gonzo1 15,413 Views
Joined Jun 8, '05.
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My husband got really mad at me once too
him: "You've been on that damn website for 3 days and haven't taken a bath or changed your clothes. It's me or them"
me: Ok, I'll go bath
me after three days without AN: I've decided that I can't live without AN so bye
That was about 7 years ago. This April we will be celebrating 40 years of marriage.
It is really addicting
I didn't even start nursing school till I was 45. Went to ICU age 55.
Taking care of psyche patients in the ED is very hard. Staff isn't trained for these patients. We do make them strip naked and wear only a gown. Room has everything taken out of it. They may wait hours and hours for someone from mental health to come talk to them.
I always tell them I'm the medical nurse and we are going to do some medical tests first to make sure there isn't something medical wrong to be causing the problem. Then after the medical clearance a mental health professional will come to help them. This somehow made it feel better for me taking care of them.
If they want to talk to me about whats going on I will listen. But I always tell them they really need to talk to a mental health professional to get the best care.
I work part time on a locked psyche unit now and have learned a little. Sadly EDs are not set up in any way that's healthy for these patients.
Not bad for a beginner. Usually you want to leave out stuff like who the pt is and the dx as that is already noted in chart. also you can go through and slash out most of the time you used pt as we know who you are talking about. for example just put
refused miconazole at 2100, awake, lying in bed, watching tv. you don't need to say "when I left room" you could say "lying in bed, watching tv with no needs at 2200"
you will learn to use fewer and fewer words as time goes by.
we all do
Have to agree with everything posted above. I'm 60 now, have been a nurse for about 13 years (keep forgetting). I can still run circles around most of the younguns due to better work ethic. Have started working on my BSN. I know a 64 y/o who just got her BSN. I used to do martial arts too. Love it. Had to quit for nursing school because I'm a total immersion kind of person and I couldn't give all to both, so I chose saving lives. Don't regret it at all, just wish it wasn't so mean sometimes. Have been in great places and horrible places. Good place now.
Remember, there isn't a shortage of nurses, there is a shortage of nurses willing to work at the bedside with facilities demanding nurses do more, with less.
Now 60 and just started working on my BSN. I know a lady that's 64 and just got her BSN. Now she's working on her masters.
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