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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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  • Aug 23

    Quote from Sage611
    What the bleep is wrong with those people? Smh
    Too little sleep.

  • Aug 23

    I once called a cardiologist and reported that his patient had 18 beats of VTach, to which he replied, "I have been called about him all day. DON'T CALL ME ABOUT HIM ANY MORE!" To which I replied, "Would you like me to write that as an order, sir?" There was a brief pause, and then I got an order for stat labs. I was smiling on the other end of the phone when I called back a K+ level of 1.8.

    I called a cardiovascular surgeon to report a blood glucose of 500. "Why in the f*%k are you calling me? Don't you know I am a ******* surgeon?" Me: "Yes, sir, I am aware of that. However, since you are the only doctor on the case, I didn't have any other choice but to call you and get cussed at." Surgeon: "Oh, well, um, give him X amount of Humalog." Me: "Would you like to consult his family doctor for medical management?" Surgeon: "Why the **** would I do that?"

  • Aug 23

    No, I'm not an idiot. If I was an idiot, I would have allowed a patient to sign this consent that refers only to a "procedure". What kind of idiot expects informed consent without the informed part.

  • Aug 23

    I always say, "Yes." when someone asks me if I'm an idiot. It throws the "awkward ball" right back in their court.

  • Aug 18

    Last night, my first class of nursing students graduated. It was a momentous and beautiful moment that really got me pondering the challenges and triumphs of being a nursing instructor. I decided to sit down and write out all of the things I wish my students could know, so without further fanfare…

    1. Our greatest wish is for you to succeed.

    It is a common misnomer that nursing instructors have it out for students. We really try to give you all of the tools you will need to become successful. It pains us greatly when you fail.

    2. No, we cannot be friends.
    Right now, I cannot be your friend. I am here to help shape you into a conscientious, critically thinking nurse. I would be doing a grave disservice to you (and possibly, your future patients), if I am easy on you. My job is to teach you and evaluate you on the concepts and skills that you have learned. One day we may be peers and that relationship will be different but right now, I have a job to do. I promise it does not mean that I do not like you.

    3. Everyone has a unique and often difficult story.
    I know that you work full time during the day, your car can barely make it here, and there is no one to watch your child. My heart really does go out to you, and I will help you in any way that I can for you to be successful. If you put 100% in in my class, and I know it may be hard, I will always be in your corner.

    4. Respect is earned and reciprocated.
    You are going into a noble, yet physically and psychologically difficult profession. Take it seriously. Take nursing school seriously. Respect your peers, respect your patients, respect your nursing instructors. It is a two way street with me, and I will hold you to your side. Insubordination is absolutely, unequivocally never okay, ever.

    5. I see you texting.
    Listen, if it is a special circumstance and you absolutely need to text or call, that’s fine- outside my classroom. You may use your phones for research purposes not involving texting, Snap Chat, Instagram, Kik, Facebook, etc.. I know sitting still for often three and a half hours is difficult and tiring, but please save the texting and phone surfing for your break.

    6. Do not bother to cheat.
    I am a mother of boys, I have eyes in the back of my head. Aside from that, you can’t cheat the NCLEX or for that matter, life. Just don’t do it. If I catch you, and there is a good chance I will, you will be expelled. It’s not worth it, besides, you do have it in you to pass the right way.

    7. Please ask me questions.
    I am here to tell you what you need to know, and if I do not immediately have an answer, write it on the board and I will find out for you. It’s my pleasure to answer your questions and explain the rationale as to why we do things the way we do in nursing. Thinking like a nurse isn’t easy, it is often a process and I am here to help you discover that process and help guide you to the other side, so to speak.

    8. I will ask you questions.
    I will absolutely ask you questions at random, often in the middle of lecture. Why? I want to know if you understand the information, and if not, I want to facilitate your discovery of that knowledge. It’s not because I want to embarrass you, or make you look foolish. I want to see and hear that you are learning.

    9. I will hold you to the outlined academic program standards.
    Please don’t ask me to not mark you late, or give you extra points when you haven’t worked towards them. It is not fair to the students who are on time and who turn in their work on time. Also, when you are in uniform, I expect you to abide by the program’s rules that you signed: no jewelry, no nail polish, hair up off the collar, white shoes. Yes, I check. Do not leave the unit floor unless I give you permission, and do not disappear behind the nurse’s station. You need to be with your patients unless otherwise specified. I notice when you are not back on time and where you need to be. Turn in your assignments on time and without a story. Do what is outlined in your program contract and you will be all right with me.

    10. I was once you.
    Yes, it may seem like 1000 years ago (actually, twenty), but I went through the very same program and had the same concerns, complaints, and stressors that many of you do. I get it. Because of this I am secretly cheering and rooting for you. I am really in your corner. When you do well on your test, I am happy for you, when you pass my class, I am ecstatic, and when you graduate, I am overjoyed for you. Words cannot express how wonderful it is to see my students on their very first day, scared and hopeful and to see them all the way through their journey. It is the best form of compensation, ever. When I see my students graduate, I see shades of what is to come- glimmers of the next wonderful generation of nurses in a sea of white caps, all smiles as they venture out into the amazing, yet intimidating world of nursing.

