelticGoddess
    I do care. When a non-nurse uses the title nurse and does something egregious, it reflects on the profession. And in SC, it's illegal to use the title nurse (and all variations) unless you are a licensed nurse. At the end of the day it isn't about wether they get the same amount in their paycheck or not. It's about integrity and how this can reflect on the profession.

    A woman in Upstate South Carolina was a clinical instructor and an ED "nurse" without a license. She was finally caught. She had failed out of nursing school and decided that was enough. The amount of harm she could have caused was substantial, and it did reflect badly on the nursing profession. So does the MA/CNA/Tech who tell people they are the "nurse" and screw up. That is what matters at the end of the day.

    It really ticks me off when a "nurse" does something serious that makes the news. Later, it's found out that the "nurse" is an MA/CNA. Of course, news stations never bother to make the correction.

    MAs/CNAs are helpful, but the bottom line is they are not nurses and should not pretend to be such.

  • Jul 19

    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    I have to agree. When I worked in LTC the CNAs would love to pretend to be nurses. I remember one time, very distinctly a CNA came up to me telling me about a resident who was constipated. She told me to give said resident MOM. I was so irritated that she was telling me exactly what to give the resident.

    I I would have said "Why don't you give it? You seem to think you're a nurse."

  • Jul 19

    Quote from pct333
    you all take yourselves way too seriously
    You're right. I do​ take my profession very seriously.

  • Jul 19

    Quote from AcclrtdBSNstudent
    Back to the point though about nursing assistants calling themselves nurses, yes there is a legal issue, but if we can do what we can to let them understand what we are doing and why and what our role is then hey, cool. What harm is there in that? We are a TEAM. Without the nurse aid there is no NURSE. Without the nurse there is no doctor etc.

    While I agree we are a team, there are many units that function without nursing assistants. Without nurses, there would be no nursing assistants, since it takes a licensed nurse to supervise the CNA.

    CNAs are definitely helpful, but licensed professional nurses can and do function without them.

  • Jul 19

    Quote from futurepsychrn

    This thread truly scares the crap out of me! I think it's called "illusions of grandeur" and it's scary how many people know someone that is trying to pass themselves off as a nurse.
    Delusions of grandeur, not "illusions."

  • Jul 19

    I think it's laziness. Laziness if they want to be nurses but don't put the effort into going to school; laziness if they don't take the time to correct doctors/patients who call them "nurse."


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