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  • Aug 12 '12

    She agreed to half a shift, not a whole shift, the duty is hers for the time she agreed to, there was another person to relieve her, the supervisor, but she didn't want to. If you don't want to accept responsibility for staffing issues, don't be a supervisor. I am the head charge nurse at my job, and I stay if needed, I don't make other members of my team, because I am in charge, it is ultimately MY responsibility, not the other persons. The supervisor has more responsibility and should have accepted the keys and let the girl go home at the time she agreed to work until. Her obligations are not any "more" than the supervisor, but if the supervisor failed to get staff in there and properly address the problem, I'd say that's her problem and her obligation now!

  • Aug 12 '12

    As a manager when I call someone to come in I appreciate it more when someone actually answers even when it is to say "no can do". That way I know that person I don't need to bother further. Not answering makes me keep trying to reach them. So "man up", pick up the phone and say "nope can't do it, maybe another time.". Now if you are in a facility that constantly calls you: Red flag, I would be looking for another job. Those are the times I advocate NOT answering the phone!

  • Aug 12 '12

    Quote from GrnTea
    When you start school, it's perfectly natural to focus on the lab check-off list of skills and swoon over a peer who "got to do" something new and exciting. These will be completely old-hat by the time you've been a real nurse for a year. Try hard to see the rationales for everything and see how they fit together in the nurses' whole approach to the individual patients while they are in their care. It's way beyond the "got to do this one!" lists.
    This is excellent advice. It really is easy to get caught up in the tasks and procedures, because those are the tangible skills that you can see. However, the critical thinking skills are truly the important ones and those you can only learn by constantly trying to figure out the big picture and not focusing on just getting tasks done. Always ask "why" when you are in clinicals. You need to understand the why of what you are doing to be a good nurse.

  • Aug 1 '12

    Quote from Paco69
    A&P is cakewalk compared to Fundamentals in nursing school stop cryin'
    I have to agree with this too! Pre-reqs in general be they micro, biochem or patho are a cake walk with tests that have straight forward answers. Every test and class in pre-reqs got me a simple my first C in funds and literally bawled my eyes out and talked to the dean because I didn't know what I did wrong and I thought I was going crazy. LOL!

  • Jul 28 '12

    Started in home health while still in school. Company did nothing to prepare me. I was scared as all get out and did what I could to prepare myself for each assignment. When I knew I was going to a peds patient, I whipped out all of my peds references. Crossed my fingers that no one would ask me anything important. Muddled through and learned as I went. Started a LTC job some time before this and took the same approach. Looked up this and looked up that. Asked all the questions I could think of. Learned as I went.

  • Jul 26 '12

    Have you heard don't delegate what you can EAT - evaluate, assess, teach (anything that specifically requires nursing judgment and knowledge). For example, you wouldn't send an LPN or nurse aide to see a pt who was about to be discharged - this pt requires teaching. The LPN/aide should get pts who are stable with expected outcomes. Have you come across the awesome study guide someone posted here? Literally everyone who I graduated with used it to study and passed. I'll try to find the link for you and post it here

  • Jul 26 '12

    I use 'iTranslate' on my Ipod (works on Iphone and others as well) to talk to Spanish patients. For 99 cents it will listen to you in English, translate it and speak it back for your patient to understand. It will do the same to translate Spanish into spoken English as well. The first thing I say is "speak into the phone slowly and in small sentences and it will translate for me". We can have very good conversations as long as the sentences don't get too long. It will also translate several other languages, but only a few will it speak aloud. It works very well.

  • Jul 26 '12

    Recto-vaginal Fistula...and "erosion" in the same sentence as "vaginal".