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  1. PICC line issues, blood draw tips.
    Whenever flushing a PICC with a 10ml flush, 'pulse' the flow rapidly. It has been shown that the turbulence helps clear fibrin from the lumen. I have had luck clearing lines that won't pull using...
    Dec 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Making others faint and fall out at the dinner table
    When dining at my parents house someone will ask me something like: "anything interesting happen at work lately?" As I draw my breath to speak, my Dad's upper lip starts to curl up.
    Dec 10
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  3. Staffing
    Yikes. Are you titrating those drips? That would be a disaster waiting to happen. My floor has 5 pt with many on drips, but no titration- that is ICU stuff. Still 5 is overwhelming at times.
    Nov 30
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  4. LOOOOOK into my eyes!!
    I've got a few frequent flyer seekers I'd like you to meet.
    Nov 30
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  5. what did I get myself into
    Yes it will get better, but no advice here is going to make that decision any easier. If you get past a year and still hate going to work, then you need to make a change, what change is something...
    Nov 19
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. Nurses Attacked by Patient
    I've been kicked and punched etc by the confused geriatric, we all have. But in this portrayed situation (as unpopular as this might be with some of you) I would have done all I could to take this...
    Nov 9
    Forum: Nursing News
  7. Is your hospital in the Arctic Zone?
    Ya it's cold. I tell patients the truth: "It's cold in here to you, but if it were any warmer your nurse would be melting from all the running around I do!"
    Nov 5
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  8. Altered Mental Status- a surprise diagnosis
    Ya, me too. Apparently it's got to do with the 'blood brain barrier' thing. But I learned that high doses over long periods will treat it and I sure saw a vast improvement in the guy.
    Oct 30
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Altered Mental Status- a surprise diagnosis
    Recently had a 80+ year old man admitted for AMS (altered mental status) and pneumonia. No big whoop. He was given a complete workup and started on antibiotics. Elevated WBC, neg CXR, cat scans of...
    Oct 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. God Hates Nurses Now
    Oct 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. God Hates Nurses Now
    Darwin was right. Long ago idiots became saber tooth food and man's overall intelligence increased. Now that we are 'civilized' we allow them to breed, in fact, some would argue they breed more...
    Oct 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. Base Pay
    I would bet that almost none would tell you.
    Oct 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. condom catheters
    They are an overall lame idea to begin with (but I guess fulfill a niche). Consider any time you get it to stay on a bonus.
    Sep 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. 700 infants exposed to TB by healthcare worker
    Since when does a hospital hire a new employee without a TB screen? I hate lawyers, but in this case....
    Sep 23
    Forum: Nursing News
  15. Nurses don't do anything
    There are always going to be naysayers and critics. The fact is that nursing is consistently rated as a very trusted profession. That being said, I would infer most people see us as hard working.
    Sep 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Too much stuff behind ID badge!!
    So yes, the badges. Let's not forget the buttons, etc, ("flair") that we can 'earn'. That is the certifications, magnet status, customer service awards and the like. There are some nurses walking...
    Sep 7
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  17. If you could just pick up and leave, where would you go?
    I hear Titan is nice.
    Jul 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen
    Just the other day a patient asked for an "escort" to her room. Now THAT is taking customer service to a new level!
    Jun 26
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen
    Thanks for your input, it did occur to me it may be a cultural thing, however, policy is that NO meds be given to a pt while in house. That was explained very courteously. The visitor was non...
    Jun 17
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen
    No, no wonder- overall the human race is pretty pathetic, I am convinced.
    Jun 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen
    We had a pt who was middle aged man with various complaints. He was from an eastern European country, spoke little English. No clear diagnosis, malaise, N&V, change in mental status that came and...
    Jun 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. How did you change?
    I worked as a transporter while I was in school. I had the luxury of seeing all the different floors in the hospital. I was lucky enough to be offered a job in my favorite area, cardiac telemetry. ...
    Jun 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Cardiac Telemetry
    Telemetry floors are always busy. That is, for the pt to be there, they have a heart problem. From my experience it is rare for a patient to ONLY have a heart problem, they often have a bag full of...
    Jun 5
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  24. Best men's watch for male nurses
    The problem with many of the watches recommended here is that they have 'knobs' and sharp edges that will catch and carry the nasties. I use a Swatch that has a very smooth bezel and profile with a...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  25. Your first experience with a dead person
    About 1/2 way through my orientation I got a code called from the telemetry folks on the 'red phone'. I was standing with two other nurses near the patient's room and in we ran. After checking for...
    May 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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