    My students, I only wish for you to succeed and accomplish all of the goals you set out to. I believe in you, I know you can do it!


    Your nursing instructor.

  • Aug 18

    If you ask me how it feels like to be a Registered Nurse at the emergency department for these four and a half years, here you go:

    Think of a place where phones are going off, you hear voices all around and every room is stuffed with people. Once you're done with reading this particular paragraph, close your eyes and imagine that when you turn around, you are seeing all the hallways are full of patients, mostly on stretchers. Can you see those 15 people on the board signing in? Oh! The moment you will be ready to get one of your ICU patients upstairs, there will be another one waiting for you.

    Moreover, there’s no chance that I get time to eat or drink. Barely, I get a chance to go to the restroom– during my 12-hour shift. Am I the only one?

    When I asked the fellow registered nurses working at the emergency departments (I am a part of various communities with internet-based websites), I came to know that I am not the only one who's going through this – post-traumatic stress disorder – as they name it. Yes, it sounds like quite a heavy word, for that matter.

    Digging around the web (I was curious), I found a study which says that in the year 2007, there were 24% of ICU nurses and more or less 14 percent general nurses who were diagnosed positive for the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Immediately, the first thought that came to my mind after reading this fact was, "Big deal! Even the quote goes like – 'Nursing – the hardest job you'll ever love.' Ah, yes. Nursing." Don't get this wrong in anyway. I am certainly in love with being a nurse. But it is now more than ever evident that nursing has long been considered as one of the most stressful professions (no wonder!).

    Do you know why? Whenever researched, and I felt it myself too that if it's the stress, it has to come down to the organizational problems in the hospitals across the globe. In addition, the reasons may include the cuts in the staffing – low staffing and low wages, that's what nurses are mostly stuck with.

    My personal experience, however, screams aloud that hiring more nurses won't really fix things back to normal. There has to be another solution. It may also include reconstructing the hospitals, for this way (I am sure), the administrators will pay more attention to what nurses have to say about the workflow and the patient care. I know no nurse (thankfully!) who'll not concord with a training program, which aims to help him/her to relieve stress and deal with the ethical dilemmas that occur every now and then.

    If you ask me, what it's like to be a nurse – often at times I am stretched to the limit. I've seen a clinical nurse when driving, vomiting on the way to work – all because of the unimaginable level of stress.

    My friend once asked me, "Isn't there any place where you can go, sit and just be alone, in a quiet room, for a couple of minutes?" To which, all I could reply is, "I could have a patient on the death bed, or I could have a patient die and I get no break. Can you beat that?"

    And when that's not enough, in case there is any addition of new forms of documentation, and even addition of the electronic health records, the extra work is assigned to a nurse. No person other than a nurse can understand how the workload gets larger than ever when such things happen. It should not be this way, certainly.

    As compared to the general population, I find myself much more prone to have stress, anxiety and depression, and many fellow registered nurses feel the same too.

    All I can see and I am worried about is that in this time and era, hospitals think of a nurse as a cost to be cut. Shouldn't it be considered as a revenue stream on the other hand? Who set the mindset that a nurse is an easily replaceable resource?

    The administrators will keep on complaining about nurse’s burnout, but they won't ever link it to the moral distress that nurses go through. I've seen a good number of cases where a nurse knows what exactly they are meant to do, but hardly are able to act on it, thereby turning the clinical situation critical.

    The solution could be a series of in-person workshops where a nurse is trained to deal with moral distress and the ones that involve simulations to practice how to make ethical interests heard at the workplace.

    It's high time for the administration to set a goal to help the nurses communicate in a better way with the team members and the staff members as a whole. It's high time they think of a nurse not as a cost to be cut but as a scarce resource that calls for to be invested in, respected and supported. It's time to wipe out the deafening sounds of stress.

  • Aug 18

    Well he looks a bit suspicious to me. Do ya think he kidnapped her?

  • Aug 18

    I have no doubt Farawyn was taken in by his action figure status, his big shovel and hot transportation—Golly, what girl could possibly resist!

  • Aug 18

    Quote from FranEMTnurse
    Was that cowboy awestruck by her cool glasses.
    That is no cowboy or a philosophical stranger. That is the mysterious caretaker, Carter Slade, a previous Ghost Rider, a damned soul condemned to walk the earth and hit on poor innocent, cool bespectacled chicks like Farawyn. I fear the worst!

  • Aug 16

    Was that cowboy awestruck by her cool glasses.

  • Aug 16

    It's a real nuisance to have to visit a bowling alley bar in the real world to try to find someone!

  • Aug 16

    It is such a nuisance when a close virtual Friend leaves for vague reasons, doesn't write, rarely visits, and goes to some bar in a bowling alley to seek solace with some philosophical stranger!

  • Aug 16

    Isn't it such a nuisance when you begrudgingly receive the support from an Administrator for a situation that is advantageous to both Patient and Staff?

  • Aug 16

    Isn't it a nuisance when one Patient interrupts the other Patients' treatment regimen?

    Quote from FranEMTnurse
    Here's some advice from a fellow nurse.

  • Aug 16

    Quote from FranEMTnurse
    She need something fixed.
    And isn't it such a nuisance to have to go through all the red tape in order to do so?