FranEMTnurse, LPN, EMT-I Pro 53,763 Views
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I knew the day was coming when the Nurses Break Room wouldn't be used anymore. There's barely any time left to even go pee, and then the supervisor tells us we need to take a lunch break. Yeah, right.
FIRST: Retired Nurses Our Country Needs Us
SECOND: 5 Nurses on a Dark Mountain Road
THIRD: Knaves Fools & The Pitfalls Of Micromanagement
FOURTH: Room 4
A nurse named Florence Nightengale, worked in a hospital where tuberculosis ran rampant. Nothing the medical professionals did solved the excalating number of deaths, until Florence Nightengale thought; "Nothing else is working, so I'm going to open these windows." That amazing feat decreased the number of deaths by numbers. When the government and the organizations that operated hospitals at that time, saw what was happening, more and more sanitariums were built, and, with rest and fresh air along with medication was eventually eradicated.
Mankind has fought plagues, diseases, and injuries since time began. Throughout time, improvements continued via medical science until modern day. We now have specialists in all fields of medicine, including research and trials to test disease improvement through various methods like surgery, invention of newer high tech devices, robots, scopes, miracle medications, transplants, etc.
To become specialists in their chosen fields, numerous nurses have become CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthesists), nurses who teach others to become nurses called nurse educators anywhere from a RN,MSN,ED to a RN, MSN, PHD, ED. CNAs LPNs RNs BSNs, etc.
There are now specialties in all fields, including emergency nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing, operating room nursing, emergency room nurses, flight nurses, neonatal nurses with specialties in care for the very ill premature babies which are increasing in the United States.There are also wound care nurses, med nurses, legal nurse specialists, hospice nurses, homecare nursing, certified nursing assistants, nurses in administration, nurse managers, etc. Yes, this is indeed a time when nursing can be a wonderful career, given the many choices there are today.
There is an ongoing problem however, and it has lasted as long as I have been in the healthcare field (I'm a senior citizen) and longer.That problem is what I will call one upmanship. One upmanship is a term the CNA, LPN, RN, MSN, PHD all people in the field of nursing with varying degrees who tell other nurses they have more education, so they deserve better, or she has been at the place longer so she has more seniority, nurses eating nurses, backbiting, lying, etc, just to make oneself feel better, or so he/she thinks.It's unfortunate this is still an ongoing thing.
When we went into nursing, our goals were, or should have been to create a care plan that would bring our patients to homeostasis, a term we use to assist the individual, and his/her family members to health, or a peaceful death. In order to do this, the care plan consists of a nursing diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. The nurse needs to get and chart results of ordered tests, administer ordered meds, and monitor the outcome of the patient.
When I was an EMT, and a CPR instructor, I always took extra classes in order to learn more. One special class was about SIDS. In this case the parents blame themselves, feeling; "If only I had" when in fact there was nothing the parent could have done. So it's important to treat the parent, telling the parent what sometimes happens with SIDS, and it usually happens in the first year of the baby's life. There's an electrical impulse from the brain to the respiratory center and the SA node that hit the AV junction to the Bundle of His in the heart that keeps the baby alive. Sometimes, even if the infant is even laying on its back, this can happen. We call it a short circuit from the brain in order to better explain it to the family so they don't blame themselves.
This is why when medical care, from the administration, to the physician, to the nurse manager, to the other nurses, and CNAs when working correctly, run like a well oiled machine, and people get well faster. Wouldn't it be nice if that would happen.
