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  1. Should ICU get more pay than floor nursing?!?
    I've been a nurse for 4 yrs now and have both ICU and M/S experience. I've run across several nurses (almost all from M/S) who tend to downplay their knowledge and skills, as if they're not 'good...
    Apr 11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. Things you'd LOVE to tell coworkers...and get away with it!
    You are quite possibly the Worst. Supervisor. Ever. And....your scrubs are hideous.
    Dec 1, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. For Fun... Courage Wolf for Nurses
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    Jul 28, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  4. For Fun... Courage Wolf for Nurses
    Just stumbled upon this thread. I love courage wolf, too! My favorite is this: https://www.google.com/search?q=make+it+hail&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#biv=i%7C2%3Bd%7CGUWZ_nYI9e8CXM%3A...
    Jul 28, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  5. Are you married sweetie?"
    My stock answer is "I have a boyfriend and a cat". The other night, I had an elderly woman w/mild dementia who asked me the marriage question, to which I gave her my stock answer. She then said,...
    Jun 8, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. Shift change and visitation in ICU/stepdown
    That's true, there always will be "those" families that impede your workflow. Then again, I really would expect parents to hover around their children...it's the adult ICU patient's sister's...
    May 16, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. I ask for "nothing".
    Love this. Thank you, CheesePotato.
    May 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. I ignored my instincts...
    Sorry you have to work with these people...sounds like your coworkers need to 1) lighten the &*^% up and 2) get over themselves. It was good of you to get out there and try stuff! Don't let...
    May 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Shift change and visitation in ICU/stepdown
    Well, it looks like we've revised the policy to basically reflect what the AACN recommends: http://www.aacn.org/WD/practice/docs/practicealerts/family-visitation-adult-icu-practicealert.pdf We...
    Apr 25, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. Shift change and visitation in ICU/stepdown
    Thanks for all your replies; it's good to get a sense of what policies other ICUs have. Ours is pretty generous, as we let basically anyone in, however many want to come in as long as it doesn't...
    Mar 16, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. Shift change and visitation in ICU/stepdown
    Hi everyone, I'm currently looking at various policies re: visitation in the ICU and it got me thinking about issues with shift change. At our 10-bed ICU/stepdown, we restrict visitors from...
    Mar 16, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  12. What makes a "good patient"?
    Everything you've described sounds like a "good" patient to me; I'm glad you've recovered. It must be tough being in the hospital, feeling miserable and worrying about stressing out the nurses...but...
    Mar 11, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Seriously?!?!
    I think I know this guy...:yes:
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. Seriously?!?!
    I work in ICU, but also oriented to the ED a few times...I thought I'd like it but I learned that indeed, I am simply not cut out for ED nursing. I lack the patience and wherewithal to deal with the...
    Feb 22, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Sign on bonuses
    Sign-on bonus...isn't that the nursing world's unicorn? In all seriousness, I think I've only seen them offered by travel agencies.
    Jan 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Any ICU's ambulating vented patients?
    I remember first learning about this at an AACN conference last year and was blown away by it - it truly does lead to faster extubations. However, I think it requires a dedicated team approach...
    Nov 16, '12
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  17. Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it.
    Welcome to the hospital...sorry you're sick. Section I Here's what I care about while you're here: Blood going round and round Air going in and out* *Not necessarily in that order Section...
    Oct 2, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  18. Which nursing specialty or position is the most physically demanding?
    Yes!! I work both ICU/CCU and Med Surg...I've learned that it largely depends on acuity of pts and staffing ratios (which are almost always stretched to the limit).
    Sep 7, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Too much emphasis on "caring"
    I agree...I just don't know how to approach this. It seems overwhelming. Strength in numbers, perhaps? Regarding the fact that "nursing care" is included in the charge of the room...I'm still...
    Sep 7, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. What Kind of Patients Do You LIKE Most?
    I love grumpy old folks. I also love watching any patient make a big recovery when their prognosis was grim from the start. Anyone who uses humor to cope - it's how I deal w/stress and...
    Sep 4, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most?
    I have a hard time with anyone presenting with vague pain. I feel helpless as it is and if there is indeed something psychosomatic going on, I feel even more at a loss. I'll take the DT pts...
    Sep 3, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. Nurses Calling Patients "Jerks"
    It sounds like for you, this is not really an issue of nurses speaking ill of patients, but one of *people in general* not speaking ill of one another. If that's the case...if you've never said a...
    Sep 2, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it.
    To a pt's family member: I seriously doubt you'd pass "the nursing test" just because you've "been in and out of hospitals so much." Also, please DO NOT touch the ventilator settings. (I actually...
    Aug 3, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Common nicknames for hospital items.
    I call the SOMA bed "mosquito netting". I also had a pt (WWII navy vet) refer to using the urinal in bed as "pumping the bilges" :lol2:
    Jul 31, '12
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  25. The Purpose Of Pain Clinics
    Unfortunately, as care providers we are placed in a position to treat them - and it's true that most people do not have access to proper preventative medical and mental healthcare. So then what...
    Jul 31, '12
    Forum: Pain Management Nursing


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