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  • Jun 14

    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.

  • Jun 9

    Quote from Esme12
    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.
    I couldn't agree more. I don't know which I find more frightening, all these students/new grads who seem to be too good to help people with intimate care, or the ones who have no intention of developing a solid foundation before going on to be providers. I'm going to be old someday, and as someone who also has a serious health issue, I wonder if there will be any competent and compassionate nurses left to take care of me. (And everyone else who needs care.)

  • Jun 5

    Quote from lckrn2pa
    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.
    I'll take that one.

    The handful of PAs I worked with were not that swift, and they had major attitude that was hard to deal with. I don't need to hear a spiel on how you are just as qualified as an MD. In one case, the PA ordered a tx that would have been lethal to the pt. and told me I had to follow his orders because "he was the PA, and I was the nurse." So, as "the nurse," I called his SP who agreed with me and countermanded the order. Lucky pt...that day, anyway.

  • Jun 5

    Quote from fromthesea
    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 don't agree with this at all. I've had more than my share of MDs who were able to do more than just "treat the disease." Why the need to denigrate MDs just to defend NPs?

    In all honesty, I would prefer to see an MD over a mid-level.

  • May 26

    Quote from Jory
    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.


    Well, wouldn't you be depressed and anxious if you were living with chronic pain, and had to deal with health

    care professionals who were dismissive of your symptoms and thought you were a malingerer?

    There are no lab/diagnostic tests to prove someone has an anxiety or depressive disorder, yet few health care providers consider such diagnoses bogus. (I'm not suggesting fibro is a mental health disease, just using it as an example.)

    Pts. with fibro deserve to be treated with the same compassion and understanding that we give the rest of our patients.

  • May 18

    ​Can a chicken read Shakespeare?

  • May 14

    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.

  • May 12

    Quote from Esme12
    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.
    Exactly. I remember working in the ED one night, taking care of a cardiac patient. The ED doc said the patient's heart sounds were WNL. When I listened to them, I heard something different. Before we knew it, we were shipping the patient across town for interventional cardiac cath. What was really great was the doc's attitude; he was very thankful for my assessment.

    I consider listening to heart and lungs a crucial part of pt. assessment. Sometimes you pick things up that would otherwise not have been discovered.

  • May 5

    That student from hell will become the co-worker from hell. For the sake of future patients and the nurses who will be caring for them, let "Alice" pass or fail on her own merits. She shouldn't need all this hand holding so close to graduation; someone who is close to graduate usually jumps at the chance to have more experiences or skills under his/her belt.

  • Apr 16

    Quote from traumaRUs
    Moved to Pt/Colleague Relations. Very sorry for this experience.
    Since you were just coming out of general anesthesia, is it possible you misinterpreted this?
    My thoughts exactly.

  • Apr 3

    Quote from BostonFNP
    Old people are icky.


    Sent from my iPhone.
    Yeah, it's all downhill once you're over 50...I should know!

  • Apr 3

    Quote from PacoUSA
    One nurse practitioner at my hospital wears a college sweatshirt, black jeans, and Dansko clogs. Sloppy. With an attitude to match no less.

    She's also about 50 years old.


    Sent from my iPad using allnurses
    What does her age have to do with anything?

  • Apr 2

    Quote from trinitymaster
    As far as female NPs, it is always knee-high boots with three-inch heels, yoga pants etc.
    They looked like they stepped off of the cover of a fashion magazine. Beautiful.....yes. Appropriate in the professional environment......my opinion is "No".
    I have never seen a male NP for some reason.
    I do not really care about doctors.
    Why don't you mind your own dress instead of worrying about what others do?

  • Mar 26

    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.

  • Mar 25

    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.


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