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  1. What's the scariest thing you've ever seen as a nurse?
    I'm a psychiatric nurse and was assaulted resulting in a broken nose and other injuries but that happened so fast it wasn't even my scariest moment. The most frightening was when a very paranoid and...
    Jul 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Can a Nurse Punch a Patient in Self-Defense?
    27 years in psych and I've had 1 violent assault. Injuries included, having hair pulled out, black eye, broken nose and herniated disc in my neck. Resulted in 5 months off work, chronic pain and...
    Jul 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. How long have you been at your current facility?
    My entire career, 27 yrs, in the same department. I work on an inpatient psychiatric unit and have no plans to leave. It's not perfect but we are a close team with a good manager and great docs. ...
    Jul 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Bed type issues
    I work on an inpatient acute care psychiatric unit. We recently exchanged our nonelectric, crank style hospital beds for platform beds. I understand that this is best practice in promoting a safe...
    Jul 5
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. Psychotic Psychic?
    Many years ago I was working nights and received a transfer from a medical floor. The man was in a very psychotic episode. He called me by my first name (I go by my middle name), knew how many...
    May 18
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. Passed My ANCC Certification :)
    Congratulations! Any suggestions you can give me for a good study guide?
    Apr 12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. February 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    Don't try to fool me, I know you have a pack of cigarettes and a lighter hid here somewhere!
    Feb 9
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  8. February 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    It's Supernurse to the rescue!
    Feb 9
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  9. Stupid Nurse Tricks (Or How To Look Incredibly Stupid)
    "How to look incredibly stupid?": Impulsively decide that at 5'3, 100 lb you can get in the middle of 2 angry male patients and break up a fight with your "Mom" voice. It worked, but only because I...
    Feb 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Injured on the job?
    We are a good team and injuries are rare on our unit, but a few serious ones have occurred. I was assaulted and injured one time in the 26 years I've worked on my unit. I missed 5 months of work...
    Jan 24
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. Does psych nursing affect ur home life?
    Last year I wrote a thread about how 25 years in psych has affected me. Here is a bit from that: "I have been challenged and blessed in more ways than I can count throughout these years. Have even...
    Oct 20, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  12. What Baffles You?
    I did not go to your house and bring you to the hospital, you called the squad. I did not tell the doctor you were suicidal, you threatened to kill yourself if sent home from er. So tell me again why...
    Oct 12, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. SOOOO HOT AT WORK!!
    No suggestions but you might want to check before buying one of those little fans (even battery powered). They are strictly prohibited at the nurse's station in our hospital.
    Sep 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Funniest Things Doctors say!
    I work on a psychiatric unit. I was telling a psychiatrist about an agitated, delusional patient who believed that he was God. His immediate response: "Tell him that's impossible. He can't be God;...
    Jul 20, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  15. would you work this rotating schedule?
    I worked days with night rotation for years and it's tough. Typically every other weekend;nights Fri and Sat then back on days Mon. It is difficult and took it's toll on me physically and...
    Jun 23, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Unit Secretaries
    Looking back at your first post it sounds like you all are still using paper charts, I missed that part and it's where I got confused. :) We are paperless and orders are no longer written. They...
    Jun 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Unit Secretaries
    I know we'd be lost without ours! I just don't get how secretaries are able to enter orders with CPOE. Only the providers and those able to take phone/verbal orders can access order entry where I...
    Jun 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Unit Secretaries
    It surprises me that some are still entering orders even with CPOE. We went to CPOE last year and our secretaries don't even have access to order entry. Our dayshift secretary has picked up extra...
    Jun 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Geodon IM
    We also use Geodon and make the same complaint every time!
    Jun 8, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. What's the biggest mistake you've ever made as a nurse? What did you learn from it?
    I also work on an acute care locked psych unit and recently made a mistake when I should have known better. I had 2 male patients get into a physical altercation. One was psychotic and paranoid but...
    Jun 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. It's Finally Happened!
    Wow! But can you be positive about his/her identity? I would let your evaluation stand on it's own without adding what you printed. However, if they have without doubt, identified themselves...
    May 4, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. Best MD note
    My favorite was a note made by the psychiatrist after a patient had intentionally kicked me in the stomach. "Patient is well aware of right from wrong. In my opinion needs a therapeutic trip to...
    May 4, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  23. Any LPNs?
    I'm not an LPN but frequent day charge on an acute inpatient psychiatric unit. We have one full time LPN. She is a great nurse with more experience than anyone else on the unit. LPN's are...
    May 4, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. Do you tell people where you work?
    Yes. I'm proud of what I do and where I work. I've never experienced hostility like that; but I have heard the occasional "bad" story. The reality is hospitals are staffed by humans so mistakes can...
    Apr 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Coming out of the darkness
    "Nothing relieved this darkness that I felt was swallowing me whole". I suffered from PPD after the birth of my second child 20 years ago and this describes exactly how I felt. I even work in...
    Apr 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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