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  • Feb 4

    I worked having every other mon, fri, and weekend off. So my schedule was Mon-thur. and sat/sun. then Tue-Friday, off sat. sun.

  • Jan 29

    LTC can be very overwhelming, especially for a new grad. One thing that helped me when I was in LTC was having a list of the residents' names and writing down how they took their meds. That is a battle in itself. Some meds need to be crushed, some taken with certain beverages, you will have to know how the resident takes their meds so it will save you time from running back and forth. Ask the previous shift to quickly give you this information.
    Make sure your cart is stocked before you start, once again can save you time. Ask your CNAs to get vital signs for you, for your patients that take BP meds. Once again, a time saver.
    It will take time to have a routine. Some meds can be grouped together as well. If you have 5 and 7 pm meds give them both at 6, you have an hr. window, use it.
    Jot every thing down as you go. Cluster your tasks. It will take time, hang in there.

  • Jan 12

    Commuter- You have done it again.... Put my feelings into an article. I was told to start off in a hospital because "that is the right thing to do" as a new grad. Even though I had previous LPN experience prior to becoming a RN, I had a really hard time adjusting to the hosptial setting.
    Stat orders, codes, critical labs, call lights, all memebers of the disciplinary team, rounding, and etc. It was overwhelming. I think I'm a mixture of A and B personality, mostly b though.
    During my time in ICU, I thought this was just normal new grad blues but I was wrong. Working in ICU nearly drove me into an early grave. I was drinking wine almost 3-4 times a week, taking ativan, and just really really depressed. Ofcourse my co-workers didn't help with creating a hostile environment. I came to the realization that this specialty and type of nursing is NOT for me and doesn't fit my personality.
    To test my theory, I interviewed and shawdowed at another ICU and felt the same way.
    I typically like a routine with an occassional code to keep me on my toes. In ICU, I felt like I was putting out fires all day long. I have an offer pending for the ER, my husband tells me I shouldn't take the job because he knows my personality does not fit one of the ER. I agree with him, however I need a job.
    I'm praying I get into PP or NBN. I think I would be excel in that area.

  • Jan 6

    Quote from MoopleRN
    I don't understand why you were grossed out (it was a private moment you happened upon (not a wet trach that makes you dry heave to suction/do cares on/hear it hawk! ... that's my personal gross out). Especially when you acknowledge it's a fact of life. It's not like he purposely did it in front of you or asked you to watch/participate.

    I gather from your screen name you're a new nurse. Maybe that had something to do with it. Suck it up, get over the hump and know that once you've got more hands on experience, it will be easier to deal with.

    Ahem!
    New nurse or not, the OP is human. Get over yourself. I've been in nursing for 6 years and get grossed out by certain things including someone masturbating.
    If you say you have never been grossed out by anything, then you are a liar.

  • Dec 30 '15

    Instead of having an objective, maybe you should have a profile. The profile is a summary of your nursing skills and personality. Here is an example:
    Motivated and compassionate nursing candidate with hospital and clinical training. Successful in managing time, prioritizing tasks and exercising the sound judgment required to improve the quality of patient care. Moreover; I have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, able to relate with patients in a therapeutic manner and work well with other members of the health care team.

  • Dec 3 '15

    I don't think it is a big deal to share your steth as long as you disinfect the ear peices with wipes. What if you need to borrow one someday? Just saying. However, if you feel really uncomfortable just say" I don't loan mine out, sorry" . Keep it simple.

  • Dec 3 '15

    OP you will be getting flamed, just wanted to warn you. However, I guess I'm going to get flammed too because I LOVE being a christian nurse as well. I don't push my beliefs on my patients. I simply enjoy promoting healing in my patients. Every day I pray for my patients and myself. I pray that God works through me to provide competent and quality care to them.

  • Nov 27 '15

    Quote from Been there,done that
    If they're sick enough to need a condom cath and can still get an erection.. I would be confused!
    How come? Just because someone is incontinent doesn't mean they cannot get an erection. I have taken care of patients who were incontinent but still able to get an erection. Sometimes it's a physiological response that happens without tactile stimulation. Seen it many times....

  • Nov 26 '15

    OP you will be getting flamed, just wanted to warn you. However, I guess I'm going to get flammed too because I LOVE being a christian nurse as well. I don't push my beliefs on my patients. I simply enjoy promoting healing in my patients. Every day I pray for my patients and myself. I pray that God works through me to provide competent and quality care to them.

  • Nov 22 '15

    I shared this one before. One time I was walking my blind patient to the dinning room.

    As we got to the table she bumped into the chair. I stated : " I'm sorry, I guess this is like the blind leading the blind".

  • Nov 21 '15

    Quote from That Guy
    Short version of my story is I accidentally told a pt I did not want her "to go down on me" when I really meant fall down on the floor. Oh I was dying trying to get out of that room I was so embarassed.
    Too funny!!!!

    I have another one: When I was in my mother/baby rotation I had to assess a women postpartum. This was my first assessment so ofcourse my CI was watching me like a hawk.
    I start with the head and so on so fourth.
    My CI then prompts me to assess her breast.
    I look unhook the gown to assess the womens' breast and they are HUGE then I loudly say: " Oh, wow... they are engorged!!!!!"

  • Nov 21 '15

    Thanks guys for posting. I know I'm not the only one. I have another funny for you all.
    Last week I offered a nurse and a doctor a mint. The nurse accepted the mint, the doctor stated " no thanks" .
    Me: " It is always the people who really need a mint that refuses"
    I honestly made a general statement, but since the doc refused a mint, I hope she didn't think it was directed towards her.
    I'm sure her breath smells fine.

  • Nov 21 '15

    I'm going to pick on myself for a moment. I have to admit that sometimes I blurt things out without truly thinking about it. Today I said something ( without thinking) to a patient that was purely stupid.

    Long story short: My patient had to drink a medication that did not taste so good. She had to drink a whole cup and the only thing I could do to make it bearable was to add a little ice.

    Patient: "This taste horrible"
    Me: "Just imagine it is a magarita on the rocks"
    Patients' husband: " That is not a good idea, since we are both recovering alcoholics"
    Me: " Oh you are right...bad idea, never mind.( then I proceed to use more therapeutic interventions)

    Needless to say I learned my lesson, never assume anything.
    I now except my award for blurting out the most stupid thing ever!

  • Nov 19 '15

    I'm going to pick on myself for a moment. I have to admit that sometimes I blurt things out without truly thinking about it. Today I said something ( without thinking) to a patient that was purely stupid.

    Long story short: My patient had to drink a medication that did not taste so good. She had to drink a whole cup and the only thing I could do to make it bearable was to add a little ice.

    Patient: "This taste horrible"
    Me: "Just imagine it is a magarita on the rocks"
    Patients' husband: " That is not a good idea, since we are both recovering alcoholics"
    Me: " Oh you are right...bad idea, never mind.( then I proceed to use more therapeutic interventions)

    Needless to say I learned my lesson, never assume anything.
    I now except my award for blurting out the most stupid thing ever!

  • Nov 15 '15

    Quote from Been there,done that
    If they're sick enough to need a condom cath and can still get an erection.. I would be confused!
    How come? Just because someone is incontinent doesn't mean they cannot get an erection. I have taken care of patients who were incontinent but still able to get an erection. Sometimes it's a physiological response that happens without tactile stimulation. Seen it many times....


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