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  1. Bingo for Your Unit
    -Patient on continuous BiPAP wants to order breakfast -Give miralax and test for c diff on the same patient the same shift -Portable x-ray comes seconds after you boost and turn your patient -Mix...
    Apr 27
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Strippers hired for nursing home patients, lawsuit alleges
    As long as this resident was of sound mind and able to give consent then I say...good for her.
    Apr 8
    Forum: Nursing News
  3. How often are you called off?
    Never ever ever ;)
    Apr 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Are swan-ganz (PAC) still around in your area?
    In medical ICU they come in waves for our pulm HTN patients. We'll go months without and then have 3 at the same time.
    Apr 5
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  5. How many people recognize this abbreviation?
    In the ICU I see this abbreviation all the time in provider notes and even use it myself from time to time. It's one of my favorites :). Never heard of the bathroom privileges one, probably because...
    Apr 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Need some guidance
    I felt the same way for a solid year and still feel like that from time to time (almost 2 years in). What helps me is reminding myself that this is JUST A JOB. Struggling does not mean you are a...
    Mar 25
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. V neck scrubs
    100% agree with PP. You may not even have to go to a tailor if you or someone you know knows how to sew. Just take a small piece of the neck of a crew neck T-shirt and sew it underneath the v neck...
    Mar 22
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  8. Why not wear a mask to 'mask' some of the smells that go along with nursing?
    Old thread! I hate wearing masks. It makes me feel hot and claustrophobic and I have to smell my own breath (maybe I should start chewing gum....). I'd rather grin and bear it because honestly...
    Mar 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. How to be a polite patient/family member
    And I answered. Call bell :)
    Mar 14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. How to be a polite patient/family member
    Not bashing you, but some of my pet peeves: a) patients yelling out for the nurse/shaking their bed rails b) family members coming out in the hall and finding me (sometimes while I'm in another...
    Mar 13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. Nursing + and nursing -
    Not having to wear real pants
    Mar 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Fat nurses
    No I don't think anyone will look at you like you're ridiculous...unless you're acting ridiculous ;) As long as you are physically able to safely do the job (standing, walking, lifting, bending,...
    Mar 13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Dyspnea vs. Shortness of breath??
    Dyspnea and SOB can essentially mean the same thing. If anything, dyspnea can mean painful/difficult breathing whereas shortness of breath is the sensation of not getting enough air. As far as...
    Mar 13
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  14. Do you think?
    1) there certainly was for me, but I think it varies in every situation. I also think new grads need to put forth a certain amount of effort themselves in order to get the resources they need. No...
    Mar 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Calling patients and/or co-workers "honey" or "hon"
    I would rather that than be called "ma'am" Ughh that one sends shivers down my spine. My routine is ask what they like to be called and use that name exclusively. Once my friend got completely...
    Mar 12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Just finished first quarter!!
    Congrats and excellent job!!!!!
    Mar 10
    Forum: Success Stories in Nursing
  17. I feel like ****...
    When I was in school I didn't have any friends in my nursing program the first year (prerequisites, A&P). By graduation my only friends were nursing majors ;) Clinicals are actually a great time...
    Mar 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Bipap and oral medications
    In the ICU our doctors order PO meds all the time on our continuous BiPap patients (much to my annoyance at times). As long as they're awake and able to swallow and the mask isn't still half on it...
    Mar 5
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. DNR status and therapeutic hypothermia
    I don't really understand. TH for post ROSC for someone who is DNR? Were they made DNR after they were resuscitated? Or were they found down and resuscitated in the field before their code status...
    Mar 5
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Mistakes are Inevitable: No one is perfect.
    I needed to read this, Ruby, thank you!
    Mar 4
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  21. HELP! Masking the smell of feces!
    Some smells never get easier to tolerate. GI bleeds come to mind. I'm in agreement with peppermint oil. It's more discreet than spraying air freshener, which I fear would embarrass the patient. ...
    Mar 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Case study of sorts
    Once the sugar in D5W is metabolized it's just water, therefore a hypotonic solution. Water gets pulled into the cells worsening cerebral edema. Patients with brain injuries should steer clear. At...
    Mar 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Case study of sorts
    Seems like impending respiratory failure, I would anticipate this patient getting tubed if they were coming up to me. HR and BP elevated d/t catecholamines. Did you see the CXR?
    Feb 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Obesity, diarrhea and skin care
    Definitely someone who sounds like they need a rectal tube! On the side: Remember pressure sores and incontinent associated dermatitis are two different things. IAD can get very bad, but it is not a...
    Feb 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. How to be the good patient and when to seek medical attention
    We all wind up a patient at one point, glad everything turned out OK :)
    Feb 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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