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  • Oct 14 '14

    I think only you can decide what you are comfortable doing. Good for you for standing up for yourself!

    I have resigned from a job shortly after starting because I felt they were providing unsafe care- and I would do it again. I need to feel comfortable and competent in my job.

    That being said- I think 14 patients is actually a fairly low patient load in a nursing home. Maybe a different area of nursing would be a better fit for you? Give it time and you'll find your niche!

  • Sep 30 '14

    Good job and strong work!

    FYI no surprise about the Magnet hospital. In my area they are the easiest hospitals to get hired into since they have the poorest working conditions and highest staff turn over.

  • Sep 18 '14

    I've never seen it personally, but I have a thought. I wonder if the patient's body was trying to keep the neuro perfusion pressure up, so when you dilated blood vessels with sedatives, the body increased HR to increase CO in order to keep the pressure where it wanted it to be in order to perfuse the brain adequately. That's just off the cuff, not sure that is what happened. Interesting!

  • Aug 31 '14

    E icu is a Godsend. I love having them review my charting and helping avert a crisis. Th keep people honest. They call before turning the camera around. Make sure your drips and pumps face forward because they verify those things and vent settings cardiac rhythm etc. On their end.

  • Aug 26 '14

    Best advice: Use the search button - Sorry - there's a bunch of recent threads about this. You can find all the info you need there.

  • Aug 19 '14

    Yeah, what Biff said. I like a challenge and learning new things, but I don't do charity for the hospital.

  • Aug 15 '14

    None. I've worked short so many times and not once have I seen a manager stay around and even pass out ice and blankets.

  • Aug 6 '14

    Ebola continues to spread in Africa. Attempts at containment are failing. Bringing Americans infected with this disease home for treatment makes no sense. It just doesn't.
    Since it doesn't make any sense, my imagination has run rampant. What does the CDC or WHO know that we don't? What possibility exists that would be worth the risk of bringing Ebola to the US?

    Yikes!!! I sound like the jacket on a bad science fiction novel.

  • Aug 6 '14

    Just be careful what you post. My hospital has a whole freaking team that does nothing but search the internet for tags acknowledging the hospital. Recently a group of girls got written up for posting selfies from work (mind you, NO pt information could be seen in the picture)

  • Aug 5 '14

    There is a big difference between dealing with day to day sick patients and a patient with a class 4 contagion which if caught will likely kill you. I for one will not be treating anyone with Ebola, my life is worth more then that.

  • Aug 5 '14

    Absolutely. I'm at the three year mark and I've been having the same thoughts off and on for a year. I work med/surg. I was fantasizing about just walking out last night. Just getting in my car and driving away. I want to keep my license, though, and I really do care about my patients. I generally like my job, but some days I wonder what I was thinking when I went to nursing school.

  • Aug 3 '14

    I find it strange that people are passing judgment on those nurses who don't think they'd want to take on such patients.....saying that these nurses are somehow confused as to what nursing is, why did they become nurses, etc etc.

    Do those of you with the opinion that every nurse should lay down his or her life in the care of someone with a deadly disease ever consider that people become nurses for reasons OTHER than wanting to care for those with absolutely fatal diseases that cause the afflicted person to suffer a horrible death?

    There are MANY avenues of nursing that don't require one to risk life and limb for the care of another person. And many choose nursing for reasons that don't involve the expectation of PPEs as a means of survival.

    YES, of course we all went through the education process in nursing school, we all had the clinical assignments where we learned how to don PPEs and how to handle the various infectious situations that MIGHT come up, were EXPECTED to come up.

    Nowhere in my list of career expectations was cleaning up an Ebola patient ever an option.

    I also believe it's mighty easy to SAY what you'd do in the event you were being pushed into the room of someone with a 100% fatal disease if ANY exposure occurs....but do you really know? And do we really know all of you would be right there to jump into that room in our place?

    There is some measure of human nature that urges some to give themselves a martyr's appearance by claiming they'd throw themselves on every grenade to save the sick.

    Sorry, I do have my doubts. And I firmly believe I'm being much more honest than some others here.

  • Aug 2 '14

    Just remember if you don't know what you listening too then it doesn't matter what fancy stethoscope you have. I can hear murmur just as good with a disposable isolation scope as i can with my master cardiology.

  • Aug 2 '14

    What do you think? What would you do if you were assigned a patient know to be infected with Ebola?
    I know this probably sounds dreadful of me, but I'd probably refrain from taking report and accepting the assignment for the day. I can find another job, but I have only this one life to live...

    In other news, a physician from my city of residence is not allowed to return to the US after having contracted Ebola. This doctor, a hospitalist at the local level one county hospital, visited an African country earlier this summer to do some volunteer medical mission work. He contracted it, and now he is stuck there.

    I would not want to be him right now. The physician suffers as the result of having his heart in the right place and attempting to do good to mankind by offering his service to the sick and infirm. It's such a sad situation all around.

  • Aug 1 '14

    I think what needs to be said and excepted that, and be honest with yourself!. There is always a chance of human error. This error though can effect history!. Yes I think it a real BIG deal!