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  • Apr 30

    Quote from MECO28
    MECO = main engine cut off...when the space shuttle reached low earth orbit (space!) they cut off the engine. I was born on the 28th.
    Where the heck have you been?

  • Apr 30

    Not that wanting to tell a pt to "cut the crap" hasn't crossed nurses minds a time or two, but I've noticed most of the replies refer to Sundowners Syndrome. But if you read the post before judging this nurse at her wits end, she says the pt was very pleasant all EVENING and started being nasty come morning (not typical of sundowners). Yes. Physiological variants in elderly pts can cause changes in mentation. But there is nothing saying that nurses have to take verbal abuse from pts.
    You can explain to the pt that her behavior is not necessary but regardless you will do everything you can to take care of her. Elderly pts can be just as manipulative as younger pts.

  • Apr 30

    Yes- I once told a pt to cut the crap & behave himself. Thing is, it was my Dad & I wasn't his nurse.
    Similar situation though. I had stressed repeatedly to the nurses to make sure he got his hs clonazepam- that it would more pleasant for everyone concerned- because when he's in the hospital he sundowned pretty badly. Well, they didn't watch him take his meds & I found it in his bed the next morning. But only after he became a demon around 0500! Chasing a nurse with his cane, throwing things being paranoid, etc because he hadn't slept all night & the dementia was on turbo by then.
    I didn't see where OP said if her pt slept or not, but that would certainly have an effect. All the other suggestions- starting with O2 sat (esp for a LOL w/PN) fsbs, uti, urine retention, all excellent suggestions.
    It took quite a bit of Ativan to finally knock my Dad out & afterwards had no memory of any of it... Not even telling me to hush because I was interrupting his Masonic lodge meeting he thought he was at...

    And it's easy for us to imagine the oh so compassionate way we think we would act/react when reading about these situations from the relative quiet of our homes when you have time to think about the pros/cons of different actions.
    It's a whole different thing when you're reacting in the moment to a sweet LOL calling you horrible names & tossing things at your head!
    I know I constantly have a stream of things I think- but don't say- running through my head! Thinking it doesn't make you a bad nurse- it means you're human!!

  • Apr 30

    This woman was fully alert and oriented. She even told me at the beginning of the shift that she had previously been rude with other staff members but that someone told her it's ok because being her age and being sick she can say and do whatever she feels like.
    And I didn't tell her to cut the crap but I have never in my life had anyone demean me like she did. I was just curious how others handled this type of situation.

  • Apr 25

    Quote from SleeepyRN
    Ohhhh lordy
    And that's the nice way to say it!

    How can you possibly ask this forum if the PVT works?????

    Wait for your quick results and go in peace.

  • Apr 25

    Quote from milesims
    Awwwww =( Im annoying?
    Well, you know, you could just not read it. I think you love me, considering the way you look at all if my posts.

    OH, youre THAT person.

    Can "people who do the 'you obv love me' thing" be added to the poll?

  • Apr 12

    You'll remember to do them, you just won't have time to do them.

  • Apr 12

    Quote from milesims
    Woah there, I own my own home care agency at the age of 20 and am in second year nursing. I also have access to the internet. Doesn't mean I can't have a bit of fun =D

    A lot of people here are feisty.. I like it <3
    Doesn't mean your posts aren't annoying.

  • Apr 10

    I enjoy my current job because I am far removed from the bedside and direct patient care.

    I detested the bedside due to the increasingly abusive families who want to displace their anger onto nursing staff. They wouldn't be able to get away with their antics in any other industry, but nursing excuses it because "these people are stressed."

  • Apr 10

    I hate my job right now because were always short so having a higher patient load makes it inefficient and unsafe.

  • Apr 10

    All we can do is educate, provide the real facts and the real data and direct them to valid websites. People who would rather believe the nutcase brigade seem to me to be the people most likely to not have the cognitive ability to tell the difference between factual science and nonsense. I think too that sometimes they feel smarter if they are part of the group that is In The Know, that they believe that by being the minority speaking out against Big Pharma and whatever absurdity they think up that this imbues them with a mantle of academia and intelligence that they don't have and can't get any legitimate way. They believe they are smarter than all the Lemmings who follow without asking The Hard Questions. That's what they think lol anyway!

  • Apr 10

    I think if an advanced student or new nurse is struggling on the floor and people know anything about his/her academics, and it's a 4.0 student, they'll say knowingly that those students can't make it as floor nurses. If they know (or speculate) this is a C student, or that s/he took two tries and 250 questions to pass the NCLEX or some garbage like that, they'll say "you know she barely made it through school".

    Of course, I will tell you honestly that I have no memory of how my grades were in nursing school. I might have gotten a 4.0, I might have gotten some Bs? I probably did? I really don't care, and at the time I didn't care as long as I was passing and learning the material (I was seriously irritated with my classmates who wanted to compare test scores). Anyone who tells me they got (or are getting) a 4.0 in nursing school will get the immediate side-eye from me and have to prove him/herself. It's not the 4.0 I mind, it's CARING about it, or thinking it means anything.

  • Apr 10

    Quote from joseyjo
    This really resonates with me. It's not that I haven't had to overcome, but I have always been able to push hard enough to get what I wanted most of the time.

    Any ideas on how I can better my chances of transitioning from good student to good floor nurses?
    The fact that, as an A student, you are even asking this is great.
    Yes. Put yourself in a challenging situation. Something out of your comfort zone, that you may not be awesome in, and do it. Do it as best you can. It doesn't have to be nursing related. And you can suck at it. But you must see it through.
    That will teach you resilience.

  • Apr 10

    Naaaah, I don't need any trophies. Or a BSN.

  • Mar 19

    The problem is, we are no longer allowed the time we need ....to be the nurse we all want to be.
    Health care is now a corporate money maker. Nurses are the commodity that make money for big business.

    I never hated nursing, I hate that the corporate masters have taken it over.


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