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First of all I want to say I LOVE ALLNURSES!!! It has been the best resource for me for so many things.
Sadly, I have noticed in the last year or so that there are more and more negative postings. Some OP’s will post innocent topics and get torn a new one for nothing. Why?
We should be encouraging one another and not be putting people down. The saying "nurses eat their young"….I once thought it was not true, but I am beginning to think it is.
I am not trying to pinpoint nurses who have been in the field for many years; however, I have noticed many negative comments come from people who have forgotten what it was like to start out as a nurse. Other comments that are nasty I figure are from people who just have low self esteem and want to tear someone apart to feel better.
Maybe the economy is just taking a toll on people? Whatever it is I hate to see it. I love Allnurses. I would hate to see it become a negative place where people can’t share their thoughts without the fear of ridicule.
I work the ER...
...because the floor sux!
My friend has worked assignments for an agency called Nursecore a few times and has had positive experiences with them.
I wish I could say I see what you see. Maybe the degrading and attacks are more selective. I rarely post here anymore because of some of the viciousness displayed, together with selective moderation.
I ve began reading these threads back in 2004 and it wasn't this bad(aggressive like) until about 2 years ago. Anybody agree with me it seems to have gotten worse?
Who are these "know it all" nurses that frequent this forum? Are you here just to drive me crazy? I hate that we are no longer allowed to vent about our bad day or complain about annoying patients. Heaven forbid we say something negative or we will be labeled as "heartless" and "unprofessional." Are these people who know everything really nurses? Do they really deal with the public day in and day out like I do?
Sometimes patients need to be put in their place. That doesn't make me a bad nurse for telling them so. Yes I do have negative thoughts about my non compliant patient who doesn't have insurance and frequents my hospital 4 times a week for the same thing. Yes, getting your prescription filled and taking your medicine would save everyone a lot of time and headache... Whoops maybe I shouldn't have said that... that makes me a "complainer" and "uncaring." I guess I AM "what is wrong with nursing today."
And heaven forbid I wear my Tom and Jerry scrub top to work.. That makes me "brainless."
I bet now I will be labeled "cruel" or "harsh" for starting this "hateful" thread.
Oh and I better not use too many smileys!!
Having worked for hospice before, I know that this is true. Fever is a natural part of the dying process. If the fever does not seem to be bothering the patient, then it is unecessary to give the suppository. It will only make the patient uncomfortable.
Most importantly, if your patient does not have any loved ones to sit vigil at the bedside, make doing this your top priority. Never leave a dying patient alone, even if you have to ask someone else to sit with him/her while you do other tasks, or ask someone else to do those things for you. No one should ever die alone. Hold his/her hand. Let him/her know it is okay to let go, that you will be there, there is nothing to fear, they are not alone.
I'm diabetic and also suffer from constant dry mouth, so gum is a necessity for me. As an adult, however, I AM CAPABLE of chewing it without looking like a freaking cow, and without letting it FALL OUT OF MY MOUTH INTO THE WOUND OF A PATIENT.
I chew gum discretely. Tuck it in my cheek when I'm with a pt.
Actually, I think pretty much everyone in my er chews gum. And we're in Jersey, so if youse got a problem and want to take this conversation outside, let's go.
Anyone who has time to worry about gum chewing has too much time on their hands. Give me a stinkin break. Geeze.
I chew gum at work:
- It keeps me awake for my 12-14 hour noc shifts
- It gives me an outlet for stress instead of eating.
- I NEVER blow bubbles, crack it, chew with mouth open, etc. Yuck!
to each their own. As long as it doesn't negatively affect me or compromise pt safety, I couldn't care less what other RNs do.
I have much bigger fish to fry, as one poster already stated. I barely have time to pee or eat, let alone check people for gum.
Some people will find anything to complain about.
I chew it, but consciously don't smack it. Cheek it. I think it's better than having halitosis.
I never use an O2 sat to tell me if a patient is comfortable........like said above, sometimes you'll have a very comfortable patient with a horrible O2 sat....and sometimes a very short of breath patient with a great O2 sat. I find that all the O2 sat really does is make the family anxious.....
Thas being said though, it does play an important role in recertifications. For pulmonary diseases Medicare guidlines require that O2 sat be less than or equal to 88%. So if we want our hospices to get paid in the future I think we will all be using O2 sats to help with pulmonary recerts.....
OP, you ask why nurses tolerate this stuff. Not to be mean, but why do you tolerate it?
I tolerate it because I need the money. I'm stuck financially. What about you?
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