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Need help, Female nurses at work dont help much!

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I'm a male nursing student, I have almost finished a huge assignment and I have a few questions that are giving me trouble.

I have tried asking a few female RN's but for some reason they feel threatened, and really look down on a male being on their turf. Now I'm not trying to make this a gender thing but seriously why is a a man becoming a nurse an issue.

Some of the girls have helped but they dont know the answer to the following questions, your help is greatly appeciated. Ready here we go-

1. How do you prepare Ventolin for nebulisation?

What should you document following the administration of a drug via a nebuliser?

What is your responsibility in relation to management of the IV and pump?

Erbasketcase

Has 11 years experience.

How do you prepare Ventolin nebulisation?

What should you document following the administration of a drug via a nebuliser?

What is your responsibility in relation to management of the IV and pump?

First it depends on what the order is for....ie...ventolin c nss ect. always follow the order. So lets say its your to give 5 mg/ml sol c 23.5 ml 0.9%NaCl for Inh. Put the required amounts in the container then place the mask on the pt or hand the correct end of the neb breather to the pt.

Document the lung sounds before and after the tx and the effect and how the pt tolerated it and if there were any side effects of the med.

Unfortunatly I am just a LPN at the moment so we (depending on the state) are able to monitor and set the pumps but otherwise unless trained to place IV's can't do too much else. We can d/c a IV line too. RN's hang and do IV pushes along with starting them if they are trained to do so.

I hope this helped.

In our ED we just have prepackaged unit doses of albuterol (ventolin) so the orders go by that. Just follow the order as stated above, and you'll be fine.

After nebulizing, do vital signs. Ventolin can cause tachycardia, palpitations, tremors and increased blood pressure. Document the vital signs and any other signs of reactions. They're pretty common reactions, but still keep an eye out for them. Also document lung sounds before and after, and if any changes are noted. Ask the pt if they feel better. Sometimes you can't hear a major difference, but the pt feels like they're moving air better.

IV pumps. Your job is to make sure the settings are correct for the dosage ordered. Do the math. And make sure the pump is running as well as checking to make sure the settings remain where they were set in the first place.

This is not intended to flame, but this is not the first time the OP has asked similar questions about IVs and attributed his difficulties to "female" nurses. His questions about IVs (and "difficulties" with "female" nurses) go back a few months.

Many of the OP's questions could be answered by simply looking up the information in a nursing drug reference book. While it is incumbent on experienced nurses to mentor new nurses/students, new nurses/students need to learn how to do their own research first. And it is never appropriate to attribute one's difficulties learning a skill/concept on another's sex/race/religion, etc.

A search of the OP's post history will show you what I am talking about.

GrnHonu99, RN

Specializes in Neuro, Critical Care.

I'm a male nursing student, I have almost finished a huge assignment and I have a few questions that are giving me trouble.

I have tried asking a few female RN's but for some reason they feel threatened, and really look down on a male being on their turf. Now I'm not trying to make this a gender thing but seriously why is a a man becoming a nurse an issue.

Some of the girls have helped but they dont know the answer to the following questions, your help is greatly appeciated. Ready here we go-

1. How do you prepare Ventolin for nebulisation?

What should you document following the administration of a drug via a nebuliser?

What is your responsibility in relation to management of the IV and pump?

you didnt want to make it a "gender thing" but you did when you made the issue their gender. You could have asked the same question without referring to their sex...again you cant make rationalizations based on someones gender/race.... :uhoh3: its unfortunate that your classmates wont help you but gender doesnt always have to be the issue..sigh...

Thanks for the quick replies, have been most helpful and have already put the information to use.

I wanted to set the record straight as per some other replies, but first let me agree that yes I could have put it forth a differnet way without making reference to Female so I apologize as it appears I may have offended some people and that wasnt the intent at all.

Yes I have certainly had a few areas of trouble with my studies, actually more so than I thought I would as well alot of the people I work with are ladies and in retrospect they dont seem to have the patience or even the time of day for students as it "Interferes" with their routine,Which I can understand it to a degree.

This is why I really try to learn as much as I can on my own and with the help of this website. So again I apologize and wil think before I type next time.

In the future if please PM with your concerns and I would be happy to address them.

Milenko

This is not intended to flame, but this is not the first time the OP has asked similar questions about IVs and attributed his difficulties to "female" nurses. His questions about IVs (and "difficulties" with "female" nurses) go back a few months.

Many of the OP's questions could be answered by simply looking up the information in a nursing drug reference book. While it is incumbent on experienced nurses to mentor new nurses/students, new nurses/students need to learn how to do their own research first. And it is never appropriate to attribute one's difficulties learning a skill/concept on another's sex/race/religion, etc.

A search of the OP's post history will show you what I am talking about.

I just did a back check and I really could not see where I have ever made reference to as you put it "difficulties" with "female" nurses" I did however refer to people I work with as RN's. There are plenty of males I work with as well that are qualified but as well dont know the answers.

As far back as I can remember asking questions is how we learn.

This a new area for me as I ran an office for 16 yrs, this is a great learning curve and at the end of the day I want to make sure that the people I look after are WELL looked after, if it means asking for help from various sources then so be it.

Milenko

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