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Ruby Vee, BSN, RN 166,484 Views

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  • Dec 15

    This is my take on social media, your mileage may vary. Social media is my personal space. While I am very careful in what I post (no drunk half naked pics, etc) some of what I post has no business in the workplace. For me this is a very definite line I am not willing to cross. Not only do I not friend patients and their family members, I do not friend coworkers. I use my middle name with a unique spelling as my last name on these account. This is to prevents anyone from searching for my account by name. I also have different email accounts for professional/business use and for my family and friends. I also turn off the features that might enable someone to search me out. If asked I politely tell coworkers, patients and families I do not friend anyone except my family members and close friends.

  • Dec 2

    Quote from Davey Do
    I chuckled when I read AnnieOakly's post.

    I thought she was being absurd.

    AnnieOakly- should I take back my Like?
    You should. This was after she posted a "goodbye forever" thread and called all of here turds because she didn't like the responses she got on another thread. An unexpected internet flounce. Yikes!

  • Dec 2

    To play the devil's advocate, in my PICU setting we override and give paralytics all of the time; we'd be in a real bind if paralytics came from pharmacy only, as our peds cardiac patients have a tendency to flip out, bear down, have pulmonary hypertensive crises, and actively try to die within about a 2-minute span. I'd say that on a weekly basis, we have to give paralytics (plus sedation) at a moment's notice to combat pulmonary hypertension and prevent codes; granted, many of our patient's requiring paralytics have a standing PRN paralytic ordered, and they're obviously all intubated...

    I do agree that there are a lot of errors in this scenario (both personal and systemic); however, I don't think that preventing a paralytic override from the pyxis is necessarily the answer. Perhaps it would make sense to only be able to override paralytics in the ICU or OR suite, but honestly, if I were in CT or MRI with one of my patients, I'd want to have the option to override roc or vec at a moment's notice.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from Hk30
    Anytime a patient is being out of line verbally abusing staff or calling staff names getting rowdy yelling and threatening you in the hospital you absolutely should call security for everyone's safety patient and staff.
    I can't comment on the specific situation that you described which is why I asked for clarification regarding some of the details. Speaking generally though, we'll have to agree to disagree, that security should be called every time a patient is verbally abusive. Speaking only for myself, I know which situations I can handle myself and probably better than security staff, and which situations warrant their presence.

    Quote from Hk30
    The fact that noone has talked to the patient about thier actions and how it wont be accepted in the hospital is BS. It's just annoying that instead of having that talk with the pt they reward the behavior with kissing thier butt. In that way I feel they leave staff open for continuous abuse by not saying hey it's not ok to act like this and it wont be accepted.
    I understand that part, but what I asked you is if you ever tell patients that you don't accept being addressed that way.

    I can't tell you how you should act in every situation you find yourself in because a threat assessment needs to made in each individual situation, but what I can tell you is that my ability to speak up for myself, means that my need for someone else to speak up for me, significantly decreases. You do actually have a say in how other people treat you.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from degfnp
    Many hospitals mandate their nurses to receive influenza vaccinations each year during flu season. Those who decline are forced to wear a mask while at work during the season. For those who cannot get the vaccine, this seems like unfair punishment for something that they did not choose!
    It is not a punishment, it's an infection control measure.

    The definition of "fair" is having the rules equally applied to all; it would be unfair to exempt certain people from the requirement.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Pardon me, but this is baloney. Get the shot or be stigmatized by having to wear a mask. That is force.
    No, "force" is hospital staff wrestling you down to the ground and injecting you against your will, or holding a gun to your head and forcing you to get the shot. Being required to wear a mask through the flu season if you are unprotected is a simple, reasonable infection control precaution.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from osceteacher
    I find it an overstep of power and it should be an incentivised choice.

    I think anti-vaccine people are morons, but I also do not agree with forcing them to have the flu shot.
    Overstep of who's power?

