nurturing_angel 6,862 Views
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I am the only nurse in my family although I have a sister who is a CNA and took some prereqs for nursing but never went to nursing school. I now have a 13 year old great-niece who has shown a lot of interest in being a nurse for the past 2 or 3 years. I can't decide if I want to encourage her or discourage her. I remember the days of excitement and wonder of being a new RN. After 30 years...I am burned out and really tired of the politics and night shifts and rude, inconsiderate doctors, and working holidays, and working sick cause you know you will be in trouble if you dare call in, and all the stuff that makes the "why I don't wanna be a nurse anymore" list.
I used to suffer with horrendous migraines all the time...and like some others here, I had a terrible time working...nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, vision disturbances....once I even had the numbness down one arm and some short term memory loss. Went to the ER and the doc there told me I was having a TIA. My family practice doc disagreed and told me that I was having a very rare and serious complication to migraine. The symptoms passed thank God! I do not go to work with migraines anymore.
I also had the weird side effects with Imatrex...heavy legs, chest pressure, and I noticed that my sinuses had a almost crushing pressure which I have never felt with any med except Imetrex.
Now I treat my migraines with Vicodin and Phenergan the instant I start feeling one coming on and I go to bed.....this is the only thing that works for me.
I once labored a very sweet and frightened 12 year old that was a victim of rape by her step-father. She still makes me cry when I think about her....all she wanted to do was sit on her mommys lap and be comforted. She cried through the whole process and it broke my heart.
Her mom and her step dad got divorced, he went to jail and the baby was put up for adoption.
I, personally, believe that abortion is wrong and I will not ever, under any circumstances consider working in a atmosphere where abortions are performed. Having said that, abortion is a very personal decision and one that I cannot make for others. I understand that some women could not carry and deliver a baby under certain circumstances, such as rapes, incest, too old or too young, physical disability or mental disability. Who I am to decide to make them face this situation in a way that they are not able too. I have no problems with caring for women who have had abortions and I give them the same loving care that all my new moms recieve.
Abortion is between the woman and the whatever/whoever she worships as her God. I will not judge or condemn but I will not against my principles either.
what a truly beautiful baby...a real blessing and a real miracle....enjoy!
A few years ago we had a doctor that was so hard to work with and had such a temper that nurses literally quaked with fear at the thought of taking his patients or calling him at home.....especially at night. Finally, a whole group of us got together and went to the medical director and just demanded that something be done. The group, as a whole, decided that we would not accept assignments of his patients anymore. I don't know if we could have legally done that but it worked!!!
The medical director and the hospital administrator discussed the problem and forced the offending doc to take anger management classes or give up his admitting priveledges. Months later, the doctor was much easier to work with and even sent a huge bouquet of flowers to the nurses with a note thanking us for forcing him to face his problem with anger.
Not long ago, I recieved a transfer from ICU at 11 pm. I was extremely busy and had not even recieved report on this patient before they brought her up. The report I recieved from the nurse on arrival was that she had JUST been taken off a insulin drip, her blood sugars were extremely unstable, we were to do hourly blood sugars on her, BUT she had a written order from her doctor to go out and smoke. Sheeshhhhh!!! I tried to fight this one.......did not get me anywhere. Supervisor told me that this woman had been making such a royal hissy fit in the unit about not being able to go smoke that her doctor had been called in and released her from ICU just so she could smoke. The rest of the night she put undue burden on two units because I had to either stop what I was doing and accompany her outdoors....she went out 5 times in the next 8 hours...or the poor ER department nurses had to keep running out the back door to check on her. Thank God that the ER nurse on duty that night had some compassion for me and we were able to work together with this train wreck waiting to happen. I felt that they had no concern for my license so I left that job within 6 weeks. :angryfire
I Love It!!! Thanks for the laugh!
I am Type 2 and have been a nurse for many years. It has caused me very little problems. I have problems working night shift though so I will have to get off it soon. It is too hard for me to control blood sugar when I can't eat or sleep on a regular schedule.
Where did Mrs. Howell, Maryanne, and Ginger get all the clothes and Mr. Howell get all the money if this was only a 3 hour cruise??? :hatparty:
Are we talking in our sleep or what?
I remember having to discipline a nurses aide once a LONG time ago for wearing panties to work with bright red lettering on the seat. It read....very clearly....NO APPOINTMENT NECCESSARY!
She saw nothing wrong with this
Don't give up yet! I took Chemistry and ended up in the ICU because of the stress....I hated it and it hated me!!! My Chem professor would spend hours explaining things for chem majors but if a nursing major asked a question, we got the royal blow-off. His standard answer to nursing students was "Its in the book" Despite the stress, the sucky test grades, the unanswered questions, and the joke of a professor, I survived and passed the test. I didn't care that it was my only C. I was happy with the A's and B's in all my other classes. When you pass that chem class.....and YOU WILL.....walk out of the classroom and shake the dust off your feet! You will do FINE!!!
Once you find your "niche" in nursing you will love your job......I LOVED my OB job. Every minute of it. I looked forward to being at work and even the hard stuff was bearable.
I don't love my job right now..nothing wrong with med surg nursing....the nurses here are awesome and I respect there knowledge and skills tremendously. But my heart...my calling is OB. And I will be miserable until I am back there I am sure.
Go for your nursing career and follow your heart to a speciality or unit you can love. You won't be sorry.
Could I please get some input on this problem that has bothered me since I first heard about HIPPA?
How do you deal with new admits to rooms with a patient and family already in the room. A lot of personal information is exchanged during the admission interview and assessment. I have asked the roomates visitors to step out of the room before and this is sometimes done and other times refused. I had one lady report me because I made her visitors leave.
Also, you can't make a patient leave his/her room and I had a new admit get very angry with me because she heard her room mate and her daughter talking about her diagnosis once.
I try to be very quiet so that we can't be heard on the other side of the curtain but that can't always be done with the new pt who is hard of hearing and asking you to speak up all the time.
Its getting to the point that I would just rather go to the emergency room before my pt is brought up and do the admission. But who has time for that?
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