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Joined Oct 10, '00 - from 'RN Spirit from Philly Burb'. NRSKarenRN is a PI Compliance Specialist, prior Central Intake Mgr Home Care Agency. She has '35+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Home Care, VentsTelemetry, Home infusion'. Posts: 27,261 (22% Liked) Likes: 13,285

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  • Sep 22

    Augh, the good old days...

    Gomco Portable Gastric Drainage Aspirator
    Fiddled with these many times on night shift to get suction to work AND responsible for emptying them --no eyeshields to prevent splashing in the 1970's.




    Buretrol IV set is still used today, seen in pediatric units. See Buretrol Youtube video

  • Sep 22

    Cantor Tubes still exist...

    Still remember the night I dropped 10cc glass testube filled with mercury that shattered into tiny beads size of dippin-dots ice cream all over the nurses desk, rolling over the edge onto the floor underneath desk...took me 20 minutes with piece of cardboard to corral them into plastic urine container.

    You instill mercury into smaller tube which fills and weights down balloon end

    Heard it called a Miller Abbot tube too.




  • Sep 22

    Take a deep breathe and exhale. I've moved your thread to our First Year After Nursing Licensure forum.
    Reading the posts in this section, you will see many new grads share your feelings: overwhelmed, not organized, anxious, trying to juggle SEVEN patients/shift (5+2 admits)--you have many kindred souls out there. 1 hr overtime is quite common for a new grad on a busy unit like this.

    Time + experience will help you get over this time in your career. Please do not give up! One thing I learned is you need to refuel, decompress and reorganize during a meal time break. Pack foods that you can grab and eat quickly of you just can't get away: string cheese, nuts, yoghourt, protein bars, trail mix.

    Check out this thread for hints:
    Hang in there new Grads and New Nurses it does get better..I PROMISE

  • Sep 22

    Augh, the good old days...

    Gomco Portable Gastric Drainage Aspirator
    Fiddled with these many times on night shift to get suction to work AND responsible for emptying them --no eyeshields to prevent splashing in the 1970's.




    Buretrol IV set is still used today, seen in pediatric units. See Buretrol Youtube video

  • Sep 22

    Quote from MrNurseXY
    May be premature, but it could be "abdominal migraines". These kids can vomit 20 times daily. It is often seen as psychosomatic. Prescribing Imitrex is a way to rule it out. Anxiety is a common symptom.
    What is CVS? | CVSA
    Thank You... always learn something new reading the school nurses forum.

  • Sep 22

    Quote from MrNurseXY
    May be premature, but it could be "abdominal migraines". These kids can vomit 20 times daily. It is often seen as psychosomatic. Prescribing Imitrex is a way to rule it out. Anxiety is a common symptom.
    What is CVS? | CVSA
    Thank You... always learn something new reading the school nurses forum.

  • Sep 22



    chemo often administered at home using cadd pump device size of portable radio --smaller than today's cd player. portacath is implantable under the skin iv devicewith tip in superior vena cava. it is accessed with a huber needle which is bent at 90 degrees . pharmacist prepares chemotherapy and inserts in cassesste--size of playing cards. homecare infusion rn sets up pump and teaches family how to flush and deacess port port's can be accessed 2-3,000 times before wearing out and have low infection rates.

    don't forget to wear gloves when disconnecting iv and must flush with 10cc saline then heparin to clear site of chemo and prevent clotting--just like flushing regular iv line. dispose of supplies in chemo sharps container.

    i''ve taught 12 year old kids how to do this. if you have concerns re flushing, please call the iv company; they have 24 hour support!


    some portacath links for you.

    http://www.mededcon.com/cvc11.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/port-a-cath

    flushing: http://www.apria.com/resources/aw_re...12-337,00.html

  • Sep 21

    Quote from MrNurseXY
    May be premature, but it could be "abdominal migraines". These kids can vomit 20 times daily. It is often seen as psychosomatic. Prescribing Imitrex is a way to rule it out. Anxiety is a common symptom.
    What is CVS? | CVSA
    Thank You... always learn something new reading the school nurses forum.

