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  • Jul 5

    My nursing program had very specific prerequisites. You coyld have all the certifications in tbe world, but if you didn't have competetive grades in very specific classes, you wouldn't get in.
    Actually, there was a poster on here who graduated from Harvard or Yale or such with a Bachelors and was dumbfoundef that she didn't proceed to get accepted into a community college ASN program.
    Poster: "I graduated from Harvard."
    School: "But did you take these prereqs?"
    Poster: "No."
    School: "Come back when you do."
    Poster: Flabbergasted

  • Jul 5

    My nursing program had very specific prerequisites. You coyld have all the certifications in tbe world, but if you didn't have competetive grades in very specific classes, you wouldn't get in.
    Actually, there was a poster on here who graduated from Harvard or Yale or such with a Bachelors and was dumbfoundef that she didn't proceed to get accepted into a community college ASN program.
    Poster: "I graduated from Harvard."
    School: "But did you take these prereqs?"
    Poster: "No."
    School: "Come back when you do."
    Poster: Flabbergasted

  • Jul 3
  • Jun 23

    Quote from needlesmcgeeRN
    I think MY judgement is fine...the question here is YOUR judgement. I assume you worked your butt off to get through nursing school like the rest of us, and hopefully pass NCLEX. Why would you risk all of your hard work?

    I have no issues with people smoking weed. However, it IS against the law.
    So is speeding. Get off your high horse.

  • Jun 19

    Quote from Cola89
    Nice... way to mock nurses who really dont have time to pee. Are you in management?
    Exactly

  • Jun 18

    Quote from sheilagood52
    Thank you for commenting. I'm not sure why showing respect for nurses as patients would be "much more difficult to actually put into practice." Every nurse, including you, will one day be on the receiving end of nursing care. I should hope you'll will be treated with respect when that time comes.
    Why assume we haven't already been on the receiving end? My experiences as a patient is what led me to become a nurse to begin with. I'm usually a very empathetic person. But, yeah, you definitely sound like a patient that in my head I'd want to scream. But I always remain respectful and professional and never gossip during report.

  • Jun 18

    Quote from sheilagood52
    Me...the Patient



    You checked the orders for the day, scanned the most recent labs for obvious outliers, made a note of the meds to dole out, and moved on. You didn’t delve into my history, or the reason I ended up in the emergency room; you didn’t have time. Yet, discovering I was a nurse, made you cringe.
    Excuse me? I spend a LOT of time digging through the mountain of unorganized paperwork with history and presentation, labs, procedures.

    The only time it bothers me if a patient is a healthcare provider is if that patient throws it in my face every chance they get. Otherwise, it's a relief sometimes having someone understand.

    Anyway, it sounds like you needed to get something off your chest. If I'm trying to hide frustration with a patient, it is ONLY due to simply not having enough time, and I'm thinking, panicking in my head, how am I going to get to everybody. Because I WANT to provide thorough care. But I'm up to here at work with inadequate staff to patient ratios.

    We are human. Sometimes, little facial expressions come out, but for the most part we keep it in very well.

    I don't like the generalization of this post. I've been a patient in ICU, telemetry, med-surg, and I KNOW what it's like to be the nurse. So with my requests, I make sure I get the care I need, but am aware and respectful of their time.

  • Jun 15

    Quote from ADDISME
    I have been a nurse for almost a year. 2nd career. I remember a nursing instructor saying it takes a year of full time work to begin feeling like you know what you're doing. I have never worked more than 2 shifts a week other than my initial orientation. I AM SO SLOW at my med pass...STILL. I rarely take a lunch break. Never a regular break. It's very frustrating and I worry that I'll get fired. I go home and think about what I can do differently. I have gotten better but I don't see how I can get it all done. I'm still 8 pts behind before my electronic MAR goes red as in late. I always leave late becuz I do my documentation at the end of shift. I only have 23 pts but they r on a ton of meds that need to be crushed. I waste a lot of time looking at the MAR and punching out the med one at a time. I'm afraid if I do it any other way that I'll commit a med error. I do everything by the book. When I try to delegate simple tasks I get resistance so I end up doing it myself. Often times meds or treatments r missing/out of stock so I have to go hunting. CNAs/therapy taking pts away before I've given them meds. Pts whom want meds at a specific time. I've tried going by room number, by time, by addressing the pts in my immediate vicinity, by giving meds to my pts with the least meds, the most meds, I've even tried getting all the vitals out of way first and I STILL CAN'T GET IT TOGETHER. So frustrating. Today almost all of my pts were on full vital signs! By the time I'm done with my 1st med pass it's 11. Then I start treatments. Then it's the second med pass which isn't too bad. I can't wait to feel good about my job
    Did I take an Ambien and sleep write this? I feel your frustrations to the bone.

