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Worst mistake..... Putting a demerol syringe in the pca instead of the morphine that was ordered when I changed it. Thank god he wasn't allergic, it he was getting the wrong drug and highly undermedicated. The doc caught it, was a cool doc, and we wrote an incident report.From then on I look up brand names, rather than generics ( too much alike) and don't rush and quadruple check!
Counseling for what? Like, a licensees professional counselor? If so, you must be licensed by going through a professional program (as the title LPC implies.). I'm not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods, that means a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology + internship.
I had a situation in nursing school that was sort of sad, understandable and could be seen as inappropriate. I had a male patient during my LTC rotation that started masturbating while I and a female CNA were giving him a shower.
As a man myself, I can empathize with a long-married man who still has sexual feelings, but no intimate contact with his wife, and no privacy in his shared room. I acted as if it was normal and didn't react, but the CNA offered him a wash cloth, and was clearly uncomfortable with it. Personally, the only thing that made this situation mildly inappropriate, was that it made the aide self-conscious. However, I'd hope that if she stays in the business very long, she'll get over it, because I doubt it was the last time she encounters that, as sexuality does not expire just because you age.
Does your company provide escorts? I would take your biggest, baddest burly escort probably would keep his mouth shut and you would feel safer.
Definitely buddy up somehow, but if you really aren't comfortable, I would refuse the visit. Shame on your management for not protecting you.
My company did something crappy to me. Sent me to a very bad area with an escort. The escort says to me when we get there ". Woah, we are back here? This place was banned because when I was here on a visit there was a drive by right where we were". Apparently they " tried" out the area again with the new nurse who didn't know much about the area. Sad thing is, management only cares about money, not so much about its employees.
Oh, and everything is right. Length of stay for an LTACH is average 25 days. Wide range of patients. I am an ICU nurse who turned nurse manager where. It's a great expereince as in you get to see some really sick patients who were getting no where in short-term acute care hospitals get weaned off vents and their stage 4's healed.
Take the experiece because ICU's will take you as an experienced critical care nurse from an LTACH, if that is your ultimate goal. But you may find you really like the LTACH. Good luck!!
I live on the east coast and my dad was vacationing in CA when he had an MI and had a cardiac cath. After the procedure, the nurse calls me (knowing I am a nurse) and says "can you please talk to your dad, he can't void and is in a lot of pain and is refusing the straight cath" He is a very stubborn man. I get him on the phone and I had never heard him in so much pain. I talked him into it, and the nruse called me after and said "woah, he had a lot to void" I spoke to him and I never heard him so releived in his life.
Then he wanted to kill me when he got home because he got an infection you know where.
I worked in a heavy MICU. I was high risk and and IVF pregnancy so my staff took extra special care of me. I made it to 35 weeks....I somehow was scheduled in my last 5 shifts 2 on 1 off 3 on nights. Finally with 2 shifts to make it to 36 weeks ( standard maternity leave) I threw in the towel at 35 weeks. I was in pain and swollen and just couldn't do it. Kind of glad because I went I to labor at 36 weeks! My doctor was going to write me out when I said the word starting at 28 weeks.
I was no hero. I wanted my time off before the baby was born I was p!ssed!
Believe it or not, I made it longer than most of the nurses on my unit. We honestly did have a high incidence of pregnancy on my unit ( the joke was if you were trying to get get pregnant, you needed to go into MICU and drink the water). But we also had a high incidence of early deliveries.
Do what you can, but don't be a hero. Your body tells you when enough is enough.
I have been pondering the same thing myself. The anxiety in nursing did not hit me until my exH decided he wanted a divorce when our first child turned 6 months old. Even though I had come off maternity leave 4 months prior and went per diem 2 days a week, I had to go back full time. Raising an infant, dealing with an affair, and divorce at the same time, gave me anxiety issues that weren't present before. For a while, my work was my escape.
I'm 4 years throught this mess, but realize my anxiety at work has become exacerbated. I am finding I have enough stressors on the home front, the stressors at work, which I now bring home with me in my new position are making me a crazy woman. Where as I used to pop a xanax 3 times a week, it is now daily.
I've seriously considered recently leaving the field to a much less stressful job. Only problem is, this is my profession, I can't go back to school and start a whole new career and I need to make a certain amount of money for me and my daughter to live. So....... Not an option.
I do have aspirations to win the lottery. I probably should start playing though.
Didnt mean to hijack, but I was going to actually start a thread with the same topic. I understand how you feel and I can relate. The stress of nursing is very high. And if you are like me who worries about others all the time and work isn't just work, it could be worse
To each their own, but I sure wouldn't go to a bar in scrubs. I always change in the locker room at the end of the day. The only time I leave the hospital grounds in scrubs is if I'm going to hit a drive-thru and report back for duty.
It just plain looks trashy as heck regardless of how clean they are. I won't leave my house in sweat pants for the same reason.
I think it looks really unprofessional. Germs and bodily fluids aside - think about how it looks to see a nurse with a bottle of Corona in his/her hand tearing up the dance floor. I certainly don't want that person taking care of my grandma! Think about how it would look in other professions: Police officer sitting at a bar in full uniform, or sous chef swilling back margaritas in their toque and white coat, lab worker getting down on the dance floor in their white lab coat. Nope - none of it sounds very appealing to me and seems like a cry for attention. If you're going out after work bring a danged change of clothes!
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