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    kgh31386 likes this.

    Quote from medsurg911

    The truth is, I am extremely focused and good at multitasking. I never lagged behind and always got my charting done on time. I've seen some of the nurses make some pretty big mistakes like allowing a colonoscopy bag to break open on the patient b/c it got too full and one nurse even wanted to start up the NG tube again right after giving meds. I never said anything to them or my instructor about it.

    What is a colonoscopy bag? And what do other nurses' errors (if those even are errors) have to do with you?

    Especially if more than one person is expressing concern, best to listen to what they're saying and learn. It's too bad your instructor didn't give you specific examples. Maybe you could speak with some of the nurses you worked with to get a better idea about their perceptions? Maybe you could speak with your instructor again? After all, none of us were there...

    How much clinical experience will you get in this accelerated program, anyway? Do you think it's going to be enough?

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    Fixit and canoehead like this.

    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    effect = correlation, not causation...
    How do you figure that?

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    Quote from jtmarcy12
    Something must be done. Some nurses come in to work looking as though they just rolled out of bed. Wrinkled clothes, dirty shoes, and they wonder why we don't get respect. I am amazed that management tolerates the way some nurses dress. I would not mind wearing white which I do most of the time anyway. I guess wearing the hats again is out. The school I went to back in the 90's made us wear the hats, and patients loved this, they were able to immediately tell us apart even though we were students, they knew we were training as RN's. The unions should encourage nurses to dress with respect as people in the corporate world always wear their suits. You would never find a professional on wall street coming to work in dirty shoes and wrinkled clothes, how much respect would that person get, none. So our profession has gone thru changes that I really don't like when it comes to dressing, it appears we are going down hill. I hope the Unions can encourage better dress from all. God Bless
    Where does this notion come from that nurses aren't respected?

    According to the Gallup poll, for the 11th year in a row nurses were voted the most honest and ethical profession.

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    GM2RN likes this.

    Quote from kchnpagan
    OK, the biggest c/o I am hearing is that whites are at risk for getting dirty....and scrubs aren't? Wearing scrubs will automatically make all those situations resolve themselves and no one gets dirty. Right? YES, whites will SHOW the stains more, but again, I can use BLEACH on them, NOT on my pretty (but more camouflaging) black and parrot covered scrub top. Does not matter if stain can be seen. It is still there ( I am an Infection Control Nurse). Would rather bleach it. That is just my thought... and
    Stains are not an infection control issue.

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    Do you mean bona fide?

    Or is this your way of saying we should all grow a backbone and wear white?

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    pseudomonas, ChristaRN, GHGoonette, and 23 others like this.

    Quote from DNS on the go
    I do not understand how or why they have the perception that nursing is a leadership or decision making profession.
    It's not?

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    Fascinating. I wonder what other biological experiments were carried out that remain secret.

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    tewdles and MassED like this.

    Quote from MassED
    that is true.... of course we won't have the full scoop... wonder what prompted them to look at the TPN bags...??
    A high number of patients on TPN developed Serratia marcescens bacteremia. It wasn't that hard to figure out. Two of the hospitals reported it right away when they saw the unusual increase, and the investigation started. Here's an interview with the Alabama Director of Public Health, Dr. Donald Williamson, explaining what happened.

    My hospital also gets TPN pre-mixed from an outside pharmacy. It makes me nervous every time I hang it.

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    Quote from LPNweezy

    source: google.
    LOL! Really?

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    Maybe they observed how competently you cared for your husband and thought you really have the right stuff to be a good nurse.

    When I was a new nurse, there were many days when I longed for a job with less responsibility, and looked with some jealousy at the CNAs working with me. Most of the time I don't feel like that anymore, though.

    You probably would make a really good nurse.

    But competent and happy CNAs such as yourself are rare gems to be treasured. More power to you!

    PS. I hope your husband is doing ok.

    Quote from CNABESS
    Okay, I do not want to insult anyone or step in a hornets nest here, but I have a serious question. Recently my hubby had surgery, and everyone at the hospital would ask"are you a nurse?" to which I would reply "No, I am a CNA". Most of the time it was accepted and the nurses, techs, etc were happy to let me do most of the care for my man, and were very appreciative. There were 2 or 3 nurses that asked me "why not continue my education and become a "real nurse"? I gave my reasons for not wanting to, in a mild tone, without judgement.

