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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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  • Oct 19

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    Hey, Orca, my mom was an RN and she had a set of the glass syringes, too she had 3-4 different sized needles and had to file/sharpen them because they would get 'burs' on them. She gave my younger brother allergy shots for his asthma.
    I also remember the filing and sharpening of the needles. I wish that I still had those glass syringes. They have become quite the collector's item. I'm guessing that my mother probably tossed them out years ago.

  • Oct 19

    I am older, a bedside nurse for decades. From my experience it's the management and corporatization of hospitals discouraging bedside nursing. Long ago I loved my career at the bedside. Then so many hospitals were bought out by larger corporations and it all became about the money. Cut staffing, load more work on the bedside nurses to make more profit. And the need to outdo other hospitals, achieve magnet status, have higher educated nurses, be better than surrounding hospitals to bring in more patients. Hospitals began only hiring higher educated nuses, the higher the degree, the more certifications, the better. Years of experience took a back seat to higher education. Bedside nursing in most hospitals has become exhausting and has lost it's luster as a career goal.

  • Oct 18

    Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at) it isn't. Nursing is saddled with increasing patient acuity and decreasing resources, schedule inflexibility, documentation is increasing (it seems as if every other week my nurse managers are rolling out a new paper to fill out to track if xyz is being much for going green), and of course nursing is the dumping ground for all that is wrong. Housekeeping hasn't been around to clean patient rooms, blame the nurse. The patient's TV remote isn't working, blame the nurse. The physician won't make changes to the pain regimen, blame the nurse. Patient satisfaction is below benchmarks, blame nursing. Dietary delivers trays late, blame the nurse. Patient not compliant with treatment plan, blame nursing. The list goes on and on.

    With that being said, I don't see an issue with nurses wanting to advance their career beyond the bedside. If current bedside conditions persist it makes sense to seek out other avenues.

  • Oct 18

    It´s a ..... question of pay. I lose my best nurses from bedside to desk jobs. ..... time to revalue bedside work.

  • Oct 18

    Not for me, it's not. I can do the work, I like most patients, but the work load and stress levels are too high for me to continue with bedside nursing till I retire. Everybody's different. You might be noticing that the general public is getting tougher to deal with; and that might be pushing people away quicker. Also - people have learned that employers aren't loyal to them.

  • Oct 17

    Bedside nursing is fine, but generally it is too physical for aging nurses. Our bodies get destroyed by years of lifting, pulling, walking very fast(no running!) No breaks, starvation, abuse to kidneys and gut for inability to use the toilet until 12 hour shift is over. By around 50, many have arthritis, sciatica, severe varicose veins, and some have developed drinking problems, or drug problems affecting their livers. High blood problems from constant stress, resulting in CVD. I Remember seeing a woman in her 60s working nights because her husband was ill, and I thought "I don't want to be doing this in my 60s." I have a degree, but it didn't necessarily make alternatives available. The physicality of nursing has increased exponentially in the last 2 decades. I think fewer and fewer older nurses will continue at the bedside.

  • Oct 17

    The Alabama football fan who named his son Bear (after Coach Bear Bryant) and his daughter Crimson. This is Harvey Updyke, who was convicted in connection with poisoning a huge oak tree on rival Auburn's campus.

  • Oct 17

    I remember glass IV bottles, and the unmistakable sound (usually followed by cursing) when the IV nurse dropped one of them.

    I remember dialysis equipment that looked like a giant washing machine.

    I remember wiping glass rectal thermometers with a cloth, then soaking them in alcohol for reuse. Oral ones just got the alcohol bath.

    I remember my mother (RN) boiling glass syringes and needles on the stove before giving me one of the many antibiotic shots that I got for tonsillitis when I was growing up.

  • Oct 17

    I probably would have stayed at bedside nursing till the end of my career or at least as long as I could physically do the work if it hadn't been for all the changes the hospital I was working at was making at the time (Magnet Status, huge push for nurses to climb career ladder - raises were based on this, etc).

    I became an RN at age 39. I had no desire to be in charge, to go back to school for my BSN etc - I just wanted/needed to work and make good money.

  • Oct 17

    Ive been a bedside nurse for 30 yrs and never wanted to do anything else. I spent 5 yrs on a neuro floor as a diploma grad and finished my BSN, 23 yrs in ICU where I earned my CCRN and now do wound/ostomy and am a certified CWOCN. My daughter is a senior in a BSN program and says the instructors act like there's something wrong with you if you dont want to be a CRNA or an NP. It shows a serious decline in our profession when instructors are making students feel like they cant be "just a nurse.".............Im damn proud to have spent 30 yrs at the bedside!

  • Oct 17

    Did I miss something? What does this child/parent snowflake phenomenon have to do with Munchausen Syndrome? Self directed or by proxy?

  • Oct 16

    I work with MSN nurses who are about to retire at the bedside. The increased pressure on BSN doesn't really change the proportion of nursing jobs that are at the bedside vs other types of positions.

  • Oct 16

    Yes, bedside nursing is absolutely a life long career aspiration for many nurses. That said, it can take a physical toll that may not allow for continued full time practice at the bedside til retirement. A coworker and I were discussing this the other day -- bedside nursing is full of challenges and changes and REQUIRES a career-long commitment to learning. This is the reality for those who are serious about growing in the role at the bedside. Because nursing is a team sport, it is also necessary for the bedside nurse to become an intergral contributer to their respective unit by engaging in policy and QI development , unit education and eventually precepting and mentoring newer nurses. It takes years to develop into an expert at the bedside.
    Do not listen to anyone who tries to tell you bedside nursing isn't cognitively challenging (which is often one aspect of a career most folks want to have). Anyone who believes that isn't doing the job right.

    With the abundance of new nurses coming through the gates with eyes fixed on the goal of some sort of APRN role, the idea of aspiring to be a bedside nurse has too often gotten thrown under the bus.
    I'm in favor of the ANA or perhaps certifying bodies to cooperatively launch a PR campaign to elevate the reputation of RN clinical practice.

  • Oct 16

    Yes, bedside nursing is still a lifelong career option.

    Society in general is becoming less polite and more entitled. That's not confined to nursing. There is increased violence in society as a whole. Increased violence against law enforcement, convenience store clerks, fast food workers who don't serve chicken hot enough . . . no one is completely immune. Yes, there are more patients and visitors assaulting nurses now than there were in the past, but fewer physicians and surgeons can get away with it.

    There have indeed been vast changes in nursing care -- that's part of what keeps the job interesting.

    I have noticed over the years that fewer nurses are seeking adequate help in turning/lifting/ambulating patients, especially large patients. They aren't using good body mechanics, aren't protecting their backs in other ways. This is probably a contributive factor to an increase in caregiver injuries.

    If you want to sustain a career at the bedside for forty years, it is possible. I've sustained a serious back injury and was able to rehabilitate and return to work. I work smarter now. I see the problem as being more that younger nurses don't want to be at the bedside and are condescending to work only the length of time required to get into anesthesia school, become an NP, or get one of those lovely "No Patient Care" positions with banker's hours. THAT isn't sustainable.

    There are fewer and fewer competent nurses at the bedside so more and more of these new nurses are being trained by nurses with scarcely a year or two of experience. Nuances of patient care, critical thinking and time management are being lost because the older nurses are retiring and leaving the field and there aren't enough experienced nurses left to train the newbies. We are rapidly approaching a time when the only nurses at the bedside will be the new grads who have been trained by other barely (or not even) competent newbies who then leave the bedside as soon as possible.

  • Oct 16

    I could see myself at the bedside until i die or retire . I love it that much.