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    I had the opposite experience as a newbie. There was one older Christian nurse I was especially warned about that would talk to the manager if she heard anything that offended her.

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    What do you mean, "make it past 5"? I've been a nurse for three years now and, on my floor, we don't eavesdrop on other people's telephone conversations and report other people's medication errors. If that makes me a bad nurse, then so be it.

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    canoehead likes this.

    I used to worry about this kind of stuff, then I realized that if I was ever included in their group I'd be bored out of my skull. Who wants to listen to some idiot talk about the slacks she tried on a Target?

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    I'd stay out of it unless this guy makes a lot of errors. He knows he made an error. I'm sure he feels terrible about it. People make mistakes -- even people in the medical profession who know they need to be careful. Why do they make mistakes? Because they're incompetent, or because they're human? When you become a nurse you'll see how easy it is to screw up.

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    I knew a Jamaican nurse named Comfort.

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    A lot of the nurses on my unit believe that one of the rooms is bad luck and that if a patient gets assigned there it is more likely they will die.

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    I've been practicing for three years. Most of the time I'm on top of this stuff, but some shifts you can just get so tangled up in minutae that you lose sight of the big picture (or am I wrong about this?). I don't know.

    Maybe what I should do is, after getting report and before passing meds go through all the procedures that are supposed to be done and get on the phones and make sure all the departments have the patient on the schedule and what time.

    I just kept expecting them to come do the echo and they didn't and I didn't catch on until change of shift. This was also the weekend and the department may not have even been staffed...

    Anyway, even if I don't forget something I always feel like there is too much for me to juggle and remember. I make obsessive checklists but maybe I'm just too absent minded.

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    Yeah, but the problem was it was supposed to be done before the end of the shift because of the chemo later...

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    What are you talking about? I never stop the IV machine when hanging a piggyback....

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    Lately, I've been looking at being a nurse as a little bit like being a garage mechanic.

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    I don't know if I am just not cut out to be a nurse or this is par for the course. About one out of every 20 shifts I realize that there is something important that I forgot to do. I just get so busy sometimes things fall through the cracks. I try to stay as organized as I can but...I don't know.

    The last shift I worked I forgot to do follow up to make sure the patient got her Echo (she didn't) and they needed get a baseline before starting chem. She had about five procedures ordered.

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    Jessy_RN likes this.

    Nurse managers are being paid by administration to squeeze the bedside RN until she screams. It's their job to torture the bedside nurse and if they don't do it, they get fired. Managers are so terrified of having to go back to the nightmare that is bedside nursing that they'll do whatever they're told. They don't give a crap about bedside nurses or about the patients. All they care about is themselves. If they did care, they'd quit in protest! Heh heh.

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    I think the public's idea of what a nurse does is what an aid typically does (bed baths, blankets, etc.).

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    Okay, we did notice, because we didn't get as many annoying emails.


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