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Joined: Jun 9, '12; Posts: 66 (41% Liked) ; Likes: 129

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  • 1:08 pm

    Not sure what you mean by "'skip' RN;" since nursing and osteopathy are two entirely different, unrelated disciplines, there's no reason why becoming an RN would be a step on the route to becoming an osteopath that one would "skip." Sort of like saying you "skipped" becoming an English professor on the way to DO.

    Best wishes for your journey!

  • 1:08 pm

    Thanks for the feedback I appreciate it! I guess it's kind of like any skill at first. But for some reason I'm just more anxious because I'm apparently "certified" so I feel the pressure more than other skills. You offered some great suggestions, I will check Youtube and search on this page as well. Thanks for your help and sharing your experience.

  • 1:08 pm

    Your feelings are normal. I've worked acute care for over 30 years in a variety of jobs. Some were bedside nursing, some were management. I've gone from good with phlebotomy and awful at IV's, to awful at both, to good at both.

    About 80 percent of being successful is psychological, 20 percent is technique. Try to relax. Watching YouTube videos can be helpful.

    Don't beat yourself up when you blow it. Stay calm, limit yourself to two attempts, apologize to the patient and ask a coworker to try. It's never been an official policy to only try twice, just common sense. You and the patient will be more anxious, frustrated, etc. if you keep trying.

    If you are the only one available, take a break, get a drink of water, reposition the patient, WARM THEIR EXTREMITIES is crucial for a difficult stick. Plus there are 100's of posts on Allnurses about IV and phlebotomy tricks and techniques.

  • Jul 9

    What makes you think working for an agency would lead to less burnout? Agency nurses are expected to hit the floor running and are always the first to get cancelled if census drops. You could try another, less stressful, environment in which to practice.

  • Jul 4

    This is a fantastic story, Jay. So glad you overcame all of that and have turned it to good.

    I agree with mmj. As far as I'm concerned it's possibly the biggest and certainly most sincere honor a nurse could receive.

    Thanks for your message to the nursing community. It means a lot.

  • Jul 4

    What a lovely thing to do! I guarantee she will be thrilled and honored.

  • Jul 1

    Be aware that it may be illegal for you to answer a question, but it's not illegal for police to ask any question. And if you let them stand in the room, or just outside the curtain, they are allowed to use any information they overhear. I started my career believing that officers would never ask me a question I'd get in trouble for answering....wrong.

    You can ask the police to leave the room or the unit for privacy reasons, or just because they are lurking. I've never had an officer obey, but once they've been asked to leave and don't, the information they get can be questioned in court. Document your request, and you've documented that you tried to protect your patient. I was threatened with arrest once when I did this, and in the investigation afterwards I was vindicated by hospital and the police supervisor.

    Our hospital policy is that police don't get to come in the ER unless specifically invited...well, that's not what actually happens, and they have been a huge help to us. You have to protect your own livelihood though.

  • Jun 28

    Quote from KelRN215
    I honestly cannot recall a time in the past 11 years when I've had to orally suction someone with a trach.
    All. The. Time. Many trached adults who have also suffered some sort of CVA have difficulty managing oral secretions.

  • Jun 20

    You may want to tell her that it is *against the law* to impersonate a nurse. Seriously, it's illegal, and at least in theory she could wind up in trouble, especially if someone comes to harm as a result of her "advice". She needs to stop it.