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  1. ER vs ICU, how did we get there?
    I had a patient come in the ER a few days ago. CP, diaphoresis, vomiting, SOB, and ST elevations through the roof. We did the whole nine yards on her, NTG, Heparin, and Retavase. Finally by the...
    Mar 10, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. mandatory scrubs?
    In our ER, we wear surgical scrubs which are provided to us. Get a pair off the cart, change, work, change, go home. It is very convient, especially with body fluids flying on a daily basis. We...
    Mar 10, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. negative attitude
    Helicopter brings in a 27 y/o OD on a Saturday morning. Pt took undetermined amount of Xanax, Lorcet and Methadone the night before. On arrival pt was intubated, he had aspirated huge amount of...
    Feb 7, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. patient lingo...
    Ok, man comes in today. C/O shortness of breath. I ask him if he is taking any meds. "Yes, I am taking an anniebioctic for my problem with barnacles" ??????????? Barnacles, barnacles, what the...
    Feb 4, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. whats your nurse pt ratio for ED?
    I had another one of those extremely unsafe days in the ER. Trauma 1: acute MI, bp too high for Retavase, needs NTG and heparin and prep for the cath lab Trauma 3: Severely dehydrated...
    Feb 3, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. just another burning question......
    I'm been on both sides of the fence. I worked ICU before I came to the ER. Yes, there are lots of skills and monitoring done in ICU that we seldom do in the ER. There are also lots of skills that...
    Jan 30, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. residents in the er
    We rarely have residents in the ER. My post is, I witnessed a bad incident when a nurse gave succs and the doc couldn't intubate and the pt died. From that moment on I vowed to only give succs if...
    Jan 28, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. To all the ER nurses...
    When I transferred to the ER from ICU I was terrified of starting IV's on children and babies. There were other skills that I wasn't that confident in either....NGT, foley caths, and believe it or...
    Jan 28, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. Another vent!
    Thanks for the support. Actually my nurse manager did get a laugh out of the complaint, she was just trying to get a point of view and wanted to know what I remembered about the patient. And your...
    Jan 28, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  10. The ER has become a restaurant.....
    Not to worry! I just guide the starving patients to our lovely assortment of crackers.....we have regular saltines, low sodium saltines, graham crackers, and for the high society clients who are...
    Jan 28, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  11. Another vent!
    That's a great policy in a perfect world and a perfect ER. Our policy is....if you or your family asks for food, you get it. Otherwise we are stretched too thin to feed all the nursing home...
    Jan 26, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Another vent!
    Today I was called into the nurse managers's office. She had received a complaint from the director of a nursing home. They had sent us a patient several weeks ago with a head lac 2nd being pushed...
    Jan 26, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. why do we baby our pts
    I totally agree Magik Girl. When I first started working in the ER, I babied the difficult patients. I talked them into tests, blood work, taking meds, staying for treatment........Needless to say,...
    Jan 26, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. patient lingo...
    Along the same lines...a few years ago when i was still working in ICU, I was helping an elderly woman (78) take a bath. She let me do most of the scrubbing. When it came time to wash her...
    Jan 24, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Your last day in the ER
    I think on my last day in the ER I would: Tell the parents who think it is OK that their 14y/o daughter smokes a pack a day (and they buy them for her) "get the h&*# out of my ER The parents...
    Jan 21, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. visitor policy vs alien invasion
    If management put phones in all of our rooms, I think I would have to find a new job. What a nightmare!!! I shudder to image the problems that would create! With the availability of cell phones...
    Jan 21, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. emergency room patient education campaign
    We currently have pamphlets at triage and in other areas of the waiting room entitled "What to expect during your visit to the ER" They seem to be pretty imformative, (if people take the time to...
    Jan 20, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. visitor policy vs alien invasion
    Just as annoying as the 30 visitors in a room is the massive volume of calls we get from caring family requesting to speak with the patient or a family member. We don't have phones in the room. ...
    Jan 20, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. Stories from the Edge (of sanity)
    I am soooo going to use the word "cabulance" on a daily basis now. I LOVE IT!!!:rotfl:
    Jan 20, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  20. nurses, can you help?
    I feel for you. I went to school full time and worked full time at a turkey processing plant (2nd shift) cleaning up guts no less. I was a part-time mom for 3 and a half years. The guilt was...
    Jan 14, '04
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Any one care to share how much weight you have lost on Low Carbs?
    Finally a thread I can sink my teeth into. I did low carb, when low carb wasn't cool. I have been following the Atkins "way of life" since October 2000. I say way of life because I learned...
    Jan 14, '04
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. emergency dept staffing with paramedics/emts
    I also agree with Julie. In a code situation, paramedics are extremely valuable. That is what they know, that is what they do best. We also work on a RN/Paramedic triage system. Again, the...
    Jan 14, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. Adults Who Can't Swallow Pills
    It may sound cruel, but when parents tell me (of their 2 y/o) "you won't be able to get him/her to take that medicine". I usually just say..."well, i'm bigger"
    Jan 14, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. and the problem is..........?
    OR...the patient is deathly allergic to Vicodin, but Lorcet 10/650 works real well. :confused:
    Jan 13, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. Adults Who Can't Swallow Pills
    PREACH IT FRIEND!!! I totally agree!
    Jan 13, '04
    Forum: Emergency Nursing


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