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  1. Switching to day shift blues
    If you have been on nights for over two years and you love it. Stay there. If you can sleep during the day and feel good physically, stay on nights. I've worked everything there is in 40 years and...
    Jan 8
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  2. When to have the patient sign consent
    I usually get the paperwork done first. I think it is easier to establish a rapport with the patient and family to ask the non-personal questions first, insurance etc. Also talk about what the agency...
    Dec 13, '14
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  3. thinking of quitting nursing
    Take an art class through the community or at a local art museum, then take another. Maybe find a part-time job at a gallery or some other area in a creative field. Even if it's just answering phones...
    Dec 13, '14
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  4. First L&D on my own
    Bless your heart. I remember my first labor patient that I was able to see from "start to finish", even though it was over 40 years ago. Keep this wonderful attitude and nursing won't let you down. I...
    Nov 9, '14
    Forum: Success Stories in Nursing
  5. "She'll put your butt in a nursing home."
    I hate it when parents use nurses, doctors, etc. to threaten their children to behave. For instance, "if you're bad, that nurse will give you a shot". Not good. Well, now I've heard it all. I got to...
    Oct 9, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. I've been a nurse since.....(fill in the blank)
    I've been a nurse since temperatures were taken with glass/mercury thermometers. We had fifty that we kept in a metal pan in Cidex solution and went from one end of the floor putting them under...
    Aug 19, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. That person
    When my daughter-in-law was in labor, my son made sure everyone knew I was a labor and delivery nurse and that the other grandma was a lawyer. I don't know which one of us was the most intimidating,...
    Apr 17, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  8. Hanging It Up
    I hear you. After 39 years of nursing, it has finally beat me as well. I've done L&D, NICU, OR, ER, LTC, etc. I did some great work but I can't take the "customer service" approach anymore. Doing...
    Dec 23, '13
    Forum: Retired Nurses / Inactive Nurses
  9. How does increased access to healthcare affect nursing?
    You could also look at it as more patient access to care may be great for hospital nursing. For example, patients who waited until condition was so bad that it required emergency care and...
    Oct 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. What would cause nonpitting edema in one leg?
    Unilateral nonpitting edema is usually from lymphedema, or possibly pretibial myxedema (hyperthroidism) or possible inflammation, maybe gout. Usually nonpitting doesn't respond to elevation of limb....
    Mar 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Homemade Saline?
    Medicare and some insurances will pay for Home Health wound care supplies, but in most states Medicaid will not. If patients can't afford wound care supplies, we have to sometimes "MacGyver" it. ...
    Mar 29, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  12. Lesson Learned!!!!!
    I think this could be the future considering all the fuss about Press-Gainey scores. The patient "prefers" applesauce with her meds even though is NPO. Nurses who know better let the patient have her...
    Mar 29, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Do you have any motivational nursing quotes?
    I love all of these. I can't wait to start posting them around the unit in unexpected places. You never know when the right word can change a day, or more. I love the community of nurses, and I'm...
    Mar 27, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Do you have any motivational nursing quotes?
    I saw a quote today on AllNurse that I would like to post around the workplace in "interesting" places, for example, on the back of the restroom stall door, over the pyxis, etc. The quote I saw was,...
    Mar 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Nurse Calling In Scripts to Pharmacy Illegally
    Again to all who have commented, thank you. As the comments have been split as to what to do and are so heartfelt it has made it harder to decide what to do. I did talk with the Nurse Manager earlier...
    Mar 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Nurse Calling In Scripts to Pharmacy Illegally
    Thanks to all for your advice. I wanted to hear from nurses but in an anonymous way. And I appreciate all the comments. I have since talked with a few friends and family (psychologist,...
    Mar 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Nurse Calling In Scripts to Pharmacy Illegally
    How do I report this to BON? Anyone know the procedure? I'm new at this job, less than two months and this nurse has been here 24 years. The Nurse Manager is aware of many things this nurse has...
    Mar 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Nurse Calling In Scripts to Pharmacy Illegally
    I have a question and a concern. There is a nurse where I work that calls in prescriptions to the local pharmacies for anyone that wants one. Not for narcotics or anything like that but if someone...
    Mar 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Is this burnout?
    You may need to change hospitals. It's possible the patient mix at your facility is skewed to what your seeing. Maybe you can find a private hospital in a more affluent neighborhood, where the mix is...
    Feb 9, '13
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  20. Do you take your work wherever you go?
    Nah, I've been doing this for almost 40 years and "back in the day" we didn't wear gloves to do anything but sterile procedures and vaginal exams. I've never (so far) taken anything home. I just wash...
    Feb 9, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  21. Funniest Things Doctors say!
    Years ago I accompanied a very distinguished OB doc to do a vag exam on a grand multip (her 11th baby) also this patient was rather large. Outside it was a raging thunderstorm, just as the doc...
    Sep 11, '11
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  22. Do Nurses Have to Make Their Home Addresses Public?
    I have nothing to hide from the "general public" but some may be in hiding from abusive ex-spouses or stalkers. The public doesn't need to look up individual nurses, or access their information. If...
    Jun 3, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Hourly rounding logs
    Whoa, at the LTC where I work I have 50 (count 'em 50) residents at night with the supposed staffing of me, and three STNA's, though usually only two. Since I'm the only RN in the building I also...
    May 29, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  24. Frustrated preceptor
    I haven't oriented anyone lately, (been away from bedside nursing) but it seems from reading various threads that orientation is more basic education than it used to be. In my day (oops, there I go)...
    Mar 13, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Patient beds in hallways
    Many, many years ago, (many, many) I was admitted to the hallway of my small town community hospital after I was shot in the eye with a BB gun. This was long before "The Christmas Story". Anyway,...
    Mar 12, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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