    An employer can mandate you wear clown shoes and butterfly wings, they are businesses. I know of hospitals that have a zero nicotine policy and actually test for it. Their company, their right, their prerogative. Same as you having the free will mandate certain behavior in your home.

    Now as far as I know there are no states that make it illegal to not vaccinate. Yes, there are some that will limit your participation in certain public events like school but that is different from making it illegal.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from degfnp
    Many hospitals mandate their nurses to receive influenza vaccinations each year during flu season. Those who decline are forced to wear a mask while at work during the season. For those who cannot get the vaccine (for example, those who are allergic to ingredients), this seems like unfair punishment for something that they did not choose!

    I can understand mandating nurses who decline, because in my opinion, it is an incentive for the staff to receive the vaccine. However, for those who wish that they are able to be vaccinated, this seems like undue punishment! I know it is for their protection, but in my opinion, they should have the right to make that decision on their own.

    What are your thoughts on this?
    The problem here is that you're making this all about yourself, rather than the patients. If you are a nurse, you're obligated to reduce preventable harm to patients, some of whom might have impaired immune response or prone to serious respiratory infections. Healthcare staff provide direct care to numerous patients in any given shift and can pass the flu to other staff, and infection can exponentially multiply quickly. If you cannot receive a flu vaccine, the next best thing is to wear a mask.

    You do not have to choose to work in healthcare. Most other careers do not have such requirement. I worked in finance and if I went into work sick, most coworkers would stay away. I wasn't required to get close to them and I could just hide in my cubical all day and still do my work no problem.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from morte
    at least you responded, you will notice that none of the bit guns here did. give me a reason to get the shot, prove it works, ie you can not
    I'm guessing we all assumed that since you are a healthcare provider, you were fully capable of looking up that information yourself.

  • Dec 1

    I work with a lot of anti-vaxxers who think that the flu shot is a big
    government scam, and that God will keep them from getting the flu.

    God... I like him very much. But he no help prevent flu.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from morte
    would someone please provide the stats that back up getting the flu shot, TIA.
    Yeah! While you're at it, how about data on those stupid seatbelt things-my second cousin's Aunt used one and DIED when she ran her car off a 1000ft cliff! Oh, and how about that stupid rule about not eating before a surgical procedure? I think aspiration is a fallacy. Oh- those pesky 5 or is it 7 patient rights? Pfft. Who the heck thought up evidence based practices anyway? And what's wrong with running with scissors? It's all a nefarious plot by Beeeeg Farma I tells ya.

  • Dec 1

    I got the flu from an RT who had the flu (she didn't know it at the time), who was unable to get the vaccine. She didn't wear a mask. I have asthma, and getting the flu results in my being in the hospital, more than likely with a tube down my throat. So, should I be put at risk because someone doesn't want to wear a mask? I do get the flu shot but my immunity is shot.

    This isn't about punishment, it's about keeping patients safe.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from degfnp
    Many hospitals mandate their nurses to receive influenza vaccinations each year during flu season. Those who decline are forced to wear a mask while at work during the season.
    The last 2 hospitals I've worked at, those who declined were either fired or placed on an unpaid leave until they got the shot.

  • Dec 1

    You know... from my (limited) personal experience, it's almost never the COBs who are rude and degrading. It's the nurses who have been nurses for all of 5 minutes. Aka, the snowflakes seem to be bullying each other. And I say this as a member of the snowflake generation.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from Bonstemps
    Agreed. I never have and never will find it funny. The insensitivity is troubling and I'm always surprised by people who brush off concerns so easy when confronted with complaints over the abusive nature of this language and thought process. I would never demean one's woes this way.

    You are right about safe spaces, which are often paired with snowflakes. I work in disaster and conflict and I would not want this thought process on my team. Yes. I can tell the difference between anxiety and feelings of inadequacy in a new environment, and genuine crisis, but to belittle that experience ... this behavior is unnecessary.
    If you work in disaster and conflict I would think that you would be even more fed up with snowflake mentality than the average person. It demeans the experience of people going through real trauma and hardship.