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  1. How much do CNA's make these days and is the pay worth the workload?
    I have been a RN for 23 years...I have NEVER called a tech or nursing assistant to clean up a patient while I walk away. In fact, where I have worked for the last 10 years, we rarely have a tech on...
    Sep 9, '09
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  2. Your Favorite one liner used with patients
    I always say... 'women pay good money for this'
    Sep 8, '09
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  3. MRSA isolation... should it be done for years?
    I had a patient last night. She had MRSA back in 2002. Had no open wounds of any kind, except her fresh incision. The nurses on the previous shift put her in isolation when she came back from surgery...
    Aug 1, '09
    Forum: Infectious Disease Nursing
  4. True? --> "RN's Can Work 3Days/Wk And Make A Good Salary!"
    You couldn't pay me enough to work days at my hospital.... Tons of patient turnover due to a very busy ortho unit. I choose to work nights and have done so for 16 years. The shift diff is 15 % of...
    Jul 28, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Questioning the Decision of Nursing
    I work in the Midwest.. we still have lots of positions unfilled PLUS I know of 5 nurses I work with on nights that will be moving in the near future.... more unfilled positions. I think it just...
    Jul 28, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. True? --> "RN's Can Work 3Days/Wk And Make A Good Salary!"
    I love 12 hr shifts! Right now, I am in the middle of my 14 day vacation... I only used 4 days of vacation pay. I've been a nurse for a long time now. I can easily pull in 80-88k a year, depending on...
    Jul 28, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. I want to know what nurses think about socialized medicine.
    Misswoosie, Right now, as an RN, I am generally responsible for 4-9 patients, depending on if I am providing primary care or working with a LPN. So can I expect my patient ratios to go up...
    Jul 27, '09
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  8. I want to know what nurses think about socialized medicine.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22184921 about medicare fraud From http://www.hhs.gov/stopmedicarefraud/ : Most health care providers are doing the right thing and providing care with...
    Jul 26, '09
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  9. A Nurse’s Very Bad Day
    I work on a huge orthopedic unit. I might get a lunch break once a month.. maybe every other month. Don't even ask me about the other 2 15 minute breaks we are supposed to have through out the night...
    Jul 26, '09
    Forum: Nursing News
  10. I want to know what nurses think about socialized medicine.
    Just heard a horror story from Canada on a talk radio show. A woman's father needed a heart bypass at age of 59. He was denied by the medical board because he smoke and drank. The doctors gave him 5...
    Jul 26, '09
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  11. Pinky finger issue
    I work on a large ortho unit in a major city. There is an orthopedic practice specializing in hands that uses this hospital. They call the pinky finger a small finger or fifth finger. The fingers are...
    Oct 17, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. 'Be Tender'
    I had received an order to anchor a foley on an elderly man who was retaining urine. I explained the procedure to him, telling him that a male nurse was available if he felt uncomfortable with a...
    Sep 20, '07
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  13. staffing
    Do you have any ancillary staff like techs or nursing assistants? I work a very busy orthopedic unit. Night staffing is usually 5 patients, primary care as we don't have techs. If you happen to be...
    Jun 17, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Nursing 10 years ago
    Ten years ago, we had programs on the EKG machines that would interpret them for you. Being an orthopedic nurse, who does EKG's maybe once a month at best, this was great. Then they took away those...
    Jun 10, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Question about donating blood
    I use to donate faithfully. I was turned away often for low hct and once for an elevated pulse of 104... during which time my B/P was 90/50... I can't believe THAT didn't disqualify me! Now I am...
    Jun 5, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. night shift
    I have worked nights for 13 years, mostly 12 hr shifts. I usually don't even get off of work until 8 or 9. When I get home, I immediately pop a couple of Benadryl and then I unwind for an hour or so....
    Jun 5, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Hourly Rounding / Walking Reports
    I work 12 hr nights on a busy ortho unit. A couple of units in the hospital are trialing hourly/q2hr rounding. We are in the q 2 hr group. Supposedly, it will reduce call light usage. I say it may on...
    Jun 3, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Self inflicted
    Gosh, I've seen so many.. I'll start with the first: A man tried to kill himself, so he shot himself in the head. He awakened to find a nasty wound to his head. He called his doctor's office, but...
    Jun 2, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Policies on Pt.s bringing Weapons/Guns onto facility grounds?
    Law enforcement personel are the only ones permitted to carry weapons into the hospital. However, in my 21 years of experience, I have had two incidents happen. One night all was quiet at the nurses...
    May 8, '07
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  20. safe patient handling--ceiling lifts
    We have Liko brand of lifts installed in the hospital where I work. On my unit we have 16 rooms with lifts and also various portable units. Honestly, the portable units hardly ever get used, so I...
    May 8, '07
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  21. Are you paid for orienting someone?
    I get paid $2 an hour for orienting. We have only one assignment between us. Many times however, I will get charge duty in addition to orienting.
    Apr 18, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Documenting pain and pain medications
    This is something we already have to do. It is the level of pain that the patient states is tolerable to them.
    Mar 14, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Documenting pain and pain medications
    You know, I have been a nurse for over 20 years. I rely a lot on my physical assessments and experience for my patient care. To be told I have to count respiratory rate and get and oximeter reading...
    Mar 12, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Documenting pain and pain medications
    We just got a new pain documentaion protocol. Supposedly, it is required by JCAHO for our total joint patients, therefore, it is going to be used on all of our patients on ortho. You have to document...
    Mar 12, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. HIV Positive Nurses
    I know of one HIV positive nurse in the hospital where I work. He couldn't keep it a secret from management because he was admitted with complications. He was still in direct patient care last I...
    Mar 12, '07
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance


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