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    This guy was about 18-25 so old enough to know that being bariatric= not good. And old enough to know how how to manipulate the system with his obesity. Though I can understand young children not knowing any better.

    I believe that some of these people need a good talk with a motivationalist, psychiatrist etc to find out what is the cause of their overeating and to find out ways to overcome it. Biggest loser is good in the psychiatry way that it makes people look at themselves and the reasons why they are so unhealthy. Dont agree with the loose huge amounts of weight in a tiny period of time by nearly killing yourselves with exercise type thing though.

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    I once had the misfortune to nurse a bariatric patient that actually TOOK PRIDE in his weight. He was quite young and obviously ambulant as he had managed to feature on the news for severly bashing up a security guard at a night club. This guy by rights should have been in jail but they excused him because he was too fat and was a HEALTH RISK. They let him go free to be able to do something like that again.
    Normally I feel empathy for bariatric patients as I have no idea what their personal circumstances are. I dont judge but I do educate where I can. But ones like him who feel no embarressment or feel like nothing is wrong with their weight really disgust me. :angryfire

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    About halfway through the first year of my nursing course I had the idea that I wanted to be an emergency nurse. Even in my student rotation of the emergency department I was absolutely loving it.
    I did my graduate year last year and did several rotations in different areas. My first rotation was Theatre and I finished up in Ed. Ed was by far my favourite. Even after 2 months I really felt comfortable within my role as an ED nurse but I never hesitated to ask any questions about things I didnt know (which was plenty). It was daunting at first but you will find that eventually you will just click and will be able to roll off the top of your head what you should be doing for particular patients and why. You will soon be able to prioritise and do things in a timely manner when things start to click. Having a great support team helps alot as well. Without them I wouldnt have felt so comfortable and would have struggled significantly.
    At the moment I am working agency work where I do many many different types of shifts in all different hospitals. I always hang out to do the ED shifts and have even applied to work in some of them.

    RN cardiac you summed it up pretty much to a T. Very crazy and busy but you will be hard pressed to find many of us who would have it any other way!

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    Omg that was fanstastic! Really made me giggle

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    I have to admit that unfortunately that I am one of those annoying ones on the rare occasion. The was this one time when I had laparoscopic surgery and one of the wounds dehisced about 2 days afterwards (Only a small belly button one but I could look into it and see muscle move). I was distraught and depressed after the surgery and when I rang up the original surgeon he was very unsympathetic made me feel like a complete idiot. GP's didnt want to know me because they didnt do the surgery. So I went into the ED and they made me feel worse as they had the same opinion as the GP. and just told me to stick a film dressing over it (which I am allergic to). So yeah I hate going into ED as a patient personally.
    And this other time I was forced by my nurse in charge to get checked out for palpitations. I knew it was panic attacks since I was in a pretty horrible situation a few days back (sexually molested in a huuuuge crowd and felt like I was being crushed in a hoard). I just hated it because I felt like it was a complete waste of resources and such stupid excuses to go in.

    Always hated going in as a patient but love working there.
    One of the more interesting ones is where a patient as swallowed a huge piece of steak that they havent chewed properly and got it stuck in their oesophagus. Apparently its called steakhouse syndrome... I call it greedy pig syndrome.
    And babysitting a drunk who come in with insomnia..wouldnt you know it as soon as his head hit the pillow (didnt give him anything) he was snoring and keeping the rest of the patients awake.

    In Australia I believe the system may be a bit better in discouraging people from abusing the system. People have to pay for ambulances here and the ambos are able to refuse transportation for stupid reasons. The emergency treatment is free in public hospitals however triage nurses are able to pretty much say to patients that this is not an emergency go see your GP. Doesnt stop them from trying though. They still manage to come in for treatment if the triage nurse is lenient. However most that are treated are legitimate



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