Very Unprofessional.... - page 5

So, last night I get report from a patient in the Unit who was in ETOH protocol. This was the patient's 3rd day withdrawing!!! When I got report from this XY Nurse, she told me that the patient was... Read More

  1. Visit  Nurse Medicine Woman profile page
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    nurse156
    THANK YOU!!! I do not understand why some feel it is demeaning and ridiculous to wear nursing caps especially decades ago!!! I agree with you, I did NOT have ANY negative experience with this! And yes wearing a button asking if you washed your hands today is ridiculous! NO nurse has any business being a nurse if they do not practice frequent hand washing!! And I will be seriously insulted if ANYONE asked me that while working my shift!
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    Quote from Nurse Medicine Woman
    nurse156
    THANK YOU!!! I do not understand why some feel it is demeaning and ridiculous to wear nursing caps especially decades ago!!! I agree with you, I did NOT have ANY negative experience with this! And yes wearing a button asking if you washed your hands today is ridiculous! NO nurse has any business being a nurse if they do not practice frequent hand washing!! And I will be seriously insulted if ANYONE asked me that while working my shift!
    I love the nursing dresses from back in the days !
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  3. Visit  Retired APRN profile page
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    When I was a student nurse in the seventies in Los Angeles, I was working on a post-open heart surgery unit, when open heart surgery was still new and not done everywhere. The unit was not busy and sometimes we got med-surg overflow patients.

    One day we got an admission from the ER - a lol who was the dirtiest I had ever seen a human being get. She was what we used to call a "bag lady", a homeless elderly woman who lugged all her worldly possessions around with her in shopping bags and a cart. I had never seen anyone with so much dirt on them, such crusty clothes, such severe scabies, and I don't know what-all else. I was just aghast.

    Then I saw our team leader (we used a team nursing model in that time and place) go into the room with supplies for a bed bath. My instructor sent me in to help a few minutes later, and I'll never forget what I saw. The team leader, a very experienced and technically skilled RN in her 50s, gently removing the patient's garments, always being careful to maintain her dignity and keep her covered, and carefully bathing her while speaking softly and calmly. (The patient was very anxious and upset.)

    That image of the hot-shot nurse giving basic bedside care to a street dwelling old woman and comforting her has stayed with me. To me, that is what "old-time nursing" is about, and that is the model I tried to live up to ever since, as a floor nurse and an NP.
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    Quote from Retired APRN
    When I was a student nurse in the seventies in Los Angeles, I was working on a post-open heart surgery unit, when open heart surgery was still new and not done everywhere. The unit was not busy and sometimes we got med-surg overflow patients.

    One day we got an admission from the ER - a lol who was the dirtiest I had ever seen a human being get. She was what we used to call a "bag lady", a homeless elderly woman who lugged all her worldly possessions around with her in shopping bags and a cart. I had never seen anyone with so much dirt on them, such crusty clothes, such severe scabies, and I don't know what-all else. I was just aghast.

    Then I saw our team leader (we used a team nursing model in that time and place) go into the room with supplies for a bed bath. My instructor sent me in to help a few minutes later, and I'll never forget what I saw. The team leader, a very experienced and technically skilled RN in her 50s, gently removing the patient's garments, always being careful to maintain her dignity and keep her covered, and carefully bathing her while speaking softly and calmly. (The patient was very anxious and upset.)

