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  1. Why is nursing such a horrible job?
    Because everything has become "customer service oriented." Nevermind that we don't have enough staff, or working medical equipment (such as BP cuffs or bladder scanner) but have you seen our brand...
    Dec 31, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. "I'll Tell The Nurse" (vent)
    One of the charge nurses on my floor had a surgeon call our floor (the post-surgical floor) from the OR telling her that his pager battery had died. The nurse told him that we don't have batteries...
    Dec 28, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. did your job give you a holiday gift??
    We got nothing. Same as every other year. One of the surgeons asked one of the nurses on my floor if she was expecting a nice bonus this year and she just about died laughing. He felt bad and bought...
    Dec 23, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. How long did you work for while your were pregnant?
    With my first pregnancy, I worked until I was about 18 weeks along. My OB found on my ultrasound that I had placenta previa and did not want me lifting. When I gave my employer my lifting...
    Dec 18, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Did I handle this incorrectly?
    thanks for the quick response!! i did page him again, but he didn't answer his page. that's why i called the second rapid response.
    Dec 16, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Did I handle this incorrectly?
    I recently had a situation at work that I feel was handled correctly, but was told that the House MD and the critical care intensivist thought I handled badly. What would you guys have done...
    Dec 16, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Middle aged men are such babies!!
    I also love the docs that keep the patient on a dilaudid PCA for 3 days after a lap appy. Yep, we've had that. I still can't figure out why that patient developed an ileus. I recently had a guy...
    Dec 16, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. A jaded nurse who cried last night and was renewed as a nurse
    Thank you so much for sharing. That family was so lucky to have you and I'm sure they will never forget you.
    Dec 11, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. how do you give morphine on a pump bedside?
    When we have patients on morphine drips we put the bag of morphine in a locked plastic box and hang the box on the IV pump. And our IV pumps have a lockout code that needs punched in before the pump...
    Nov 19, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. help!!  very frustrated
    You'd be amazed at what patient's can't do on their own. I think about 75% of patients lose the ability to use their arms and legs just by entering the hospital doors. I work on a post-surgical...
    Nov 18, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Question for Philadelphia nurses
    My husband is possibly being transferred to Philadelphia in the near future and I was just looking for some information on hospitals out that way. I currently work at a small community hospital in...
    Nov 13, '09
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  12. How to stay organized?
    I use a sheet that I made up using Excel. It is pretty specific to post-op patients, but you could add or remove sections according to your specialty. I also use highlighters to flag stuff that I...
    Nov 12, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. How long before you were a charge nurse?
    This is how our floor does it too. It's a pain in the butt. But our manager doesn't wait a certain amount of time before orienting to charge. Some nurses have been on the floor for 5-6 years and have...
    Nov 10, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. threatened at work
    I used to work on a drug and alcohol detox floor. We also had quite a few psych patients. We asked multiple times if our unit (as well as psych and ER) could have special privileges about making our...
    Nov 7, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Placed on medical why do I feel guilty?
    I felt guilty when I was placed on early leave during my pregnancy as well. I went in for my 18 week ultrasound and found out that I had placentia previa and was given heavy lifting restrictions. And...
    Nov 6, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. What part of  "isolation" don't you understand?
    Wow! It's no wonder the entire family is infected. I used to work in a peds office while I was in nursing school and we kept seeing the same family over and over for scabies. All 3 kids had it,...
    Nov 4, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. What type of family member drives you craziest?
    I love love love family members that claim to also be nurses when they're not. I work on a surgical unit I recently had a fresh post-op patient whose daughter asked me as soon as i got in the room...
    Nov 3, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Pushing Dilaudid?
    Yes - they will drink it! I've had detox patients that have had to have the Purell hand sanitizer dispenser removed from their room because they will drink it for the alcohol.
    Nov 3, '09
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  19. Your Favorite and Your Weirdest
    I hope people don't think I'm crazy for posting this, but my favorite nursing skill is putting in NG tubes. No, I don't like torturing my patients, I just like doing them. Maybe because you get an...
    Oct 21, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. I need to vent right now or I will absolutely EXPLODE!!!!
    Does the IV pump have a lockout feature? I always use that when the patient is on heparin, cardiac meds, or TPN.
    Sep 16, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. what is the best/worst specialty docs to work with...
    As a surgical nurse, I have to agree that surgeons are the worst to work with. Oddly enough, as one of the previous posters said about the pt's bowel on the bed - I actually had a patient about a...
    Sep 3, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Journal subscriptions
    The same thing just happened to me. I subscribed to Nursing 2009 about 2 months ago and about 2 weeks ago received 3 back issues. I find it frustrating, too.
    Aug 20, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Essure procedure?
    My OB mentioned this to me a few weeks ago when I was discharged from the hospital after having my second baby. I'm considering having it done but I wanted to know if anybody has any insight on the...
    Aug 4, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. NCLEX!!!! Omg I just took it and it was horrendous!!!!!
    I think everybody feels that way after they take the NCLEX. I left the testing place in tears because I thought I didn't know anything on the test. Try to do something fun that will take your mind...
    Jul 10, '09
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  25. nursing heartbreak :/
    Wow! An incident report for writing on the wrong sheet of paper?? I've seen a doctor write orders on the wrong patient's chart and all he had to do was draw a line through it, initial it, and write...
    Jul 9, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion