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  • 7

    I can completely relate......

    I don't know when this shift to the following happened, but I know I, nor my fellow coworkers, appreciate it.

    Dump your student on my floor and tell them they're assigned to "me".

    Recently had a student "assigned" to me whose clinical instructor was not even present on the unit/floor. Did not see said CI at all throughout entire shift. Student shows up with no stethoscope, no books, no paper, not even so much as a pen and tells me they'll just be "following me around."

    For one, I cannot stand to be followed around (anywhere!) and don't appreciate when I can't even sneak away to the break room to shove some food in or to the bathroom without a student trailing me.

    The student gains no educational benefit from chasing around a nurse who just wants to get her own work done without being interrupted 5 million times with questions. I want to say, "go look it up!" or "where is your instructor?!?". If they'd put just a tiny bit of effort into thinking or attempting to learn, I might not be so irritated by it. But a student who shows up completely unprepared and then grills me with questions about every action I take or do not take and expects me to regurgitate the what, why and how of everything is just wasting both our time.

    I know I sound harsh, but this method leads to a poor experience for the student and the nurse both. I wish they'd realize they are not doing their students any favors by structuring clincials this way.

    With the exception of a few great students, we've had a rash of unmotivated and unprepared students with MIA clinical instructors from programs like this lately and it's caused a lot of frustration for all.

  • 7

    Thank you for sharing the story of your beautiful, though difficult journey. Having worked with LVAD/heart transplant patients, there is no greater part of my job than when we get an update that our patients are back home and able to live their lives again doing what is meaningful to them and being with the people dear to them.

    I wish you only the best in your health and career in the future! This experience has undoubtedly made you an even better nurse who has "been there" and can relate to your patients in a very unique way.

  • 0

    OP, do you know the rational for the applesauce, as in how it works? Just curious. I'm all for (safe) tricks to stay efficient.

  • 2
    VivaLasViejas and chris21sn like this.

    I agree with the pp, I think the thicker the concoction the more likely to clog.

    A trick we sometimes use if a corpak is sluggish or clogged is to attempt to irrigate with a small amount of a carbonated drink, i.e. ginger ale. Of course, this is after the fact and used before more aggressive measures.

  • 14

    Quote from blondy2061h
    I doubt you're stupid and I'm not trying to be condescending when I say this, but please try and let some things roll off your back a little easier. She should have been polite ans professional about it. But you will encounter a lot of jerks on this journey you're on and it will be a lot easier if you don't view things as personal attacks.
    Agreed. At the end of the day, does what this random person think of you really matter in the grand scheme of your life? Rude people are everywhere.

  • 0

    No, it is not like that everywhere. You need to run the other way and refuse to get involved in that mess.

  • 10
    cayenne06, purplegal, dimpledRN, and 7 others like this.

    Quote from JKL33
    Anyone so concerned about the ankle monitor should be more concerned with checking the area for pressure points, circulatory compromise and skin breakdown in a very ill bed-bound patient than why the patient is wearing it!
    This. It is important to pass it on in report for the simple fact that it is present and the area around it needs to be assessed for developing problems.

  • 0

    I would guess that two factors will work in your favor, one being the time that has elapsed and the fact that you are no longer a teenager (as you mentioned). The other is that you were not arrested or charged with any violent crimes or causing direct harm to a victim (assault, rape, etc.)

    Good luck in the future.

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    mt9891 likes this.

    Just wanted to say I can totally relate to the patient assignment thing. There were so many times at my previous job (ICU) where a nurse would have 2 incredibly sick and very busy patients, while another would have 2 that required much less hands on care, all because of the room numbers. It was all about the room numbers! I never could understand what the big deal was....I really don't mind walking a few extra feet between my assigned rooms if it means the workload is more evenly distributed so as to not overwhelm any one person. I know in a critical care setting, you don't want to give any one nurse 2 patients on opposite sides/ends of the unit, but come on! Where I work now does a much better job of factoring patient acuity into our assignments.

  • 0

    Quote from Kooky Korky
    depends on the patient/whole situation
    Well, obviously. My comment was an agreement to another poster and in reference to the patient in this situation.

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    cleback likes this.

    Based on your end goal, I would think primary care experience would be more aligned, although beekee makes an excellent point also. Can you be involved in both along the way somehow as they would both be undoubtedly beneficial to you.

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    MikeyT-c-IV likes this.

    If you know that you counted and charted the patient's respirations accurately then let the others say and think what they may. Doesn't really matter at the end of the day. In this profession, you will constantly be questioned by others and that can be a good thing as it allows growth and learning. Overthinking trivial things will only lead to your own anxiety and stress.

    As one of my favorite sayings goes:

    "Let that s#$t go"

  • 5

    Haha, love it! I always love being in the company of couples who've been married 40, 50, 60 plus years and observing them interact with one another.

    On the otherhand, one of the hardest things I've been humbled to witness as a nurse it to see that couple ache for the other when sickness or death comes along. Heartbreaking.

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    cayenne06, quazar, Here.I.Stand, and 2 others like this.

    Quote from ella2990
    Yes we do reporting and I did explain why she rapid in my previous replies.

    When I say I am a new nurse, I am not looking for an excuse, IMO 2 yrs of experience is nothing compare to 5 or 10. So yes I have a lot to learn and a long way to go. Like I said our unit is very young 70% of the nurses in our unit are new grads and our most seasoned nurse has 4 years of experience. So I didn't really get the kind of advice that I got here when I asked around our unit for opinion.

    I really do appreciate all the post here as it did shed new light on how to handle pain management. And I never really knew how high their pain tolerance is because most of my pts who were post op only required a low dose of pain meds. So when I saw the dosage and frequency I freaked.

    At the end of the day, you learned something from this experience and from the explanations provided by those here (that you unfortunately don't have readily available while at work).

    I see it as a sign of maturity that you acknowledge your shortcomings, learn from them and do it in a respectful and non-defensive manner. I bet you are a good nurse who will only get better with time and experience. Good luck to you in the future.

  • 5

    Quote from LibraSunCNM
    OMG I'm crying!

    Myself, probably the grossest I've encountered (which really pales in comparison to most of the above stories, dang guys!), was a woman so frustrated with her constipation that she attempted to disimpact herself. It didn't really work, and her fingernails were so warped and brittle and jagged that cleaning them thoroughly afterwards was a nightmare.
    Omg, I don't think your horror story pales in comparison at ALL! I truly do not think I could have sat there and dug feces out of her fingernails!!! You're a saint, lol! Shudders....