    That image of the hot-shot nurse giving basic bedside care to a street dwelling old woman and comforting her has stayed with me. To me, that is what "old-time nursing" is about, and that is the model I tried to live up to ever since, as a floor nurse and an NP.
    That's why I say that we must see the whole picture . But even in the world of nursing things change as the years go on . It is very interesting to see how different older nurses think vs newer nurses of today's era . We are more technology based. I really admire those nurses who genuinely care, and patients can tell too !!!! Unfortunately , some people go to nursing for other reasons, but it is what it is . I guess that's how it is in every profession.
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  5. Visit  Learn2Lead profile page
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    As an EMT I am ashamed by some of the comments I've heard, its no wonder patients don't trust us. Ask yourself, "Would I want to be a patient in my hospital?" I've only met one hospital staff that exemplified "caring for the whole patient." Unfortunately, its not where I work. Sometimes we get into such a routine that we start looking at patients as a list of signs and symptoms. But even though we may have seen their condition 10,000 times, for them this is the FIRST time! :-) REMEMBER YOUR FIRST TIME??!! (-: Thank you to all those nurses who still care that patients are also people.
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  6. Visit  Learn2Lead profile page
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    Nurse156, Be Prepared!!! In 1998 I was in a T/C on my motorcycle and the handlebar went Thru-and-Thru my left knee (In at the lateral aspect of L-knee, Out at the medial aspect approx. 15cm distal to medial condyle). During the 10 operations to rebuild my knee, a "nurse" came to change my dressing wearing still wearing the yellow gown from the isolation room. The MRSA from her hands entered by blood and almost cost my life. Unless I observed proper technique, I ALWAYS ask them to wash BEFORE handling gloves!! They can be offended, its MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!
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    Nurse156, Be Prepared!!! In 1998 I was in a T/C on my motorcycle and the handlebar went Thru-and-Thru my left knee (In at the lateral aspect of L-knee, Out at the medial aspect approx. 15cm distal to medial condyle). During the 10 operations to rebuild my knee, a "nurse" came to change my dressing wearing still wearing the yellow gown from the isolation room. The MRSA from her hands entered by blood and almost cost my life. Unless I observed proper technique, I ALWAYS ask them to wash BEFORE handling gloves!! They can be offended, its MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!
    OMG of course !!!!
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    Quote from Whoatemyburger
    That's why I say that we must see the whole picture . But even in the world of nursing things change as the years go on . It is very interesting to see how different older nurses think vs newer nurses of today's era . We are more technology based. I really admire those nurses who genuinely care, and patients can tell too !!!! Unfortunately , some people go to nursing for other reasons, but it is what it is . I guess that's how it is in every profession.
    But surely, even with all the technology, student nurses today are taught and mentored to be caring as well as to provide care?
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    Quote from Learn2Lead
    Nurse156, Be Prepared!!! In 1998 I was in a T/C on my motorcycle and the handlebar went Thru-and-Thru my left knee (In at the lateral aspect of L-knee, Out at the medial aspect approx. 15cm distal to medial condyle). During the 10 operations to rebuild my knee, a "nurse" came to change my dressing wearing still wearing the yellow gown from the isolation room. The MRSA from her hands entered by blood and almost cost my life. Unless I observed proper technique, I ALWAYS ask them to wash BEFORE handling gloves!! They can be offended, its MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!
    I'm really sorry that happened to you. There is no excuse for it, and in your case I wouldn't be offended if you required your nurses to have their hands cultured before they got near you.

    For the average person there simply is no other way to function without trusting that the person providing your care practices to the highest standards. It's the same for airline pilots, people who handle food, etc.

    The point of my comment was the demeaning (in my opinion) nature of the button which is emblematic of the reason that the poster who said nurses were little more than gofers for the doctors way back in the '80s lol is wrong.

    When I got into this there was no drug testing and no CEU requirement. It was assumed that part of being a professional was keeping current knowledge and not showing up for work while intoxicated, I don't have a problem with those but again I could argue that the level of respect was higher then.

    RetiredAPRN..it sounds like we came from the same place and era! Thanks for all the feedback everyone.
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    Quote from Retired APRN
    But surely, even with all the technology, student nurses today are taught and mentored to be caring as well as to provide care?
    In my area and experience, yes.
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  11. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from Whoatemyburger
    I think it was more the comment about the patient than anything else . I didn't say anything about the bath or the comment to the nurse or anyone . I felt a little bad for the patient . I just did my job with my wonderful aid. I guess that's why I am where I am .

    You're much nicer than me. I would have had plenty to say about receiving a patient covered in dried blood, and even more to say about such a callous comment.
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    Quote from OCNRN63

    You're much nicer than me. I would have had plenty to say about receiving a patient covered in dried blood, and even more to say about such a callous comment.

    hahahahah! By the way, I had the patient again last night. I was so pleased and happy to see such an improvement. He looks 1000x better! I hope he really recovers and leaves the alcohol behind!
  13. Visit  Here.I.Stand profile page
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    Quote from Whoatemyburger
    I love the nursing dresses from back in the days !
    One of my classmates wore one to our pinning! We had to wear all white for clinicals, and wore our whites to pinning also, and she got a nursing dress just for pinning. They seem very impractical for actually working in, but this gal sure looked pretty


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