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I have to agree with caroladybelle... I will not say more as I am known by administration to be on this board...
Where does your lab place the decimal point? Ours start as .03 as normal and go up, with a .06 as "low positive" and I have seen a 72 once, pt died.
[quote=KB24;4080002]You should know better than to trust anyone in the health care field.
KB24... I take MUCH offense at this statement... I am in the healthcare field, in one of the most respected/trusted professions in the WORLD... The OP should never trust this individual again, but, that was a broad slap in the face you made... Now, back on topic...
Shame for not getting anything in writing, as was already stated, own up to the mistake and do not make the same mistake twice.
2nd career... Started as an EMT in 1980 in H.S, Paramedic immediately after, 10 years as an Army medic, keeping current as civilian Paramedic also. Moved up the ladder to Director of EMS in a Hospital based squad. Got into a "discussion"(read- Argument) one night with an E.D. RN about patient care. She said "you are too dumb to be a Nurse, you are just a Paramedic and always will be one.":angryfire Was in school at the time for a degree in Paramedic Science, my advisor said that all the pre-reqs were the same, also stated she had "one opening for Nursing this Fall Semester, do you want it?" Long story short(to late, I know), two and a half years later I graduate. Been a Registered Nurse 6 years, let my Paramedic license go at the 25 year mark. I REALLY miss EMS at times
Snow like arrived on the East coast really messed you guys up... That is a normal thing up here... Seldom does anyone miss a shift due to weather. 'Course, 99% of us drive 4X4 vehicles... Or dog teams, hehehe.
Clinicals... In a word... SUX... Not sure if I can use that word here, but, that was my opinion of them. Two of my instructors made them interesting, but, overall, they sucked badly. Did NOT prepare me for the real world.
Reading these posts... KUDOS to the family!!!... They brought their father home at great expense to them, not the old... "He died there, bury him there." Or letting him die alone 2,000 miles from home. I know that dying is the one thing we truely do alone, but still. And the flight crew, KUDOS to the flight crews, for doing the best that they could. Yes, CPR and intubation were requested by the family, but, as I read it, were not required enroute. We as medical people, R.N.,L.P.N., C.N.A., Student Nurses, etc, have we became heartless/crass in our profession? We have no idea what the man and his wife of 42 years discussed before he went to Alaska. The wife spent the majority of the savings to be able to say "Good-Bye" to her mate of many years, what kind of comfort will that bring her in the years to come? It is something that we cannot measure! It is easy to "armchair quarterback" this and say "shame on the family" and "that poor man suffered so badly"... Did he? Sounds like the flight crew kept him comfortable the whole trip and gave him 5 more hours with the wife, children and grandchildren... Put a price on THAT!!!!!! OK... Let the flames begin...
I carried a PalmPilot for years, used Epocrates on it(the $149 version). I now have it(Epocrates) on my iPhone and still use it daily, drug lookup, compatibility, infectios disease, labs, math formulas, etc. Could I do my job without it? Yup. Does it make my job easier? YUP! Just make sure you keep the battery charged...
Probably the side lying position for severe arthritis in the hips(my experience), but if you have trouble visualizing the meatus, try this... Have them cough(watch out for "gaseous explosions") the meatus will often "wink" at you and you may actually get a little bit of urine to help your "aim."
Thank You!!!!! For this awesome reminder. Some of us need to be reminded more often (turned in 38.5 hrs of O/T over 2 weeks:imbar). Slept for 17 hours my first day off. My body was worn down, immune system weakened... Gotta put "NO!" back in my vocabulary... THANX for this reminder, mamamerlee.:heartbeat
We do NOT draw from the PIVC after the IV is started, we can, however draw at the initial "stick". What was explained to us makes sense (at least to me). As the catheter is in place in the vein, it warms and becomes somewhat softer and could collapse with the vacuum of either the syringe or the vacu-tainer. So... At our house drawing from an in-place peripheral IV is a big no-no. Other facilities may have different policies and procedures so, the usual disclaimer... Check you facility P&P manual.
When the Supervisor looks at you with a surprised look and says..."It's 1900 ALREADY!?!?!?!?!"
LISTEN TO WHAT THE NURSES HAVE TO SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Yes, I know it is in all caps, BUT!!!! We as staff R.N.s get tired of voicing our concerns to deaf ears... The second, and just as important... DO NOT LIE TO YOUR STAFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough said, before I get on a soap box and really sound off.
I totally agree ! Some of these posts are very harsh and I can't believe these are nurses posting them.
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