gonzo1 18,399 Views
Joined Jun 8, '05.
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If my patients make it to 705, warm, pink and dry.
All the other things listed make it a great shift.
I've done quite a bit of agency and travel nursing ER. As a travel nurse you will be expected to get TNCC, ACLS, PALS etc on your own. Your travel agency is not going to help you. You are expected to hit the ground running and may only get a 4 hour orientation at each new location. Some places I got no orientation.
You will also have to have a physical before each contract, provide immunization records and get a pee test. You will become very adept at taking care of things yourself.
I suggest you get a copy/printer/fax machine because you are going to be sending records back and forth to agencies like crazy.
It was very educational and I gained enormous experience. It can be fun and it can be miserable. Enjoy the ride.
I always steer away from people who make statements like, "I always say." Mental health issues run the course from someone who is afraid of spiders, to psychopaths. I think we would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn't have some sort of at least small fear or phobia. I work ICU, ER and psyche and have seen nutsy nurses in all these positions.
From my experience a person who is really mentally ill won't stay in psyche nursing very long because they aren't really there for the patients, but to help themselves. I've seen a couple who only lasted a few months. Just like all other types of nursing there are all kinds of nurses who work psyche, some are extremely well adjusted people from normal homes and some have issues of their own. It's this mix of personalities that make for a strong unit where everyone can learn and grow.
EKUGRAD, you sound like an awesome person and they are lucky to have you.
You need to do something about this right away. If you have signed wastes for this nurse you are going to be investigated as well as him because it is highly suspicious looking that these meds are being pulled out twice and one wasted. Even one incidence of this is highly suspicious. You will be investigated too when pharmacy notices this, and they will.
You have put your license on the line.
I spent several years in the ER and now ICU. I have seen doctors cry, firemen cry, EMS, nurses and all the rest. At first it is hard to control your emotions, but as time goes on you learn to get the job done, then cry. I gotta say, there is nothing more gut renching then seeing a fireman cry. But I have nothing but respect for those who cry.
Most of us agree that when you don't cry anymore then you should probably get out
Where can I learn about how to use stopcocks? Sounds like a good idea
You did everything right. Look for a new job.
Can someone tell me how to block out a person that you don't want to see their postings anymore?
I'm so sorry you and your family had to go through this horrible experience. I hope you are able to find comfort and healing. Sharing your experience has opened up an educational discussion that will have positive impact on many. We still have so much to do to make healthcare better for all.
I think the patients whose lives have been saved by me, and most of my nursing friends, would say that nursing is a knowledge based job. I often forget how important our job is until something great happens with a really sick patient. The thing is, in our job we can be titrating several life saving drips, watching for lethal rhythms and checking for air leaks in chest tubes and other assorted things, while cleaning up poopy bottoms and emptying the garbage.
I think I make pretty darn good money too.
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