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  1. What's the meanest thing a patient has said to you?
    "I hope a polar bear eats you." Lol
    Jun 9
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  2. How to best use Home Health CNAs
    Hi, working with a home health agency now. We have CNAs, but they are currently waaay underutilized. I know there are ways to keep CNAs busy & cost-effective in home health, but I suspect we have...
    Mar 24
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  3. best way for a nurse to manage cuts on her fingers?
    I've had hand burns, small but open during work shifts. I found that a single Tegaderm stuck ok until I needed to, oh, say, sanitize or wash my hands. Solution? Goopy skin adhesive, the kind we...
    Nov 7, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. It's Wrong!  (A night shift perspective)
    Side note: as a person with low thyroid hormone which Synthroid replaces, I wake myself up one hour early to take that med even after working a 14 hour day the day before and heading in to another...
    Sep 1, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  5. Golf Team Names? Need Ideas!
    The Texas Cath Crew: Here to Bag Holes!
    Aug 8, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Golf Team Names? Need Ideas!
    The Successful Insertions?
    Aug 5, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Slamming in IVP meds and Running Incompatible Meds Together: Is it as bad as they say
    A very experienced ED nurse told me that if IV metoprolol is pushed too fast, it can "bottom out" a patient's pressures, making them ineligible to get other meds they might really need for heart rate...
    Jul 11, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  8. Help!  Critical lab:  morale -2.5
    Help, please (on this AM after my third night shift). I don't know what to do. Need any of the following: encouragement, empathy, inspiration, similar stories, suggestions. Even tough love...
    Jun 30, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  9. Almost lost my cool at work
    If your behavior was out of character, then bravo. And if you can laugh at and forgive yourself for those few less than ideal moments, the basic drives that keep you compassionate and present will be...
    May 23, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Almost lost my cool at work
    Are you a) secretly made of machinery? b) dedicated to patient-shaming? c) allergic to HIPAA and addicted to restraints, and/or d) a fiend of emotional compartmentalization ? If you're none of...
    May 23, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Vanco Trough Advice
    This question is exactly why my hospital has a clear policy stating that when vancomycin is given, the pharmacist will decide if the vancomycin should be given or held while the trough value is being...
    May 23, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  12. New CPR Song for New CPR Rate?
    Agree, of course. No one should concentrate on CPR quantity without also quality. But why not focus on both?Music is a very good way to keep tempo accurate without that metronome the ACLS recert...
    May 15, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. New CPR Song for New CPR Rate?
    So today I became aware that the new ideal CPR rate is "at least" 100 (and up to 120) compressions per minute with the ideal being more like 110 compressions per minute... Help! I can no...
    May 14, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. How do you draw up meds for IVP?
    According to my understanding which I owe to your post: There are sterile flushes and non-sterile flushes. Sterile flushes will be labeled as sterile instead of the regular ones which will just be...
    Mar 14, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  15. Theme song to your Nursing career?
    Jem- It's Amazing "Patience, now frustrations in the air And people who don't care Well, it's gonna get you down And you'll fall, yes you will hit a wall But get back on your feet And...
    Feb 11, '14
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  16. need advice/opinions on where to relocate!
    Seattle? Maybe if you just look at the number of new grad positions, but if you compare that to the number of new grads the area produces every year the numbers may or may not look so hot. But...
    Feb 7, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. need advice/opinions on where to relocate!
    Adventure-friendly places I've heard new grads having luck getting jobs: 1) Idaho 2) Montana 3) Alaska 4) Texas 5) Colorado 6) rural New England. It was almost never easy, even so. Keep applying but...
    Feb 6, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Would you hold Lantus?
    A friend did a presentation on evidence-based approaches to this question. The general answer was it is generally OK to give Lantus after giving OJ or otherwise correcting blood sugar, but it sounds...
    Jan 10, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  19. Nursing Nightmares
    2) My elderly male patient turned into a vampire, which was bad enough since I was still obligated to take care of them and they wanted to eat me. But then the vampire started switching from...
    Jan 4, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Nursing Nightmares
    1) I dreamed I'd just begun to take care of a full patient assignment when I was urgently assigned another patient (on another unit) who had just had a serious blood transfusion reaction. The...
    Jan 4, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. PICC line blood draw
    I've heard that studies have shown most nurses tend to exert a certain average amount of pressure when flushing that makes a 10cc syringe safest to use. I can try to chase down that research later if...
    Nov 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Nurse or ninja?
    Ninja skill: transforming an unhappy patient or family member into a happier one.
    Nov 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. PICC line blood draw It sounds like the safest option to prevent excessive pressure from being applied to a PICC line is to use a 10 cc syringe. It also sounds from the link...
    Nov 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Are you providing great patient care?
    Thank you, Lady.Free, for describing what a well-managed day looks like. Let me describe my less-well managed one. I'm in my first 6 mos of nursing and struggling with time management a lot, on...
    Nov 8, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. How do you draw up meds for IVP?
    I had a pharmacist at our hospital tell me never to dilute Ativan, because occasionally it crystallizes out of solution when diluted. What's the case for diluting it?
    Oct 29, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing