bubblejet50 3,136 Views
Joined Feb 3, '12.
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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!
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!
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.
A&P is cakewalk compared to Fundamentals in nursing school stop cryin'
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.
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
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.
Recto-vaginal Fistula...and "erosion" in the same sentence as "vaginal".
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