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  1. Feeling Drawn to Palliative and EOL Care
    If you work in labor and delivery, you might also consider getting some additional training on perinatal loss. There is some great information out there on grief, loss, and palliative care specific...
    Jun 29
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  2. Best tips for blood draw on elderly
    I prefer to use a butterfly for all of my draws...your mileage may vary. My best tip for drawing blood from an elderly patient is to maintain traction on the skin. Typically, an older individual will...
    Jun 28
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  3. conscious pt terminal wean
    I wanted to add a few thoughts to the discussion... First, "terminal weans" and/or hospice care are NOT euthanasia. The line is difficult for those outside the field to see, but for starters, you...
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. Hospice and Kidney dialysis?
    I can't tell you how often it occurs, but yes, I have had patients on dialysis when the renal issue is not the primary Hospice diagnosis.
    Dec 5, '13
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  5. How to not feel embarrassed or dumb when you dont know a skill?
    There is no shame in saying you haven't done something before. In fact, asking questions is essential to being a safe nurse. However, when dealing with patients, I like to say, "let me find out for...
    Nov 9, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. Life, Death, and the Nurse In Between
    Nicely written. Although I have worked in ICU and Hospice - both of which involve life and death - there are some things you don't get over. I am calm and collected with families during their time of...
    Sep 20, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  7. Hoping I didn't ruin my shot
    Honestly, it happens more than you think...particularly if you are working in a hospital for the first time or working in a new area. There are all sorts of bugs floating around that you're not used...
    Sep 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. A Nursing Perspective of "Being Eaten":The "Eater" Nurse to the "Eaten" Nurse
    This made me LOL. :roflmao:
    Sep 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. A Nursing Perspective of "Being Eaten":The "Eater" Nurse to the "Eaten" Nurse
    A Limerick for the (Delicious) Know-It-All New Nurse So you think your preceptor a hack, for harping on skills that you lack. When your patient is dyin' Please don't come a-cryin' When you...
    Sep 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. ICU to hospice nurses (and GrnTea), please advise :)
    I went from ICU to Hospice, and I have found it to be a great transition. I was never really the "adrenaline junkie" type, and although I enjoyed holistic patient care, being detail-oriented, and...
    Aug 28, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Words of wisdom/advice for new hospice nurse?
    Some of the best advice given to me was, "In Hospice, the 'patient' is anyone you encounter behind that door." You have to get out of the mindset of caring for just the patient, because in Hospice,...
    Aug 16, '13
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  12. 4580 starting Fall, first 5 weeks....
    I'm in. This is my last one, thank God. :dead:
    Aug 13, '13
    Forum: Ohio University Online Nursing
  13. Cruel Summer
    How hard all of this must be. Thinking of you and praying for your family.
    Aug 6, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  14. What do you do when Work calls on your day off?
    "Ksssh.....kssssh.....uh.....bad reception here.....can't" :cheeky:
    Aug 3, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  15. Help! I don't "get" vents!!!
    Go here...index and click on "Vents and ABGs." This site was always my best friend; in fact, I purchased it in book form. It's easy to read and even humorous. :)
    Jul 22, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. "I don't want an admit..."
    I don't think I ever squawked too much about getting an admission; somebody's gotta do it. Some admits are easy, some are complex. I help others when I can; they help me when they can. Some charge...
    Jul 17, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. What can I do to prepare for a hospice job?
    Only slightly off least in my area, there are pediatric Hospice organizations in conjunction with local children's hospitals. That's something you might think about (and be uniquely...
    Jun 27, '13
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  18. Solve A Neurologic Mystery
    Ehhh...Serotonin syndrome?
    Jun 16, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  19. Facebook while on the clock?
    I've always wondered if updating Facebook while on the clock could be called into play if a legal situation arose. For instance, patient dies (unrelated to care issues), but family is angry, says...
    Nov 7, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  20. First Year Almost Over, No Magical "Ah ha" Moment Yet
    :roflmao: Hilarious, and oh-so-true...I used to have the market cornered on rumination!
    Oct 29, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. how to ask patient for pain scale score correctly?
    I'm not sure why you or the patient would feel uneasy about assigning a pain rating, but if so, you can always educate the patient on the purpose behind pain ratings: they enable us to tell if...
    Sep 4, '12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  22. I really dislike Blackboard...
    Yeah, these were just my general observations/musings, and I really only thought that OU students would reply, so it's interesting to hear from other folks whose schools use Blackboard well. It's a...
    Aug 29, '12
    Forum: Ohio University Online Nursing
  23. I really dislike Blackboard...
    All righty, then... :rotfl:
    Aug 29, '12
    Forum: Ohio University Online Nursing
  24. I really dislike Blackboard...
    Sorry to gripe, but I do. This is the first class I have taken in Blackboard, and it's annoying how much time I am spending hunting for things. It's not that I was necessarily in love with EPIC, but...
    Aug 28, '12
    Forum: Ohio University Online Nursing
  25. Sedation in ICU... your opinions/ experiences?
    We use propofol and fentanyl routinely, and Precedex alternatively and for weaning. However, studies have shown there are some adverse effects from longer-term propofol use. (I'm in class right now,...
    Aug 21, '12
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing