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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: 2,272

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  • Apr 6

    I used to have issues with one person in particular at my previous job. I tried talking to her, management, director, you name it. Finally one day she did pretty much what you describe, came in late, socialized, etc.
    I handed her a written report on the patients and special events of the night/what was to come for her shift. She got to the nurse's station, I handed her my papers, and walked away.
    She was shocked. 'Wait, I don't know these patients!' 'Well, I was ready to give you a verbal report when my shift ended half an hour ago. Everything you need to know is on there, the rest you will find when you do your chart check. Have a great day!' And I left. She didn't really stop her bad habits, but it seems like she wasn't AS late after that lol.

  • 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?