Content That NurseOnAMotorcycle Likes

Content That NurseOnAMotorcycle Likes

NurseOnAMotorcycle 15,934 Views

Joined Jan 16, '11 - from 'NY'. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg 1, Emergency 5, CEN 2/2016'. Posts: 1,084 (63% Liked) Likes: 2,890

Sorted By Last Like Given (Max 500)
  • 12:44 pm

    In the most recent CDC Blood Stream Infection Guidelines, 2011, it says on page 12 it says to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, category 1B.

    If you like to wash you hands then wash your hands. Most people I know use hand sanitizer simply because hand washing can be hard on the hands. I personally prefer washing because I hate the residue most sanitizer leaves on the skin but after washing a bazillion times I have to be careful that my hands do not dry out too much which would lead to skin cracking.

    Hand washing or sanitizer, do either or but at least do something. Better than most Docs can say.

  • 7:03 am

    That made me smile Congratulations!!!

  • 7:01 am

    I was a CNA for 4 years while i was in nursing school. It's not just *new* nurses. A better way to phrase it would be "Why do some nurses think it's below them to take a patient to the bathroom?"

  • Jul 28

    Quote from CathyH
    I was thinking of oral surgery. I worked as a CNA part time for awhile while still working in the dental office, so I am fully aware that nursing is hard work. I would have kept at it but I could not keep working 7 days a week so I gave up the CNA job. Med/Surg or ICU interest me too.
    Oral surgery positions would be limited, but you may have the background to give you an edge. Most offices would want OR experience. You have enough connections to scope that out now.
    Med-surg and ICU are those backbreaking positions we are referring to.

    Best of luck, whatever you decide.

  • Jul 28

    This is a test, see it as such. How much do you want to become a nurse? What are you willing to do to become a nurse?

    If something as minor as failing a specific class sets you back from your career aspirations then nursing is not for you.

    You will be bullied by colleagues, yelled at by family, insulted by doctors. At the end of the day you have to pick yourself up and carry on.

    Fight hard and then fight even harder. Do not let minor things like this deter you from your goals.

  • Jul 28

    Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycle
    An interesting sidenote: The term trolling comes from fishing, where you drag bait around in the water and wait to see what bites.
    In my day a troll was an unctuous character one would usually find cowering under a rock. He/She would by nature be badgering and disagreeable and sometimes too often found in a hospital setting. The modern day characterization of said character leaves a lot to be desired despite their similitude of obnoxious traits.

  • Jul 26

    Who ever thought for a minute they were Gods?

  • Jul 24

    I don't have any tattoos, but most of my coworkers do. I'm one of those people that wants one but can never decide on what I want and am scared once I get it I wouldn't like it. Our facility policy is as long as it is not offensive it doesn't have to be covered, but it is at managers discretion so if you have a super strict manager you could have problems. My manager is laid back so none of my coworkers have to cover their wrist ones (no one has full sleeves).
    I'll give you the advice my coworkers give me. If you get a tattoo put it somewhere that is covered with shorts and a tshirt, especially your first one in case you decide you're not as fond of it as you thought you would be. Don't start out with a full sleeve, get something on your shoulder/deltoid area so it covered in scrubs anyway and you can decide later on if you want to keep extending down to full sleeves.

  • Jul 24

    It sounds like you are doing well in a very stressful, complex environment. It is not you, it's the expectations and workload. Can you re-frame your mindset: "I am doing as well or better than most new nurses in this job" "Even when I forget something, the residents are better off because of the care I provide daily" "This, too, shall pass"

    ALL jobs become easier with time. You will get to know the residents which means you will learn which ones you can medicate first and quickly, which ones will take longer, and so on.

    Lower your expectations of yourself. If a resident gets a daily medication an hour after it was scheduled....there is no harm. Getting Colace at 1030 and not at 0900 is not an error.

    Develop a system (red pen, asteriks) to differentiate routine and non-routine tasks you might otherwise miss, such as the weekly blood sugar.

    Trust me, if you are getting everything done in your shift, you are really doing well. They are lucky to have you.

  • Jul 24

    In a nursing home setting I was not a RN but a CNA. As a new nurse you have limitations and time management is one of them. It will get better, you will get better. What they expect 'management' and what you know you can safely do is a difference between night and day. Don't let it get to you. Remember it's your license and don't beat yourself up. Nurses are always pushed beyond what they can safely do, and as long as you do the best you can do, you should be proud. I left the nursing home Industry because of unrealistic expectations that couldn't be meet and went to the hospitals setting. When it became impossible to satisfy management and I found I lost my joy I went back to school and became a BSN-RN and worked in ICU. I worked nights and had one and once in a while two pts. But then a profit company came and purchased the hospital and we went to having 2 and 3 pts in ICU. I lost my joy and went back to school and attained my MSN and became a family nurse practitioner and left the bedside. Now in primary care away from the hospital industry, I found joy. Now if things change and I learned things always change that's why I am in a online DNP program and I'm ready to go into teaching and research. My health and happiness is more important then the job and career. So try to work 3/12's and work consecutive days so you have 4 days off to refresh your mind and soul. If working days and you hate it change it and work nights. I loved working nights. So my advice is take care of yourself first as you help others because if you don't you won't be their to help others.

  • Jul 24

    I'm limited on how many places I can apply to based on locale. None of the larger cities in my state called me back at all. I got interviews in the smaller cities and was rejected. Not sure where else to go with it so I've started working in LTC for now.

  • Jul 24

    Quote from dishes
    Maybe he's a strip club recruiter.
    Might be but from previous posts, he's not a nurse.

  • Jul 24

    No no no...just one syringe at a time. Fentanyl is our first-line drug so I'll have a syringe with 100 mcg in it and give 25-50 mcg boluses every 10 minutes as needed. If I'm done with that drug for that patient or if I switch drugs I'll waste what I have before continuing.

  • Jul 24

    Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycle
    WHAT?! So they have like 3-4 full syringes of narcotics and benzos in their pocket and have to keep track of which pt they belong to??!

    Forget that! I like my license where it is.
    In pacu, we typically only have one pt at a time.

  • Jul 24

    Ill check it with my boss. Probably its okay because some of my workmates have it, but not sleeve ones. Some of them have it in their deltoid and sometimes peak out of their sleeves.