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  1. How do you triage?
    Everyone, thanks for the input! I re-read my posts and I really wasn't trying to argue, except maybe with myself :) If it seemed that way, I apologize. Driving home this AM, I caught myself...
    Jul 15, '10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. How do you triage?
    Ok. I think I'm not getting my point across very well. Or perhaps I'm just wrong, won't be the first time. As I understand, the policy uses resources required as a part of determining triage level....
    Jul 14, '10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. How do you triage?
    Ok, that makes sense. Another question... Do you consider resources needed, or what the doc is likely to do? For example, the patient who is out of ventolin. She's not in distress, but it's...
    Jul 13, '10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. Poor nurses
    To the OP, I feel your pain. I make more then that, plus my hubby's salary, and we live on a very tight budget. His hours were cut almost two years ago and not likely to improve anytime soon. Each...
    Jul 13, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Summer Sizzling Heat
    The solution is never to make it about you. There's always the person, usually one with more pull, that doesn't give a fig and isn't afraid to say so. So, I'm hot. I'm flipping miserable, in...
    Jul 12, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. How do you triage?
    We have a five level triage system. Since we're a small hospital, all the ED nurses rotate through assignments, including triage. For those in similiar situations.... how do you assign levels?...
    Jul 12, '10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. CBC's
    Due to emergency situations we occasionally get preliminary blood results. The CBC preliminary printout has a bit more info then the final report. I'm a curious person so I've always wondered about...
    Apr 6, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Did anyone ever feel at home when they first went to the hospital?
    Yep, the hospital is homey to me. My Mom's a nurse, so it's not like I just happened to wander in and felt the click. I read my mom's nursing books as a kid, grossed my friends out with the...
    Apr 5, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. I'm a job hopper.... HELP!
    NurseCard- I was thinking the new job/new facility was day shift. I see your point about going to days at your current facility. I don't feel your reasons are stupid or juvenile- sounds pretty...
    Apr 5, '10
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  10. I'm a job hopper.... HELP!
    I scratched my itch by traveling- you may want to look into that. If you have to have a home base and stay close, you can work full time for a local agency. If there's a large enough hospital...
    Apr 5, '10
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  11. Vent: Dysfunctional Family Dynamics
    I have seen families behave unreasonably for several reasons. Mistrust is certainly one of them but it's not the most frequent one I have encountered. It's really important to find out why they...
    Apr 4, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Dry, Cracked Hands
    Olive oil at night wrapped up in socks helps. The best, for me, is atrac-tain cream. A coworker who has eczema recommended it. I'm not sure how natural it is but it doesn't contain...
    Mar 28, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. How to stretch Dansko shoes
    If you have a shoe repair shop near you, they can stretch them. A few men's speciality stores- the small locally owned men's wear type- may be able to as well. I would guess some types of leather,...
    Mar 28, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Nurse concern for patient, but doctor unconcerned and declines to see patient
    If it's bad- I keep calling, and make it pretty clear I will continue to do so until the pt improves or the doc decides he's like some peace. I've rarely had to do this but I will if need be. I...
    Mar 25, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Do you wear your engagement rings at work?
    Congratulations! I wore my engagement ring- new nurse, new ring.... I was quite proud :) After I cracked the band a second time, I stopped wearing it at work. Now all I wear is my wedding band....
    Mar 25, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Will you give out a medication without the order yet?
    You did the right thing! There is no "...just an xyz" that will save you if something bad happens. The doc may not want a nicotine patch. Nicotine can effect neurotransmitters, BP, HR, drug...
    Mar 22, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. wound that won't heal!
    You could always try posting on a paraplegic/quadripelgic support forum. (Just keep in mind your pt may be a member so don't be too specific!) Depending on your pt's ability maybe you can see if you...
    Mar 22, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Surprising diagnosis
    NF is scary. I'll never forget one pt who had it. While trying prepare for transfer, I asked the doc which facility the pt would go to. Doc said, I'm on hold with two... whichever can fly...
    Mar 20, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Surprising diagnosis
    I've been surprised with a few, and also some that were not diagnosed. Carcinoid syndrome. Classic tachy and flush/rash w/ diarrhea- why is this kid having an 'allergic reaction' when using the...
    Mar 19, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Why dont' nurses help each other?!
    Scorpio, I just hate to see someone worry they maybe should try something else because of a bad situation. I was there once, different area, different hospital... and I dreaded going to work. I...
    Mar 18, '10
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. Hairline fracture?
    That's a good point. I tend to think of them in terms of the elderly and hips, so compared to a 'typical' hip fracture, they don't hurt much. For a while, anyhow. You're right though. I've seen them...
    Mar 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Describe the Ugliest Scrubs You Have Seen!
    The scrubs were cute. Really. A pretty pale yellow and a good color for the skintone. They were the perfect size... for a five year old!! I cannot fully describe just how bad it was. I'll try......
    Mar 18, '10
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  23. Hairline fracture?
    It really does happen. The biggest problem with a hairline fracture is that they usually don't hurt much. So if you continue on as usual, you have a weak point in the bone that is now susceptable...
    Mar 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Outside of your work environment......
    'Living well is the best revenge.' A confrontation in such a public place would only briefly make you feel better. It's just not worth the repercussions and certainly the coworker isn't worth the...
    Mar 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Good Press Ganey for ER. Possible??
    Long post... The problem with providing all those extra perks simply to improve scores it that it comes back to bite you. If there's a TV in every room, someone will eventually be upset. "The...
    Mar 17, '10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing


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