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Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience

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  • Jan 4 '16

    Perhaps consider a career in IT. You'll only have your own fluids to contend with

  • Mar 11 '15

    I would have to say that it's the routine BID dressing changes of a severely burned patient. It can take 3+ hours with 2 RNs, a PCT and an RT to manage the vent. Another RN to give IV meds, plus the heat lamps and the extreme amounts of PPE. Burn ICU nursing is the most complicated type of nursing IMO. Some wound VACs or Coloplast dressings can also take hours with conscious sedation.

    Keep it real.

  • Feb 18 '13

    I'm pretty much doing the same thing you are- just in a hospital setting.

  • Feb 1 '13

    i worked on a locked psych dept. and quickly learned three lessons:

    1. never wear a necklace, earrings, etc. to work.

    2. never turn your back on a patient, mo matter how normal s/he appears.

    3. never try to have a conversation with a 400#+ h*ll's angel pt. alone. i am 5'4" and weighed
    about 110#, and was absolutely no match at all. he grabbed me and suddenly i was airborne.
    he yelled "make a wish, b*tch! he had grabbed me by my right shoulder and left hip. fortunately
    three large male aides heard him, then heard me scream.

  • Apr 21 '11

    Doing something positive for another person especially family is a GOOD DEED. The universe brings positive energy to those who create positive energy. It is time for us all to be LESS selfish. I'm not calling you selfish and I am not condoning lying. Not mentioning that it has been 10 years since you worked with her is not lying at least I don't think so. Just give her a good reference , how long does it take 2 min? Its really not that big of a deal.

  • Apr 18 '11

    And once again we end up back at square one trying to solve problems that have been pointed out to us for the past few decades.

    Nurses have been calling for better pt. ratios since...........ummmm....................FOREVER.

    More manageable pt. load means:

    1. Less errors.
    2. More time spent doing education/teaching.
    3. Better instructions at D/C leading to easier compliance post D/C.

    But, oh no.............better staffing can't be the solution. It has to be MUCH BIGGER and MUCH DEEPER than that. Lets throw 500M at the problem (500M we don't have to spend BTW)...............let hospital admin. soak up close to 50% of that as "bonuses" and hope for the best. Much better solution Mr. Obama...............ty very much for opening my eyes and hats off to you for........making my hospital administrations family well taken care of for the next six generations................well..................n/m.

    In the end, the money will get circled around the hospital, end up in the pockets of all the wrong people and the only change that will take place is.....................some administrator will create a new form for all of us to fill out that states "we promise we did this/that" and someone else will co-sign it...............and thats that. Another form we rush through in hopes of spending some time with our patient..................perfect solution to errors and readmissions.

    And this pres. was supposed to be the one who related to Americas middle class? Phffffft.............sounds like he's got some hospital admin. in his ear. Brings to mind the comedian Jeff Dunham...................with our pres. being the dummy and the ventriloquist being admin. who want money to launder thrown at them.

  • Apr 16 '11

    We pay college educated nurses to clean poop, make the bed, and empty the trash. How does that make financial sense? Maybe we need fewer nurses who spend more time doing that require their education and experience (assessment, RN skills, meds) thus better justifying money spent on their salary (which might even go up), and the unskilled tasks can be left to low paid techs.

    (I know many of you are now looking for the ANTI-Kudos button for my post )

  • Dec 27 '10

    Hello I am very interested in becoming a Medical Assistant.
    I am a hard worker, i am reasonably sharp, and have a good attitude.
    I have always been a people person, and I would like to get my foot in the door as far as a healthcare career.
    But I need work sooner than later. (I have a small family). So training to be a Medical Assistant seems attractive.

    There are numerous ways to get training to become a Medical Assistant (campus or online), as I am sure all of you have seen. Does anyone have any advice as far as training or type of schooling? Also where would one look for a job for a Medical Assistant.

    Also what is the difference between a M.A. and a C.N.A. as far as the work that they do? Also does anyone have any idea a general idea of what is the difference is in pay?

    Any advice, wisdom or suggestions would be sincerely appreciated.


  • Aug 16 '10

    Hello everyone,
    I am new here and I plan to apply to nursing school for next fall. I am able to take my prerequisite courses at a community college. Would it be better if I take them online or at a community college? The nursing program accepts online courses and labs. I've taken many online courses before and it seems like they are more work and time consuming.
    I would appreciate any feedback.

  • Aug 1 '10

    Everyone is wondering how the partner couldn't notice, but if this story is true, the partner probably didn't care. I'm a paramedic and I've been into "residences" that you could never imagine. People who are impoverished and lazy just don't care about their hygiene or their living conditions. Once these people get ill and have chronic illnesses (like this person post CVA), the actions taken to stay clean drop off to the wayside. Cleanliness and hygiene is not a concern for much of our population.

    How many times have you ER nurses seen us medics bring in patients who were in the ER a week earlier and they still have electrode residue all over them from their previous visit (or visits)?

    There are many places in my response area where I will walk into a mobile home, almost fall through the floorboards, have my boots stick to the carpet like a movie theater after a busy friday night and find the patient lying on a naked mattress that is covered in spots of feces and urine that are months old that were just never cleaned because they don't care.

    This story is plausible and I can see it happening. There are so many places that your local EMS goes into that should be condemned but no one will do anything about it. Some of us report the living conditions of our patients, some don't. Next time you may be concerned with the hygiene of your patient that you're receiving from EMS, ask the medic what the house looked like and if social services need to be involved. It can do a world of good not only for the patient but for your EMS friends.

  • Jan 27 '10

    If your friend has a PICC line and is prescribed antibiotics then he has to have been referred to some type of home health service to have the antibiotics administered and at least do the PICC care teaching. Although I know that some of the agencies here in Las Vegas will teach the patient and/or family member(s) how to administer the antibiotics and care for the PICC lines at home, this is not the usual case. If he told them that he has someone to administer the antibiotics and care for the PICC then usually this person is included on the first visit with the home health nurse ( the patient and caregiver are present with the nurse). If you are willing to take this responsibility, then that will have to be established during this meeting and the home health nurse will have to verify that you are competent to give the med. and care for the PICC by having you actually demonstrate this in front of them.
    I would speak to his case manager (they're the ones who make the arrangements for home health care) to find out if this could be arranged.

  • Jan 26 '10

    Type up a written resignation citing something like, "This is to confirm my verbal resignation on date, given to and accepted by name of person. Request this written confirmation of my verbal resignation be entered into my employment file." Whether you hand deliver a copy or not, (they most likely will tell you they will not accept it), send a copy certfied mail, return receipt requested. It might not be overkill to also send a copy to the manager who accepted your resignation. Learn from this.

  • Jan 5 '10

    Quote from dazlious69
    I just feel like after 9 months I should know this paperwork backwards and forwards.
    As soon as you DO know it backwards and forwards, they'll change it.