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  1. by   Pudnluv
    Remember that the confused, combative elderly patient never dreamed she/he would end up like this. They were just regular folk like us, trying to make a living, going to work, coming home to dinner, raising their children. Ending up demented, confused was not part of their life plan. Everyone is someones daughter, son, mother, father, sister, brother. Treat them the way you would treat your own.

    Never ask someone to do something you wouldn't be willing to do yourself.

    Never be afraid to admit you don't know something. It is much more frustrating when someone thinks they know everything and someone else has to clean up the mess. Remember, no matter how long you have been doing this, something new will always show up.

    Ask for help. Trying to do it all yourself is stupid. You will burn yourself out in no time.

    Always carry tape, scissors, hemostats, and gloves in your pocket. If you don't, you will need them.

    Never leave your pen unattended. It will walk away. The same goes for your stethscope.
  2. by   Been there,done that
    The average daily human excrement weighs 454 grams. I so wish I didn't know that.
  3. by   Kittypower123
    Reality orientation does not work . . . therapuetic fibbing on the other hand works great!
  4. by   NDnocRN
    Just because your shift ends at 1830 or 0630, does not mean you will walk out the door at that time!

    Very important....NEVER complain about being "bored" or "had nothing to do" and then in the next breath tell the oncoming nurse you "didn't have time" to change the PICC dressing, get a med re-order, or do the AM dressing change!

    NEVER say "I didn't go to four years of nursing school to answer call lights"

    Treat your CNA's well. They can either make your job easy, or a living nightmare!
  5. by   sandyfeet
    Eat 30 minutes before your shift, pee right before you clock in. The day you don't will be the day you are expected to power through 8 hours before your first break.
  6. by   Jtsqueek
    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    Never take a book, That will be the night you will question your very decision to enter the Nursing Profession.
    This is sooo true, the nights I take something to do, all hell breaks loose
  7. by   Merlyn
    Quote from Been there,done that
    The average daily human excrement weighs 454 grams. I so wish I didn't know that.
    Of course here in the NEW Jersey, our politicians do more
  8. by   BostonTerrierLoverRN
    Some Older doctors at these small hospitals can diagnose most any disease from a UA.
  9. by   ninja-nurse
    The filthiest word in a hospital is five letters long and starts with Q.
    And if you should say this word, all He!! WILL break loose.
  10. by   kdtink
    It's okay to cry. Sometimes it is necessary.
  11. by   kdtink
    Never feel you are above doing a task. We all have to toilet a patient, change a bed, get a drink for patients, and ensure the bedside commode is emptied sometimes and your techs will greatly appreciate your help.
  12. by   jojo489
    If it makes sense, we don't do it here.

    Apply all interventions to avoid a fall and the resulting incident report.

    Never, ever go by anyone's else's assessment, always, always do your own.
  13. by   enkwanta
    You must have a very strong stomach, tough enough to perform a code blue on your very own patient. No crying in an emergency because nursing is not for the faint hearted.

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