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  • Dec 18 '17

    Quote from remotefuse
    the traveler absolutely hates (for whatever reason) nurses who pump at work.
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  • Dec 18 '17

    I "stole" a patient's dog.

    Yep, you read that right. Took it. Right out of "it's" yard.

    Then I carried that dog into the ER on a linen cart. Of course, it was there to visit with my patient (who was fighting sepsis & prolly going to die and wanted to see their dog). The patient had been placed in the nursing home & had not been able to see their dog since (several months earlier). It was important, vital even, for my patient to see that dog.

    Emotional support matters.

    This patient was in despair over the dog as much as in physical jeopardy. The patient had had few visitors at the NH and there had been no one in the ER in the time they had been held there (approx 6 hours - long bed waits).

    My patient's son & DIL still lived in the house. The patient told me that the son refused to bring the dog to visit in the nursing home. Okay? My patient's old neighbor visited at the nursing home and had mentioned that the beloved dog was being kept outside most always. I was due a break, the ER doc covered me on my mission (I was going to see what I could find out, maybe talk to the son, but no one was home), so, I quickly "borrowed the dog" tossed it in my car & was back in no time.

    Of course, I took the dog back after my shift ended. Never saw the patient's son. Prolly just as well.

    If I cannot save your life, I will make your last wishes come true. Just ask.

  • Nov 20 '17

    This is probably gonna be long so I under stand if you pass it over. I'm not intending on offering a political opinion so please don't read that into it if you choose to go on.

    Everyone who has kids understands this...few things scare me. I'm afraid of snakes; I hate snakes - snakes scare me (coincidentally as I was typing this a report came over the radio of a snake in one of our classrooms. I responded, it was a little non-poisonous snake, and I took it back outside - but I didn't like it). The other thing that scares me is the inability to protect my children as they've progressed to being out of my reach and my sight and are available to become carnage resulting from the action of some satan reincarnate with a gun, machete, vehicle, bomb, or some other mechanism used in a manner to purposefully kill others.

    Frankly, I think the fringes of our society have deteriorated to the degree that these hideous acts can not be prevented and will continue until "we the people" reel in our "tolerance" atmosphere and go back to enforcing acceptable behavior in a public place. I believe the genesis of today's violence is a product of progressively allowing a couple of generations of individuals to violate the public "peace" laws and mores with no accountability or consequences. For instance, nowadays, if a parent stands in the front office of a public school and continually drops the "F" bomb and "F" this and "F" that, their action is met with meekness, and apologies, and pleases to quiet them down and satisfy their complaint; out of fear of retribution, further complaints to higher administration, or whatever else lame reason. So what is the result? Incentive for the bad actor to repeat the behavior and, with human nature being what is, the repeat performance will likely escalate. What should occur in a situation I've described is the person acting out in a public should be hauled to jail and charged with disorderly conduct; a law which is on the books in every state in the union. A law written and enacted by those voted into office to represent "we the people," i.e., the opinion of how society should act in public.

    I believe this lack of enforcement of societal rules over time has tentacles that creep outward and take hold and simmer with those who have a propensity to be a bad actor. Those who have had life slap them in the face for the multitudes of possibilities. Those who face little or no possibilities of obtaining mental or emotional health intervention (but the lack of mental health services now is a different rant). The results of continuing to allow unchecked violations of the "public peace" and tolerance and excuse making for public displays of outright vulgarity and societal degradation has grown like a deadly virus and is manifesting in the inhumane behavior we are now seeing.

    Laws won't fix this because we already have laws in place that address each and every bad or evil commission deemed unacceptable by society. Only "we the people" can fix this by returning to the public climate where it is NOT acceptable to use vulgar language and gestures and unacceptable actions in a public place and those who do must be punished and responsible for their actions. Then and only then can, (with the assistance of some REAL mental health revision) over a couple generations, we remold the respect people deserve from each other and how to address objections in a civil and objective manner.

    I read this morning that no kids died over there in California yesterday - 2 sadly received gunshot wounds but will recover; undoubtedly due to quick thinking by school personnel to lock down the building. Praise be to GOD. Other innocents were murdered...praying for God to give those left behind the strength for tomorrow. Just as those murdered at church 100 miles up the road a couple Sundays ago.

    OK, if you made it through, thank you for listening. I feel blessed to be able to take part in such a forum for GOOD as is here with you wonderful people. And BTW, it's Far's fault for starting the thread...thank you Farawyn for reminding us of the deadly reality that lurks out there. Keep your heads up and looking everyone.

