Anna Flaxis, ASN 29,164 Views
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Hypothetically, put the shoe on the other foot: you've got 30 minutes left in your shift; you need to close your charts out; answer those last minute call lights (@ opposite ends of the unit); check your charts in case some [damn] doc has sneaked an order in there you missed; gather your thoughts and brain sheet for report; take Mrs. "I can't go, Nurse!" off the pan for the eighth time today; check a blood sugar on Mr. "I don't feel so good."
Night shift is drifting in; an admission takes 45 mins to an hour, minimum. How would you feel, getting a phone call for an admission? Seriously, you've just handed him or her an hour's worth of work, paperwork to follow. You also know this will put you overtime, for which admin will now question your parentage.
I'm just saying give the freshly resuscitated customer a couple of moments to be monitored and then transfer him/her.
BTW, yes I also worked the ER and we WERE EXPECTED TO CHECK THEIR SKIN TOO!
Ativan 0.5-2mg IV or PO PRN nausea, vomiting, pain, anxiety, insomnia, patient request, RN discretion, or any other complaint
Pharmacy didn't verify that order for some reason
Well, now she might (know the real Paco USA was standing right behind her)
I think it's a real mistake to believe that an orientation is intended to be an all inclusive training program for a particular unit. Putting that notion forth just leads to unrealistic expectations on the part of the new nurse and the unit.
The real learning occurs once the ties are cut and the new nurse starts taking patients. The idea that someone could be completely and adequately prepared for a Tele unit in even 12 weeks isn't reasonable using that logic.
New nurses should be scheduled on days so there are plenty of resources around to help, but after more than a month of hand holding, it's time to leave the nest.
Wow , what a Jerk, Jerk Off, and yes PA are not MD ...you should call him by his first Name.
I see people complaining about the amount of NPs being created, however it is good that nursing is addressing the problem of healthcare provider shortage. .
Family doctors are more critically needed than ever. NPs are not the equivalent to an MD no matter how much some think they may be.
Wow. There are more people applying than residnecy spots? How is that possible..... we have a physician shortage so why do they keep it so low on purpose tou have toask.
Assuming this is not a rhetorical question, to put it simply, the smaller the sample size, the less precise the information is.
How about we talk to our patients instead of each other, ask them about where they live, what they do, who's waiting for them? do they have kids?
So still an easy and relaxed conversation and they are not just listening in, but participating.
I agree with previous posters that discussing the outcome of the election in front of patients was inappropriate. There are some potentially divisive topics like for example politics and religion that are best avoided altogether in the workplace, especially so in front of patients.
Not to defend the staff who discussed the election, but I do wonder if the fact that the campaign had been so vicious and the voters so polarized might have contributed to the inappropriate conduct. Less than 24 hours after the result was in, I assume many people were still reeling from shock of the election outcome. It might have made people who wouldn't normally talk about things like politics in front of patients become more "loose-lipped" as they were processing the result of the election.
As I've already mentioned, I don't think that politics and religion are ever suitable topics for staff to discuss amongst themselves in front of the patient. But I do think that there are times when staff discussing less incendiary topics in front of patients can actually be beneficial. Of course it depends on the patient, we all have different preferences but as a nurse anesthetist I find that patients often find it calming when the medical team around them are relaxed enough to discuss their dinner plans or child's birthday party or whatever. I've had many regional anesthesia, minimal or moderate sedation, surgical patients express that they get scared when the team is all quiet and focused on the job. Even though I'm talking with my patient, the silence from the rest of the team, makes the patient fear that something's not going well since the team is concentrating so hard instead of talking and sounding like they're having a routine day at work. Some patients certainly prefer this quiet focused on the "task at hand" approach, but some definitely don't.
Something I have learned from my experience in the diagnostic role: you miss some. You do your best but some will still surprise you.
Per NIH "no compelling evidence for routine cultures or empiric treatment with antibiotics. Further research is required." This is my kid we are talking about. Use sterile procedure, culture that green and yellow stuff, determine if and what antibiotics are necessary. I would expect the same for my patients.
I do I&D's as a clean procedure. I do not culture or script abx unless there is a complication.
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