  • Jun 9

    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Not necessarily true.
    I had to laugh a little. When I read the post, I immediately thought of you, Brandon because I've seen you post this so many times. I knew someone was going to say something eventually. While many nurses skip things to get done fast, it can be insulting to say ALL fast nurses do. I wish I could orient with you. I'd pick your brain and learn as much as I could from you. What made no sense to me was with my first nursing job, the ADON paired me up to orient with nurses who, just days later, were suspended for taking MAJOR short cuts. How about pairing me with a nurse you TRUST? But no, that's too logical.

  • Jun 5

    In response to OP. Yes. Absolutely. You're a nurse, you shouldn't eat that. You're a nurse, you shouldn't speed, you know what can happen (SO DOES THE GENERAL PUBLIC!!!) You're a nurse, you should sacrifice your entire life and cry your days away for other people.... Yeah, its annoying.

  • May 24

    Quote from RN-Doula
    Yes have had difficult cases. Most recently I was passing meds with a student, my sixth student that day and we were late on 0900 meds. One lady just started yelling her meds were late, didn't we know how critical her meds were etc etc. Colace, lasix, most were just daily, but we broke her routine. I apologized to her, said of course she was correct, and we were working on speed, and we had her meds here, was she ready to take them. She proceeded to ask the student what each med was and why was it needed. She said she realized students needed to learn, and later the student returned to her room to spend time with her. She was mostly lonely I think and needed to feel like she still had control. I gave her the control. The student had a good learning experience.
    Nice anecdote, but when it's patient after patient, day after day...it can really wear you down. That's why its nice to have a place such as this where others can relate and we can just vent. Then go back to work hopefully a little more rejuvenated.

  • May 24

    Quote from RN-Doula
    Yes have had difficult cases. Most recently I was passing meds with a student, my sixth student that day and we were late on 0900 meds. One lady just started yelling her meds were late, didn't we know how critical her meds were etc etc. Colace, lasix, most were just daily, but we broke her routine. I apologized to her, said of course she was correct, and we were working on speed, and we had her meds here, was she ready to take them. She proceeded to ask the student what each med was and why was it needed. She said she realized students needed to learn, and later the student returned to her room to spend time with her. She was mostly lonely I think and needed to feel like she still had control. I gave her the control. The student had a good learning experience.
    Nice anecdote, but when it's patient after patient, day after day...it can really wear you down. That's why its nice to have a place such as this where others can relate and we can just vent. Then go back to work hopefully a little more rejuvenated.

  • May 24

    Quote from Bxc9999
    Wow. I find your post more than a little condescending and not very helpful at all. When I read the post, I gathered that the OP was asking for help in therapeutic communication (not medically diagnosing a problem). And let's be real. We are all nurses here (for the most part). Our job is to care (literally). Yes, maintaining a professional demeanor is obviously an integral part of the job (but that doesn't mean we are all immune to insults and demeaning behavior - even if it's the disease talking - not the patient). Nurses are people too. And this is a nurse peer group - we are here to help each other get through hard things and hopefully become better nurses - not put each other down.
    You took the words right out of my mouth. It's easy to judge a situation and carefully think of what we'd do and say in a certain situation from the safety of our computer. Because of all the bashing, I started a thread with the intent of starting a discussion on ways we all cope and draw boundaries with our patients. Instead it was mistaken for advice seeking on a certain situation. I just thought, "I give up."

  • May 24

    Quote from cslush68
    Seems like you're focusing on yourself, your emotions, and not the patient. Nurses are supposed to use therapeutic communication
    ....yadda frickin yadda.

    It's because we are human too and the very reason we have a place like this to come and vent to instead of reacting in the moment with patients. I'm pretty tired of the nurses should be better than everyone and the angels of the world crap. And that's coming from me, one of the most empathetic people you'd ever meet.

  • May 23

    Quote from Cola89
    Nice... way to mock nurses who really dont have time to pee. Are you in management?
    Exactly


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