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  1. LynnRN53

    New protocol - No report from ER to floor...

    Our hospital started something similar but not as bad - only 10 minutes notice but nothing official about no report, but still, many ER nurses bring the patient to the floor without calling report. Very bad situation, I agree.
  2. LynnRN53

    What Just Happened?!

    Oh my goodness! That IS wild! WOW!, wonder if "Karen" is still in China?
  3. I no longer work in a hospital, I "retired" and work two long days a week in long term care. I find that some of the nurses and CNTs are often careless about the masks - not putting them on before they enter the building, they leave them off until they officially get their assignment and start down the hall to make rounds or pass trays, sit close to me or someone else at the tiny desk at the nurse's station, all eat together (which I do not) in the break room only a couple of feet apart, or, as one RN working in medical records does, wears her mask consistently around her throat literally every time she comes on our unit. I work day shift but recently a couple of night shift techs came on the unit and sat at the desk while I charted after my shift, not wearing masks at all. When I asked them to please put them on, (and I assure you, I do it in a kind manner, being careful not to sound impervious or holier than thou or angry, ) one put hers on, the other said,, rather sarcastically....without looking at me, continuing to look at her I-phone,"uh huh....uh-huh.." she finally put her mask on about 20 minutes later...this makes me angry and worried and I honestly don't know how to handle it other than to constantly keep reminding them to please put their masks on. It would only take one positive person to get it started. I am open to suggestions and would appreciate them very much. I am thinking of asking our DON to talk to everyone but management doesn't come in to speak in person to night shift and rarely communicates with us at all unless you find a half crumpled piece of paper taped to the desk at the nurse's station (seriously) with new instructions for something or other on it. I work day shift but one of the night nurses and I are frequently amazed at how we are not made aware of new policies or changes in policies. There is no computer system where I work that can be accessed by staff, just by management; we still chart entirely by hand, too ( I know that is hard to believe in 2020, but it is true). I sometimes think that leaving altogether is my only option but I am quite fond of some of my residents and co-workers, too, and if I go somewhere else in longterm care, I hear it will be much the same in many ways, though I tend to think that surely there are places that take Covid-19 seriously and expect their employees to do the same. Thanks for reading. Would appreciate any and all advice you might have.
  4. LynnRN53

    An apology

    And Emergent, I have to say, you express yourself with great articulation. Perhaps if I could write as well, I wouldn't find myself in this situation or be ashamed of what I wrote as an "apology." Well said, on your part.
  5. LynnRN53

    An apology

    Folks, Emergent is right,I did repost my agenda when I wrote my "apology" 'and I can see why it wrong inappropriate. Sorry to have done that, would like to take my post down but found that only Admins can do it. Anyhow, I am embarrassed and feel duly chastised. Sorry about everything.
  6. THANK YOU! This is incredibly helpful!
  7. LynnRN53

    An apology

    Thanks, I appreciate your reply. As someone else (Emergent) pointed out, however, they felt I was just using the "apology" to restate my point, so I guess it didn't resonate too well with everyone, LOL! That's understandable, and I did in fact mention that I was aware of course that I was restating my point about masking wearing, etc. My apology was actually sincere, believe it or not, and I am am feeling embarrassed, though, for restating my point so that it came off as it did, and I can see why Emergent feels the way they do I will leave delete it if I can (I am hoping that is possible, I am kind of new here and hope it is easy to figure out! Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them.
  8. LynnRN53

