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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.
I did PT before nursing. Graduated with 4.0 gpa. Graduated from nursing with 3.8. They are both very challenging programs and it is sad that she apparently has no respect for what your program entails. Did you help her get through high school?
You are both very young and as you both mature you may decide that being a close friend of hers is not worth it, esp if the relationship is all about meeting her needs and not considering yours.
I don't feel safe anywhere anymore, but I usually don't care. I've worked in hospitals with great security and some with none.
Be careful who you make friends with, go at it slowly. Sometimes people will pretend to be your friend only to find out dirt on you and then share it with everybody. You have friends and support from all of us until you do make trustworthy friends.
Where can I learn about how to use stopcocks? Sounds like a good idea
Yep, I've worked in about 30 EDs as staff, agency and traveler. This is the way it is. I usually worked nights cause it was a little slower after midnight.
You did the right thing. Sadly, my hospital forces late discharges before 1130 because of the housekeeping thingy too. The idea of the baby going home with these parents scares the hell out of me.
So many different personalities in nursing, it boggles the mind. I have worked with nurses that want a "butt hair" count and I have worked with nurses that come in, read the chart and say they don't want or need report from me. I too, have learned to tailor my report to who is getting the patient.
It took me a long time to be comfortable with both types of nurses, but in the end I decided that I can only care about what happens on my shift and when I turn the pt over my job is done.
Nursing is a very hard job on so MANY levels, but is enormously rewarding too.
I worked in a hospital ER that doesn't do de-stressing care after events like this. I had a 6 year old that didn't make it. My plea to you is to get a little bit of counseling, because I'm sad I didn't. Over time you will feel better, but never really forget. You were awesome and a real gift to that family because you brought order and a sense of hope to that family at a horrible time in their life. You are truly a great nurse because you care so much. Sometimes there are things in life that we want to know the answer to but just don't get to.
I think God put you there to be their angel at that time.
I read "The Gift of Fear" it was a great book and really opened my eyes. Gave it to my granddaughter age 20 to read as well.
So the only thing they want you to change is start using patients name instead of client? How is that going to make a difference? I work psyche too so I'm interested in hearing your response.
In theory we don't need to use either, we should be charting, reports hearing a voice saying, "eat more hamburgers, you've only had 6 today." Don't need to say patient, Mr Doe or client as that is inherent in the charting, it can't be about anyone else and you should be quoting what the voices said, in the correct tense.
I'd like to whip whoever invented charting with a wet noodle. I hate it.
Getting up for work is hard, whether you have to go in at 7AM or 7PM.
I've had trifocals since nursing school. I had to have my single vision glasses on to see the blackboard and take them off to see the book on my desk. Trifocals are awesome. 15 years later I usually have a pair of cheap readers with me for while I chart because it makes the computer time seem easier on my eyes.
I don't like contacts for work because I want the eyeglass protection. I've had stuff splash up on my glasses and was glad they were there to protect my eyes.
It seems the more I make, the less I want to part with it. We work so hard for our money.
Occasionally you will come across a place like this. I have. If you don't want to go looking for another job try to ignore the click and go about your business. What I have discovered is that nurses come and nurses go. I don't know how long you have worked here but if it's a level 1 trauma center it is probably a pretty big place with a pretty big turnover.
It won't be long before some of these nurses leave by going to new places or new units. One way to combat this is to make sure that you welcome every new nurse to the unit and are helpful to them. Eventually you will have a ton of new friends. Also, as new people start the "crew" will find another target to harass. Can you work on different days when these jerks don't work?
And I have seen lots of places do this to travel nurses.
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