I spoke with a nurse specialist once since I'm now disabled, but do keep up with my knowledge via on this website, and reading journals, that I didn't know if I was still able to keep my user name since it does define who I really am. She told me, the same thing I learned in nursing school. "Once a nurse always a nurse, and a nurse is a nurse is a nurse." I know that I love nursing, and if I was able to, I would still be working as one. I hold every one of them, from the student, to the CNA, to whatever position they may hold, may that even be LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, RN PHD in high esteem as long as they don't let their titles go to their heads, and try to down another medical person having the same goal of caring for an individual. That is why no matter how many Letters I had after my name, I would still choose to tell my patients and others as I have for many years now, "I'm a nurse."
i was 54, and it was a second career choice, although I was a nurses aide for a couple years when afterI graduated high school. i loved the job, but wasn't able to go into nursing then. higher education loans were not as available as they are now back then. I also was a volunteer EMT for 18 years, plus a First Aid and CPR instructor. I had also been a school bus driver for 15 years prior to that.
I was fascinated with the OR, but I had a lot of experience with Emergency situations because I was an EMT for 18 years, a captain for 5 years, so that made me a team leader, sergeant for 4 years, that made me work in stocking supplies, etc, and lieutenant for 12 years which made me team leader, decision maker and leader of who did what on my team. However, I loved Mother Baby, and even assisted a doctor with a birth and another doctor with preparing an accident victim for surgery. So it is about what you like to do the most more than it is about the income. If you choose the latter, you might not even like the field that pays more per hour. Remember, there are a lots of fields to choose from.
Beautiful dear. I have never forgotten the deaths of my patients either. Those memories do stay with you for your entire life.
Thank God for my oldest daughter who has faithfully cared for me (7 days a week when I first got very ill.) I was eventually placed in assisted living by my nurse, and lived there for 27 very long months.I was even in hospice care for a while, but survived it.
Then when I came to the apartment complex which is HUD funded for seniors on low income 9 years ago, I have had to have home care service. I thank Almighty God for the legislators who created this service in the state where I live. No, it is not ideal, but it is much better than having to live in a long term place. in fact, I told my doctor that I REFUSE to be placed in a nursing home as long as I still have my mind. That would be a completely different story if I had advanced dementia.
I am also thankful that my daughter still helps me two days a week, and is an employee of PPL, which is a Social Services funded organization. Her two days a week also gives the agency a break, and I get to see her more often than I would otherwise, because she is a very busy wife and mother of 3 girls with 2 of them being teenagers, and are in numerous social activities, a volunteer with the school, and a scout leader. all of these things are true blessings, and I consider them as such.
I lived in a hospice house for 27 months, and was even a hospice patient. The family was called to come see me, etc. I'm still alive.
How nurses really feel when stressed is NOT allowed, so there should be a creative new language that can be posted for nurses to learn so they will be able to sound off withoug using vulgarity.
I like this article a lot, and have even thought that it's about time someone spoke up about nurses being nasty to one another. However, I have also had this experience in the past as well. When I was a bus driver, many other drivers shunned me because I refused to use profanity and or gossip about my co-workers. A couple of them even verbally attacked me.
I even trained all 135 of them in Basic First Aid and CPR so they would know what to do during an emergency.
When I was a volunteer EMT, I was the only one for ten years, and received a lot of negative feedback including the comment about playing doctor in the field when all I was doing was to help stabilize the patient so he/she wouldn't die prior to reaching the hospital.
When I became a nurse, some of my classmates picked on me by kicking my chair, avoided me when we went to lunch together, and even refused to sit near me. I felt it was because I was the oldest person in the class, and several of them were fresh out of High School. I did NOT let all of it stop me though because I love people, and I love to help them.
You see, I am a Christian who has been taught to walk the talk and not just be a hearer of the Word; not to use profanity, but only to talk professionally, and be friendly always with my fellow man, because that shows what God taught us to be like, following the example He set for us when He was here on earth.
My confused patient drinking out of his urinal.
Because I consider it my second family. I enjoy the things I read and participate in.
We have (used to have) a prep called "Golightly." Seriously it is/was anything but.
I have an advance directive that states I do not want to be tube fed, have dialysis should I ever go into chronic kidney failure, nor live on a ventilator should I have a fatal disease. If I'm still well enough, I want to live out the short rest of my life enjoying it by doing the things I love best instead.
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