    An apology

    I see what you mean, and I think I mentioned that in the post, in fact. Maybe I should delete it if possible. Thanks for your input, you are no doubt right, and I need to give this some thought!
  9. forgivenfaith119: WELL SAID! A few things stand firm: this virus is easy to catch. It is spread by respiratory secretions, and those pass easily and often invisibly from our mouths and noses and and inhaled by someone else. Wearing a mask helps.
  10. Absolutely! Well said! I just commented upon this, as well. I cannot believe that even people who are health care professionals are disregarding the increasingly stringent pleas by infectious disease experts for mask wearing and social distancing. And this is obviously yet another person who is determined to make this into a political (I.e. Democrats vs. Republicans) issue rather than a medical one. The president's statements and actions are harmful and stupid and reflect the need for leadership that isn't afraid to take advice from others, in this case, epidemiologists. Anyone, who in the face of the facts that we are given about Covid-19 insists that "one day soon, it'll all just go away, like a miracle, it will be gone" and (early on) "there are about 11 cases here and they're all getting better" and who refuses to ever wear a mask is doing great harm to his public by setting a dangerous and poor example. Tonight I watched a video, taken by a journalist, of people working for a Trump rally removing the "Please do not sit here" signs placed on seats in an arena where he is scheduled to hold another rally, signs that were placed by the arena's staff in a vain attempt to get attendees to distance from one another,
  11. Here's the thing: wearing a mask provides more protection for others and still some for yourself. So, is it OK to refuse to wear one because: you love the president and are a republican and so you're not going to believe any of the doctors or you think it violates your constitutional rights or your face feels hot and uncomfortable while wearing one or....whatever? If you are taking a chance only with your own life, OK, so be it. But you are causing greater risk of illness and even death to others by refusing to wear one, so what about that old adage, "Your rights end where mine begin"? Like, my right to decrease my exposure to this disease. Someone here said that another poster's mom, who had 50 years of experience as an RN probably knows more than the women and men who are experts in infectious disease. No disrespect meant to someone with 50 years of nursing, (or anyone, for that matter) but I tend to think that a physician who has studied every phase of infectious diseases: history, patterns/trends, medications, outcomes of studies, etc etc knows a heck of a lot more than someone who has been a nurse for 50 years. Period.
  12. All very good advice you have given, here. And you are so right: if you can develop an occasional relationship outside work with some co-workers, they are likely to be kinder to you and less likely to report you to the manager for every little thing....
  13. I love this! It actually made me laugh outloud, because, though I have worked a floor for 35 years, I recognized some of my own feelings in what you had to say. I had a chance to enter a program for new-ish RNs who wanted to train to be surgical nurses many years ago, when I was out of school just 2 1\.2 years. I allowed myself to be talked out of it and have regretted it ever since. Glad you didn't make the mistake I did!
  14. You sound like such a kind, caring person! I am glad you became a nurse! You are just the type person that nursing needs, thank you for being kind and caring about others! Glad you are here now, from where did you move when you came here?
  15. With all due respect for you as an accomplished NP, who still works some as an RN, I can't be on autopilot at my RN job, either. One example: being in a room with a gentleman recovering from total hip, about to transfer to a LTC facility for rehab, just as ambulance for transport arrives, he stops breathing, he is a DNR (made himself one two years before for no medical reason, just said he "didn't want to linger if anything bad happened) - doctor happened to be on the floor and came right in - patient opened his eyes and started breathing again - ICU was full so he remained with me for 45 minutes till a patient could be dc'd in ICU and room cleaned, meanwhile, he of course was on tele by that time and kept going in and out - Dr talked him into allowing heart meds IV and revoked his DNR right there - I was not allowed to push heart drugs so calling and calling for super or ICU nurse to come do so asap - he continued to "go in and out" every few minutes - meanwhile, I had 5 other patients calling me for various needs, could not get charge nurse to take them over for me...no, not an everyday thing,but an example of all the stuff that DOES happen on the floor at times. I don't think many RNs or LPNs have jobs where they can "be on autopilot." I mean, it must be entirely different from you NP job, of course, and I understand that ( after all, I am now working LTC in the twilight of my career and I have to call or text our two great NPS often!) But I have to oversee 27 people who can at any minute have a serious problem. Not on autopilot! That sounds nice.....
  16. And whoever thought that one nurse having to give meds to 50 patients was a good idea?

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