Anna Flaxis, ASN 24,877 Views
Joined Oct 15, '10.
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Okay, so this particular student was frustrating. But don't let it spoil you on all students. Many, many students are respectful and grateful for the learning opportunity and will be more than happy to follow your direction and learn from you what they can. Remember how when you were a student, there were some nurses that you held in awe, who treated you with courtesy and were happy to teach you. You can be one of those nurses. Chin up. Move on. Better luck next time!
The doctors do it where I work.
Why should any further study be done?
A headache certainly can be an emergency, although I do agree that most of the time, it is not. But this is what the triage process is for - to use the tools at our disposal to determine whether we suspect an emergency condition exists and get that patient in front of a doctor sooner, or if it is less likely that an emergency condition exists and the patient can wait.
I went to the ER last night & was diagnosed with an ear infection. Are you telling me that I should've waited until Monday to see my PCP? I think we both know that, that's a bad idea.
Migraine sufferers need help right away. It's not a life threatening emergency, but their suffering is profound.
The way I see it, each of us falls somewhere on a continuum. On one end is a very low threshold for distress, and on the other end is the opposite. Most of us don't fall on one end of the continuum or the other, but rather, somewhere in-between. Where we fit in the continuum is not static- it shifts during different stages in our lives, when we're undergoing personal stressors such as divorce or the death of a loved one, or when we ourselves fall ill or aren't feeling well, to name a few circumstances. Additionally, each of us has a different set of tools that we are equipped with to help us cope with distress, and new tools can be learned.
For me, when things aren't going as planned and I feel like I'm hanging on by the skin of my teeth, this is "eustress". I find it exhilarating and it brings out my better qualities. For others, variance from the predictable routine is a cause of "distress" (google "eustress vs distress").
Congratulations on being someone who is able to adapt and cope with the stressors involved in nursing more fluidly than many of your peers. You probably fall closer to the end of the continuum with a high stress threshold, and you probably have some great tools in your coping toolbox.
Unfortunately, as the above poster points out, your post does come across as condescending. Experience will remedy that in time, as experience has a way of humbling us.
Don't get me wrong- I'm glad that you seem to be doing so well in your first year out of nursing school. It's a tough time for most of us- and thank you for the tips you've shared.
But just....maybe tone down the air of superiority just a little bit?
I mean this in the kindest way possible, but this is a patient that I would definitely be worried about. Not being able to read the hospitalist's handwriting is no excuse for not knowing what the plan is for this patient. It shouldn't take the monitor tech overstepping to spur you to act. You are the nurse. The buck stops with you. Again, I don't mean to be unkind. I hope you take my feedback in the spirit of improving your practice and doing better in the future.
Well I guess since I have had the throat/ear pain for awhile & was prescribed an antibiotic, the doctor felt differently.
Is it bigger than a bread box?
I definitely feel that I get hung up on "phrasing" - for instance instead of saying "patient walked to their bed" my preceptor tells me I should say "pt is ambulatory"
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