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  1. That Dreaded 3-11 Shift
    I have worked all shifts and 7-3 is my favorite. 3-11 was too difficult because I never got to see my kids. I was always exhausted when I worked 11-7. I like 7-3 because I can still get home...
    Dec 29, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Did I just get thrown under the bus? Or I'm a bad nurse?
    But you should call the doctor first and get an order to hold it. If one of my patients is going for surgery, I will call the doctor in the morning (if there aren't already orders) and ask how much...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  3. Did I just get thrown under the bus? Or I'm a bad nurse?
    Don't feel bad. I have seen very experienced nurses hold Lantus without a MDs order. That being said, you should never hold any insulin without a doctor's order. If one of my patients is running...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  4. Is it possible to get the holidays off?
    I don't mind working the holidays but it annoys me to work a holiday and not get paid extra for it. For example, if you work Christmas Eve or New Years Eve, holiday pay doesn't start until 3 pm. I...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: About A Nurse - Nursing Cartoon Series
  5. RNs: How much vacation time do you get?
    It depends on how long you have been working for my hospital. You start off with 24 days/year for full time employees. PTO includes sick days, vacation days and mandatory holidays (for employees...
    Oct 29, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Do you have to count lyrica at your LTC facility?
    When I worked at a SNF, one patient's cytotec came up missing several times. The DON asked several of us if we know anything about it. She also asked what it was used for. All I knew was that it...
    Oct 26, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  7. The Cynical Nurse Speaks
    There have been times where I really felt like I was going to lose it. Usually when I haven't had anything to eat or a second to go to the bathroom. I think it is a joke when I hear "we really care...
    Oct 26, '12
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  8. Most stressful and least stressful nursing specialty in the hospital?
    I haven't worked on many units but the least stressful for me was Mother-Baby. Yes, you can have 8 patients but I felt like I actually had time to do education. This was my final semester during...
    Oct 26, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. The Lousy, Awful, Crazy, Rotten, *Really* Bad Day
    When I worked at a SNF, I had an ER nurse ask me if I pushed the patient out of the bed (this was a patient who tried to get up and fell). I was house supervisor at the time and this really made me...
    Oct 18, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Covering up Medication Patches
    We use tegaderm. It drives me crazy when someone applies a patch and doesn't document where they applied it or when. We even have a spot on our eMAR for notes. And the note will stay at the top of...
    Oct 15, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  11. Want to work in a hospital but no one will give me a chance!
    Become friendly with some of the doctors you work with. I know quite a few RNs (including me!) who got hired at the hospital I work at because a doctor recommended them.
    Oct 15, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  12. Possible TIA or effects of medications?
    I had patients who looked like they could die any second and it turned out to be a UTI. And the strange thing was that all vitals were normal. Not even a low grade temp. I have called MDs before...
    Oct 15, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  13. What are you really good at?
    I'm really good with dealing with difficult families/patients. Plus I remember random information from nursing school ;)
    Oct 15, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. CHF Protocols
    I work on a skilled care unit in a hospital and we don't even give IV push meds. We remind the MDs that if the patient really needs IV push meds, they don't belong on our unit. Usually they will...
    Oct 10, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  15. Possible TIA or effects of medications?
    When I worked at a SNF we would send someone to the hospital if they showed any of those symptoms. It really could be anything from a stroke to a UTI.
    Oct 4, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  16. 8 or 12hr shifts?
    I work 5 8s per week and it works for me right now. I have kids so I like being home shortly after they get out of school. I live very close to work so I get home in 15-20 mins. Plus I like...
    Sep 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. NPO and meds
    Generally if a patient is going to surgery the MD will say to hold all meds except for Beta blockers and long acting insulin. When the NPO order is being put in there is a section for NPO except...
    Sep 28, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  18. Do Other Professionals Skip Restroom Breaks And Meals?
    There have been shifts where I didn't pee. That is usually because I didn't drink anything all shift either. I have learned to make myself eat something, even if it is only 5 mins. I wish I had...
    Aug 16, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. How would deal with these type of CNAs?
    I am fair and get along with most of the CNA/PCTs but I will speak up if they aren't being fair with me (or the patients). The other day I was in a patient's room giving him medications. A bed...
    Aug 7, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. Washing those scrubs?
    I just wash my scrubs with all the other clothes. I do take them off right away after coming home. One girl did tell me that she didn't wash her scrubs every time she wore them. I thought that was...
    Jul 14, '12
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  21. Is there always that one nurse.....?
    We had one nurse like that who worked on our floor. Luckily she found another job ;)
    Jul 12, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. Fainting... so dramatic
    I passed out (several times) at a concert. It was really hot and standing room only. We were standing close to the stage and I started to feel a little funny. I was trying to make my way to the...
    Jul 12, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. The Smelly Coworker
    It isn't the BO that bothers me. It is the perfume that I can smell from 20 feet away. People should shower before they come to work....just please don't shower in perfume! Makes me sick and I...
    Jul 6, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Code Blue Announcement
    At our hospital we have the overhead page with the unit only. Plus certain people (code team, supervisor, pharmacist,etc) get a page telling them which room the code is in.
    Jul 3, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  25. Coordinating insulin admin +/- 15 mins of tray being passed
    On my floor day shift does the blood glucose and insulin administration in the AM (unless someone is on a tube feeding and their blood glucose is supposed to be checked Q 6). It can be very...
    Jun 27, '12
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing


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