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  • Nov 17
    By klone In MA

    I will generally point at her and yell "LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!" and then I will rip her name tag off her scrub top and throw it on the ground and stomp on it really hard, grinding the heel of my Dansko into it until it's just a pile of sharp shards of plastic. Then I will grab one of the shards of plastic and take her Littmann stethoscope from around her neck and then cut the rubber tubing into pieces.

  • Oct 22

    Quote from Wuzzie
    This is actually quite common in the ECF/home setting. A small gauge butterfly is inserted SQ and a Tegaderm placed over it.
    Wouldn't that then be a sub Q medication?

  • Oct 22

    1. Do the 2 year program.
    2. Stop being the unofficial class president and focus on your studies.
    3. During your year off, work as a CNA.
    4. Figure out why you failed and work to change so it doesn't happen again.

    Not necessarily in that order.

  • Oct 22

    This article shows me that nurses do not understand addiction either by most of these comments. It's not the simple, oh it started with a pain medicine prescription for a toothache. The problem of addiction is much deeper. By placing the problem squarely on the pills, it's leading to much bigger problems.

    Everybody thinks, lets just stop prescribing. Hold the doctors responsible for this mess. No, that's not the answer. The addicts simply then turn to the street and start up on Heroin. I saw this happen to a community I used to live in. Our government patted themselves on the back for shutting down three doctors. The Heroin epidemic is now in full swing. Needle exchange stations have popped up. HIV is on the rise...... because nobody wants to take the actual time to understand and try to fix addiction.

    Meanwhile those with chronic pain are ostracized. Cancer is not the only painful condition out there.

    I strongly encourage nurses to attend an NA meeting. I did years ago and it opened my eyes. These people have problems that started way before taking a Percocet. Most were addicted cited to something else, the percocets were just cheaper. Their addictions often weren't any type of drugs, nonetheless they were an addiction. Pills were easier and cheaper.

    We need to fix why these people don't find everyday life satisfying. I feel that is a societal issue as well as the message is given everywhere that our lives have to be fulfilling and meaningful. People compare their lives to what they see from their friends on social media. They get depressed when they think they don't have as much or don't have the perfect life that all their coworkers and former classmates have. There's too much to put into words on here. But you can see where I'm going.

    We are not the pill pushers. The doctors did not create this. Acute care is not the place to fix this. I'm not treating the pain I see on my unit with an ibuprofen. And while I explain to each patient that their pain will not fully be gone even with narcotics, I do my best to get it under control.

    I'm tired of the evening news doing shows on it every night. Those people understand the least and the pendulum is getting ready to fly in the wrong direction 100% with people who are in horrible pain getting a Tylenol and ibuprofen which is laughable, to say the least. I've never had a Tylenol do anything for pain. It helps with fever. Too many ibuprofen will destroy your stomach.

    Let's actually deal with the problem. It's going to take a lot of money and work, but let's actually get the government and mental health professionals to deal and fix the problem.

    I'm not going to at my level, nor do I want to. I don't have the resources nor do I have the time at the acute care level to do it. I'm treating their pain by the number I'm told.

  • Oct 20

    I hate this article and others like it because this endless discussion about opioid addiction has made pariahs and outcasts of genuine chronic pain patients. It has become trendy to immediately reject any notion of pain relief for "fear of addiction". While I do not condone pain pill misuse or over-prescription of medication, I absolutely rue the day this became a conversational topic in America. Why? Because I live with chronic pain. I am lucky to have an excellent doctor but I fear for those who can find no relief because of the few who abuse. If they don't have pills then they'll abuse something else...I'm not concerned with those decisions, but I am concerned with those who live in agony because they are denied legitimate treatment because of some draconian view that no one can received adequate medication because they'll become a drug-addled addict if they take opioids. It is coloring the way young nurses look at pain relief and I don't like it one bit. You've already seen the discussion on here where nurses are looking down on patients who request their meds.

