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  1. Need Help with IV Insertion
    I've posted this before but here it is again: Invert your needle. They teach inserting the needle tip down bevel up. When you do this the tip of the needle enters the vein beefore anything else. It...
    May 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. How did your employer recognize Nurse's Day?
    We were given the opportunity to donate our time, or money, or to participate is some other fundraising efforts for other worthwhile charities in our area. Nurses give so little throughout the year...
    May 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. Rough day
    I'm thinking this is why they have "code simulations". It takes some time to get over the deer-in-the- headlights response when a patient crashes. Is the problem persists- ask if you can "shadow"...
    May 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Zombie Apocalypse: WWND?
    I think in the event of a ZA- I'd try to surround myself with members of the Joint Commission, of possibly members of the clinical faculty of some of the nursing programs in my area. Since the...
    May 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. I'm choosing to withdraw from NS. And that's okay.
    When I went to NS-many,many years ago, the problem with changing majors after Nursing credits, was that most or the science content in the pre-reqs weren't hard science courses, rather they were...
    May 19
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  6. Recliner Entrapment!
    How would we go about doing this? I've seen about a dozen different recliners in my practice, all have similar safety issues (thus the use of trashcans). I guess I could hire a team of engineers and...
    May 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Recliner Entrapment!
    "damaged recliners"? Nope- they were almost new. They were like that from day 1. A lot of equipment has design trade-offs. These were fairly easy to sanitize, and small enough to accomodate the...
    May 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. New grad 6 weeks orientation?
    6 weeks is pretty generous for a med/surg floor in this area. Critical care gets 6-8 weeks. Most new hires (new grad or not) are expected to be able to solo in 4weeks as long as there are more...
    May 15
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  9. Student Nurse with a poop problem
    At least I've got one thing to thank my 40pk/yr smoking history for- I can tolerate an amazing amount of bad smell. Thanks for the idea of vicks/oils on the mask, not on my nose/face. Most of these...
    May 15
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  10. Recliner Entrapment!
    We used the same "trashcan" technique for most of our patients in recliners. The two most common dangers we had without the trashcan were, 1) Patients catapulting forward when they were making minor...
    May 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. giving D50 for hyperkalemia
    D50 has always made me nervous. I had an experience of pushing it about 30 years ago, and the patient ended up hemolyzing in the vein, resulting in a compartment syndrome-faciotomy-leach trerapy-...
    May 15
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  12. Proper Documentation
    It's funny-but this has caused much confusion between my family and friends and myself. I look at a patient and his boo-boo is on his right arm (the one nearest to my left.) I do call that his right...
    May 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Overwhelmed and lost
    I didn't mean to get you defensive. I just feel most new grads have the skills to do the job- only they just spent 5 years being slapped down while training at every opportunity, so it's hard to...
    May 15
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  14. From ABC News:  Nursing Student Who Failed Class Twice Sues Her University
    I'm just grateful she isn't seeking a license in my state. She may, by some miracle be able to pass NCLEX, but I can't imagine working with her on the floor. I already have a few pampered puppies...
    May 14
    Forum: Nursing News
  15. Overwhelmed and lost
    You are a nurse, not a student. You have been educated and trained to provide the care needed by the patients assigned to you. Your preceptor should be there to assist you with unfamiliar protocols...
    May 14
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  16. Tips for better time management?
    I don't know if your problem is time managemente or priority setting. I forund when I was very green, it helps to think in terms of "what is my priority for the next 15min?" Then I would move on to...
    May 12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  17. 14 year old boy wants to become a nurse(my story)
    I never consciously wanted to be a Nurse. I found my "Ohio Aptitude Test" a screening tool used in the 5th grade in the 70's (in Ohio). It was supposed to direct students to the pathway that they...
    May 12
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  18. "Just" a CNA?!
    I hesitate to side on the opposite side of most of the comments, but I'd just as soon not have CNAs of Techs in my department. Most of the ones I've worked with have had the "I'm the real care giver...
    May 8
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. Starting an IV with Lidocaine or Not?
    I've had them started with Lido-I can tell you the experience is a lot more pleasant. I've only used it a couple of times myself and think it takes as much skill to use the lido effectively as it...
    May 7
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  20. Need help with graduation gift idea for new RN grad
    Depends on your price range. I "veinlite" would be a marvelous gift for the new grad- but it is pricy $200-$600. They don't teach IV skills now-a-days as well as they did 30 years ago when I was in...
    May 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Pressors
    All the pressors you mentioned as well as other cardioactive meds have different effect on SVR, HR, myocardial contractillity. If you are off orientation you should know the effect of the most common...
    May 7
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  22. Some people are too smart for nursing
    This used to be the case where I work, but as the years have gone by, the Nursing department has lost more and more ground in having a say in how things are done. At this point a staff nurse only...
    May 5
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. Staying late, not getting paid.
    All these "don't ever stay off the clock to finish your work" postings are fine, but what is the alternative- progressive discipline for being unable to complete your assigned tasks in the allotted...
    May 5
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. Bipap & NPO
    BiPap rarely causes gastric distention- The exhalation phase being lower pressure. The problem isn't "BiPap" but rather full face mask positive pressure breathing assist devices. I have had 2...
    May 5
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  25. Bedpan? Why not a Poise pad?
    Inserting a catheter- what planet are you practicing on. Most of the docs I work with will not order a foley to save thier souls. No cost reimbursment if the 90y/o contracted debilitated patient ends...
    May 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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