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  • Oct 1 '14

    So if she can do that, in such close proximity to those infected and not die herself, why are the healthcare workers getting infected and dying from treating the sick? Is it the sheer number of infected? Is it fatigue? It can't be said that it's poor equipment. This girl saved her family minus 1 and didn't get herself infected using trashbags and stockings and gloves, far from the moonsuits and space gear that the actual healthcare workers sent there are getting. And good for her, she's a nursing student! Even though 1 died and things were very trying for her, she pulled through and so did the majority of her family. Pretty uplifting, hopefully they can learn a thing or two from her!

  • Sep 30 '14
  • Aug 2 '14

    Quote from immortalessence
    Also, about the airborne strain....

    BBC News - Growing concerns over 'in the air' transmission of Ebola



    Because science.
    If you read the actual study, they clearly report they could not determine if the virus was spread by respiratory droplets, or even the floor cleaning causing overspray. It's flawed to say it proves airborne transmission when the researchers can't even determine if they caused it themselves or not.

  • Aug 2 '14

    The man from Minnesota caught it in Liberia, then died in a hospital in Nigeria.

  • Aug 2 '14

    Lord, I'll do the work you put in front of me. The rest is up to you.

  • Apr 11 '11

    I always wear a long sleeve thermal because I am ALWAYS cold. I don't know about sleeve length (because they are just a tad long me) but I love the thermals from Target. I think they're about $8-$10/ea.

  • Apr 7 '11

    A hospital I had been waiting to hear back from, called today and offered me a position on either cardiac rehab unit,med/surg,another unit with infectious diseases?, or float.

    While I was waiting to hear back from this hospital a big article was in the newspaper saying that the hospital will be "phasing out LPNs" 51 to be exact and will be hiring RNs and CNAs to fill their shoes.
    Unless the LPN's would take a drop in pay and work at CNA wages, or further their learning and become RN's.

    I feel nervous about starting there, Because it seems like there will be alot of VERY bitter nurses.
    But I have bills to pay too..

    Any case, I accepted the Med/Surg position on dayshift.
    This is my first time working in a hospital. I have been a CNA for 14 years, but always worked in LTC, I decided I needed a change and applied at the Hospital.
    Is any shift better to work on then others? These are 8 hour shifts btw.
    My tentative start date is May 2.
    Also What type of training/orientation do most hospitals offer for new employees?
    Any help is appreciated

  • Apr 6 '11

    I'm a recent grad, first job in the ER. I LOVE my co-workers, preceptor, and doing what I do. Today I had a seriously emotionally draining day. So many people going through the most horrible things.
    Day started with a GI bleed/Pneumonia patient who was very lethargic and looked to be 90 years old, from a rehab facility. She had a huge black tarry BM right at beginning of shift which she then proceded to put her hands in...Oh, and she was also a cancer patient. Anyway, we cleaned her up, etc. A few hours later, I see a really old lady walking down the hall with a walker telling me her daughter's here. Turns out this patient was 74, and the mom was 94! Mom went to the bedside and took her daughter's hand. The patient opened her eyes and said "Mommy" and the 94 year old mom said "Mommy's here honey". That just killed me. It took a lot of restraint not to cry. Mom then told me that she begs God to take her and give her life to her daughter instead. That really broke my heart.
    I also had a 44 year old guy with stage 4 lung cancer. He was one of the nicest patients I had all day. He had the sweetest wife (actually a PA in our hospital) and a little 9 year old son. Just made me so sad.
    Yesterday I had an elderly guy who showed me the numbers tatooed on his arm when he was in a concentration camp during the holocaust. He held out his arm and said "look, I've been to paradise". At that point, I actually did cry a few tears in front of him and his wife (and the Resident who was in his room, so embarrasing)
    On top of all this, a 20 year old pregnant girl with abdominal pain. i asked her if she's excited about the baby and she said "it's becoming a pain in the ass". My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 1/2 years...
    So on the way home from work today I just started sobbing all alone in my car. I am finding it really hard to deal with all the suffering. Just wanted to vent to people who will understand. Sorry for the length of the post...

  • Apr 4 '11

    The CCRN is designed for critical care nurses. That being said, depending on what type of facility you work in, small community hospital vs. large teaching facility, ED nurses definitely perform critical care nursing. The CEN is not the ED's "version" of the CCRN. The two are distinctly different. I hold my CEN certification and have taken the review for the CCRN and the knowledge base for each is vastly different. Even if you have no intention of sitting for the CCRN, the review course is great for expanded knowledge.

    I understand your thoughts on on pediatric patients... It took me a LONG time to become comfortable with caring for them. It is a necessary part of being an ED nurse though, unless you have a peds specific ED at your facility. Even then there may be times when there is a peds patient on the adult side. The more you experience you get with them the more comfortable you will become. And let me just say from terrifying experience (said tongue in cheek) you will look up one day and be the senior nurse on your unit. YOU will be the one that other nurses come to for help and advice. That is a very scary day!!!! At least is was for me. LOL. I kept looking for the nurses that I considered my mentors and had learned from, and guess what, the newer nurses were looking at me with the same expectations. LEARN ALL YOU CAN!!!! Study for CPEN as well as CEN even if you never sit for the certification. It will only enhance your knowledge as a nurse and make you a better patient advocate. I do recommend ENPC (Emergency Nurse Pediatric Core) for all ED nurses. It covers some of the same info as PALS but also medical treatments and trauma for peds population as well. The ENA has a comparison chart on PALS and ENPC on their website if you want more info. They also have a listing for classes nationwide that you can access.

    As a final note, you did not mention whether you were a member of the ENA or not. I highly recommend it. The discounts for just one of the courses will pay for a years membership. In addition to that you will receive info and up-to-date EVP that is specific to our specialty. I tell all new nurses if they are serious about ED nursing then they need to join. There are just too many benefits to cover. Glad to see another nurse in love with my specialty and PASSION!!!!! Good luck and keep on learning!!!!!

  • Apr 3 '11

    Quote from LPNweezy
    (Keep in mind also that i live in the south-ish, FL, were this is common etiquette)
    Just because it is common practice amongst nurses doesn't mean that it's appropriate or the patients like it. I'm from the south, so I understand the cultural practice you're referring to. What many nurses don't realize is that most of their elderly patients "agree" to be called honey/sweetie/etc because they are being polite. Too polite to tell you that you're being unprofessional ... my very proper "sweet little old lady" gramma can still give quite the dramatic eye roll when some ditz in scrubs gets done calling her sweetheart .

  • Apr 3 '11

    No, it just came up at work today when sedation was not ordered on a patient. They were not "bucking" or visibly uncomfortable. However, I always have the fear that the paralytic will last longer than the etomidate-- so it's not likely that they'll be thrashing around although they could be mentally aware of paralysis. This client's vital signs were already a wreck and unpredictable, so it wasn't possible to determine discomfort by reviewing vitals. I just wanted to see differing opinions and insight!

  • Apr 2 '11

    I had my first CNA class today, and I believe it went really well. I'm doing my training at the American Red Cross in Huntsville AL. We have a great instructor, I think the pace is just right, and all the other students seem like really great people who are there for all the right reasons. Also, most of the class (myself included) have plans of going on into an RN program.

    That's it, no questions or anything. Just excited about things and thought I would share!

  • Apr 2 '11

    NC does not require training but it is recommended, so your course is fine as far as certification is concerned. If you can perform all the skills of a CNA I, then you should be fine. Having done clinicals, I can assure you they are very beneficial, especially if you are "testing the waters." I'm sure you are well aware of the skills involved, but you cannot understand the difficulty of transferring, showering, and diapering until you have real patients. We practiced transferring our classmates and even though we all said we weren't assisting, it does not compare to transferring seniors who are truly unable to help or bear weight. They can be very heavy. Of course diapering and perineal care cannot be mimicked either. Showering is also very challenging. With time these all become much easier, but I would try to get hands-on experience if you can.


    NC FAQs:
    http://www.ncnar.org/faq.html

    You should be able to perform these skills:
    http://www.ncbon.com/content.aspx?id=826

  • Apr 2 '11

    You really want to focus on any skills or experience you have gained in class or clinicals if you don't have CNA-related experience. I just re-did my resume and completely changed it around to focus on getting a CNA position. I went to my community college to get it edited by a career counselor. I landed 2 jobs on the spot with this new resume (and of course my personality), so if you wanna use it and just personalize it for yourself (or just look at some of the skills I put on there) that's fine with me! Send me your email if you want to look at it

  • Apr 2 '11

    You sound like you have issues, i deal with very combative pts somewhat regularly and none of them have ever been of sound mind at the time. (either brain mets, hallucinations from a med reaction ect.....) punishing someone for something they can't control (if that is what your implying) makes you a poor nurse and one who shouldn't have a job.

    I have no problem giving haldol, and if someone is combative they get it immediately either iv or SQ, but that is all that is ever really needed. if someone is of sound mind acting that way our company will remove them from our services (and has in the past) but otherwise we work with family to get them under control. For the record i LOVE visitors for combative pts they end up being a one on one for them and keeping them calm. You may think your 'punishing' them but your really punishing your staff and yourself as well by keeping them from what is familiar to them.


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