    I just pray that I can have a day without pain. I'd like to wake up and be able to have zero pain, to stand for more than 5 minutes without my back giving out, to know what it's like not to be rolling around the bed in agony because someone accidentally knocked my chair while I was sitting in it. Until then I have to take medication so I can function. Don't take it away please.

  • Oct 20

    I wonder if your supervisor was concerned that you are in a domestic violence situation. That might be why she offered EAP. That would be my first concern if I had an employee with bruising they attempted to cover up with no explanation for what happened.

    If you are comfortable telling your supervisor the truth how you got the bruise, I would do that. I'm sure she was just wanting to make sure you are safe, and to offer some assistance if you aren't safe.

  • Oct 11

    Quote from Haarlem
    I wish I did. My husband, out of his own initiative, told me that he thought she had a very distant/aloof demeanor.
    My nurse did not even call my husband in until the last 10-15minutes in the PACU. I had been there for 2 hours. When he asked at the nurses' station why he wasn't allowed in earlier, they said that he was allowed in much earlier. It was all just weird. :/
    That's been the standard rule at every PACU I've worked in, been a patient in, or had a family as a patient in. Typically family aren't allowed back until just before the patient leaves, or the patient is brought out to the waiting room or an exam room and that is when family is first allowed to visit.

  • Oct 11

    I'm sorry this happened, or that you felt that way.

    I really don't see any benefit to dwelling on it aside from, as you said, remembering to try to see things from others' POV when you start practicing as a nurse. Fair warning, though, you won't be able to anticipate everything every patient could want/expect based on their own perceptions and life experiences. You also aren't going to prevent a person here and there from feeling that you shouldn't have chosen nursing as your profession, I guarantee it.

    On the other hand, if she said, "I have no obligation to help you" then maybe she actually is the worst nurse ever. I have never once heard any nurse say that to a patient in my entire career.

  • Oct 11

    Moved to Pt/Colleague Relations. Very sorry for this experience.
    Since you were just coming out of general anesthesia, is it possible you misinterpreted this?

  • Aug 19

    You're a supervisor of nurses and you're not a nurse yet? What kind of facility is this?

  • Jun 20

    What a strange perspective. To wish yourself into some type of illness in order to sleep and push a call bell?

    I think the day a hospital-worthy illness hits you, you will see the folly of your envy. Sleeping 24/7 is highly overrated by healthy folks.

  • Jun 20


    I am assuming you work with older adults living in some sort of a nursing home? I NEVER envy the older folks I work with. The feeling of helplessness that one must feel to have to push a button in order to be able to go to the bathroom......yeah no thanks.

    And if you work in a hospital with acutely sick patient.....they are obviously there for a reason (aka sick) so why the hell would I be envious?

    Sorry, this post is ridiculous.

  • Jun 19

    I just posted this meme on facebook when I passed last year haha. Congratulations! I am sure everyone will be happy to find out the good news
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  • Jun 16

    Sooo I just got offered the job! Guess it just goes to show that you can never truly decipher what someone means over email lol. I'm so surprised tho.

  • Jun 16

    Quote from GrumpyRN
    If there are a lot of people going for the same post and everyone is pretty equal then you need some way to cut applicants.
    One person I knew when the advertisement for the post said apply on a form would reject people who also sent a CV (resume) because as she said if they can't read the advert then I can use this to whittle people down.

    You, unfortunately, have given a perfect excuse to reject you because,
    a) you were told you would hear from them and you contacted them.
    b) You made a silly typo.

    Not fair I know but sometimes that's all it takes to separate the sheep from the goats.

    Don't let this worry you too much, happens to us all and good luck in the future.
    A silly typo which you wouldn't have made had you spelled out "June" instead of taking the less formal route of typing 6/5. In that situation, I think I would have spelled out the date (more professional) and proofread the email a few times before sending it. I'm thinking you're probably no longer in the running for this job.

    I once applied for a job at the University of Iowa and used a template I had created back in the days when computers and word processing were really new. I addressed it to the "University of Idaho" at the Iowa address. Guess who didn't get that job?