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Hi! Thanks for checking out my page. I've been a member of allnurses since Apr 8th, '11. I have no blogs or journals to follow, but you are welcome to find me on the threads I follow, where I love humor and silliness to counter the seriousness of life. Feel free to chime in. Currently work PD/Geriatrics.

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  • 2:31 am

    Fascinating and funny thread!

    But now my scalp is very itchy! And it won't quit!

    I feel the need to alter my screen name for this one post, just to clarify the fact that I have

    NO LICE IN MY HAIR

  • Apr 25

    Jeeezzz, ya know, there is a lot in this world that is legitimately offensive, but the trickle-down effect is that some people now tend to use being offended as a way of life. They jump at a chance to have a grievance.
    And the Powers That Be hold their collective breath, not because of the odor in question, but as they walk over coals and then tippy-toe on egg shells, they are hoping the patient and the family aren't going to raise a bigger stink!

    SMH. If I had been told my deoderant wasn't effective, first I'd look around for a hidden camera,(well?!), and then say, "Huh. I didn't know."

    On the other hand, I can't think of a time when I actually said something to a patient about their Eau de Personal~Aromatique, and I've had some downright disgustingly stinky patients, who, if you hadn't known to brace yourself could quite literally cause you to lose your breath for a second. I believe the word is ... overpowering.

    But yeah, suspending you is totally ridiculous. THEY are the ones who are being offensive, groveling that way.

  • Apr 25

    Fascinating and funny thread!

    But now my scalp is very itchy! And it won't quit!

    I feel the need to alter my screen name for this one post, just to clarify the fact that I have

    NO LICE IN MY HAIR

  • Apr 25

    Fascinating and funny thread!

    But now my scalp is very itchy! And it won't quit!

    I feel the need to alter my screen name for this one post, just to clarify the fact that I have

    NO LICE IN MY HAIR

  • Apr 25

    Fascinating and funny thread!

    But now my scalp is very itchy! And it won't quit!

    I feel the need to alter my screen name for this one post, just to clarify the fact that I have

    NO LICE IN MY HAIR

  • Apr 24

    The way things go these days, I'm happy to have become completely UNfacilitized!
    The only meds I deal with are my own...all 5 of them, 3 in AM's and 2 in PM's.
    I don't fuss, question, spit out, hide or refuse them.
    And I hope if a time comes when others are handing me my meds...I pray that
    God says, in his best Snaggletooth impersonation, "Exit...stage left!" Then I can fling my straw-boater aside and permanently Shuffle-Off-to-Buffalo where NO meds are EVER needed!

  • Apr 24

    "But this is the way I alwaystake them at home..." (May I have a dollar for every time I've heard this one? After 40+ years, I could buy a new car on this comment alone.)

    "I don't have any red pills! I'm not taking any red pills!" (this, after an explanation that the med is the same as the ones she's been taking all along, just manufactured at or received from a different company.)

    The patient with Macular Degeneration who holds the round, white pill in their hand really close to their eyes, and still can't identify it except to say that it is not what the doctor prescribed. (And this decision is based on what criteria?)

    The people who CHEW time-release meds.

  • Apr 23

    This is an oldie, but so am I:

    I'm Willin' by Seatrain

    I've been whipped by the wind,
    Driven by the sea,
    Had my head stove-in,
    But I'm still on my feet,
    and I'm still......willin'

    ( this song has a lot of drug references that don't apply to me, but I like the essence of the song, and the music has a catchy lilt and attitude.)

  • Apr 23

    This isn't telling on ME, but it happened early in my career and when I saw it, my mouth dropped open.

    Large, large, very well-known Urban Hospital...the meds were on an open cart. Yes...open cart. There were 4 to 5 tiers of shelves on the top of the cart, with full-size bottles of 100-500 pills on them. Nobody had their own meds, you just poured from the open stock bottles. So easily available were all the meds that are now counted, just about anyone could pick up a bottle and take a few when the cart was sitting unattended at the nurses station or in the hallway outside a room. The only meds actually counted were the injectable narcs, and they were kept in a locked drawer in a locked med room.

    I was walking down the hall behind a Tech of the unit-specialty (not a nurses aide) and from his lab jacket pocket, which unfortunately had a hole in it of which he was unaware, he trailed a line of about a dozen Percodan behind him.

    I was raised in a small town and quite a naive 21 year old, so it never occurred to me that people would actually blatantly help themselves to drugs. I was puzzled, because 'he was such a nice guy'.

    D'oh!

  • Apr 22

    Yeah, and if you insist on wearing thong panties, you can be sure you'll be picking them out of you butt-crack, also! How attractive!

    Remember when we used to worry about our ​SLIPS SHOWING???

  • Apr 22

    I threw a metal chart at the solar plexus of an resident once. Big Teaching Hospital. And me a Rent-a-Nurse-staffing-plug on the 3-11 shift.

    A young woman had come in with headaches of unknown origin. She had one test or another scheduled right on top of the next test. Good for the resident and interns for being aggressive in trying to locate the cause...however...she had not stopped crying since she was admitted. When the resident asked me to have her ready to go down to whatever dept for the next round of testing, at 8 PM, I was so disgusted, that's when I pitched the chart sideways and it got him in the gut.

    I asked, rather vehemently, if it was HIS mom, wife, daughter, etc, would he keep pushing her through all of this without providing relief? Was he aware that it was a living, breathing person he was 'treating'? Because so far she hadn't been treated, only tested. Since the most crucial tests had been done already, I demanded she have pain med, and be allowed some SLEEP, if AT ALL possible.

    Thought I'd probably answer for my temper flaring. I am slow to anger,but when I get there ... yikes!. I kind of held my breath for the next 24 hrs wondering if/when the hammer would drop on me; there were at least half-a-dozen others who saw what I did, but nobody said a word.

    The orders for meds appeared and the further testing rescheduled for the morning. The patient got pain relief and a sleep-med got her several hours sleep.

    I don't know whatever happened to her, because I wasn't scheduled for another shift there until the following week, for a different floor/service.

    I don't recommend throwing things to get results, but it this case, well, "sometimes ya just gotta!"

  • Apr 21

    Yeah, and if you insist on wearing thong panties, you can be sure you'll be picking them out of you butt-crack, also! How attractive!

    Remember when we used to worry about our ​SLIPS SHOWING???

  • Apr 21

    Enforce a Mandatory Naked Day at all schools. The trauma of that day should suffice to many as a good reason to NOT "let it alllll hand out!"

  • Apr 21

    The way things go these days, I'm happy to have become completely UNfacilitized!
    The only meds I deal with are my own...all 5 of them, 3 in AM's and 2 in PM's.
    I don't fuss, question, spit out, hide or refuse them.
    And I hope if a time comes when others are handing me my meds...I pray that
    God says, in his best Snaggletooth impersonation, "Exit...stage left!" Then I can fling my straw-boater aside and permanently Shuffle-Off-to-Buffalo where NO meds are EVER needed!

  • Apr 21

    "But this is the way I alwaystake them at home..." (May I have a dollar for every time I've heard this one? After 40+ years, I could buy a new car on this comment alone.)

    "I don't have any red pills! I'm not taking any red pills!" (this, after an explanation that the med is the same as the ones she's been taking all along, just manufactured at or received from a different company.)

    The patient with Macular Degeneration who holds the round, white pill in their hand really close to their eyes, and still can't identify it except to say that it is not what the doctor prescribed. (And this decision is based on what criteria?)

    The people who CHEW time-release meds.


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