What is nursing really about? - page 3

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Hi all, I'm a new RN grad and I'm looking for advice. Right now, I hate nursing. I'm thinking I picked the wrong career, but I'm hoping you guys might have some words of encouragement or advice to someone just entering the... Read More


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    Has anyone taken the teas exam v. If so how was it. I take the exam on Jan 10, 2013.
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    I didn't mean to never take the BP but do it when it is convenient for you, not in place of doing something that needs doing right away.If I fulfilled every whim of every patient would get nothing done.You do have to say " I am busy and I can't do that right now".
    Last edit by loriangel14 on Jan 7, '13
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    Man oh man, I wish I had time to do everything. If it was only a matter of choosing when to do what, then I wouldn't have a problem. When I say, "is it okay to blow off a resident request?", I mean it. I literally do not have time to take care of everything. And neither does the nurse after me, or the nurse after them. So what happens is constant neglect and rushed assessments and lousy charting. Is that okay? It seems like quite a few people are okay with it. I'm told over and over that "that's nursing." To me, it is not okay to treat human beings so poorly. Am I missing something? Are my expectations way too high?

    And yeah, I know that there is no way for me to know for sure if the BPs were fabricated. But this particular resident is completely coherent and is not the type to cause trouble. Part of me believes him when he says his pressure hasn't been checked in a month. Another thing on that - I would hardly blame my coworkers for cutting corners. We are all forced to do it. It's just a horrible situation all around.
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    Unfortunately, real life nursing is not like what we've all learned in school. Most of us would love to spend the time required with each of our patients, but this is impossible. As a result, nurses cut corners. But....you learn which corners to cut safely, and with experience, you're able to accomplish more efficiently. This comes with time.
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    Medical need > nonessential request. Yes, sometimes you have to say no. There are need to do and nice to do tasks and while it's hard to feel like you are letting your patient down, consider that the other resident who has a medical NEED also has rights, and the right to have medical needs taken care of trumps the right to have requests met.
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    Example: One resident badly needs to be toileted, and requires narcotics for pain. Another resident is in a hypoglycemic crisis at the same time. I'm one RN. I delegate the toileting to someone else, and have them explain that pain meds will come AFTER my hypoglycemic crisis is over. Medical needs and those which could be potentially life threatening should always take priority. Every patient has needs, but nursing is about monitoring and averting urgent situations first. The person who wants their pillow fluffed and a drink of water might need to wait. Too bad. We aren't running a hotel.
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