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Joined: Jun 11, '12; Posts: 211 (42% Liked) ; Likes: 205
Registered Nurse; from US
Specialty: Medical-Surgical, Supervisory, HEDIS, IT

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  • Feb 19

    If I'm being honest, us under-30 nurses -us under 30 PEOPLE, even- are sick of being thought of as children. What do we say in the locker room about you???? Seriously?? We aren't in high school anymore! We don't spend time gossiping in the locker room- we're too busy running around trying to meet the increasing demands of our job, worrying about how we're going to afford the $50k+ student loans we owe back, wondering if we're going to be able to pay rent this month, and bracing ourselves against the CONSTANT onslaughts of "well when I was your age..." and "kids these days".

    We aren't kids, and we aren't bothered by what nursing was like back in the day. We value your wisdom and knowledge, value your experience- when you're willing to share it instead of complaining about how when you were our age nurses had to wear white all white, had to give up their seats to doctors, patients stayed in the hospital for 10 days after giving birth, and there was paper charting. Times have changed for ALL of us. Yes, we're under 30, but we did not all learn to operate a computer and cell phone in the womb. We had rotary corded phones when we were kids. We didn't have internet until middle school. My first cell phone was given to me before entering high school, and the only features it had were calling- my first internet accessible cell phone came at age 23, AFTER I had been a nurse for a year! We all had to take the same charting classes you did- and we were forced into typing classes as kids so that we could adapt with the times.

    As for us young single nurses who want holidays off- no, we may not have children, but we have elderly grandparents or ailing parents who we may want to try and spend their last Christmas or Easter with. Our parents (ie., the older generation of nurses- YOU) did not "beat" an unhealthy and dangerous work ethic into us. I'm not coming to work with a temp of 102 just so I can potentially kill one of my immunosuppressed patients, or cause a delay in my patient getting their lead-less pacer because 3 days later they develop a fever too.

    I realize you did not mean for this post to be inflammatory, so I apologize for getting so defensive. But I'm sick of saying something and having someone say "oh, you kids!". I'm not a kid. I've got a masters degree. I am a homeowner and a car owner. I paid off tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt. I'm responsible for peoples' lives 36+ hours a week, and teaching the future generation to do the same one day a week. We aren't teenagers gossiping in the break room about our teachers anymore- we are your colleagues. We treat you as colleagues and I really wish you'd start doing the same.

    If you're really that worried that your younger coworkers are talking behind your back or that you are invisible to them- why not invite them out? Go for drinks after work, or brunch one weekend. Talk to them. Become their friend. I think you'll see that while we may be younger, we are still people and probably have a lot in common with you. We don't bite.

  • Jul 21 '17

    I don't know any, but I've decided it's my aspiration to become one.

  • Feb 19 '16

    Quote from mrsboots87

    I I also agree that the 3 wipes per BM is pretty ridiculous. If a patient only needs 3 then great. But some get really sticky and messy.

    "Sorry you still have some poop stuck to you, Mrs. Boots. I've already used three wipes to clean you with and using a 4th would risk putting the hospital out of business. You'll just have to wait until you poop again later."

  • Jan 16 '16

    This has to be a joke, it's too flipping weird. Mind your own business and let others dress/style themselves as they like. What's important is their intelligence, competence, and work ethic, not their attempt at looking like they stepped off the set of GH.

    Also, I personally assume, when I see someone wearing a "pirate-like black eyepatch," that they, um, NEED IT.

  • Nov 7 '15

    Patients do have responsibilities and you very kind for asking .

    1. Please tell us all your medical history and current medical problems or concerns and have a list of all medications you are currently taking and this includes and OTC medications and any herbal,vitamins or homeopathic preparations. If you have any allergies ask the hospital how they prevent you from getting any medication that you are allergic to.

    2. You need to report to the nurse ANY changes in your condition immediately even if they seem small and unimportant at the time. Many problems/complications start out with very subtle signs and symptoms.

    3. You need to follow the treatment plan to the best of your abiity and when and if your can't you should communicate the reason why is isn't possible so an alternate plan can be put in place.

    4. Please tell us if you are in pain or if what you have been given is not giving you adequate relief. We have many options but keep in mind that we must keep you safe and will assess your vital signs and respiratory status among other things to make sure you are not having an adverse effects.

    5. Bring a good pair of slippers that have very good traction on the bottom. If you plan to wear your own gown or PJs make sure they have short sleeves and very loose. We need to be able to assess you,monitor your IV site and get to you in an an emergency.

    6. Do not bring any petroleum based products in for your lips if you will be needing Oxygen but do try to bring one in without it. Many of the medications we use make your mouth and lips very dry. Some hospitals do have Chapsticks that have no petroleum based products in them.

    7. Do not try to keep an IV in place if it hurting you, or is red or swollen so you will not have to be poked again. Do not let anyone poke you for an IV or blood draw in your wrist or 4-5 inches along the wrist on the thumb side (the radial nerve crosses over the vein in that area up to 3 times so it easy to hit and damage that nerve). Many people do not know this and do not realize that as of 2006 it is no longer acceptable to use this area unless it is a true emergency.

    8. Listen to the nurses,: For example , If they think you need help to walk to the bathroom,just believe them and call for help.

    9. Watch any nurse or doctor that gives you direct care and make sure they have performed hang hygiene, In most cases a nurse can use hand gel or foam and or bacterial soap and water wash. In a few cases soap and water must be used. It is OK to ask and when the gel or foam is just outside the door I tell my patient I have cleansed my hands.

    10. We must ask you to identify yourself with at least two identifiers and we do not do this to be annoying so be patient.

  • Oct 30 '15

    If it makes you feel better, prophylactic heparin doesn't even work.

  • Oct 4 '15

    Quote from pct333
    you all take yourselves way too seriously
    Spoken like someone who has never worked and EARNED a professional license.

  • Aug 1 '15

    I know of someone who gave an injection with a retractable needle and flipped out because she thought the needle had lodged in the patient.

  • Jul 27 '15

    Quote from RNsRWe
    Despite some of the similarities, nursing isn't The Hunger Games. Twenty-six is hardly too old.

    You've inspired a whole writing project for me.

  • Jul 27 '15

    26 is WAAAAAY too old. I like my nurses young and beautiful. Incidentally, Hugh Hefner's birthday is today.

    (Also, I was 32 when I graduated.)

  • Jun 18 '15

    Deep breath.
    2 years exp in a top 10 hospital & essentially free tuition vs *I don't wanna*
    Dig in your drawers, find your big girl pants, put them on and suck it up! You got this

  • Jun 18 '15

    Dear god, it would be incredibly stupid to leave this program. Two years of work for a hospital, gaining valuable skills and experience, getting a nice paycheck, and having $10k+ in loans being forgiven??? If you don't want it, I'll take it. Two years is literally a drop in the bucket. Stick it out, don't be ridiculous.

  • Jun 9 '15

    For the record, I'm perfectly healthy and have no curiosity about having hypothyroidism nor do I wish to have any blood tests. The point of my post was the blatant disregard for any social decorum which, as most of you have pointed out, lacked on behalf of this 'gentleman'. Have really enjoyed reading your anecdotes, thanks heaps for sharing

  • May 15 '15

    Ahhh but you see young grasshopper (not you, the other nurse), lying on an operating table in most likely an awkward position can cause all sorts of joint and back pain. So technically, it could also be related to the procedure. Boom.
    That's not true anyway. Pain is pain is pain, and it should be treated.

  • May 15 '15

    Quote from OCNRN63
    Oooh, baby baybee, baby baybee...
    Damn it.