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  1. No opinions please just facts
    Who in the world told you this? An employer may have a policy of not allowing staff to work if they test positive for one substance or another, but the BON (at least in my state) only prohibits...
    Jun 24
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  2. Are Camp Nurses allowed to remove splinters?
    I'm sure this is a facillity specific question. I doubt you will find a "splinter" clause in any states scope of practice/ nurse practice act. I think this is why I would be driven NUTS by camp...
    Jun 24
    Forum: Nursing Advice Column
  3. Do you have dreams about your job?
    I've been a nurse for 30 years, I'm good at my job, and almost always get through each shift with little difficulty. I enjoy my unit and my peers. I worked one position for 20+ years, and have been...
    Jun 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Still struggling with heart sounds
    I have never in my career had a physician or peer give a hoot about heart sounds. It's nice to be able to say "this patient has a loud pan-systolic murmur that I didn't hear eariler in my shift", but...
    Jun 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Is this what nursing is really like?
    In a word- yep. If I could do my job without being the one responsible for ensuring the resident medical staff wrote appropriate orders, the pharmacy sent and timed the right meds, housekeeping...
    Jun 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Has anyone made a medication error and *not* get fired for it?
    On the "computer med admin systems" issue; These things are only as helpful as the data they are fed. In todays in-patient world, patients are unstable or they wouldn't be in the hospital. That...
    Jun 13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  7. Has anyone made a medication error and *not* get fired for it?
    We have a "non-punitive" "No-Fault" med error policy. It is designed to encourage nurses to report med erors instead if covering them up. It does seem to have worked- our incidence of reporting went...
    Jun 13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  8. Should I report this nurse for unprofessionalism?
    Without knowing the details it's difficult to respond, but as a general rule: nurses are to accept abusive belittling behavior with a smile and never make a comment back to a patient even if they are...
    Jun 13
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  9. Does this make me really horrible?
    I'm OK with the name the way it is. I don't want it spread around that Nurses are willing to work for no pay, in terrible working conditions, with little or no equipment. That may become the policy...
    Jun 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Things you'll never forget from your nursing instructors?
    My L&D instructor was quite up front when she said " I don't think men should be Nurses, I don't want them in my class or my clinical rotation, but since the university insists you guys (two of us)...
    Jun 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Students claim they underwent vaginal exams at Valencia College
    Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase " looking up a few old classmates"
    Jun 6
    Forum: Nursing News
  12. The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen
    I've had the same issue. I've had to get my patients boyfriend off her PICC line while they were in foreplay, and she wanted her Q2H Dilaudid injected before they got to "the good part". At least we...
    Jun 6
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Threatened by patient
    [QUOTE=lindarn;8525495]Did you REALLY sign up to be assaulted at work, through no fault of your own? Is this what nursing has come to? I thought that you signed up to work in a particular unit. ...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Threatened by patient
    This has been an issue in nursing forever. If a cashier at Walmart is called every name in the book in front of the customers and co-workers, I'm betting the manager isn't long in that job, but if a...
    Jun 1
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. Sticky pulse-ox on forehead
    There are pulse Ox probes designed for the forehead- they come with a cute terrycloth head-band and are placed around the temple area. Manufacturer does not attest to accuracy of finger probes used...
    May 30
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  16. Need Help with IV Insertion
    I've posted this before but here it is again: Invert your needle. They teach inserting the needle tip down bevel up. When you do this the tip of the needle enters the vein beefore anything else. It...
    May 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. How did your employer recognize Nurse's Day?
    We were given the opportunity to donate our time, or money, or to participate is some other fundraising efforts for other worthwhile charities in our area. Nurses give so little throughout the year...
    May 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  18. Rough day
    I'm thinking this is why they have "code simulations". It takes some time to get over the deer-in-the- headlights response when a patient crashes. Is the problem persists- ask if you can "shadow"...
    May 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Zombie Apocalypse: WWND?
    I think in the event of a ZA- I'd try to surround myself with members of the Joint Commission, of possibly members of the clinical faculty of some of the nursing programs in my area. Since the...
    May 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. I'm choosing to withdraw from NS. And that's okay.
    When I went to NS-many,many years ago, the problem with changing majors after Nursing credits, was that most or the science content in the pre-reqs weren't hard science courses, rather they were...
    May 19
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  21. Recliner Entrapment!
    How would we go about doing this? I've seen about a dozen different recliners in my practice, all have similar safety issues (thus the use of trashcans). I guess I could hire a team of engineers and...
    May 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Recliner Entrapment!
    "damaged recliners"? Nope- they were almost new. They were like that from day 1. A lot of equipment has design trade-offs. These were fairly easy to sanitize, and small enough to accomodate the...
    May 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. New grad 6 weeks orientation?
    6 weeks is pretty generous for a med/surg floor in this area. Critical care gets 6-8 weeks. Most new hires (new grad or not) are expected to be able to solo in 4weeks as long as there are more...
    May 15
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  24. Student Nurse with a poop problem
    At least I've got one thing to thank my 40pk/yr smoking history for- I can tolerate an amazing amount of bad smell. Thanks for the idea of vicks/oils on the mask, not on my nose/face. Most of these...
    May 15
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  25. Recliner Entrapment!
    We used the same "trashcan" technique for most of our patients in recliners. The two most common dangers we had without the trashcan were, 1) Patients catapulting forward when they were making minor...
    May 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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