  • Nov 12 '17

    Quote from LovingLife123
    So I kind of need to work. Probably more than the single people.
    This doesn't seem like a fair argument. That single person might have five dogs to feed and provide vet care for. They might have family members to support or even just to buy gifts for. They might have a retirement account that they are working towards funding. They might have student loans to pay. Maybe they are saving up money for a vacation. Every person's life looks different. Whatever their reason for needing to work, it isn't less real than your son's $60 jeans and $400 basketball league.

  • Nov 6 '17

    Quote from MelEpiRN
    I know many would disagree with me, (which would make me happy, to be honest) but I think it's also a culture of the current workforce. I organize educational opportunities (many offer CE credit) as part of my job as well as community outreach programs and I get almost zero participation. The only time people show up is if you make it super-mandatory (uh-huh, I said it- mandatory doesn't mean diddly anymore) and pay them. You'd think nurses would want to learn, keep up to date with new info, etc, but in my experience people just want to come in, do the job they're [under]paid for, and go home. No extra, even if it helps them.
    To an extent, yes, this is true for me. While I do want to learn, I absolutely expect to be paid for my time, so if something is going to be mandatory, I'll be getting paid for it. Every nurse works hard for every single penny they earn and most are probably underpaid, and we should all respect ourselves enough to know it’s only right for our employer to pay us for coming in for anything. You bet I'm not stepping foot in the hospital if I'm not getting paid.

    That being said, I do look things up on my own at home. While in a t-shirt and undies all snuggled up on my bed with my cat and a bowl of ice cream.

  • Nov 6 '17

    I do feel that you have received some good answers. I believe mostly that nurses do not seek help at work due to the fear of what should be confidential leaking out. Even in the most well-intentioned scenario this can be devastating. I speak from personal experience here as my HIPAA rights were violated when I tried to kill myself 15 years ago and It didn't take very long for the whole hospital to know that 1.I had an alcohol problem (never impaired at work) 2. That I had tried to kill myself. 3 that I had been fired. I was also subsequently black balled by every hospital in the system. I ran into an old friend from those days who said she heard I was dead.

    Even if you are a generally strong person - I have learned to never show my employer any weakness they can capitalize on. I am a stealth bomber. I swoop in, do my job well, and fly out. I turn my phone off when I am not at work and I take care of myself. Your employer does not have your best interests at heart - they have the hospital's interests at heart. and though both things should be the same they often are not.

    So no I would not go to a therapist based in the hospital for my mental health needs - other that required critical incident debriefings.


  • Nov 6 '17

    I started my career in 1987 at a very nice religious based hospital. They were wonderful to their employees. They gave me paid time off when they found out my wife and I were divorcing, knew what was best for everyone. Fast forward to now and the same place with new owners tells widows to get back to work within days of burying their husbands. There would be no way I would talk to anyone in my place of employment in this new culture.

  • Nov 6 '17

    Yep. I would not want someone I see at work every day to know my weaknesses/issues. I also would have zero trust that the information would not get leaked, some how, some way. Even if I were open to seeing a psychologist there is ZERO chance I would choose one who works with me on the unit. Nada. Zip. Zero.

  • Nov 6 '17

    No, due to a fear (real or imagined) that it would harm my employment and/or reputation at work.

  • Nov 6 '17

    Quote from Farawyn
    Dawww, I just love the stuffin' outta you, Davey!
    Meeee toooo!

  • Nov 6 '17

    Quote from Davey Do
    Dawww, I just love the stuffin' outta you, Davey!

  • Nov 6 '17

    Quote from OldDude
    Flaming Hot Cheetos vomit is quite impressive and colorful and smells a lot like battery acid. They might be a good substitute for ipecac syrup.
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  • Nov 6 '17

    And lets not forget that EVERYTHING is whole grain or wheat. I like wheat sometimes. But the crackers smell and taste like cardboard. Wheat pasta, wheat poptarts, YUCK!

  • Nov 4 '17

    Wouldnt it seem kind of obvious that if you applied for a job that included tasks you had an objection to for any reason that maybe you shouldnt take that job?

  • Nov 4 '17

    Being allowed to pass off major parts of your clearly outlined duties to your coworkers is not a "reasonable accommodation." That would be allowing a nurse to wear long sleeved scrubs or to cover her hair. And I'm not exactly a church-going Catholic, but last time I checked they objected to the use of aborted fetal tissues in the original development of certain vaccines, but the overall directive is that children should still receive them. This is total nonsense. If I say that touching a naked person of the opposite sex is against my religious beliefs, do I get out of doing pericare? Should I try it?