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  1. I just started a new job and have pneumonia. Very worried...
    As stated, they could terminate you if they so desired. It sounds like honestly they need nurses, and you sound like a motivated employee who happened to get really sick, so I doubt they will...
    Dec 30, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Nurses: How Do You Feel About Your Patients Being Nurses?
    As a patient, I try to be extra accommodating and non-demanding. I will quietly voice any requests, but make it clear that I think it's a kindness for someone to do anything other than keep me from...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. Not getting any patients assigned at end of preceptorship
    A student has no business taking an independent patient load in an ED nor any other sort of critical care area. While it's incredibly stupid that the facility does not provide access to the EMR to...
    Dec 25, '12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. Overtime
    Specialized units with mandatory call often provide opportunity for OT (OR, PACU, IR, cath lab, and so on).
    Nov 25, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Giving iv meds through running line
    If the fluid is compatible with the drug I always just let it keep running (often turning up the rate if it's on gravity tubing to provide further dilution). When I am done pushing the drug I draw in...
    Nov 23, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  6. Overtime
    From staff perspective: the money can be nice; it's also better to have to work some OT occasionally than be so over-staffed that you have to take a ton of low census hours. For example, as a full...
    Nov 15, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. My eyes may be closed but I'm in pain
    Yeah, I would assuming they're complaining of significant pain or showing signs thereof. I'd give a smaller dose (perhaps 25 mcg of fentanyl) at increased intervals (10-15 minutes) until the patient...
    Nov 10, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. My eyes may be closed but I'm in pain
    My mindset is to look for reasons to not give pain meds, not reasons to give them. Those reasons are rather exceptional--completely unresponsive, denies pain completely (even then I'll give something...
    Nov 9, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Medicating PONV vs. watchful waiting
    I prefer to be very aggressive re: PONV. I personally absolutely hate feeling that way, and figure most patients share that view.You also lose style points if your patient is puking all over the...
    Nov 3, '12
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  10. V-fib refractory to an initial/second shock
    Refractory to means not fixed by in that context. So if shocking your v-fib isn't working, what other intervention might you want to try? You're on the right track when you mention that it's a...
    Oct 29, '12
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  11. What makes nursing stressful for you?
    The possibility of forgetting to document something that will bite me on the butt makes me a bit uneasy. This job would be so much easier if there wasn't such a huge focus on...
    Oct 27, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. IV narcotics?
    I would do it as above posters described in the situation at hand. Another way to do it is to draw up some NS from the flush into another 10 cc syringe, then draw up the appropriate amount of drug....
    Oct 24, '12
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  13. what are you going to do with this order?
    I'd fold it into an awesome paper airplane and then do my own homework. All kidding aside, what information would you like to have that you don't have? Is that information necessary to safely give...
    Oct 24, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  14. As a nurse, what does it mean to be in medicine?
    It annoys the heck out of me when someone calls nursing "medicine" or worse yet uses the phrase "medical field." It is misleading and disrespectful of nursing as its own discipline.
    Oct 23, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. First Code Blue
    Call for help while assessing and start BLS, and other interventions once adequate assistance is on hand. Start CPR as promptly as possible. Don't be afraid to direct others in what to do to...
    Oct 22, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. When is it too late to intiate CPR?
    The only real problem in the post I see is where the above was used as part of the rationale for not starting CPR. Those are indications to perform CPR, not withhold it! That said, you've received...
    Oct 22, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  17. Pulled to other floors?
    The ICU nurses in our hospital are floated all over the place frequently. A buddy who now works in the PACU with me left the ICU mostly because he was tired of working on the floors. He said if he...
    Oct 21, '12
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. Preceptorship in the PACU
    Get dressed and wander in with a grin. Whoever is the first in should check that the bays are all set up. Take a look at the schedule for the day to get a feel for what's gonna go down, but expect...
    Oct 16, '12
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  19. Very little witnessing going on with drug wastes on my floor!
    All they gotta do to get around that is put some clear fluid in the vials. Shy of taste-testing or sending it to a lab, there's no way to really be sure.
    Oct 13, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  20. What are you really good at?
    Reassuring and comforting fearful patients, especially those in severe pain. Riding that fine line between agony and apnea is my specialty. I am the BEST at making a mess. If you want wrappers and...
    Oct 13, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. Average recovery times?
    I work both phase I and phase II in a mixed inpatient and outpatient department. We typically use the gurney from the time the patient changes into the clothes until the time he goes home/to the...
    Sep 16, '12
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  22. What is the hardest subject in the nursing curriculum, in your opinion?
    All of that pregnancy and birthing related stuff was incredibly challenging for me. It was (and still is) totally alien to me. Don't get me wrong, I kind of liked learning some of it as it's an...
    Jun 10, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  23. Depressed-Need Your Positive Thoughts/Prayers
    If you accept that prayer works why wouldn't you accept that God exists and elect to worship him? I don't mean to troll. I'm actually what you could call an agnostic. I WANT to believe. But I...
    Jun 6, '12
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  24. How much pain medicine is too much?
    It's too much when the patient stops breathing sufficiently or becomes totally snowed. If a patient is awake and with it enough to realize it's been two hours it's obviously not too much.
    Jun 6, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  25. What is the attire for attending a continuing education class?
    A bikini is totally the way to go. The skimpier the better.
    Jun 6, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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