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    A large man comes rushing into the ER with small infant (1-2 weeks old) in arms, Beating on the door of triage. Backdrop, completely full waiting room with 5 people yet to be triaged in and a "real" chest pain in chair. When questioned about emergency (of course the worst goes through any good triage nurse's mind, resp. arrest, seizure etc.) the man replies "I was turning around and brushed my son's head with my elbow!!!" frantic and near hysteria, the man reports "I put a whole in his head..."
    You guessed it, the baby was fine with a perfectlly normal "soft" spot. The poor man was in tears, and his obviously exhaused "new mom" wife quietly states,"I told him I think it was there before"
    After reassuring the man he did no damage to his infant son, we all laughed and they went home with instructions to call grandma so both could get some well deserved rest!

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    I complete agree with the previous posts, but can offer an alternative solution. When I went through Nursing school (graduating in 2000) I requested a split preceptorship. I had no definate plans where I wanted to start as a nurse, but I was quite sure I did not want to do M/S. I talked with my instructor and together we worked out a plan for me to do half my preceptorship in psch. and the other half with a House Supervisor. Although I chose neither of these as my career, I was extremely pleased with this decision.
    I went straight out of nursing school, with NO hospital experience, into a very busy inner city ER. I use the psych aspect almost eveyday, and after the supervisory aspect, I understand the workings of the WHOLE nursing picture alot better.
    I also agree with the post about investigating the orientation program of the facility you are interested in working in. I now look back at my inexperience in nursing at the beginning and am amazed at the commitment and thoroughness of Nancy (my mentor) when I began nursing. I do not think that M/S is a necessity if you have the right stuff and are serious about nursing and learning. They covered all the basics in school, and as long as you jump at every opportunity to learn, you CAN go straight into ER, ICU or whatever specialized field you choose.
    Good luck, and never be afraid to ask questions!!!

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    LUNCHBREAK?????:chuckle
    I work in a 24 bed ER, 7p-7a, most nights we go down to 3 nurse's and 1 tech at 3am. Not only do we rarely get a break, we were informed last year that we cannot clock out "no meal" unless authorized and signed out by the charge nurse. We'll, that doesn't sound to bad, right. WRONG, how many people at the end of an exhausting 12 hour shift are going to remember to find the time and attendance book, write "NO LUNCH" and chase down the charge to sign?
    Most night I don't remember to pee!!!! Then there are those nights when we might be "slow", and even if I could get a 30min. lunch and 2-15 min breaks, I feel guilty going out of the ER to eat.
    I love the people who, even if all He** is breaking loose in the ER, will pop up and say, "I'm hungry I'm going to eat", even though they have only been there 3 hours and then their gone for an hour. And it's always the same people! Maybe these folks have figured out the system, but my works ethics make it hard for me to leave my fellow coworkers drowning, I know how it feels and I don't like it, so I refuse to do this to others.

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    My favorite comment was from my dad, and I quote "All she does is change bandaids!" I have to tell you how sweet it was when he became SOB and bradycardic (35) and came to my ER while I was working. He now has a much different opinion about "ALL" I do and I can feel the admiration and respect he now has for me.
    Don't let anyone discourage you with their remarks, because only nurse's and good doc's can appreciate what we do!

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    Yes, as it turns out I am about the last person on the entire shift to go to the House Supervisor. I have found out that several people have already brought it up to our Nurse manager and were told "oh just ignore her" I never went to the NM because I knew they were "close" and decided to confide in the HS as a friend. She informed me there are numerous complaints about my CN and encouraged me to call our corperate compliance line. I do not feel comfortable doing this, If someone had a problem with me, I would rather them come to me instead of filing a telephone complaint. The problem is that the CN does direct her comments to me because I called her on the first time she did. She does it to everyone else and I have no doubt behind my back.
    Now I know it is coming to a head and the Nurse Director has become involved. Now I can't wait to see to ramifications in regards to her attitide this weekend!!!
    Thanks for all the suggestions and I'll let you know how it evolves.

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    My current charge nurse has really become hostile to employees. She has a sacarstic remark about everyone and everything. She has no problem making remarks to your face or behind your back. I work a weekdend shift, shich means the same crew works basically the same shifts. Her remarks have really gotten out of hand and everyone seems unhappy.
    The problem is that she has decided I was her "buddy". Even though I am not stupid enough to think she doesn't talk about me behind my back, she atleast doesn't make rude or belittling comments to my face. When she startes in on her downing of other people I do not participate and change the subject. I would be more vocal but she is a very manipulative and back stabbing person. I do not want to tangle with her and do not want to participate in the games she plays.
    The situation has gotten really bad, making going to work a chore instead of a joy. Then, when talking with the House Supervisor the other day, she informed me that "everyone" thinks I am up the Charge Nurse's a**!!!! Because I don't get involved? She even said everyone thinks I am just like her. I corrected her and informed her of my personal opions. The HS wants me to make a formal complaint against the CN. My delema is I know how the CN is, vendictive! She has been with the company 16 years and I do not see her going anywhere. I told the HS this and her reply was "not unless you do something"
    I tried to avoid the CN my last shift we worked together, but she went as far as paging me out of a patients room, "to go outside" (we both smoke)
    I believe I can handle this myself but it is making such a bad work environment. What suggestions can anyone give me?



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