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Joined: May 31, '11; Posts: 10 (10% Liked) ; Likes: 1
Med-Tech / LPN Student; from US
Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience

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  • Mar 4 '14

    Our pneumatic tube system alarms when we have more than the allotted amount of tubes at the station. The hospital just added this feature it is not only annoying but backward thinking. Another pet peeve is SCD alarms. Leg compression devices are not life and death, especially when the patient is already on an anticoagulant!

  • Feb 25 '14

    You know when you learned to tie your shoes, you crossed the ties over each other and tightened them, then you made the loops? Skip the step of crossing the ties over each other -- just make the loops and then take the loops and loop them again. (Gee, I hope that made sense!) It keeps my scrub pants drawstring tight longer than anything else I've tried, although when I pack the pockets full of stuff I still have difficulty sometimes.

  • Feb 21 '14

    None of the above. This patient isn't dying from morphine, he's dying from his disease. You aren't "playing God," or "helping him on the way out" or "going too far." For what it's worth, there are many people for whom there is no God to do anything, so forget that one, too. If there is moaning in pain, increase it. Period.

    I do hear your concern. I do understand that you are worried about this. Just for sake of argument, suppose that your increasing the morphine hastened a patient's death by all of ... ten minutes. How does that feel? Does it make a difference?

    How about thirty minutes? An hour? Three hours? Six? Overnight? How much do you think it matters, if he is actively dying and moaning in pain, that he suffers fewer days or hours? What does he want? More hours in pain and suffering (some people do, but damn few) or fewer, when the inevitable end is clearly within sight?

    I am not asking to be argumentative. We do not impose our own values on someone else; that's not why we're in nursing. The family and patient is who matters here. What do they want?

    Personally, when it's me or my loved one, I want a nurse with the courage to do the right thing and to recognize death unafraid when it stares her in the face.

  • Feb 20 '14

    My unit is trialing enclosing the nurses station in glass to help reduce noise. It's actually working, and it looks nice because there aren't obvious seams, besides a few sliding windows like in a doctors office. Well, I'm walking past and my charge nurse gets my attention and I obviously can't hear her, so I go to stick my head in the window. Well, the way the light was hitting the very clean glass made it look like it was open. It was not. I slammed the face full-on into the glass. I have never seen someone laugh so hard in my life! Luckily I didn't leave a nose print.

  • Feb 14 '14

    I was on the code team and a code was called for a location right outside of the front doors. I hauled the code cart through the whole hospital to this location, didn't account for the "lip" on the door since it was outside. Pushed the code cart over the lip, code cart fell over after one of the wheels broke off, all of the drawers fell out, and the defib crashed to the floor. Then, because I'm awesome, I fell on top of the code cart and bruised my shins top to bottom. I had to carry all of the contents of the code cart back up to the ICU in a wheelchair while maintenance repaired the cart.

    The kicker though - since this wasn't an inpatient patient, it was ED who was supposed to bring their crash cart, not me (from the ICU), I just had to respond to push meds. Oh, and the fact that approximately 15 people witnessed me crashing the cart and falling on top of it!

  • Feb 9 '14

    Quote from vintagemother
    I'm a new grad. These faux pas terrify me.
    Actually, it should comfort you. We ALL have stories like this - only some of us are brave enough to admit them!

  • Jun 25 '12

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  • Apr 24 '12

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  • Apr 16 '12

    Um, nursing school is not easy. Yes, it is easier if you do not have to work, have a significant other, or have kids. For those who comment that Micro and A & P were easy, yes, they probably were because you're learning vocabulary and functions. In nursing, EVERY question will be applying the vocab and knowledge of those functions in formats you can never imagine. You will RARELY get asked a question of how a kidney works, but what's the priority action for a nurse to take for renal failure patient who has urine specific gravity out of range and has made the statement "I have no reason to live."

  • Feb 27 '12

    Funny, I think becoming a nurse has been the least healthy thing I have ever done. With the stress, the long hours, and the beating my body takes each day all I can do to rest on my days off. I am usually scarfing something down quickly if I have a chance to eat at work at all and if not I make up for it when I do get home or in the car. I was way healthier and had a much better body before nursing. I used to exercise and eat when I was hungry, not STARVING.

    I struggle every day to maintain my weight. I am not obese, but I am definately not in good shape anymore.

  • Feb 27 '12

    I second the above.

    A 4.0 student would know the difference between too and to.