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  1. Patient Right to Know
    My experience is that, more often than not, the patient knows, or has a pretty darn good idea of what's going on. When it's not a cultural issue, I've often seen a daughter or son, who was...
    Feb 11
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  2. Do nurses usually work 3 12-hour shifts a week for full pay?
    Training and orientation are different things. Orientation is to familiarize the new employee with the particulars of the agency, not train them in intrinsic requirements of the job. If you were...
    Jul 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Can you work straights days?
    If I read your post correctly, you're about one year out of school. With your limited hospital experience, that may be "new grad" in terms of experience if not exactly time. I wouldn't hesitate to...
    Jul 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Does anyone else plan to stay in bedside?
    An axiom of used car dealers is "there's a 'posterior':cheeky: for every seat." The many roles and setting nurses work in approximates the fit of "seats" in seats. There is no such thing as a...
    Jul 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. What is our job description anyway?
    I recently had a confused gentleman whose normal home routine was watching a couple old TV programs and a game show. He knew the channel numbers on his cable at home....but ours was naturally...
    Jun 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. What Is The Deal With All The Highly Educated & Professionals Becoming RNs?
    The general media is little but a repeater of press releases and other sculpted messages put out by institutions such as schools. They typically rely on the same few "experts" for their analysis, and...
    Jun 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. How does anyone do double shifts?  I'm tired after 40 hours
    I work 12 hour days in a hospice IPU. I will, with a late call-out or some other emergency stay an extra six hours but only if I don't work the next day. I live close to work, so I run home to feed...
    Jun 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. The way we ask for someone's pain level?
    As a hospice nurse, I always think that un/undercontrolled pain is a cardinal sin.
    Jun 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. The way we ask for someone's pain level?
    I work inpatient hospice, and I get a good % of people who will respond with "uncomfortable" when I ask about pain, and I ask directly. Without getting into a lexicography debate, I try to dig to get...
    Jun 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. The way we ask for someone's pain level?
    I agree with this. What is the downside of asking a post-op Pt if they're having pain? If they say "yes" and there are orders for meds, then you give the meds. In some small number of people, I...
    Jun 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. I was told "If they won't get out of bed don't hesitate to call rescue."
    Was this person A&O? Competent? If so, what ever happened to autonomy? I'm getting to be old and perhaps crotchety (depending on who you talk to :laugh:), but if someone tried to send me to a...
    Jun 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. What is our job description anyway?
    Job descriptions should never be confused with the actual job assignment, in nursing or anywhere else for that matter. I'm pretty convinced that job descriptions are written as broadly as...
    Jun 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Fun poll: Did you get oriented, or did you get orientated?
    Why add complexity to a word when the addition provides no benefit?:no: "Orientated" and similar constructs are often used by bureaucrats trying to sound important. A pox on all their houses.
    Apr 2, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  14. How to work your notice, gracefully
    Certainly, there are not guarantees, but it pays to do what you can to put the odds in your favor, as you say. The majority of people will not chose to do what is wrong unless you give them a...
    Mar 3, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. My heart is just not in it...
    The only thing I'd add is that you really found how much you miss LTC when you weren't around it.
    Feb 20, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  16. Nurses: Why do many of you do this?
    Several months ago, I took care of a wonderful, and feisty LOL who needed to poop. Really needed to poop. She had tried Senna, PEG, the usual suspects with no joy. Finally the doc talked her into a...
    Feb 20, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. 12 hour shift
    I know your "never" may not be literal, but what would be your position if strong evidence showed that 12 hour shifts put patients at significantly more risk of harm from nursing mistakes?
    Feb 20, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request
    The charge nurse could and should inform security and management of the facts, and make sure the nurse is given an appropriate level of protection while on hospital grounds. The charge nurse...
    Feb 17, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  19. Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request
    Yes, it is. But continuing for a month, with apparently no attempt to come into compliance with the law shows a great deal of bad faith. I can understand the charge nurse, with limited options...
    Feb 17, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  20. Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request
    Nah. They won't buckle if it's simply a question of staff safety. Now money, that's a different story. The white flag will go up post haste. Yes, I'm being (partly) sarcastic.
    Feb 17, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  21. Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request
    Why does the hospital have to honor an illegitimate request? Is there any legal reason for the hospital simply telling the bigot that he does not get to chose staff based on race?
    Feb 17, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  22. 12 hour shift
    The link is to a editorial, not a study, but it brings up some serious safety drawbacks to both nurse and patients (not to speak of innocent motorists) as a result of 12s. American Nurse Today
    Feb 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Vent about scrubs
    If older women in black dresses are looking at you and muttering under their breath, your scrubs may be too obviously flattering. If old men with a history of prostate dz are asking your for a...
    Feb 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  24. Retirement in the nursing field.
    The short answer to the OP's question is: No, I don't think there should be a mandatory retirement age for nurses or just about anyone else. That said, people should recognize their own...
    Feb 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  25. Nurses calling out
    In nursing, any shortage of staff is immediately felt by everyone. The sick people can't get better or need less care because Nurse X is out. Every workplace, not just health care, has people who...
    Jan 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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