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    32) you've used micropore tape to wrap presents for loved ones

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    I'm not overly religious, although i was brought up in a highly Christian household. I cared for this wonderful man who was one of God's onward Christian soldiers in the Salvation Army, post-op from L4-5 fusion. Anyway, wanted to write a note or two to various persons and then he asked me to help him write a new verse for a hymn... dictation style of course. he said i helped inspire him with my (& God's care). He was going to be D/C one day and he stated in the morning that there would be a surprise for me later @ the end of my shift... i told him not to bother and that it was my pleasure to care for such a nice man.You know the type, always smiling first thing in the morning despite the pain, and always with wonderful manners , & always trying his best to succeed with the physio and rehab etc. Anyway, unfortunately he had an undiagnosed ACA and died un-expectantly that morning. A courier came and delivered a dozen red roses, a teddy bear and chocolates with a card... from my wonderful salvo... it read "To the greatest nurse to me, with God's love flowing though you my wounds are healed and my soul is restored. Thankyou friend, thankyou for our loving chats @ 3am and for helping to soothe my pain - both of the heart and the back. These gifts are for you, the bear is to hug - to remind you that comfort is everything! the flowers are to remind you that a beautiful life is not without the occassional thorn and the chocolates are because i cant (he was a T2DM)!! Enjoy!and thankyou once again for everything! I cried and cried... i only looked after him for 4 days and 3 nights, but he touched my heart.

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    Quote from caliotter3
    I did not get enough info from the original post to come to any conclusions. We were not included in the entire conversation, so we may be missing something important about what this person meant. People often say things that don't make sense, when one does not know the entire context of remarks. It could be something entirely different from our first impression.
    I agree with you caliotter3, yet i too agree with the OP, that the statement "Learn to tolerate abuse" is a poorly worded and i personally find it somewhat offensive (as does the OP, by the seems of it!)- no matter what the context.

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    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    I think it's great that you ask questions!

    As a bit of advice -- try to watch that you are not interrupting the teacher, or asking questions at inappropriate times.

    Keep your chin up --I always think it's better to ask and make sure
    This is tooo true!! Just keep remembering that.... silly questions are easier to fix than silly mistakes....

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    i'm not sure if they sell it in the US but QV make a product called QV intensive lotion - it is a 50/50% soft white parifin/liquid parifin creme that is real good for the chronically dry. Also have you tried a soap alternative for your pts... a tad expensive more than soap but often its bubbles without the troubles. Sorbelene creme isn't bad and urea based cremes are good for helping fix the odd dry and cracked regions.

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    I have a glue allergy and i recommened top lignocaine (use the gel for foley insertion) 1% or 2% whichever - for instant relief from the scratching and a Rx for phenergan which will also help the itchy factor. DO NOT USE VICKS!!! and unfortunately benedril works a tad too slow, plus now it's a histamine type reaction, so you have to stop the initial stimulus (her scratching it!) before i will settle. IT HURTS esp if the skin is thin. as for the wound, i suggest kept going with the wet to dry dressing basically you want to cleanse, absorb and protect so... a mesalt, and mepilx or another absorbent type dressing for low to high exudating wounds. if post cleansing their is SOME granulation tissue, absorb and try to maintain consistent moisture and protect.

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    Can they make a volume switch on those pumps and call bells for O/N?? sometimes they're so LOUD!! Make a day room for ambulant pts and their families to go and sit/do stuff (TV, DVD, Playstation etc). Sliding doors for the bathrooms - no swinging doors as they NEVER leave enough room between the bed and the doorway. Night lights for the hallways that can have dimmer switches for the pts to get some sleep! and so they can be turned up when needed! Personal air vents over the pt bed - like those on airplanes for aircon/heating when required... Black out curtains, info kiosk (touch screen info) for pt's and families that shows general info for hospital-visiting hours,location of cafe/bank/shops, where to go for....???, ice machines and microwaves in a common accessible area... all bed areas to have lifting machines on rail network above the bed on the ceiling - saves trying to find a spare machine. Emergency pager system - saves finding a button that you can't reach or cant access - it's on your hip. Well, thats all i can think of for now... thanks that made me feel better!

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    Quote from lookingforward
    thank god for jelli_belli!as he or she hit it right on the nose! i am so glad someone was brave enough to write something "taboo" as it seems after all these responses, and many private ones (that were in favor i might add..)yes it's true i don't look forward to changing briefs as a living, but no i would not let a patient sit in poopy because of my preferences! i take jobs very seriously and if i gotta do it then so be it! i don't know where in the post i ever mentioned i would let a patient suffer.. like i was being accused of... to wrap it all up, like jelli_belli stated,"...everyone has their own path"
    i understand what it's like to feel that your skills as an rn are potentially being wasted by changing ppl in & out of day/nite clothes, pads & other such seemly small tasks. in saying this however, it is precisely these small and seemly insignificant skills that is as fundamental to nursing as the a&p. i too have the feeling some days that i cant do this again tomorrow or the day after that!! but, the good must come with the bad. i appreciate your honesty in this thread but, it came across a little harsh initially!i hope that your compassion for this profession grows and your negativity towards to seemingly small annoying tasks diminishes with increased understanding to their importance on your patients. put yourself in their shoes/their bed and grow/advance forward to the place you want to be. but please.... turn down that torch of frustration when your in class... it's blinding your vision to see the beauty in the world around you.

