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I would be really interested to know who among you are on WebSleuths and (if you're ok with it) your WS name. The cases that tend to draw me in are those involving missing persons (Charley Project anyone?????) and those involving children. I do enjoy offering a nurse's perspective on cases.
There is actually a cross-over thread related to the founder of AllNurses over there as well.
My first post since joining, but I am also on a sleuth. I've not been on there for awhile... since LISK has had no new news. The newest arrest of the Golden State Killer and after Reading Michelle's book I've recently been lurking around there again more often in my free time. lol, My husband thinks I'm so crazy. True Crime is defintly a passion of mine as well. I've been meaning to look on here for a thread on any info with forensic nursing. I know It's a relitively new specialty ...
I am over there under another name and have noticed you there.
I don't participate, I'm just interested in what people come up with. Unfortunately, there are some ridiculous hand-wringers, far-fetched theories and users that try to match the most unlikely missing people to does. It can make one roll their eyes.
You are not like that, meanmaryjean, and I wish other posters were as level-headed. You do an excellent job explaining the medical aspects of cases to laypeople. I'm glad I finally feel able to compliment you on that.
I was the lucky one in charge when the cops flooded the employment place looking for the employee who was decapitating people. The weeks afterward where the most time filled with unease that I have ever encountered. Staff was so freaked.
I have a bizarre interest in reading about serial killers (probably because the most notorious one in my area was my neighbor) and I've worked with some real scumsuckers.
But nary the twain hast met thus far.
Wow, it is indeed scary. Did you ever meet him?
I am not sure if your facility is just different but here only the nurses chart the vital signs. It doesn't mean you didn't do it, it just means they charted it.
About CNA's being unreliable... Some are. And they will continue to be unreliable because some facilities will never fire them just because of how understaffed they are. I had a nurse once give me a hard time for measuring BP's manually (every single one of our facilities automatic cuffs are broken/stolen/never replaced). She then told me she asked another CNA to get her vitals before this and she just wrote a bunch of random numbers down instead of just telling the nurse she didn't know how to take manual BP.
To be honest, I can't think of anyone else to blame except the current culture in these facilities. These nursing homes pay minimum wage and then people get upset because the CNAs are as reliable as walmart employees. They pay you bare minimum; reliable people will get another job and gtfo, and they're still there scratching their heads wondering where all their hard workers went. It's not rocket science
Well, first of all it's 'HIPAA" not HIPPA.
Neither situation is a HIPAA violation but both are examples of poor customer service and should be rationally discussed with the office manager.
This kind of stuff happens all the time. Nursing school teaches you two things: how to pass the NCLEX, and how to NOT kill patients. Its pretty presumptuous to claim that people saying I need XX to pass the class, "aren't trying." I had several classes where I only needed a 60% or so on the final to pass the class and it was actually a relief. I still tried my best to know the material, but having some relief that you need a 60% to pass instead of freaking out that you need a 95% to get an A is way easier to cope with.
News flash: the students that get all A's in nursing school vs the students that get all C's still take the same test. I got a 3.00 in nursing school and passed the NCLEX at 75 questions in about 45 minutes.
30 minutes is about how long it took me to take most of my tests in college. I consistently was among the first to finish and I finished my NCLEX in less than 45 minutes. Someone taking tests faster than you has nothing to do with their competency or their ability as a nurse in the future. When I take tests and see the correct answer, I select it. I don't spend 5 minutes reviewing every possible answer. I remember in high school, taking an SAT prep course and there being some ridiculously easy math question like a picture of a circle cut into quarters with 3 shaded in and it asked what percentage that was. The instructor went through every answer and was like "well you can eliminate 45% because you can see that more than half of the circle is shaded in and half is 50%" and went through each of the 3 wrong answers like this and I was sitting there like "or you could know in your head that 3/4 is 75%, pick that and move on to the next question."
Depending on what you plan to do, the specific medications you're learning about in pharmacology may not even be relevant to your career. For example, we spent a fair amount of time on cholesterol meds in my pharmacology class. I remember next to none of it because, in 11 years as a pediatric nurse, I don't think I've ever come across a child on a cholesterol lowering medication. Rarely have I come across anyone on any of the anti-diabetic meds meant for type II diabetics either because type II is quite rare in pediatrics.
Plus, what are you going to do in the future if you are taken to the ER by stretcher impaled with a foreign object and see one of these people as your trauma nurse? Say "no, not you, you took your pharmacology test too fast in nursing school"?
How about the wonderful cheerleader nurse group photos that I often see during Nurses Week? I'm sure we would all love to have the opportunity to be photographed in this way. Professional dignity is for people like doctors.
This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I'm an ex-smoker who is also a nurse. I'm doing my CAPSTONE project on nurse smoking and the impact on nurse careers and patient relationships. Soon I will be begging nurses who smoke on this site to take part in my study. Anyway, if we look at cigarette smoking as an addiction then we should try treating it as such. Dispersions and harsh judgements never cured any patient from any disease process that I know of including addiction. Further, smokers already know they are pariahs of modern society especially if they work in healthcare. Their addiction is simply stronger than any sense of shame that can be put on them by other nurses. Have a great night all!!!
I have never gotten that idea from anyone. Odd. I usually get the "admiration for nurses" dialogue -OR- the "I've had a bad experience with nurses" kind of thing, to a lesser degree....but never a reference to nurses not being bright!
It's amazing how intense nicotine addiction and withdrawal can be. I think we sometimes downplay its intensity in comparison to other substances, "Oh it's just cigarettes." but damn when they have a hold of you, it's an iron grip.
The bouncy trampoline jump house!!! Brilliant idea. Simply love it. The vision of a bunch of overweight colleagues jumping around in one of these things is priceless. I wonder is they have a heavy-duty model?
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