Nurses: Why do many of you do this? - page 3

by terina66

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I’ve been a registered nurse for two years now. Sometimes the nurses in my unit and I get together outside of work and chat. One day, the nurses were discussing about their patient encounters (non-medical related). I do not want... Read More


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    Quote from netglow
    I agree OP, most people go to after work get-togethers rather begrudgingly. Rare is it that you are gonna want to be friends with work people in nursing. It's just not the nature of nursing - way to distrustful. So you show up to be seen that you are "one of the guys" and have one drink, stay for 30 minutes and then leave. Done.

    Nursing is not like the world I left. I do have many long term work friends from that other career.
    I fully understand that this has been your experience ... but it is not universally true in nursing. Maybe the ED is a different breed, but in every ED I have worked in, frequent socializing of both the organized variety (parties, outings, family picnics) and impromptu happy hours/breakfast-and-beer mornings has been the rule - and it has included not only nurses but physicians and support staff as well.
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    I addition to destressing, I actually learn a lot from the stories. Most recently I learned that nitro paste can be used topically to relieve severe constipation but that it can work a little TOO well. My senior coworkers have decades of material to draw on and it gives us something to bond over, gets me through challenging moments of my own (if Betty could keep a calm poker face through X situation, I need to and can do the same now), and after a really rough code or trauma, laughing over silly situations reminds me that life goes on and is often funny. OP, if you don't see the benefit in sharing war stories, it's totally OK to excuse yourself when they start.
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    As you have said, as long as privacy is not violated, personal names or any unique identity is not revealed, a good and healthy sense of humor is not bad. Human disease, although possibly funny, is not always humorous if humor becomes laughing at people and not with people. The harm will be done not to the patient but to the degradation of human sensitivity. Clean humor is good, as long as no one is insulted or degraded, whether they know it or not.
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    OP, let them know how you feel. That you are sooooo much more professional than they are and no longer want to participate in this horrible practice. I'm sure they will jump at the chance to be more like you. Or they'll quit asking you to hang out with them. Either way, problem solved.

    Quote from paradiseboundRN
    I betcha plumbers talk about the worse toilet they ever unclogged!
    I'm sure they're much too professional for that. Only nurses (because they're all women) are so disrespectful as to vent about their jobs. I think it all started when we quit wearing white dresses and standing up whenever the MD walked on the unit.

    Quote from hiddencatRN
    Most recently I learned that nitro paste can be used topically to relieve severe constipation but that it can work a little TOO well.
    Please share more. Just on the rectum, or more like a suppository? I'm thinking a few days ago I maybe could have saved a trip to the OR for disimpaction if I'd been hanging out with you more often...
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    Quote from wooh
    Please share more. Just on the rectum, or more like a suppository? I'm thinking a few days ago I maybe could have saved a trip to the OR for disimpaction if I'd been hanging out with you more often...
    Well, apparently you just are supposed to put a little on the outside, but it sounds like they squirted a ton in there like an enema. Patient's BP tanked and they passed out and also similtaneously passed....everything, and the person telling me the story relates skidding to a stop next to the patient bed because the floors were so coated (walls and furniture too apparently). Per the story, once the patient woke up they were very pleased with the results and the doctor taking care of the patient NEVER ordered that treatment again.

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    Last edit by hiddencatRN on Feb 18, '13
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    Well, apparently you just are supposed to put a little on the outside, but it sounds like they squirted a ton in there like an enema. Patient's BP tanked and they passed out and also similtaneously passed....everything, and the person telling me the story relates skidding to a stop next to the patient bed because the floors were so coated (walls and furniture too apparently). Per the story, once the patient woke up they were very pleased with the results and the doctor taking care of the patient NEVER ordered that treatment again.
    Something like the MD ordered "an inch" and they went with "enough to fill an inch of colon." Hehe! I'm so intrigued by this! Wonder if the MD never ordered the treatment again, or the nurses never LET him order it again!
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    Quote from wooh
    Wonder if the MD never ordered the treatment again, or the nurses never LET him order it again!
    I think it was a little bit of both!
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    This is just so unprofessional you guys.
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    Hold the phone. GrnTea, I'm a little unclear. Is it HIPAA or HIPPA again?
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    I don't care how "professional" you are, stuff like using nitro as an enema is *gonna* get talked about. HIPAA or no HIPAA. We see too many hilariously insane things as nurses.

    One midnight shift one of my cataclysmically demented little old ladies was missing. I found her in another resident's room straddling a wastebasket and pooping into it. The resident who lived in the room in question was hospice and his family were spending the night and they slept through the whole thing. You bet your bippy I've told that story to a number of friends. If telling funny patient stories (no names) is wrong, I don't want to be right....
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