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Joined: Jan 16, '11; Posts: 1,115 (63% Liked) ; Likes: 3,068
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Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg 1, Emergency 5, CEN 2/2016

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  • Jun 3

    I love ours and go out of my way to help them get in and out except one. This one EMT purposely made one of our admitting ladies feel small and worthless.

    He snapped his fingers at her, and when she didn't see/hear it, he whistled at her and told her how he hasn't got all day to waste waiting for her. While she was trying to write all of the information down, he looked back at the 2 other teams waiting to be seen by admitting, smiled and shook his head as if to say "What an idiot!"

    She saw everything and was almost running away in tears when I stopped her. I told him to NEVER treat our people like that again... EVER. I made him apologize to her (though he was now angry at me too and did so only sarcastically) and now whenever we see each other, it's like Peter Griffin and the giant chicken staring each other down.

    So while I kind of disagree that I treat EMTs badly, I have to confess to being a rude nurse.

  • May 12

    I absolutely agree with ChristineN about the inability to schedule the day. Also, every order is stat or now. VS q hour or q2 hours. Pts are not allowed to eat. Everyone, and I mean everyone, thinks they are coming in for a 15 minute Dr. visit and is angry that they are there for hours. Everyone is allergic to ibuprofen, tylenol, toradol, sulfa, NSAIDS, or anything else that isn't dilaudid.

    You dread what pts might have on them that you don't know about: lice, scabies, bed bugs, MRSA/VRE, TB, knives/guns.

    On the other hand, there are the good things. Bringing back a pt after coding them for 40 minutes, finding that your coworkers automatically help you when you had a hemorrhagic stroke, STEMI, and pneumothorax at the same time, hugging a kid and telling them that they did great with their stitches, hugging their mom and telling them that they did great for their kids' stitches...

    My favorite up side is when a bunch of the team goes out for a meal right after shift and vents their day before going home.

  • Apr 28

    No, it's not your fault. Assessing and interventions are the nurse's job. Your job is to get and enter info and let the nurse know the family is concerned. When the family asked for a different thermometer, you did it. Nothing more needed to be done by you. The nurse should have assessed them for an infant with fever and concerned parents to see if something new needed to be done, not you. On infants temps need to be done rectally for an accurate core temp, but because of the risk for perforation, the RN should be doing those. Of course, that's dependent on your hospital policy.

    Sounds like it was very stressful. I'll say it again. It wasn't your fault.

  • Apr 20

    A FLACC scale on a verbal pt...

    seeking!

  • Apr 17

    I wear my wedding band and my watch. You'll have a hard time prying either of them from me. My watch is 1/2 up my forearm, well out of the way for a good scrubbing. My ring is just loose enough that I am able to move it the 1/4" to wash under it.

    I like the idea of a fob watch but I have so many things around my neck now that I feel like I'm having back problems (New About A Nurse comic anyone?). Stethoscope, oximeter cable, vocera, OSA pager, hillrom location fob, badge, etc....

  • Jan 8

    It's true, looking cute gets you more. There have been a ton of studies on it. I think that OP's frustration is valid.

  • Dec 8 '17

    Quote from BeenThere2012
    Anyone interested in a "pet peeve regarding doctors" thread?
    While I do have pet peeves, it is usually from a particular person rather than providers (MD, PA, NP) in general.

    I would rather see a thread on doctors who have gone above and beyond. That way instead of encouraging divisiveness between doctors and nurses, we would be encouraging professional respect.

    Edited to add: ps. If you look at the md version of allnurses, there are hugely more providers standing up for us than bashing us, and the rude ones are almost always students or otherwise insecure about themselves.

  • Nov 23 '17

    Ditto machines that printed only in blue.

    Sitting in the 3rd row of the station wagon- facing backwards
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    Cigarette vending machines

    Standing up in the front seat while mom was driving

    Cooking on the stove at 5 years old

    Walking several miles to the store alone at 7 years old

    Shiny metallic Christmas ornaments hanging everywhere
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  • Nov 13 '17

    Ok I have a few things to suggest. First, the ED (as others have already stated) is a teamwork place. Never be be afraid to ask the nicer experienced nurses for help. They want you to do well because, as previous posters have stated, new hires are extra hands and that is always good.

    Second, we've mentioned the other nurses, but the techs are also usually experienced paramedics. Tell them how you feel and they will usually go out of their way to help you. They will keep their eyes open for you on your less acute patients and let you know if they need something. If you have CNAs count yourself lucky because hopefully they will be like ours and patients will have VS done and help to the bathroom, giving you more time to keep the critical ones stable.

    Last, keep some post its in your pocket and make lists of what you need to do/monitor. It will go a long way to keeping your head straight, more organized, and less panicked.

    Going into any new specialty is a gawd awful experience at first. It's very normal to be overwhelmed, especially when you are sort of thrown in like that. But there is help and it really does get better. If not, then there are other options still open too.

  • Nov 13 '17
  • Nov 13 '17

    Why? It's cruel and unhealthy. It causes skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, promotes UTI, yeast growth, staph infections, abrasions in the groin where the edges are rubbing against the skin. It encourages laziness among caregivers which increases the likelihood of the aforementioned complications.

    I hope your coworkers do not do this! I never even attach briefs unless they are being transported out. I just leave them open under the patient. It's not illegal, it's Basic Nursing Care.


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  • Nov 10 '17

    Quote from CuriousCNA
    So using a pad or liner for heavy wetters is ok then, as long as it's checked regularly and not left in all night. I mean I assume that all of those issues in the first two comments can still occurs in single briefs too if they aren't checked enough. So those aren't good defense topics for double briefing. I understand that it's not nice or morally right to leave a resident wet for too long, if you can change them and aren't busy then yes of course. But for the sake of bed strips and saving a roll on a stiff patient or some that are in the fetal position, a liner or pad inside the brief is acceptable. Cause there's nothing legally saying no it's unacceptable. It's not neglect or abuse (when changed appropriately)
    Oh Heaven help those patients. I can't even count the number of things wrong with this whole statement. If you are doing this, please stop. Turn q2 hours, leave total care patients' briefs open to air. You are in the healthcare business, not the "trying to get out of doing anything" business.

    If you feel that it's ok to NOT move a stiff patient or to leave them in a brief until "if you can change them if you aren't too busy" because you feel that "it's not illegal" then PLEASE quit your job immediately!!!

  • Nov 10 '17

    Why? It's cruel and unhealthy. It causes skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, promotes UTI, yeast growth, staph infections, abrasions in the groin where the edges are rubbing against the skin. It encourages laziness among caregivers which increases the likelihood of the aforementioned complications.

    I hope your coworkers do not do this! I never even attach briefs unless they are being transported out. I just leave them open under the patient. It's not illegal, it's Basic Nursing Care.


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  • Nov 9 '17

    Why? It's cruel and unhealthy. It causes skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, promotes UTI, yeast growth, staph infections, abrasions in the groin where the edges are rubbing against the skin. It encourages laziness among caregivers which increases the likelihood of the aforementioned complications.

    I hope your coworkers do not do this! I never even attach briefs unless they are being transported out. I just leave them open under the patient. It's not illegal, it's Basic Nursing Care.


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  • Oct 23 '17

    "Only an associates degree"...?!


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