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  1. Would you give PRN percocet and scheduled Oxycodone together?
    Depends on a lot of factors. In an opioid tolerant pt whose baseline is the scheduled oxy, who is in with something that increases pain, yes I would consider giving them together. It would depend...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  2. what do you say to patients...
    Just say "No need to apologize. It's our job to help you when you're ill, and we're happy to do it." Be matter of fact and cheerful without being creepy. Move on to next topic; you can get an...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. what do you say to patients...
    Lighten up, it was a joke. It was funny.
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  4. Medication administration vs Patients wants
    In general, don't leave meds at the bedside. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. In our hospital, you can get a physician's order that the med can be left at bedside. We do this...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  5. Pyxis report question...being falsely accused!
    I have investigated discrepancies in my former position. Let me tell you, not wasting immediately but rather after the fact is a big red flag.
    Apr 15
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  6. Pyxis report question...being falsely accused!
    That could mean up to an hour or more wait for the pt in my facility. The pt needs 4mg of morphing, which comes in 1' 2' and 5 mg doses in our pyxsis. So I would have to send a request to the...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  7. Med passing question from a student
    Standard at my facility is to take meds into the pt room, scan them, and as you're opening them, to tell the pt what they are: here's your doxycycine, that's the antibiotic for your infection,...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  8. Would you be insulted by this?
    I don't know if "insulted" would be the word I would use. If the $10 was at or below the cost of the printing and tshirt, then I don't think that's a bad deal. If the shirts came in colors and a...
    Apr 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Peer review evaluations
    Well, we're doing them, but they aren't anonymous...we have to put our name on them. At each yearly eval, the person being evaluated fills one out, gives two to other staff to fill out (one on day...
    Apr 11
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Movies about Nursing Homes/Long-Term Care Facilities
    Are you looking for documentaries, educational resources, or fiction-yet-realistic movies? For educational, check youtube. For a documentary, I like "Young At Heart", which does not take place in a...
    Apr 11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  11. Is there something wrong with me?
    1) Seek out a counselor who specializes in interpersonal skills. This can be hit or miss, you may have to try a couple of therapists before you hit the jackpot, but once you do, you'll learn so...
    Apr 10
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. AIDS during the 80s
    We had a nurse the other day who seemed out of sorts that her admit had HIV. Everyone was a little incredulous that it was an issue for her, and there were several comments such as "This isn't the...
    Apr 10
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Strippers hired for nursing home patients, lawsuit alleges
    Well, I know where I want to be placed someday.
    Apr 8
    Forum: Nursing News
  14. Transgender Nurses - experiences/opinions
    You will probably get some unfortunate responses, but for the most part, if your work environment isn't incredibly toxic, I think you'll find that most people won't be phased. Even here in the...
    Apr 8
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. AIDS during the 80s
    I am too young to have been a nurse back in the 80's, but have two stories from family with personal involvement. My great uncle died of the disease in a larger town in the Midwest,sometime in the...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Positive, non-debate thread on healing and health-building naturally
    Jeez, that was long! The "too long, didn't read" version is: Omega 3, multivit with C, and D3 supplements. Food, activity, and mood journal. Avoid processed foods. Avoid meat. Make own...
    Mar 28
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  17. Positive, non-debate thread on healing and health-building naturally
    I recently read "The Depression Cure" for a friend of mine (he was going through the classes and needed some support). It was a surprisingly reasonable and research based book, despite the title,...
    Mar 28
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  18. Workout Music
    Musical taste is so individualized; whatever gets you energized or inspired is what you need. My workout playlist has everything from music from the 80s through the present, in 4 languages (only...
    Mar 28
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  19. Electronic scheduling - Need some advice (Kronos/Cerner)
    We don't do self scheduling, but our schedules and timeclock are in Kronos. I have never worked with any other software. I don't know how horrible or awesome it is. I feel like I wasn't well...
    Mar 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Is nursing killing me :/?
    I left the floor for a while for an administrative position. Went from walking 12k plus steps a day to barely clearing 3K. My stress level was through the roof. Went back to to the floor. ...
    Mar 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Venipuncture - gauze vs cotton ball
    Cotton balls come in a large container that is open for weeks/months. They are typically stored in smaller containers where they are exposed repeatedly to different hands and therefore germs. 2x2s...
    Mar 12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  22. Have you ever had a patient smoke in the room?
    First, I always make sure the pt is actually aware of the smoking policy. Second, I explain the reasons why they aren't allowed to smkoe, including the fact that we have a lot of critically ill...
    Feb 27
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  23. How do you handle the rest of your assignment during a code?
    The flip side of this is that, when you have a. Fellow coworker whose pt has coded, you should touch base with them and ask what you can do to help. If your charge doesn't take pts, they absolutely...
    Feb 27
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  24. Precepting students
    We had this issue with our students, and a lot of us complained. There was no guidance as to what the students were capable of, expected to already be a proficient at, etc. Our ed department met...
    Feb 27
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  25. Pratt Community College, Pratt Kansas
    I know in the past they have offered clinical sites in the Topeka or Kc area, as well as Wichita and Hutchinson. This refers to their online LPN to RN program only.
    Feb 27
    Forum: Kansas Nursing


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