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Joined Aug 4, '12 - from 'Central NY US'. LOVEGREEN is a RN. She has '4' year(s) of experience. Posts: 7 (29% Liked) Likes: 15

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  • May 2

    Quote from AlphaM
    Actually in my field of nursing (aeromedical) we have a strict weight policy, BMI cannot be >30. This is done because of the helicopter's weight and balance requirements as well as the mechanics of working in tight quarters. Most do not like it but it's the price we pay for safety. This stupid six pack though makes my stomach look like a washboard
    Wow, I'm a little heavy and my BMI isn't even over 30!

    Quote from AlphaM
    I can relate, I have two treadmills (long story) used to hate running on them or running overall but last winter forced me indoors and I got used to it. I watch tv, read, etc. on it. It's the single most effective time efficient way to stay fit and heart healthy. I do 3 miles almost every day, nothing crazy.
    Twice the clothes storage space.

  • Apr 23

    Due to random drug tests and my children wanting to eat every single day, I can not smoke the reefer. But, I am counting down the years until I can retire.

  • Apr 19

    9. Lazy and/or ignorant pain management, especially when it involves labeling a patient as a "drug seeker".

    10. Whining

    11. Religious proselytizing

    12. "Nurses' station character assassination" as my favorite instructor put it.

    13. Failure to look out for the nurses who have to follow you (and clean up your mess).

  • Mar 15

    Quote from MedicFireRN

    4. I've learned that even with the best intentions, sometimes I do not get ahead on coursework like I planned
    You and me both. I was SO going to use Spring Break this past week to get a week ahead in my classes (online BSN) then... I blinked and it was Sunday.

  • Mar 15

    Quote from calivianya
    You know, I hate taking this in a political direction, but reading about the thousands you owe in taxes, ixchel...

    I only squeaked through by the skin of my teeth this year - got $20 back after you take both federal and state into account, and that's only because I had mortgage interest and some charitable donations to deduct - would have paid about $1500 otherwise. I already claim zero exemptions.

    I am scared of what's going to happen around tax time for me if Bernie Sanders gets elected. He's my favorite otherwise, but he's got to get money from his plans from somewhere, and as I am a lot "wealthier" than the average American, it's probably going to be from me and people like me. IMO, everybody sucks this year, and I have no idea who to vote for.

    The SSRI thing... depressed people are the people I feel sorriest for in my unit. They really do go bat guano crazy after being NPO for a while. None of that stuff comes IV, so if they're NPO, there's no taper, and the level of crazy and discomfort I get to see can be pretty intense. Someone has got to find a way to give SSRIs IV.
    Sanders- We are going to have to pay taxes anyway. He is the only person who repeatedly addresses the middle class and their issues, and he is pro-union.
    I hope he gets the Dem nod.

  • Mar 14

    I agree with most others that posted, also, you can try attaching your name to positive sites so that would show up first and the photos you don't want to see towards the bottom of a google search. You can make a small blog with your name and a nice professional picture or a Facebook with decent pics or something similar. directing traffic to these sites in the meantime while you get the rest figured out well help further with getting the inappropriate pics off or at least someone would have to click through some pages to find them

  • Mar 10

    One thing I know for sure about a BSN in my area is that it's the only way to ensure that you may still have an acute care job in the future, excellent nurse or not.

    I've worked with all types of nurses. LPNs, diploma/Associates/Bachelors/etc RNs and there were some with less education that seemed better and some obviously that were better with more education. I think overall it would help improve outcomes, but not always. To try to cut a diverse workforce with a specific mold is hard and there's a lot of grey areas. I think the quality of where the education was obtained is a big factor. Also, an individual's own critical thinking ability (Having the knowledge is one thing. Applying it to a real life situation is another).

    Another thing I saw was that the number of patients was a factor. No matter what the healthcare setting, few patients equals more time with each patient, reducing the risks. I've done hospital work in the past (LPNs in my state had few restrictions when we were employed by hospitals). On a good day, 4-5 primary or 6-8 with a CNA between two nurses was a much better day than 6-8 primary or 10 with a split aide. Too many patients creates an unsafe situation, regardless of education level. I have been seeing much better ratios in hospitals lately, along with the need for a higher degree. By decreasing the ratio and increasing the degree, outcomes should improve. However, that same decreased number of patients would have better outcomes with a lower level of education as well.

  • Mar 10

    I don't like the whole push to force nurses back into school to complete a BSN later in life. In fact, many in my facility have decided that they will retire early rather than return to school if the facility indeed follows through with the no BSN = no job on 1/1/2020.

    If the push for the BSN continues, then the US needs to do it similar to Canada: grandfather in those already licensed or in school, but as of a certain date, the BSN program is the only option. Might help with the projected nursing surplus as well- more school, less people viewing it as a quick path to a decent paycheck. Might also result in better workplaces for nurses as well- fewer nurses competing for jobs, ability to vote with our feet and still find a good job.

  • Mar 9

    Quote from Dany102
    Not that I insist on playing devil's advocate but I couldn't help to wonder how do you handle cases when a parent actually can't come to pick up their child? Suppose this is a single parent situation? And what if that parent is at work? Maybe they can't afford to leave work long enough to come pick their kid? I've heard of some employers who aren't too family friendly (especially with their female employees). I can think of a few other situations when this would be complicated. I suppose a family relative or friend could be called in but it isn't always easy to organize at the last minute.