    The reasons I listed are 1. I am very satisfied with my life. I was in nursing school when I gave birth to my first child and chose to be a stay at home mom to my 2 boys, so decided to not finish. 2. Nursing has changed considerably over the last 26 year, so I chose to return to school and go the CNA path and am quite satisfied. I have much respect and admire good nurses, as I do good teachers, but chose not to pursue either path.

    The responses I got from these 2 or 3 nurses was off the charts over reaction. They were so insulted and rude. One even told me she did not believe me, that all CNAs and TECHs say that , but they are really just frustrated with their jobs. So my question is this: Are you insulted by this as a nurse? Does it bother you that some would choose not to continue on the education path and be "just a CNA"? Does it insult you as a nurse that I feel like your job is not the job I aspire to and I am happy where I am? I work 2-3 shifts/wk. and truly enjoy my low key, 3-11 position. What are your thoughts, please. Did I say something wrong????

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    Quote from rloh961
    For those of you with nursing experience, I was wondering what knowledge you rely on all the time at work. This would be info that comes up so often you know it cold, without ever having to look it up, and which most non-medical people wouldn't necessarily know. Anything from knowing that PRN means 'as needed' to normal WBC values to typical side effects of a medication you administer often.

    I just thought it would be interesting to see what actual working nurses find necessary to know, and having a list like this might be a neat reference for nursing students and new nurses.
    It really depends on where you work. At my job, it's helpful to know what the doctors look like and which ones have really bad handwriting so you can catch them before they leave. That will save you a call later when you need help deciphering their orders.

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    merlee likes this.

    Quote from endlessdays
    I have been a nurse for over 6 years now. I started out as LPN working a cart in the nursing home and now I am an RN working in risk management for a nursing home. My question is about one of my coworkers. She is not a nurse and is constantly taking phone report on patients that are going to be admitted. I was always told that a nurse has to take report. What gives? Is it required to be a nurse?
    What does your facility's policy say?

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    greenfiremajick and dishes like this.

    Quote from greenfiremajick
    OK, I'm having some technical difficulties beyond my control, in getting ahold of the JCAHO Handbook. I have this assignment and I'm hoping you guys can give me some ideas of what a sentinel event would be, in regards to infection control in a hospital setting....

    Also any opinions, guidance, or support (websites, real life experiences, etc) that you could give concerning a root cause analysis of a sentinel event would be most appreciated...
    APIC has some good info about infection control-related sentinel events.

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    hiddencatRN likes this.

    Quote from jfisher23
    I know it's none of my business nor any of my classmates. However, we have this problem that most of us are quite paranoid of. There is a nursing student who is tatted up from neck to forearms with gang affiliated tattoos and he admits that he recently (2008-2010) committed 4 misdeameanors: battery (striking someone in the face), vandalism (breaking government property), speeding (going over 150 mph), and drugs (unsure, he didn't really explain). According to him, he had to hire legal representation and present his case to the nursing school. Because of this, it took several weeks for his paperwork to be processed and WALLAH; he was admitted. He even informed us that he was convicted of all counts and that he pled guilty to all of them.

    Did our nursing school lower their standards of admission? or do only felonies raise red flags? I'm sorry if I sound nosy or some innocent good girl, but this type of behavior is unacceptable in my opinion. I can understand if he committed at most of one or two misdeameanors, but isn't four a lil bit excessive..?

    Just wanted to know your opinion...or is there some type of catch that has not caught our attention? I feel paranoid and fearful for some of the patients
    Maybe he was just yanking your chain.

    And BTW, the word is voilą, not WALLAH. Sorry, but that's a pet peeve of mine.

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    lindarn likes this.

    Quote from CuriousMe
    IMHO, this issue is not about medical's about trust. I've noticed that the anti-vaccine crowd tends to not trust, the CDC, the FDA, the AMA...any designated expert. Instead they trust anecdotal information that they find online, or hear from friends and family. It's for this reason that all the facts in the world won't change their mind....because they don't trust where the facts come from.

    One of my non-vaccinating friends sent me this link to a survey about the health of unvaccinated children:
    Health of unvaccinated children

    The thing is, anyone could fill out this survey and say anything they wanted. It is in no way a scientifically valid survey. Yet they plan to publish the information, and say the survey is to help them "acquire accurate information about the health of unvaccinated children."

    This site also allows people to fill out reports of vaccine injury for others to read. I'm all for open conversation about the topic. But people could write anything they want and claim it is the result of vaccines, and others will read it and base their decision to vaccinate their own children on what they read. As you say, some people really do trust this kind of information over peer-reviewed studies from the medical community, and firmly believe they are doing the best thing to protect their children.