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  1. Visit  keisha e profile page
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    @ktwlpn

    If I dont make a list of all I have to do I panic that I am forgetting something really imortant since I normally write everything I have to do. Just to be mean my husband hid my list and I spend 2 hours looking for it when he finally gave it back to me !
    Last edit by keisha e on Jan 27, '13
  2. Visit  Little_Mouse profile page
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    Almost answering my home phone with "Hi. This is___ from ____ unit. How can I help you?" Also hearing phantom call lights and/or tele monitor at home... signing "rn" after my signature and using short hand at home like the "c" sign for with and "s" for without when I leave notes or even in my personal journal when I feel super lazy....and being more used to measuring things in mLs here in the States! I do not like using ounces..

    Oh and ditto about the veins! I admire from afar...
  3. Visit  K+MgSO4 profile page
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    When I signed my morgatge documents my broker was so suprised that my signiture was identical on every line. Well that what happens when you sign it 100 times a shift.

    Lists I LOVE them. as a manager now I have 3 or 4 going at once over different things. so satisfying to strike lines through them.

    I don't take meds from the bottle ..... I shake them in the cap and then into my hand.

    Looking for stuff in my pockets...............when I am home and have no pockets.

    My Charge nurse walk. Being 6 ft tall female may account for some of it but it is rapid and directed. No stopping to look at things. Drives friends crazy because I do it when I have had a few drinks as well and am half way down the block before them.

    hospital corners (can't blame nursing for that one. I worked in housekeeping as a teenager!)

    My belief that most things can be fixed with a good Bowel action. nausea, lethargy, boerdem!

    super sonic hearing and also the ability to ignore noises............I can hear a pump the length of the ward but when I hear the NIC phone ring I am suddenly busy.

    Super sense of smell............usually not a good thing!
  4. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
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    Quote from Little_Mouse
    using short hand at home like the "c" sign for with and "s" for without when I leave notes or even in my personal journal when I feel super lazy....and being more used to measuring things in mLs here in the States!
    When I made my original post I totally forgot my habit of signing LPN after my name on anything I sign.

    Little Mouse your post reminded me of my habit of using medical shorthand when writing notes etc. I wrote a note to my daughters teacher and sent it in. She called me later in the day laughing and said, Mrs. Pixie can you decipher what you were trying to tell me? Oh, and I had no idea you were a nurse...your signature gave it away". I didn't even realize I had written the note with medical shorthand.
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  5. Visit  tots24 profile page
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    Ditto to the trying to badge in anywhere there is a door!
    Last edit by tots24 on Jan 29, '13
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  6. Visit  tots24 profile page
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    Quote from SCTravelRN
    Don't we all critique the medical senarios on tv shows or in the movies? (Why is everyone always yelling "STAT!"? Why is the ETT never taped? Why aren't the sidrails up?) I drive my family up the walls with that!
    Oh my gosh yes! The worst show for me is/was(?) HawthoRNe. My two favorite scenes:

    1. Teen girl in labor, fetal heart monitor in the background. Fetal HR drops to 30 for a sustained period. This goes completely unnoticed by everyone and is not addressed.

    2. Patient needs emergency surgery, but surgeon doesn't want to operate because he's too hypotensive. Monitor in the background again, BP is 110/67.

    Hello. I appreciate the desire to make things more realistic by having monitors, but at least make them accurate!
  7. Visit  bell1962 profile page
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    Staring at veins, hospital corners on the beds, good handwashing, and critiquing medical shows
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  8. Visit  Metody profile page
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    Sometimes I open napkins a fast food places like I'm setting up a sterile field, if they're folded right.I like to do dressing changes as quickly as possible, so I set everything up before hand - a piece of plastic for the old dressing, pre ripped and dated pieces of tape, vaseline guaze opened, presoaked guaze, creams uncapped, tools laid out. And now when I put on makeup or cook, I lay everything out - eyeshadow open, brushes preloaded, mascara wand on a piece of toilet paper...I wish my constant cleaning at work would carry over to home, though. No luck so far.
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  9. Visit  CountyRat profile page
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    I sometimes notice people glancing at me in the bathroom when I wash my hands. If asked, I just say, "Ahhh, old habit” and slink away.

    Really, if our instructors succeeded in beating one habit into us, it was hand washing. If nursing was a religion, hand washing would be a sacrament.
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  10. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
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    Quote from CountyRat
    I sometimes notice people glancing at me in the bathroom when I wash my hands. If asked, I just say, "Ahhh, old habit” and slink away.

    Really, if our instructors succeeded in beating one habit into us, it was hand washing. If nursing was a religion, hand washing would be a sacrament.
    People find it odd you wash your hands after using the bathroom?? I'd be looking at them sideways if they DIDNT wash their hands after using the bathroom.

    I don't know, my Mom taught me from the age of a toddler to wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Didn't need a nursing instructor to beat it into me
  11. Visit  Glycerine82 profile page
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    Quote from CT Pixie
    People find it odd you wash your hands after using the bathroom?? I'd be looking at them sideways if they DIDNT wash their hands after using the bathroom.

    I don't know, my Mom taught me from the age of a toddler to wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Didn't need a nursing instructor to beat it into me
    Lol I assume she means the way she washes her hands. Maybe she sings happy birthday :-p

    "No day but today"
  12. Visit  CountyRat profile page
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    Quote from YouwishiwasyourCNA
    Lol I assume she means the way she washes her hands. Maybe she sings happy birthday :-p

    "No day but today"
    Yes, that is what I meant. I never got into the "Happy Birthday" thing, but I still perform the ritual with solemn reverence:

    Crank out the paper towel half way (lest I sulley my soon-to-be pristine hands on the bacteria ranch that is the towel dispensor knob), wash each finger individually ("do NOT forget the spaces between the fingers, the nail beds, or the area under your wedding ring!" I hear resounding sternly from the distant past), rinse from the wrist down (fingers pointet down, of course!), leave my dainty paws dangling over the sink (no shaking them and splattering water all about), tear off the afore mentioned, partially deployed paper towel, dry hands, and then, and ONLY then, turn off the water using the paper towel as a barrier against the festering sesspool of contageon that lurks upon the faucet handles.

    Whew, I am exhausted! Maybe some other time I will enthrall you all with description of how I exit the lavatory without (heaven forbid!) touching the Door Knob of DEATH, but right now I need to lie down for a while and regain my strength. You guys just continue without me.
  13. Visit  rnnursingstudent profile page
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    I think the biggest habit I have picked up is knocking on every door and announcing myself...then I am realize i am at home and don't need to knock to go into my own bedroom... Ah the things that get ingrained into our heads...lol
    CountyRat, daminosh, and Liddle Noodnik like this.

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