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  • Oct 19

    It's part of the outfit. It would be like saying pants are an infection control issue, or shoes, or pockets.

  • Oct 6

    Quote from Elizabeth Blanchard Hills
    Greetings, All:

    As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am currently working on a series of stories for the community.

    Specifically, I am interested in your personal narrative:
    • Have you ever been in an abusive relationship?
    • Are you currently in one, but thinking of leaving?
    • Have you yourself ever been an abuser?

    I you'd like to be interviewed, please PM me. Your personal point of view will be invaluable.

    Also, if you have specific questions you would like for the series to address, I'd love to hear them. Please post your ideas below. Here are a few ideas of my own:
    • Is there anything about our profession that makes us more (or less) vulnerable to becoming involved with an abuser?
    • We often hear how nurses "eat their young". Are nurses also abusers? In there a connection between bullying at work and bullying at home?
    • What patterns, if any, typify a victim and abuser?

    What do you ​think should be included in a series of posts about domestic abuse?
    I am uncomfortable with the idea of someone new to the forum asking such personal questions. We don't know you, and you've shared nothing about your own history or qualifications to write about domestic abuse. Nor do we know why you wish to interview members on an anonymous forum. It seems that if you're interested in the stories of domestic abusers and domestic abuse victims, you might contact a women's shelter, the YMCA (who, in the past at least, have had programs for abusers) or your local ER at 2 AM. Then, at least, you would have some assurance that the person you were talking to was legitimate.

    I wonder how many posters will admit to BEING abusers. The general line among abusers is "she MADE me do it." Or "I didn't hit her that hard". Or "She fell down the stairs -- she's really clumsy."

    Domestic abuse is a serious topic, and many members have shared their stories. I'd rather see a renewed thread or two about the subject that a series of articles from someone who is just "writing an article."

    But maybe that's just me.

  • Sep 29

    Quote from Jedrnurse
    I can understand the resentment. It's not something that can casually be passed on through a cough or some such thing. Big Brother can be odious at times, and of course there's probably Pharma money behind state pushes to add this to mandatory status.
    HPV is the most prevalent STD.

  • Sep 29

    "I won't be able to do that, patient XYZ needs my nursing care".

  • Jul 1

    Quote from NOADLS
    Do your research on how long these things actually last when stored properly. If your use for them is personal and not business related, you can get away with holding onto an expired one.

    Yes the costs are ridiculous, but you don't need to be shelling out money every year like a sheep. You've described a situation where a logical thinker can arrive at a reasonable answer. Sometimes I think I should be charging money for offering logical advice, but I am happy to do it for free hoping that I can inject some common sense into the general population.

    I consider myself a logical thinker, but perhaps I'm just a sheep in the world of NOADLS. Please do tell how I can logically come to a reasonable answer to this situation, other than ignoring expiration dates. Because you know, (or maybe you don't), one tends to follow the rules when one's child/grandchild is at risk to life. Ignoring an expiration and thus risking an infant death is not a gamble I care to take.

    Hugs & kisses,

    Illogical sheep person.

  • Jun 30

    Too bad she quit the day job, not gonna make it as a cake decorator.

  • Jun 20

    I think if it's "the worst headache of your life", or a severe migraine that OTC isn't touching, it is an emergency. If it's your average, Tylenol worthy headache, and you're just looking for free Tylenol, well, I would have to agree that's really not an emergency.

    I feel bad for people who can't afford the urgent care co-pays, but the ER really isn't supposed to be primary care or walk-in care. I've personally always been one to wait out a cold or fever until I can get in to see my doctor.. but that's just me.

  • Jun 20

    I've went to the er a handful of times for a migraine. It was the worse pain I've ever experienced in my life. My cousin went to er for a migraine. Turns out it was a brain aneurysm, so to you it may be a simple headache, but you don't know what that person is experiencing or feeling or that "headache" is actually something else.

  • Jun 20

    Migraine sufferers need help right away. It's not a life threatening emergency, but their suffering is profound.

    If a simple headache sufferer gets you this irrate, maybe another type of nursing would be more up your alley? You get a lot of clinic stuff in ERs. Either people are poor planners or they can't get appointments with PCPs. It is what it is, better not to let it bug you.

  • Jun 20

    I use to think that way but now that I have Medicaid & the walk in clinic in my town doesn't take it, what am I suppose to do? Drive 2 hours out of my way to a walk in clinic that takes Medicaid?
    I went to the ER last night & was diagnosed with an ear infection. Are you telling me that I should've waited until Monday to see my PCP? I think we both know that, that's a bad idea. I don't have the money to pay out of pocket if I went to the walk in clinic.
    I hope now you have a better understanding as to why some people use the ER that way. By the way, there was no one in the waiting room & it took me all of 30 minutes from waiting room to discharge.

  • Jun 17

    "Now maybe the ECG leads won't keep reading V Fib!"

  • Jun 15

    Quote from Rocknurse
    But if we're all nurses here, and some are gay, why can't we post here? I see many kinds of things discussed here. Surely, after this awful act of hate and segregation you won't delegate us to another board? Surely, especially today, you could let us talk among ourselves? How is the Stanford Rape about nurses?
    Soooo not trying to start anything and I am not a moderator. I was just letting you know of another section where you might look for posts.

  • Jun 15

    But if we're all nurses here, and some are gay, why can't we post here? I see many kinds of things discussed here. Surely, after this awful act of hate and segregation you won't delegate us to another board? Surely, especially today, you could let us talk among ourselves? How is the Stanford Rape about nurses?

  • Jun 14
  • Jun 13

    Quote from JenHRN
    Ok thanks. This feedback is helpful. I think the primary reason I'm asking this is because in both situations, the general response I got from more experienced staff was that the code was unnecessary.. But there's no way in those initial seconds to determine who is going to recover on their own and who needs CPR. No pulse is no pulse. 10 seconds is 10 seconds. Anything else is speculation. It's frustrating to feel belittled for doing what's best for my patient. And to be fair, it's not everyone who reacted this way. A few of my fellow nurses were very supportive. And of course, all nurses present in these situations were in agreement!
    I'm an ICU charge nurse, run STAT and code teams, etc... so I'd probably qualify as relatively experienced staff. And I say call the code.

    Let's put it this way. If your patient's heart was not beating for 10 seconds, your patient was dead and needed CPR. I've seen many circumstances where a delay in CPR arguably contributed to patient demise, and no cases in which unnecessary CPR did the same. Likewise - even if your patient's heart was beating but the pulse was so weak that it could not be detected at the carotid artery... your patient needed CPR. He was not perfusing his brain and was, functionally, dead.

    Senior staff who advise less experienced RNs not to call a code on a (full-code status) patient whose pulse cannot be felt quickly need remediation. This can, will, and does cause needless patient deaths.

    What I will add, however, that you should make it a point to know exactly how to feel for a pulse in an emergency. Do not listen for an apical pulse - it takes too long, and is too unreliable with background noise and low quality stethoscopes (such as the isolation stethoscopes found in most hospitals). Do not feel for a radial pulse - it is unreliable, and might be absent in a patient who does have an adequate heart beat. Same goes with other peripheral pulses, and even to some extent the femoral pulse. Feel for the carotid pulse (one side at a time please), and make sure you know exactly where it is before an emergency arises.