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Joined Jan 28, '12 - from 'Somewhere'. uRNmyway is a Registered Nurse. She has 'Roughly 5 years.' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-surg, mother-baby'. Posts: 1,163 (59% Liked) Likes: 2,271

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  • Jan 9

    Quote from kathynurse46
    I had pt with g-tube who somnvitedo iut whe how got off unit glad i wasnt working that day !!!!! but invited some of the other residence to bar when staff showed up they were all drunk pt on bar waving her depends

    Um, can I buy a vowel?

  • Dec 15 '16

    I think there is nothing wrong with shedding a few tears with our patients. It shows we are human, and it shows we care. Now, there is a different from a complete breakdown where the family/patient has to hold YOU up or a few tears and a hug in support. I dread the day that I no longer get emotional and cry a bit at work. Some cases just affect us more than others. Whether it is because we relate to a patient and/or their family for whatever reason, or because we got to know them and particularly care about them and are genuinely feeling a loss.

    On another note, in my L/D clinicals, when I witnessed my first spontaneous vaginal delivery, I cried a little at the sheer beauty of the moment, and felt no shame at all. (unfortunately the little one ended up needing much help afterwards because of problems with dystocia, but she ended up fine. Her parents' expressions of utter fear were awful to see though.)

  • Nov 14 '16

    Had a patient come in for abdominal pain. Our on-call GI doc wrote after a very detailed assessment note: "I have NO CLUE what is going on!"

  • Oct 27 '16

    I think that people think those with autism could not be nurses because of how little we know about it. Most people just think of social awkwardness, lack of empathy, both things that make it very hard to complete many nursing tasks. If you are autistic and are wanting to be a nurse, or you ARE a nurse, then why not educate those around you? Let us know how you can perform the same things others can. Let us understand the adjustments you make.
    As far as being treated poorly by your preceptor...sweetheart, let me tell you, that happens everywhere, with everyone, regardless of disability. If you happened to be placed with a group like this, they would probably find any reason they can to pick on you and make your life hell. Just find another non-toxic work environment, and try again.

  • Oct 26 '16

    Quote from caregiver1977
    And I don't want to be seen as someone who brings race into everything, but at some hospitals, especially in the South, black patients who want to ask intelligent questions about their healthcare and medical treatment are treated very, very badly. I'm not talking about patients who only want to argue, threaten, or curse. There are patients who merely want information and are treated badly for not just shutting up and taking whatever the hospital dishes out.
    Hate to tell you, but as a Caucasian woman and nurse who ended up with a very unpleasant AA OB, when I asked intelligent questions about my care or *gasp* refused certain treatments I knew were unnecessary at the time, I was treated like an idiot and given attitude too. So I don't know how much of it has to do with skin color and how much of it is just docs with God complexes.

  • Oct 22 '16

    I held onto this thought until I had browsed through all other posts, and am shocked no one else brought this up.

    As a med-surg nurse, night shift, typically 8-9 patient per shift (and I will um, witch-slap the next who tries to tell me patients just sleep all night, I swear I will! :P), with no PCTs and CNAs who could do little more than empty foleys, assist patients to the BR, and provide hygiene care, you do have tons of things to do. You might not have time to get down to the nitty gritty, certainly not every shift. But how about this: Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and getting upset at the mean old critical care nurses who are abrupt with you because you don't know everything, how about you use it as a learning opportunity? CC nurses are trained to see the bigger picture while we barely keep our heads above water with the general details at times. But that doesn't mean that it wouldn't be a GOOD thing to be able to see the bigger picture. As others have asked, if the CC nurse asks these details, they must think it is pertinent, that it might be related to the patient being transferred to their unit. Take a second and think about their rationale. Maybe one day you will end up picking up on something because you noticed a similar trend in those 'useless details' some CC nurse was harassing you for. Try to expand your mind as well as your nursing practice and critical thinking skills instead of feeling sorry for yourself and engaging in all this inter-unit hatred.

