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Joined Jul 6, '11 - from 'NC, US'. RunnerRN2015 is a ER nurse. Posts: 820 (36% Liked) Likes: 764

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  • Apr 3

    Our unit got another one of our periodic reminders to quit looking at our phones at work. So, my last shift I made a concerted effort to comply. Yes, I'm as guilty as the whippersnappers!

    What do you know, when I got home after midnight I'd missed a text from the assistant manager about working the next day, lol. So sad. I would have replied quickly if I was checking my phone frequently at work like normal...

    I apologized the next day when I replied that I couldn't work.

  • Mar 13

    Is this a serious question? Honestly I think the OP is trolling. We transfuse all the time w/o ABO typing. Welcome to level 1 trauma. It's called O-negative.

  • Feb 6

    Our charting has an "awaiting" section we can click, lots of pre-listed options (lab results, radiology results, dispo, transport, ride, admit orders, bed assignemnt etc, as well as a free text "other").

    "Pt resting comfortably" is a subjective statement since it is your opinion they are comfortable; try something like "pt resting in room/bed with no complaints", that can be verified since they have not complained (but everyone complains, I know).

  • Feb 6

    It's lovely stories like these that make me reluctant to write up any medication error where a patient is not harmed or in danger of being harmed.

  • Feb 6

    Quote from BSN16
    Would this technically be considered a medication error? It was an ordered medication. Legally any RN can administer this medication and it was given within parameters. More like breaking policy and procedure...but a med error? I am just curious, only having ever working in critical care...feel free to correct me lol
    JMO, but no. OP gave right medication to right patient in the right dose at the right time and the right route. She also gave it in the right manner. It was simply a violation of facility policy.

  • Feb 5

    Quote from stephen22
    To answer your first question, there was one ST, two scrub nurses (one of which was sitting on the side writing on the board and taking commands, the other was over the mayo), a PA, resident and attending.
    Okay, first let's look at your terminology. Scrub means that- scrubbed. The person has done a surgical hand scrub and is wearing a sterile gown and gloves. That nurse sitting on the side isn't a scrub nurse- he or she is a circulating nurse. And it is so much more than writing on the board and taking commands.

    As a circulator, I am that patient's advocate. I am counting instruments, sponges, and sharps with the scrub person at the table to ensure nothing is left behind in a patient. I am responsible for ensuring that medications are either given to the patient or on the sterile field and labeled (I can tell you a horror story involving an unlabeled med that led to a teenager's life being permanently changed). I am responsible for positioning the patient in a way that optimizes exposure of where the surgeon needs to work while also preventing skin and nerve issues. And so much more.

    I get that you are interested in watching the surgery, and that's ok in this instance. However, I suggest that if you have another observation opportunity that you watch what it is the nurse is doing. It's amazing how many people think the OR is where they want to work only to have no clue what it's really about because all they saw was the surgery.

  • Feb 4

    You "heard" she claims to steal insulin? At a work place other than your own?

    Unless she has told you this herself, you should stay out of it and not take part in potentially ruining someone's reputation over what is currently unsubstantiated rumor/gossip.

  • Feb 4

    I would do some serious (awake) research before filing an incident report based upon a dream.

  • Feb 4

    Quote from FLGirl2000
    I think I am ready to tackle my MSN. I have a BSN degree and practice full time. I am pretty sure I want a nursing leadership program. I have not taken nursing informatics or case management off the table either. I don't want to ruffle feathers or make anyone upset with this post. Can anyone offer information about programs that they have experience with that are not as difficult as they thought they were going to be? Please read that as I am looking for programs you thought were easy. I don't want a huge clinical requirement because I work over 40 hours a week. I definitely want an online program. I appreciate any help/information anyone can provide on MSN programs. Thank in advance!!
    No snark intended, but what makes you feel like you're ready to tackle a degree you're not interested in putting the actual work in for?

  • Feb 2

    Start going to their classrooms & critiquing them. I bet those comments would stop. Lol.

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  • Feb 1

    I literally take no special precautions when i get home. But i do have a separate pair of shoes that i leave at work.

    Sometimes i don't even shower when i get home (Dont judge me )

  • Feb 1

    One does not train for a marathon by lying on the couch and avoiding exposure to exercise. One does not build a healthy immune system by being a germophobe. You encounter more cooties at the grocery store than at work anyhow.

  • Feb 1

    I take absolutely no special precautions to prevent infections after work.

    When I worked as a floor nurse, I did not change my scrubs or shoes before heading home. I never bathe in antibacterial soap. I washed my scrubs together with my regular clothes in warm water and plain laundry detergent.

    You are more likely to become sick in your community than you ever will at a hospital or other healthcare facility. The communities where you and I live have masses of people with MRSA, ESBL, pseudomonas, C.diff, VRE, E.coli, TB and other microbes, but you do not know who they are.

    These infected people handle the same gas station pumps and shopping carts you and I use. They press the same buttons at the bank ATM machine you and I touch. They are the people in line behind you with hacking coughs who might have TB. They are the individuals who use the bathroom without washing their hands before picking over fresh fruits and veggies in the store's produce section.

    Healthcare facilities are cleaner and more sanitary than the average person's home because they get sanitized with potent cleaning agents by EVS (a.k.a. housekeeping staff) one or more times per day. Most homeowners or apartment dwellers do not sanitize or deeply clean their living quarters daily.

    The moral of my story is to not be so afraid of germs. In fact, embrace some of them. Every exposure fortifies your immunity.

  • Feb 1

    I don't do anything like that. I do make sure I eat properly, and get plenty of sleep. I take probiotics and Vit D in winter, plus extra Vit C lately. Reasonable hand hygiene of course.

    I rarely get sick.