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  1. Need advise about denied vacation.....
    My first thought when I saw you'd been terminated was get a lawyer. Even in a right-to-work state, there are usually laws about wrongful termination, and even if you didn't get your job back, you'd...
    Jun 23, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  2. What a nursing environment can be
    Just a quick update: Dad passed away May 30. It was merciful. After what had been one of his better days, he just stopped. My cousin and I were with him--he'd wanted to sit up in his chair. She, and...
    Jun 22, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. A patient wants to know your thoughts on frequent fliers...
    Good point. I was oversimplifying, mostly based on what we often see with migraine admissions. In my first few years as a nurse, I strongly preferred dealing with neurosurgery residents. I liked our...
    May 31, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  4. A patient wants to know your thoughts on frequent fliers...
    My father has dealt with chronic pain for several years. I've tried to coach him how to seek relief without looking like a drug-seeker. I have also discussed with doctors--his (not so much) and...
    May 29, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  5. What a nursing environment can be
    As noted, I still have more questions than answers, but I think we're both looking at some way to fulfill the tasks of our generative phase without suffering the indignities of sex and childbirth and...
    May 29, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. What a nursing environment can be
    Thanks for the replies. I didn't mean to say I planned to make nursing my whole life, but several of you have prompted me to realize avoiding that may not be something that just happens. Nursing can...
    May 29, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. Help! What is the line where family members are banned from the facility?
    I am a hospice customer. I've not been entirely thrilled about the care my father has received. As a nurse, with real effort, I can step back just enough to recognize I'm not in my right mind, nor am...
    May 27, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  8. What a nursing environment can be
    I haven't posted, or even lurked, in quite a while. I think I was at a point where I needed to take a little break, and then I had a lot going on for a bit, including a serious Vampire Wars...
    May 27, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. Would you do this?
    I actually agree, but I've seen a bit too much of the other extreme, like nurses paging at 0300 for colace. The "that's what they're getting paid for" argument is valid up to a point, but part of we...
    Sep 13, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Would you do this?
    I do have to be aware of aspiration risk, since I take care of a lot of stroke patients, but if he's clear for other p.o. meds, Tylenol should be okay. I'm not unreservedly endorsing the OP's...
    Sep 12, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Would you do this?
    Just curious: What could happen? Pharmacologically, I mean?
    Sep 11, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Nurse with potty mouth.
    Some of my coworkers are devoutly religious. Well, for all I know, most of them may be, but a few are more public about it. As a general rule, I manage not to swear in front of them, or in front of...
    Sep 7, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Feeling like a failure most days
    I've seen the same thing, from time to time, so no apology needed. I've also had patients who've said they would rather "hold it" until the female aide could get to them--although most are more than...
    Sep 6, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. Ativan vs Xanax vs Valium?
    I had a patient, once, in withdrawal from Benzos, and the doc commented that narcotic withdrawal makes you feel like you're going to die, but benzo withdrawal kills you. (I realize that's an...
    Sep 5, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  15. Feeling like a failure most days
    A thing that helps a little with prioritizing that might sound wrong right out of school is considering how long a task may take. I can pass a pain pill pretty quickly, but assessing a new patient...
    Sep 5, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  16. Tired of Hearing the One Year Experience Required Line!!
    First, my sympathies to all those going through this. Any way you look at it, it sucks when you can't find a job. The one year experience requirement for agency/travel is old news--they've always...
    Sep 4, '12
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  17. Low blood sugar, juice or D50?
    Thank you. If I could just keep my own A1c in single digits, I'd feel like bragging. I recently treated a pt for "hypoglycemia" of 75 (wasn't dying, of course, but felt crappy) and I was pretty proud...
    Aug 16, '12
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing
  18. Low blood sugar, juice or D50?
    Got curious one night and read some labels. Amp of D50 and 4oz OJ are very similar amounts of carbs. Don't add sugar to the OJ, it's overkill. And D50 through a peripheral is nothing to be taken...
    Aug 15, '12
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing
  19. Nurse handing you a coke?
    Once, when I lived alone, I had the flu and my Dad came by to check on me, bringing a couple cans of chicken noodle and a cold 2L coke--no diet, the real stuff. Neither manna from heaven nor...
    Feb 11, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. This is why I am an anxious wreck...
    I've had some nights, lately, when I've felt I had more than I could manage. It seems to me that a shift as bad as you describe as a rare (once every year or two) emergency, or a string like I've...
    Jan 18, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Doc Wannabe?
    I'd like to second the "nice thread drudge." It's interesting to see what I posted years ago with today's eyes. Six years as a nurse has taught me a lot, not least of which is a ton of respect for...
    Dec 2, '11
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  22. How does a Nurse properly defend him/herself from a patients physical attack?
    that said, i love my patients, for the most part they are easily redirected. i do my job for the ones who need my help, those who can do for themselves i expect them to do so. if they refuse to...
    Sep 2, '11
    Forum: Nursing News
  23. Anyone familiar with Morgantown hospitals?  I need info.
    ADN and diploma both OK. Need BSN for much beyond bedside, MSN for mgt.
    Sep 1, '11
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  24. Anyone familiar with Morgantown hospitals?  I need info.
    Hi. Haven't been on in awhile, and haven't looked at WV forum even longer. Have to get around to that. Morgantown is a nicer town than it looks. Low crime rate, decent schools. Housing is cheaper...
    Sep 1, '11
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  25. First patient death at change of shift...feeling like a failure
    I'm sorry for your loss, but it wasn't your failure. It would make a nicer story to be able to say you held her hand as she passed, but the reality is, other patients needed you, too. I don't think...
    Aug 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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