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    RNsRWe, thank you for putting it so eloquently - it's the point i was attempting to make... I just hope that LookingForward can do exactly that and ask the hard questions, make the tough (and often uncomfortable) choices and move towards the appropriate decision. It's not whether doing the CNA before makes for better nurses but it DEFIANTLY can help ppl figure out whether they can handle the physical and emotional toil that some of the tasks are involved with this incredible profession. Lots of love and hugs Jelli ..... now, i'm going for a cuppa....goodness knows i need it.....

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    Looking forward,as ppl & as nurses,we all agree that poop smells and cleaning it up (without looking at the person behind it) can suck...but it is something that is BASIC NURSING CARE! Sure,some of us don't want to clean up spills for the rest of our careers but the beauty of nursing is that you can always advance/change/expand into different areas once one gets dull. Each one of us has something that we dislike doing/or dealing with in daily care-i'm not fond of sputum and my best mate HATES false teeth! What i'm saying is that most of us here in this forum, appreciate your honesty at the dislike of certain aspects of nursing-even if the was it was written was a tad extreme-but perhaps when something as fundamental as cleaning up poop & "other gross spills" is SOOO scary maybe its time to ask some tough questions-WHY NURSING?? I hope that you can grow, whether it is in nursing or another profession. I believe that each person moving into the nursing profession should ask themselves why?? WHY HERE?? WHY THIS?? Most ppl will say "it's because i want to help ppl". But there are many other professions that do that... so WHY NURSING??

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    Quote from lookingforward
    ...I am horrified of having to do some of the tasks described! This is not what I dreamed of all these years, ...
    I'm just wondering what are some of the tasks specifically that "horrified" you?? What have you heard? Are these from the course coordinator or a lecturer or just your fellow classmates? Also, what kind of things did you dream of doing?? Please let us all know so we can help you one way or the other. I personally dreamed of being a nurse since i was 4 years old and cuddling little ones and making the sick feel better was a large part of that dream. Nothing has changed. I still love cuddles - now it's just from the young,middle-aged and my elders.... i still like making the 'sick' feel better but there are many ways to do that. cleaning up poop can be a way that my dream can help another (imagine you or your kin pooped themselves and had to sit in it....doesn't make you feel good) I remember one clinical placement where i had explosive poop splatter to clean off a pt and a wall. As a walked down the hallway with a plastic apron,plastic booties,gloves,goggles and with sponge & bucket in hand ... i thought to myself - I AM LIVING THE DREAM!! ... ok, cleaning up poop wasn't quite what i had in mind at age 4 but working as a nurse was! ALWAYS Look at the BIGGER picture! Many one this thread has said that cleaning up poop is a large part of the job... this is true. But the largest part of the job is figuring out what you can and cant do, and ways to cope the the gross stuff. These things may include cleaning up poop, but you can learn ways to cope and still get the job done. Most nurses have their dislikes - e.g sputum, vomit... and many more but they cope because of good training and coworkers. If it's the smell, put peppermint oil on the inside of your nose or on the mask and the smell is diminished! Sometimes... we nurses can get highly critical of each other, i just hope that we can band together as professionals and take a positive approach to help enable this person to either achieve their goal. This does mean that you (author) will have to face some truths of the job and knock down the unrealistic fantasies of Hollywood, but you can still havyour dreams!

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    Quote from Interested Party
    Don't be hasty about taking Australia off your list. I work with a number of nurses from the Philippines (trained in the Philippines) and they are doing well for themselves. The bridging programme may cost a bit of money initially but once you have the nursing licence, the yearly renewal for registration os affordable. I'll need to find out more about the bridging programme and will post later. Take care
    This may be so and many of the guys/girls that i work with in the same boat... but this has taken them many years. Many (not all - just some bad eggs) undertake sponsorship programs that hold you for a minimum term and state that you can ONLY work for their agency with poor pay - much lower than their co-workers of citizenship/permanent status. Many of the Filipinos i have meet constantly state their unhappiness at the current conditions that they are under from some of these nursing agency's. In stating this however, many of the staff sponsored by the larger hospitals are more than happy with aussie conditions.

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    The first thing i can say to is WELL DONE!!! for hanging on so long in a place with so little insight. They obviously had no idea what they had! Being a mum who has been in a VERY similar position to yourself (overworked & liking the work --> & under appreciated) ... try find a supplement income, try not to lose yourself in tears (but let them flow, they help with the healing) & let this little "blonde bombshell" prove herself as more than just a body. Try to befriend her but as they say... "keep your friends close & your enemies closer!" Best of luck & keep the faith~~!!

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    Quote from edrnmike
    I am not sure, that you should even think about being a nurse, what do you think that you will be doing as a nurse? please don't waste your time. we don't need more people like you. Nursing is part of taking care of people no matter they be young or old.
    This attitude is not helpful!! Ignore this sad person. It's true that your attitude at the present may not the presently ideal... because your scared of the 'gross element' of cleaning up bodily wastes of a larger proportion... but let me tell you, babies can make JUST as much mess as the adults. Plus, the 'oldies' can be just as cute as the 'little' ones.

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    Hi there, it is a small part of the job and the more that you focus on it the more gross it can get. Rather than focus on the $hite, focus on the poor embarrassed person you needs help and that your empowering them to get on with their day. $hite comes and goes (pardon the pun) but the kindness of a stranger and one that doesn't get embarrassed themselves is usually never forgotten.


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