Latest Comments by ixchel

Latest Comments by ixchel

ixchel, BSN, RN 36,976 Views

Joined Jun 3, '11. Posts: 4,919 (74% Liked) Likes: 18,857

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  • 4

    Quote from James W.
    But.. surely..
    ..a moderator on a forum of this evident quality..
    ..wouldn't stoop to such a blatantly authoritarian abuse of due process..

    Well, unless she was 'Nurse Ratched' herself, of course.. L.o.l..
    Sometimes, the best response to an issue really is to lighten up. Some people need to be reminded of that.


    Lighten up, Frances.

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    Farawyn likes this.

    Quote from Dogen
    Heck yeah.
    Clue used to refer to a ball of yarn, as clew. Theseus followed a trail of yarn to make his way out of the labyrinth of Crete... see how that works?
    Naughty used to mean poor - as in having naught. The Calvinistic belief that poor people are immoral led to it's current meaning.
    Text used to refer to the written word, now it also refers to the act of sending written words.
    Tool used to be a noun for an implement used to do work, now it also means a person being taken advantage of and not too bright.

    Language changes, and that's awesome.
    See this movie.

    Clew (215) - IMDb

  • 5

    This seems incredibly silly to me, and I imagine the teachers feel reservations as well. Honestly WHY would they want to stop what they're doing, do wound care or whatever they think they need to do, and then have to get the classroom settled down again? Not only that, but they're licensed to teach, not assess for medical needs. What happens when a kid faints, wakes up after ammonia, then turns out to have some severe issue get ignored? NO WAY!

  • 5
    ICUman, Dogen, canigraduate, and 2 others like this.

    Quote from Cola89
    Maybe. What have you heard?

  • 4
    poppycat, Farawyn, Dogen, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from Dogen
    My gay friends will be so glad to know they've been identifying wrong all these years.
    I hate the word straight. Sticks are straight. I always be sure to introduce myself by saying, "hello, my name is ixchel, and my marriage is heterosexual."

  • 0

    Quote from OldDude
    What are your views on male...flight attendants?
    I have seen the inside of flight attendants who are male.

  • 6

    Quote from NotAllWhoWandeRN

    AN is an internet forum, which draws out the worst in anonymous behavior; it is a large bridge and houses many trolls. For all its flaws, it is still a pretty neat place to explore. I came back because I've been so discouraged about nursing, but I'm finding new energy reading from the compassionate, supportive experienced nurses and the whip-smart shiny new nurses (to be). It's good to be here.
    You are no longer allowed to leave. It's in the TOS.

  • 3
    Nurse Leigh, ceezee, and Farawyn like this.

    Quote from James W.
    I love a laugh.. & I was not trying to be "heavy",(I aint no Led Zeppelin l.o.l.)..
    ( indeed though, some things are "difficult to convey" - it appears).

    Anyhow.. so maybe you could - as mod', ask for clarification of what the..
    .. original "common & boring" comment was intended to convey..

    ..rather than assuming such an 'over-reaction' - from me, ( & I did.. ask..).

    Instead of a (seemingly heavy-handed - oops, there's irony),
    .."lighten-up" mod' intervention?

    The original common and boring comment was meant to convey that nurses who are male are everywhere. They aren't rare and unusual.

  • 0

    Before looking into schools, contact your board of nursing to see if they'll license you.

  • 2
    OldDude and LadyFree28 like this.

    My views of male nurses consist of the top side, the bottom side, the left side, the right side, the front side, the back side, and the outside. I've never seen the inside of a male nurse.

  • 9

    Quote from Purple_roses
    I’ve been asked to start the WILTW thread, and I’m more than happy to!

    This has been an exciting week for me, as it was the last week of my Med/Surg I rotation. I’m trying not to feel too relieved though, because finals are next week. That being said, I will still absolutely squeeze in time to catch up on GOT.

    This week I learned:

    That my clinical instructor is a big ole softy. I can’t believe that I thought she was super scary when the rotation first started.

    That having just one year left of nursing school doesn’t feel like enough time. Don’t get me wrong, I feel like I’ve learned a ton in the one year of school I’ve had (and I’m more than ready to graduate so that I can get my social life back), but when I think of just how much I still don’t know, I get a little worried.

