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  1. What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for?
    "Why have you come to the emergency room this evening?" "I want a sandwich." Honestly, I had that one two nights ago.
    Dec 19
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. Five Ways to Convince Patients they Need Flu Shots
    Where i work, the highest rate of sickness leave is due to reactions to the flu shot. Staffing is decimated right now and quite a few have been hospitalized due to severe reactions. I never saw this...
    Dec 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Five Ways to Convince Patients they Need Flu Shots
    Some random thoughts . . . . Earlier this year there was a flu outbreak on a Navy ship, USS Ardent, even though it was 100% vaccinated crew on board. The outbreak was sufficient to disable the...
    Dec 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Time to vent - my apologies in advance.
    I think its just good practice to touch base with the lab so they know where the pt moved to, it saves them a lot of chasing around trying to track them via ER records. Which as well all know is a...
    Dec 4
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  5. Time to vent - my apologies in advance.
    I am an ER nurse, and that is NOT typical. Here we questions orders and ask for orders, and if its docs we know, we will go ahead with some particular treatment, (such as urgent nebulizers, ordering...
    Dec 3
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  6. Travel Nurse Expectations
    Sounds like the problems are not with you as a nurse, but with their computer system taking a while to get used to. That would be an issue for anyone new to the dept, whether a travel nurse or a new...
    Dec 3
    Forum: Nurse Management
  7. Time to vent - my apologies in advance.
    Personally, I would have called the lab as soon as I received the pt,as a courtesy, to make sure they knew where the pt had moved to, and who to call regarding the transfusion. Doesn't change the...
    Dec 3
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  8. Cruise Ship Nursing Anyone?
    I worked cruise ships for a while, but ended up so bored I quit. Cruise ship passengers often tend to be elderly, or unhealthy, most could not take a vacation an other way. So they roll onto the...
    Nov 23
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  9. Why so reluctant to give pain meds?
    I think it also depends which country you work in. I have found US hospitals really reluctant to medicate for pain, in situations that just would not occur anywhere else. 2 nights ago, a young lad...
    Nov 23
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  10. Common nicknames for hospital items.
    My last ER would refer to HIV as "High five" (the letter V being the Roman numeral 5) Useful when doing handover report when folk are nearby and listening in : ) anesthesiologist = the gas man...
    Nov 20
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  11. How to remember everything, when giving report?
    Try the military 'MIST' - Mechanism of injury - what happened to them, why they came in Injury sustained - what you found, symptoms, injuries, etc Systemics - UK word for vitals and any other...
    Nov 5
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for?
    Gotta love ER patients. Last night's star was a stunner, with the history I got from him in triage. My question was the usual one about are you taking any prescribed meds. And the answer - "Oh...
    Nov 5
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    I doubt you can save while living in Surrey, its as expensive as London but without the pay weighting!!
    Nov 3
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  14. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    Most nurses work either a second job and/or bank, (registry, per diem in the US). You can live on Band 5 salary, but its tough going, and you have to be very disciplined regarding your spending. I...
    Nov 2
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  15. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    . . . . . and you will do 'obs', not vitals, and 'take blood' instead of drawing labs. And the list goes on!
    Nov 2
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  16. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    Houseboats are primarily on the canal which runs through London. Or on the Thames, its a river. There are no oceans or lakes in the city. A significant percentage of keyworkers live on boats, having...
    Nov 2
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  17. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    Find an Aldi, get an Oyster card and a bicycle : ) If you don't mind thinking outside the box, look at houseboats, its about the only affordable way to live in London these days. I did it for 8...
    Nov 1
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  18. NMC fee to raise to 120/year
    That's true. let's vote to move them to Wolverhampton.
    Oct 18
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  19. NMC fee to raise to 120/year
    I agree with that last comment, a central London address is one of the most expensive in the world. It bugs me when charities have similar addresses as well, why do they need them? In these days...
    Oct 18
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  20. Most Stressful Day
    I still think the one with the roaches wins. Reminds me of a place I worked years ago where we kept a baseball bat in the dirty utility and it was the student's job to squash the roaches each...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  21. Cyclic vomiters (drive me up the wall)
    I know of one that seems to be genuine, comes in about every two months or so. No drug habit, doesn't want pain meds, just constant zofran and IV fluids. She is a student, and Mom comes with her. She...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  22. Rules for Triage
    "If you have multiple complaints, pick one." Love it! Two nights ago - "had a pain in my side for 25 years and thought i would get it checked out." Seriously??? After 25 years you show...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. Any RAF nurses?
    There is also part time / reservist nursing, I can't recall the full title now but its RAF Auxiliary nurses, used to be based at RAF Lyneham but I'm sure they moved a few years back, I just can't...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  24. Any RAF nurses?
    I would suggest visiting the RCDM in Birmingham and see for yourself. Its an amazing hospital, its a military hospital merged with NHS and nurses from both areas work side by side. They also have...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  25. Do you need business insurance to work as a community nurse?
    If community nursing is your thing and the car is the problem, then consider moving to a city where the car is not needed. I worked district in London for a few years, by bicycle, and for some areas,...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom


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