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  1. 1/9: What I learned this week - Worst. Vagina. EVER.
    Rough start to the new year where I am 1. It's really hard to be a good nurse when a coworker has experienced a deep personal loss. It's a good thing I didn't have anyone super sick because I was...
    Jan 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Need reasons why becoming a nurse first, then becoming a doctor, is a bad idea
    It is the most expensive route you can take. You will not save money- you are going to take out loans for nursing school, then you are going to take out another set of loans for med school. You won't...
    Dec 4, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. ACLS should always be 2 days and in person!
    We are starting a new training program. Every 3 months we have to do a piece of the training and demonstrate a skill. It is supposed to provide continuous training instead of recertification every 2...
    Dec 3, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Concealed Carry for Caregivers
    I suppose it depends on the type of healthcare environment you are in. Our security officers are generally retired military or police, and if not they are still highly trained in managing hostile...
    Dec 3, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Concealed Carry for Caregivers
    I would settle for armed security guards. I am all for CC, but I recognize that it requires an enormous amount of responsibility. Perhaps if they developed a special certification for CC in the...
    Dec 3, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Extra orientation days...feeling so discouraged!
    Nothing wrong with needing extra days. I precept new grads fairly frequently and everyone is a little different. If they didn't think you were worth the time they would be firing you instead of...
    Nov 21, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Are we saving lives?
    I don't consider a life saved until they come back to visit as an outpatient- which does happen on occasion. I did have an experience similar to yours, although it was an adult, and a very different...
    Nov 13, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Wanting to quit on LTC/Skilled nursing facility orientation.
    I haven't worked SNF,, but a lot of what you describe sounds pretty standard for long term care. Do you have LPNs that you "oversee?" The person training you should be telling you what is expected...
    Nov 13, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  9. Excerpts from the book "The Nurses..." By Alexandra Robbins. Hospital life exposed? Or a m
    I have been troubled for quite some time about the excerpts that I have read from this book, as well as the long comment threads that follow. I truly regret not posting about this earlier this year,...
    Nov 13, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Magnet status
    We are a "magnet hospital," but all of the hospitals in the area are except for the very small ones, so I have little to compare it to. As far as shared governance goes, it can help improve things....
    Oct 18, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Why is it okay for Doctors to yell at Nurses?
    I think the difference is that as a nurse, you want to help your patient and you want to be invested in their recovery. When they yell, throw feces, or demean you it is easy to take it personally. As...
    Oct 17, '15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. Just need some understanding....
    Well, I'm sure that it is largely dependent on where you live, however I have never witnessed discrimination on LGBT group (...maybe the T..). At any rate, on my unit I work with at least four openly...
    Oct 17, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  13. Is clinic nursing a dirty job?
    Sometimes when I am at work I wonder how the heck I got myself into this. When you have 5 nurses helping you try to catheterize a guy whose "business" is buried in his pannis, you tend to take a good...
    Oct 17, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Drug seekers
    1mg q6?? Meanwhile in the ICU: *pushes 1mg q1h *turns up dilaudid to 12mg/h, patient is still coherent and in pain *manages a dilaudid PCA that runs at a concentration of 20mg/ml I have...
    Oct 14, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. No briefs?! Is this an ICU thing?
    I often find that with loose stool in particular, briefs tend to push it up into the peri area, where as with just a pad it will...flow... Better. Skipping the brief makes an easier clean-up, and...
    Nov 2, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  16. Interviewing at UB!
    So I got my invitation to interview for the Nurse Anesthetist program at University at Buffalo! I couldn't be more excited :) Is anyone else here interviewing? And do any current students have any...
    Nov 2, '14
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  17. Highest blood pressure ever recorded
    Wow, glad to see you are ok! Definitely the highest I have ever seen with a good outcome, but that's just 2 years of critical care experience (4 total).
    Oct 18, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. sedation
    It is absolutely a hit-or-miss drug. I think it is worth a shot as long as your docs leave you something to use if it isn't effective. I have mostly found it useful for patients that have had long...
    Sep 30, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  19. Fluid bolus by gravity or pump?
    If it is non-urgent (low urine output, mild hypotension, etc.) then I use the pump. If I am really trying to get it in then I am using a pressure bag. I don't generally just let it hang because there...
    Sep 30, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  20. Your PROPOFOL stories wanted
    I love propofol. I have certainly seen symptomatic bradycardia as well as significant hypotension in certain patients, but if a patient has required continuous sedation for more than 48 hours we...
    Sep 30, '14
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  21. What's your nursing kryptonite?
    I just learned mine today- yeast infections. Had a patient with one so bad you could smell rotten vag in the hallway... Pardon my french while I go vomit
    Aug 29, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Do you hear nurses will take over respiratory work?
    I second what most people have said here. I don't think it would be unreasonable to go without RT, however their in-depth knowledge about ventilators/settings in general is very helpful. I think it...
    Jun 8, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. Only a nurse will understand...
    Just this past week I was working nights. I generally can only sleep 5-6 hours during the day, and by the time my 3rd shift rolls around I'm dead beat. My (new) husband needs a little training, he...
    May 18, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. You know you're a nurse if...
    That sounds perfect! A Newfie will be our next :)
    May 12, '14
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  25. The newest and coolest thing you've ever done
    ^ sounds about right ;) Fun haldol story: 20mg q6h atc with 10mg prn q4h... But we fixed his delirium in 24 hrs! Of course we were watching his QTC
    May 11, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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