OCNRN63, RN 53,225 Views
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I have had several instances where a resident was completely unprepared or experienced with a situation. I've shown them how to give injections, how to figure out dosing, how to perform a throat culture, how to suture and even how to remove an impaction.
I don't find it irritating so much as I find it disappointing that a "doc" would be sent out into the field without even so much as having seen the "basics". I remember the old time doctors using the phrase "See one, Do one, Teach one". But I don't think that these residents are even passing the "See one" stage before they are let loose on society! Sad really.
A 100 year veteran??? That would make here, what, 120 yrs old? Amazing!! (just kidding!)
It sounds like it wasn't worth the migraine to put her in her place a little.
That being said, I do agree with you: sometimes you DO have to dumb yourself down. Because you can only control your own behavior, not others'.
There's no guarantee that humility and respect will be two-way (that would be ideal, but that's not the world we live in).
When it isn't, dumbing yourself down a bit essentially makes you less threatening to other nurses can help smooth ruffled feathers. Besides, you know your true level of competence, on the inside.
Just don't dumb yourself down too much.
You did nothing wrong.
As an oncology nurse, I'd suggest if it does come back positive that you put your plans for school in abeyance until you are done with your treatment. Between surgery and chemo, it can be hard just to deal with day to day issues at home, let alone the rigors of nursing school.
School will always be there. If it is cancer, your first job is to get healthy.
I wish you all the best.
This person is escalating threatening behaviors. What is to stop him from showing up at your new job, even your home? I would make a friendly call to the local police dept. and let them know that this guy is calling you and threatening you.
There was a nurse on the IV team where I worked who wore her cap, white dress, white stockings, white Clinic shoes. I have to tell you, her appearance commanded respect. The patients loved seeing her in her whites. Once in a great while she would wear pants, but it was rare.
She always looked very crisp, clean, and professional. I'm not saying that can't be achieved with scrubs; I'm just relating my personal experience.
Im a nurse, but like almost everyone i've been a patient.
When i was 12 i went into anaphylactic shock from a bee sting. I was taken to ER via Ambulance. I had NO clue what anaphylaxis was, but i knew something wasn't right.
i was covered in hives, my eyes were bulging out of my head, every breath i took was getting harder and harder. I knew it was a deadly condition, and i was terrified. Everyone was running around me like chickens with their heads cut off.
They kept calling me "the patient" or "jennifer" not knowing i liked to be called Jenni. Never asked ME questions, i felt like they were treating my condition and not me.
I started crying once i saw my mom and dad start crying.
It took a NURSE in the emergency room, who wasn't even assigned to me to come into my room. She sat at the edge of my bed and held my hand. Then she asked me what i wanted to hear all along "Do you go by Jennifer? or can we call you seomthing else?" i could hardly talk and my dad replied "She goes by Jenni" and everytime someone said "the patient" i could hear her correct them "Jenni!!!!". She was the ONLY person (other than my parents) that i remember in this situation, and she wasn't even my nurse. i don't remember my doctor even. I remember her telling me everything that was going on
"They are now giving you something that will help your breathing"
"They have to take some blood. it might hurt, but if you close your eyes and think about your puppy at home it will be over soon"
She explained to me what they were talking about in terms a 12 year old could understand.
I remember her, her face, her voice everything. She was a traveling nurse from Las Vegas (Maybe she is out there somewhere?) who knows.
I used to be a compensated writer for an oncology website (Not chicks venting their emotions). I had to stop for personal issues, but it was wonderful to be paid to write about an area of nursing I really enjoyed.
Write about what you know...that's one of the most important mantras I can think of for someone looking to break into becoming a nurse writer.
The answer is....do you utilize the rest room every day? Then so does your patient....and if you wish to be a good ADVANCED practitioner you need to know the basics first. I have to say I find it REALLY annoying when these questions are asked because they have no intention of being a nurse...they want the fast track to the big bucks.
I see a problem in the future with NP and the flooding of this lucrative market....there will be plently of NP's and not enough clinics to go around...they just might find themselves back at the bedside dealing with excrement.
An ADVANCED nurse needs to learn the basics first.
Hmm, interesting comment, please elaborate your reasoning for one over the other. I've worked with both over the years and found them equally competent. Just curious as to why people believe one to be better than the other. I've never seen it nor do I believe as a PA that I will be better than a NP, I'll see them as a colleague.
md's come at a patient treating only the disease. np's, coming from a holistic background, treat the whole person. in my state an NP requires 7 years of school, which is just short of a medical student (minus the residency). if you honestly wanted to look at data, you can just as easily type that into google, rather than troll the boards. seems to me like you're the one doing the "ignorant chest beating."
I find it interesting that most of the sufferers that I see are also on a laundry list of other meds such as prozac, lyrica, valium, etc.
I'm not saying that it doesn't exist, but only once I took a patient's blood pressure and she was very humble, very put together, seemed intelligent. She acted like the action absolutely killed her. She wasn't there for pain at all, it was for other issues she was having.
So far, only one I have seen that I thought may actually have it.
Can a chicken read Shakespeare?
I have a blog that has been documenting my cancer recurrence and some of the ups and downs of being a nurse caught up in the patient role. I don't have my name attached to it.
I think if you stick to factual information, you should be OK. I'm not sure exactly what kind of blog you're planning to have based on your description, but good luck to you.
I am always befuddled by your posts. As a life long (well almost life long) ER nurse...I find listening to a patients chest imperative in assessment and treatment. I am confused by your "short cuts" of things you find....unnecessary.
I can't for the life of me use my active imagination to comprehend that the use of the stethoscope is "just an act".
So you have a trauma that comes in with chest trauma from the seat belt...you actually find it unnecessary to listen to lung sounds? What do you document then?
If you were a nurse in a department I was working or in charge of...I would have to have a serious conversation about your assessment skills....or.......you just like starting controversy here.
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