    Many CC nurses would be useless in med-surg, unless they worked their way up to their CC department. Just like many med-surg nurses would be curled up in a corner, fetal position and all, if they had to deal with the psychological, intellectual, and physical duress of CC. And put either of these nurses in LTC, stand back, and watch the utter chaos! :P

    Instead of complaining about each other, lets try empathy and appreciation for the HARD WORK that we ALL DO!

  • Sep 22 '16

    Quote from kathynurse46
    I had pt with g-tube who somnvitedo iut whe how got off unit glad i wasnt working that day !!!!! but invited some of the other residence to bar when staff showed up they were all drunk pt on bar waving her depends

    Um, can I buy a vowel?

  • Apr 26 '16

    Quote from Suninmyheart
    I am with you on this one scampi - I hope I never become so jaded that I would snicker at this. I don't care how many people tell me to "get over myself" or that it is how nurses deal with stress. It is tragic and this girl needs help if not a compassionate direct answer at the least.

    Signed student, ...with rose colored glasses?
    Oh for Gods sakes guys...given some of the utter geniuses we have been made aware of, did you consider that maybe she was responsible for this bestiality? Teenager becoming aware of her body? Peanut butter episode gone too far or something? I mean, maybe the dog is the real victim here! :P

    The only intervention I can think of is another round of sex ed along with some counseling...

  • Apr 16 '16

    Yea, H1b is extremely difficult. Last I heard, waiting list was like, 4 years or some such.

    You have to keep in mind the employment situation in the US right now. There are AMERICAN nurses galore who cannot find work. Why in the world would an employer spend all the time and money necessary to hire a foreign nurse when they can save all the trouble and cost by hiring their own?
    I was told that part of the H1b application involved the employer needing to prove their TRIED to hire an American nurse, but no one qualified. With this economy and frantic, unemployed nurses, I don't think this is realistic.

  • Mar 31 '16

    Quote from kathynurse46
    I had pt with g-tube who somnvitedo iut whe how got off unit glad i wasnt working that day !!!!! but invited some of the other residence to bar when staff showed up they were all drunk pt on bar waving her depends

    Um, can I buy a vowel?

  • Mar 9 '16

    Quote from Alisonisayoshi
    I just want to mention there are side effects and consequences to pot. Sorry to burst a smokers bubble, but there are. Currently pot is decriminalized. In some states it's even "legal" for medical use (where I live the Feds are suing our county to put an end to reckless medical use and growth but its currently legal).
    Here's my b@$ch about pot: hey did you know your casual use is a blight on MY community? Yup it is. My cute, picturesque, small town is now overrun by MS13. We have murders, assaults, and skyrocketing crime rates all relating to pot. Pot is big business. So that joint you are smoking, that one joint? Yeah just know somebody might have been murdered for that. Seems crazy just for pot, but this cash crop is poisoning the land and water, it's inciting violence, and it's doing it in SOMEONE'S back yard.
    Please don't act like its some victimless crime to smoke. It's not.

    Well, you realize that is one of the biggest arguments FOR decriminalizing and/or legalizing right? If something is legal, you don't need to resort to criminals and gangs to get it for you. Jus' sayin'.

  • Mar 5 '16

    Quote from rita359
    You'd be surprised at some of the things new nurses come out of school and have never done.

    My advise is , whenever in clinicals, be sure nurses know you want to at least watch anything interesting even if you can't talk your instructor into letting you do it.
    I did that in all the clinical settings I went to. I told the nurses if they had something they thought I should see and learn, to please let me know! My teachers were also aware that I wanted to see as much as I could.
    I later used that when I was an RN and knew students would be coming around that day. I worked until 8am, they came in at 7am. So I made sure to keep blood work until they came around and asked them if any of them wanted to do it. The teachers loved it, and the students loved even more that I volunteered to go with them instead of their teacher, since I knew how much it would stress me out to have them breathing down my neck doing new skills...