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    "Can I help you?"(answering call bells)
    "How are you feeling"
    "How was your day/night?"
    "Can I get you anything else?"
    "Call me if you need anything."
    etc, etc, etc...

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    I don't know why, but I see it pretty frequently at work--to the point where it's almost expected in our post-dialysis pts.
    Maybe something to do with the massive moving and filtering of the blood sets off the inflammatory response? The cultures never come back positive....

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    Last week was one of the few times I actually went home from work feeling dirty. Lady on hospice with a massive wound infection--she had some kind of pouching system over the main wound, on her abdomen(surgical wound, open abdomen), a j-tube and g-tube that were draining, 3 ostomy bags being used for wound drainage, plus a colostomy and a foley. It took almost an hour to empty everything and get her cleaned up. Was wearing a mask smeared with peppermint spirits and still about gagged. Went home and immediately showered.

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    I work with dozens of nurses/nursing students who need some form of vision correction--I think as long as you can do an assessment without difficulty, and as long as you have enough depth perception to work with your hands(ie, give an injection, do IV's), you'll be fine.

    I have a severe astigmatism in one eye and very poor depth perception, and I do fine--there are some days where I have to pass off the trickier blood draws to others, but other than that I've never had a problem.

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    I did look in the TOS (link at the very bottom of every page. danu), and it mentioned no self-promotion in the advertising section. I think blogs would be kind of a grey area there.
    However, the OP did ask for nursing blogs, not just websites, so my (un-mod-ly) opinion is that posting blog addresses in this thread is ok.
    I also posted my blog address in the "websites" thread at some point, and if it is a problem with the TOS, I'll edit the post and take it out.

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    not an informational site, but my nursing school blog is at http://jensn.ceejayoz.com

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    not an informational site, but my nursing school blog is at http://jensn.ceejayoz.com

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    But why have a Canadian Nurses Forum? Or a UK Forum? Or separate forums for the states?
    If you go to those forums, most of the threads there deal with liscensing, working in specific hospitals/areas, and colleges. I can see a need for seperate forums there.

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    I think that by making a seperate forum, it creates/reinforces the idea that men in nursing are different and special. I can't really think of an issue that couldn't be discussed out in the regular forums, just as many other topics regarding men in nursing have.

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    Thanks for all of the advice everyone.
    First off, a little more history: I'm currently a jr. nursing student, with 2 clinical days, 2 class days, and 3 work days each week--I work evenings(can't really change shifts, and whoever said that Id have less work to do on nights...well, instead of 8-12 pts I'd have about 18, so...) Yes, of course stress is a problem--isn't it for every person trying to do school and work? I'm trying to manage it as best as I can, and my headaches don't really seem to correlate with stress that much. My main triggers seem to be art. sweeteners, flashing lights, inc. blood flow to the head(bending over), dehydration, noise from microphones, getting startled out of bed, and my period.
    How does FMLA work? Do you just call in and say, "I'm taking a FMLA day?" I'm also looking into a temporary disability right now; by the MICAS profile I'm considered grade IV, seriously disabled. Also, disability pays...FMLA doesn't, right? And I am a starving student...
    My current treatment regimen is 30mg Nortryptaline QD(at night), 50mg Topomax BID, 150mg Zoloft QD(both for this and for my bipolar), and a prenatal vitamin that actually doesn't list magnesium. My rescue plan is Imitrex SQ ASAP, 2-3L of water, another shot in an hour if needed, and fioricet(which I believe is similar to the duridrin someone mentioned, it's asprin, caffiene, codiene, and barbituates) if I max out of imitrex. If that doesn't work, head into the ED for droperidol(which I don't like), valproate(which I've never had), or dilaudid(which, at the fear of sounding like a drug seeker, I do like).
    I love my job. I love what i do. I just can't handle these headaches, and I don't really know what to do the make sure I don't lose my job because of them...

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    I need some advice here....
    Four months ago, I went to bed with a bit of a headache and woke up with a migraine that I can't get to go away. I've tried pretty much all of the different preventative medication classes; most cause such violent side effects that I can't take them(I'm taking antiseizure drugs now, but they aren't taking them away completely). I use the abortive drugs, but they are so expensive--$70 per dose, and I have no presciption coverage...my neurologist says the best he can do for me is to get me down to 2-3 headaches a month. The problem is that they don't just last for a few hours...they last anywhere from 3-10 days... I've had all the tests runL CT, MRI...there are some problems up there, swellings, strictures, etc...but nothing to be done about them.
    The advice I'm looking for is what to do about my job. In the past five weeks, I've called in once a week. I'm worried about getting fired. I'm good at my job, I love my job, Ive gotten awesome performance reviews...but I can only call in x amount of times before they fire me. I'm per diem, so I haven't got any sick time, vacation time, or PTO...what do I do?

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    Does anyone know where I can find a good, interesting article on some facet of the post-op assessments? I need to do a quickie(one page) report on it for clinical next wednesday, and I can't find anything good--I've searched here, CINAHL, google and google scholar...
    Any ideas?

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    The only time I can remember ever having a "VIP" patient was when the (now)former president of my college was admitted...she was put into one of our hospice rooms(which would creep me out a little bit, what with the plaque on the wall stating what it was and the patient having a terminal illness, but, hey, whatever.) The only especially annoying thing she did was insist that we fill her humidifier with our sterile water supply. Took about 6 bottles and depleted us for the night. Never mind the dressing changes or anything...

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    my fiance just brought up the idea of the potpouri scented lysol....

    I'll leave that up to your imaginations....

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    I've got nasty chronic migraines(to the point where I'm getting some pretty clear brain changes), and when I go in for them I'm so terrified of being labeled a drug seeker(esp. with the migraine dx...) that I don't think I've ever asked for more pain meds unless it was offered to me. Suffered a long time because of it, probably, but when I'm at that point I'm afraid of getting a nurse who's biased against pain meds and assumes that everyone asking for pain meds is an addict and trys to withhold the meds from them...


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