    How do you handle these cases?

    I *am* a parent of 2, and I am lucky enough to have support. But, I was raised as one of 6 in a severely poor family, mother had no car, and my father was barely around. She had no friends (dad made sure of that), and no family in the state. I spent more than my fair share of days in the nurse's office because I was sick and there was literally no way to get me home aside from the bus.

    The "parents have a plan a, b, c, d" is really speaking from a place where you may not understand that people do not always have a support system, and do not have the means for any little thing to go wrong. And before I get "oh well then they should have never have had kids!" chorus, sometimes this happens after the children are born.

    Maybe there is something that can be discussed with the mom considering she sounds like she does not have the means to pack up midday and come get her child. Maybe the school can help her find another parent willing to help. Maybe the mother is rude because she is frustrated that she isn't providing well enough for her child, and it hurts even worse to get that phone call. Being proactive, and not reactive, it *always* the better option.

  • Mar 7

    Quote from Rnfortuna
    According to the American Parkinson's disease Association, Haldol use should be avoided in eldery.
    In general, all medications should be avoided in everyone whenever possible. Sometimes medications are needed despite attempts to avoid them.

  • Mar 3

    Ill agree with we have too much to do, but not with anything else.

  • Feb 28

    I had no idea who Renee Thompson is. Google led me to her LinkedIn profile - she is a professional speaker - and a YouTube video promoting a conference she led earlier this month. Her target audience seems to be general medical-surgical nurses "of a certain age". Her pitch to attend her conference included the following:

    "As med-surg nurses we never used to have to know telemetry, now we do."
    "Patients are now on all these different anti-coagulants and they have questions - and I don't always know how to respond."
    "If you're not on social media, you're missing out on a great opportunity for nurses. (this speaker) will show you how to open that door just a little bit ..."

    What these have in common with her book excerpts in the OP, in my opinion, is that she runs a business targeting those who feel inadequate or victimized as nurses.

    OP, you mentioned you are currently pursuing your BSN. I'm genuinely curious to hear from you and from others who may currently be taking baccalaureate or higher courses, or who teach at the university level - are Thompson's assertions regarding female behavior in line with current feminist theories?

    Edited to add: thinking about this some more ... I just wanted to clarify my last paragraph. In a nutshell, I have a real issue with those who assert that interpersonal problems are the result of some defect in us as women! In a nutshell, I do not accept that half of the human population is, in 2016, predisposed to negative behavior patterns solely on the basis of gender. Nope, not buying it. One who repeatedly finds herself involved in unproductive interactions would do well to examine her own contributions to the situations.

  • Feb 26

    Do not feel badly, do not fret. If the foley was a traumatic insertion, then there could be some residual blood on the tip of the catheter, a Fr that is so large that it is stunningly weird that it is a catheter size at all can irritate coming out...all sorts of things.

    Unless you have blood spurting from a penis, you did just fine. The balloon only deflates down to where it started. You can't change the cath size on the way out. And for any number of men, the prostate is not their friend.

    Don't cry. You did fine.

  • Feb 25

    Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
    I know you're not for it, but I just wanted to point out that the view that it is culture (and I'm not saying you view as it culture, I know you were making a general statement and I'm responding to that) is a weak one at best. It's like a Jewish person constantly having to see a swastika everywhere. It's offensive and the view that it is southern culture/pride is so antiquated and downright sad.
    Antiquated and sad in your perspective or not, it is the prevalent view in many places of the South. Most are so ignorant that they don't know the slavery aspect of the Confederacy, they are taught pride in their bloodlines.

    Imagine living in the deep South and being taught that who you are is a source of pride and wonder. You come from a long line of impressive people who have done their best to live up to their beliefs and preserve a proud heritage. Everything you know is about family, community, honor, and civility. Then, you grow up and travel. Suddenly, you are bombarded on all sides with scorn and ridiculed as being from a faction of people who are reviled and seen as the scum of the earth. The worst part is that you're being abused for ideals and principles that you have never been introduced to. It's a huge culture shock. You can never understand unless you were raised in the Southern tradition. Not all Southerners who display the Confederate flag are like that, though. Some are downright bigoted and despicable. However, I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I don't believe all Southerners hate black people, and I don't believe all black people are racist against white people either. I believe individuals can be evil to anybody, skin color is just an excuse.

    A little understanding from both sides goes a long way. And please, don't think that I am defending the Confederate flag, because I am not. I don't agree with racism at all, and have been fighting it most of my life.

    I feel it is better to try to understand your enemy and maybe find an ally, rather than to blindly hate those who believe differently from you.

  • Feb 17

    When a patient tells me I am a good nurse, it's not usually because of my nursing skills, but rather my people skills. I smile, listen, and comfort. Those get me more compliments than anything else.

    Occasionally "you're the best nurse ever!" Is followed up by, "so and so was awful, terrible, just the worst!". Next shift I am the worst, and the current nurse is the most amazing person to walk this planet. Meaning, the patient is just really being manipulative and staff splitting.

    So I don't always take it seriously. I take any compliment with a grain (or spoonful) of salt, especially if it's followed up by a comparison to another nurse.