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  1. child safety
    The problem with leaving a shoe or a purse in the backseat (or a diaper bag in the front) is that the parent has to have the foresight to arrange it that way. Excluding negligent parents, the...
    Jul 15
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  2. Um... Can you hit before you get hit?
    Patients usually don't get violent out of nowhere. There are many verbal and physical cues that lead up to physical violence and you should be trained to spot them so you can de-escalate the...
    Jul 8
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. What's a "difficult pt" to you?
    Emergency Department: Patients who "know" they need an MRI or other expensive test for chronic condition. I love when the doctors shut them down with statements like "Since this is a chronic...
    Jun 24
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  4. Well here's something I didn't think about: secondhand pot smoke?
    I happened to look this up recently because I was worried about my own exposure to second hand marijuana smoke and found this article referencing a study from 1986. Not much else out there. ...
    Jun 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Ever have a patient complain about you?
    My patient was playing sports and hurt himself, came in my ambulance SCREAMING. When the doctor came into the room, his cell phone rang and he took the call. I.e. pause the screaming, take a phone...
    May 19
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. Parents!!!
    Had a 17 year old female come in by ACLS; heroin OD in field, found by mother. Medics bagged her and gave Narcan IM. When she arrived in my room she was angry at the world. Patient refused vital...
    May 15
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
    Yup. Home care instructions: "Stop smoking pot. It is making you sick." Done!
    May 10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Interventions without MD orders
    I just want to say that this comment is pure genius! I love it. That is exactly how I feel in the ED; watching, watching, watching for signs of an attack!
    May 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. I have the time (to pee)
    The secret bathroom is KEY to survival! I have the key codes to 2 different department's bathrooms, and also have another secret bathroom in the basement just in case!
    Mar 27
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Do you ever get sick?
    I like how this thread has turned into "let's gross out a pre-nursing student".:facepalm: I didn't feel nausea very often in nursing school or at work, but I did have anxiety diarrhea for weeks when...
    Mar 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Alarm fatigue survey
    Done! You may want to add to your data the department of the nurses who took this survey; some of your questions I answered "daily" because I get new patients every day being in the ED. Someone who...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  12. Should I apply to nursing school for next fall..or wait?
    Good luck with your program! And good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! Make sure you know your absence policies for your program. My professors were very strict about being on time and in...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  13. Hero Worship of Nurses: Misplaced
    I don't think the point of this post was to stop being the best nurse one can be or stop caring about having high standards. The point of this post was to acknowledge that nurses can and do make...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Losing the Preceptor . . Er . . . Cane
    Congratulations Ruby! I know as my preceptor backed away my stress levels increased and I felt sure I was about to kill someone; in face the first day on my own I drove home crying because I...
    Mar 25
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  15. Transferring to the ED
    Good luck on your interview! The ED will not have a rhythm like what you are used to. Patients come and go at different times and you are not giving routine meds. At the beginning of your shift...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    (As I wheel out a frequent flyer/ETOH'er/manipulative patient, telling him he can't stay) Patient: You're cold. Me: I'm okay with that.
    Mar 25
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  17. Nurses Notes: Guidelines On What Not To Chart
    What I would chart is something like "Patient complains of SOB. (further explanation of current respiratory symptoms) NP notified. No new orders at this time." In my ED we were recently...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  18. Why isnt Emergency Nursing listed under critical care?
    I viewed the categorization on this website as recognizing that Emergency Nursing is a specialty. If you are a member of ENA you probably read the articles last year in memoriam of Judith Kelleher,...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. Sitter breaks
    Because then the hospital can pay a sitter even less than a CNA! I was a sitter before I was an RN. Once I alerted the nurse to a change in the patient's condition that caused the patient to...
    Mar 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. Racial Refusals In Nursing
    It makes me sad to hear that nurses even have to deal with this. It is a really depressing state of affairs and I would furiously defend any of my co-workers being maligned for such a lame reason! ...
    Mar 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. How to be a polite patient/family member
    If you use the call light, your request can be delegated properly. Often times something can be handled appropriately by a nurse's aide or even the secretary who answers the call light. Or maybe it...
    Mar 10
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. Need help IV discontinue
    Yup, the hand sanitizer. I saw another nurse put it on top of the tape but I think it works better to peel off a little section and smear the gel underneath to break up the bond. Again, this can...
    Mar 10
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  23. Need help IV discontinue
    I use the hand sanitizer. I think an alcohol swab wouldn't be enough liquid.
    Mar 10
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  24. Need help IV discontinue
    I use alcohol gel to loosen up the tape before pulling it off their skin. People like this because it doesn't pull arm hair or skin. I used to only do this for children and the elderly but now I do...
    Mar 9
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  25. Cops and Nurses
    Many years ago I had a roommate whose father was a retired firefighter. He gave me a sticker to put on my car, something like "I support CA123 Fire Station". One day I'm in nightmare Southern...
    Mar 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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