    That I wish I could take some patients home with me. Throughout clinical, I had nice patients, but none that really lingered in my thoughts when I went home for the day. But last week I had a patient who had already been through so much. His whole family had already been through so much. Sometimes it’s hard to know just what to say, and I hope I was more helpful than I felt I was.

    That I’m probably going to have a lifetime of telling family members, “I’m not a doctor. You really need to talk to your doctor about that. I will probably NEVER be able to diagnose you.”

    I’ve also learned that said family members, when you actually do give them advice (such as dietary advice), will say “Oh, you’re just regurgitating what you’ve learned in school,” and will continue to eat everything under the sun while wondering why their blood pressure isn’t controlled. Why yes, I am telling you what I’ve learned in school, but apparently you’d rather hear that steak for every meal paired with a margarita is the best possible chance for survival.

    That being said, I do follow the steak and margarita diet. But hey, I’m working on it.

    That the best way to get a resident to like you is to empathize. Let them vent. Losing my independence is something I can hardly fathom, and I’m sure I wouldn’t handle it with grace. (Like, really I’m very certain that I’ll be the LOL trying to escape everyday and falling out of my wheel chair in an attempt to lunge out the door). It’s ok to let residents feel angry about it. It’s ok let them know that, yes, it does suck, and that you’ll be right around the corner when they’re ready for help.

    But it’s not ok if they scratch you. Or bite you. Oh swear at you. We still need some limits.

    That I will never ever forget to do an oral assessment on my patients. This is the second time I’ve shined a penlight in there and found a massive case of oral thrush.

    On that note, I’m also very glad I’m not a dentist or dental hygienist. I’ll wipe all the butts in the world, but don’t bring that mouth any closer to me.

    But what’s grosser than the grossest mouth? Maggots. I was not pleased to learn that maggots are still being used for wound debridement. my limit.

    So what did you learn?
    I just learned you, personally, have the heart and mind of a nurse, whether you've finished school or not.

    Keep that "I don't know enough" feeling. Once you start believing you know all you can know, it's time to take a step back and self-assess. Feeling you still have more to learn keeps your mind open to learning more, questioning more, and always focusing on the patient for potential status changes. Knowing "everything" means you stop paying attention closely.

    Sometimes, not knowing what to say is actually the best thing. Simply being present can make a bigger impact than having words.

    I have family who ask my advice/thoughts and then argue with me in the rare instance that I actually humor them.


    Letting patients vocalize their frustrations can be so cathartic for them. Even when their frustration is being directed at you. Sometimes they'll have anger that needs a place to go. Sometimes they'll have justified anger (yes, including at you). Sit down. Make eye contact. LISTEN. Sometimes being HEARD helps a person better than whatever pill you're bringing them. It's the simplest gesture to listen, and yet, I feel like this gets missed. When the patient has gotten it all out, if something is wrong, I like to say to them, "I don't know how to fix this, but I want to. Is it okay with you if I look into this?" They feel heard. They feel they have some control back when you ask their permission. They'll be thankful for your honesty, when you admit you don't know how to fix whatever is wrong. They'll feel you are genuine, which is important when you consider HOW MUCH a patient trusts us with.

    Violence from patients really sucks. I'm sorry if you were attacked. I've been assaulted once. A patient with severe dementia who had been refusing everything punched me on my head when I tried to sneak him an IV beta blocker. His systolic was >200. Apparently his IV had blown, though, and my attempts to push anything through it hurt. :\

    Dude, on the dental tech or anything relating to dental offices.... OMG MOUTHS ARE SO GROSS!!!!

    THANK YOU!!!!! for starting the thread this week! [emoji173]️

  • 3

    I considered myself pre-nursing during gen eds and prereqs. I wanted to call myself a nursing student when I dumped a crap ton of money into my first nursing classes semester books and supplies. I became a nursing student, though, when orientation to nursing classes and clinicals didn't scare me away.

  • 5

    Keep an eye out for this week's thread, which will be guest OPed by Purp!

    I had such high hopes to do it yesterday and realized not one single thing was nursing related. I actually was happy for that, for my own sake because I need my brain decompressed, but I realized it meant I needed to get someone else to do it. Thank you very much for stepping up at the last minute, Purp!

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    L&DAthleteNurseBSN likes this.

    That's an excellent update! Congrats!

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    Farawyn likes this.

    Quote from Farawyn
    This. This is why you are my AN Wife.

    "It's true. All of it."