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  1. And this is why I hate floating to stepdown...
    Yes the monitor tech should have absolutely alerted you. The previous shift nurse should have absolutely included "runs of v-tach" in their report. It is quite possible they didn't catch it or did...
    Jul 15
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  2. Will ICU nursing get better for me?
    What you are feeling is normal. I personally would be fearful of anyone just off orientation in the ICU who didn't feel this way, no matter how much experience they had (unless ICU). You are...
    Jun 9
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. Understaffed
    I am in a similar circumstance with being tripled and I am very tired of it as well. My boss has made the same noise about finding another job. I have told her bluntly that I am looking. When a...
    May 27
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  4. ratio's with induced hypothermia patients
    Our hypothermia patients are one to one for induction and once they reach goal temp the nurse can get another patient, but not an admit. During maintenance they are doubled. Singled again for...
    May 27
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  5. The face of a medical error...
    We will make room for you!!! You are exactly what we need more of in this profession! Rational, compassionate, intelligent, and hard-working.
    May 27
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  6. The face of a medical error...
    I disagree with the poster who stated we needed details. Details are really irrelevant. This is not a thread about how to prevent an error, it is about recovering from one. I for one appreciate...
    May 24
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  7. The face of a medical error...
    First of all I would like to say that I am sorry you have found yourself in this position. There is not one of us that goes into work thinking "I don't care if I do something that harms someone...
    May 21
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  8. Propofol
    Clark, I am going to assume this is indeed a homework question. That is not a bad thing you will just find that most of us here like to help students hone their critical thinking skills rather than...
    Feb 26
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  9. ICU Video Training?
    I find a lot of video resources at the sites of the various manufacturers of equipment we use in my unit. We use many Edwards products and their website has some great videos, tutorials, pocket...
    Jan 27
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. What are the little things you do to help the next shift?
    I try to make sure my room is stocked, call for re-fills of any drips that may be running out soon, make sure all am labs are resulted and addressed, give prn pain meds if due soon, and clarify any...
    Jan 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. Fired for med error
    This is a brilliant post!!!! This is supposed to be the standard to encourage everyone involved with a med error to come forward so that it can be examined and potentially prevented from occurring...
    Jan 16
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  12. Good camp nurse nicknames?
    Cutest story ever!
    Dec 10, '13
    Forum: Camp Nursing
  13. Patients who love their sick role
    AHAHAHA this post should of came with a warning! I almost spewed coffee all over the keyboard I laughed so hard. Talk about old school do it yourself. Thank God you never needed an appy lol! I...
    Dec 10, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Patients who love their sick role
    OMG this is my mother as well. Drives me crazy and is the source of my dislike for these types of patients. Every time I talk to my mother or one of these types of people I have to bite my tongue...
    Dec 10, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. What Are Your Thoughts On This? Guards Sleeping.
    THIS,THIS, A THOUSAND TIMES THIS! Very excellent points here. Bolded points by me for emphasis. HR and corporate personnel at one of the facilities I work at tried desperately to explain to other...
    Dec 10, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. What Are Your Thoughts On This? Guards Sleeping.
    Sex offender or not, dangerous or not, (some people are inmates for petty crimes etc.) the guard is being paid to GUARD the prisoner. 99% of the time it is routine and nothing happens but they...
    Dec 9, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. Patients who love their sick role
    When I read the title of this thread a very particular type of patient came to mind. I just spent a weekend with one of these. I call them Grande Dames, or the Matriarchal Martyr, as they are...
    Dec 9, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  18. Best Experience to get into an ICU
    John, in my opinion I would think ER would definitely give you more experience in handling critical situations. That being said the PCU unit (I assume progressive care is the same as step down?)...
    Nov 19, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  19. Best Experience to get into an ICU
    Never worked ER here, had no idea. I used to say to myself when having a miserable shift "at least I am not picking trash off the side of the road." That is until I realized that would probably be...
    Nov 19, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  20. Comfortable in ICU
    At one year I finally stopped feeling like I should cut my coworkers part of my paycheck. At two years I feel very confident in some types of cases and not so confident in others. My stomach still...
    Nov 19, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  21. Antibiotic initiation/effectiveness
    You reach a point of no return with sepsis. You can do everything humanly possible and you are just not going to save these people. I am often shocked at how sick some of these people are when they...
    Nov 19, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  22. What is the big difference?
    Ours is a combined ICU/Stepdown. I's are 1-2, 1-1, or 2-1 for some. Stepdown is 4-1 and we take vents and drips as well as DKA's. MY previous unit was a high acuity med surg that functioned as a SD...
    Nov 19, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  23. Abandoned Patients?
    A group of us have tried to implement change and we have been successful in some respects, but staffing remains an issue. It is quite disheartening. I have been looking for some time now but in my...
    Nov 8, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. Abandoned Patients?
    A decompensating patient or code on the floor is handled by whoever has the time to help/respond. If no one volunteers it is on the charge. I do feel it is unsafe at times. Luckily I have some...
    Nov 8, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. Abandoned Patients?
    Not all of us are lucky enough to work on units with resource nurses and I have NEVER worked anywhere where charge does not get a full patient load. Most of our charges are stuck in their own rooms...
    Nov 7, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing


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