  • Sep 20

    i've worked primarily with Geriatric clients in home health, many with Dementia. paternal grandfather placed in SNF 30 yrs ago when Alzheimers advanced and gransmother got sick and hospitalized. Just placed my father 2 weeks ago in Memory Care unit after 2 years decline, vistiing several hours every other day o get him adjusted. Observed and heard so many similar conversations. They have such patience with "Paul" who loves to pace one end of floor to other, trying all doorknobs then flinging himself on floor in hallway for 30 min refusing to get up.

    Yesterday Dad tapping watch at 12N telling me they didn't have any food for breakfast except for small round item (donut) and no food for lunch. "They left people alone in dining room and wouldn't give us more to eat". Can see staff setting up dining room for lunch. Passing aide in hallway she mentioned Dad now allowing her to bath him, got shower yesterday...and this morning had bacon, eggs toast AND donut "He eats everything I give him".

    I'm so grateful that there are chatty, attentive LPN's, aides and activity assistants who don't mind listening to the same story for 10th time in 30 minutes, can sooth the screamers and ensure nutrition with the picky eaters.

    YOU ROCK!

  • Sep 19

    Augh, the good old days...

    Gomco Portable Gastric Drainage Aspirator
    Fiddled with these many times on night shift to get suction to work AND responsible for emptying them --no eyeshields to prevent splashing in the 1970's.




    Buretrol IV set is still used today, seen in pediatric units. See Buretrol Youtube video

  • Sep 19

    Cantor Tubes still exist...

    Still remember the night I dropped 10cc glass testube filled with mercury that shattered into tiny beads size of dippin-dots ice cream all over the nurses desk, rolling over the edge onto the floor underneath desk...took me 20 minutes with piece of cardboard to corral them into plastic urine container.

    You instill mercury into smaller tube which fills and weights down balloon end

    Heard it called a Miller Abbot tube too.




  • Sep 18

    Cantor Tubes still exist...

    Still remember the night I dropped 10cc glass testube filled with mercury that shattered into tiny beads size of dippin-dots ice cream all over the nurses desk, rolling over the edge onto the floor underneath desk...took me 20 minutes with piece of cardboard to corral them into plastic urine container.

    You instill mercury into smaller tube which fills and weights down balloon end

    Heard it called a Miller Abbot tube too.




  • Sep 17

    Turns out the reported "Nurse" in this famous LIFE WWII V-J picture was actually a dental assistant at the time! Karen


    CNN:
    Greta Friedman, the woman kissed by a sailor in the iconic picture taken in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945, has died, according to her son Joshua Friedman.Friedman told CNN that his mother died at an assisted living home in Richmond, Virginia. She was 92.

    The black-and-white photograph of Friedman, dressed in a white uniform, being embraced and kissed by a sailor to celebrate the end of World War II became an enduring image....

  • Sep 15

    Kaci Hickox 's lawsuit will be allowed to proceed re false imprisonment and violation of privacy--- highly think she will win invasion of privacy portion of suit as media circus developed with public outside tent setup she was subjected to. Karen

    From Philadelphia Inquirer :
    September 8, 2016
    by The Associated Press


    Some of Ebola-quarantined nurse's lawsuit claims are tossed

    ...U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty agreed with state lawyers that the Republican governor and state health officials are immune from the federal civil rights charges brought by nurse Kaci Hickox. But he ruled in a decision published last week that Hickox can proceed with parts of her lawsuit alleging false imprisonment and invasion of privacy....
    ... Hickox said one thing is certain: "This decision vindicates my rights by giving me the opportunity to find out from Governor Christie directly whether the decision to detain me was motivated by science or by politics," she said in a statement. "Christie was ultimately responsible for my detention, and he should have to answer for it and show it was made in good faith."...
    ...The judge wrote in his decision that "bad science and irrational fear often amplify the public's reaction to reports of infectious disease." He wrote that Ebola is a virus and not a "malevolent magic spell" but that the state should have some latitude in its efforts to contain it..

  • Sep 15

    Turns out the reported "Nurse" in this famous LIFE WWII V-J picture was actually a dental assistant at the time! Karen


    CNN:
    Greta Friedman, the woman kissed by a sailor in the iconic picture taken in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945, has died, according to her son Joshua Friedman.Friedman told CNN that his mother died at an assisted living home in Richmond, Virginia. She was 92.

    The black-and-white photograph of Friedman, dressed in a white uniform, being embraced and kissed by a sailor to celebrate the end of World War II became an enduring image....


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