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  1. Mary3010

    Any way you could stay over and work a few hours

    Could you do any of these if you were a new nurse or would it look bad?
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    CNA to RN

    Vampire girl: What made you decide to become a CNA before an RN? Is it quick to become one?
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    CNA to RN

    Is it wiser to start off by becoming a certified nursing assistant before becoming a registered nurse? Maybe it is quicker doing it this way and maybe there are similar duties.
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    ED RN in Australia

    Thank you for your comment! What would be the difference in duties between working as a doctor and nurse in Australia? From my understanding the doctors will give the orders and the nurses carry out the bedside tasks. Though I think ED and anaesthesia doctors do some bedside tasks too.
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    ED RN in Australia

    Sparticus2008 and K+MgS04: Thank you for your comments!!!! Would you say that the description of my interests is closest to that of an Emergency Registered Nurse? Could an advanced nurse fix broken bones/dislocated shoulders etc. maybe then? Some of the things that you both have mentioned, I didn't think of but makes perfect sense. For instance the fact that an ED located in a CBD will see more people who are homeless than elsewhere. Wow I didn't realise how many elderly fall patients and mental health patients there would be. I didn't realise...I only thought that those who suffer mentally would go to emergency if they have physically hurt themselves (self harming). That's really sad that not that much can be done to help them!! Have you ever had to deliver a baby in the ED?
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    ED RN in Australia

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to ask if this would be the type of work within an Australian emergency department (I'm guessing fast track or urgent care) or if it is the work done elsewhere. I'm thinking of becoming an Emergency nurse and I know that the television would portray it differently to what it is really like and so I just needed a little bit of clarification beforehand. I'm desperate for answers and I've been searching for a long time so I appreciate any advice!!! It's probably better asking nurses like yourselves since this is what you do as a living. Also, I'm not sure if the duties are dependent on where you choose to work. *Medication: Either prescribing medications or at least knowing what medications a patient would need through your knowledge of medicine. *Physical injuries: Performing first aid/Checking vital signs/other procedures e.g IV's, blood transfusions, treating physical injuries like broken bones etc. Basically knowing by looking at a patient what is wrong and what treatment to perform. Obviously sometimes scans will be needed to determine different things but having ideas of what it could be. *Reading results: Being able to read and interpret scans/results/monitors (e.g ultrasound, x-rays etc.) or just understanding them. Even performing scans like EKG's etc. It doesn't have to include all of those especially because I'm basically obsessed with anything medical related. I like the idea of having a mixture of basically everything e.g knowledge of medicines, helping all types of patients etc. I think I've heard of babies even being delivered within emergency out of desperateness as well. Maybe this is all advanced nursing practice but I'm not sure. Thank you so much everyone!!! Any help is appreciated.
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    ED RN Duties

    Thank you, Pixie!! I don't suppose you would know what emergency nursing in Australia would be like? There's this website but I think it's more aimed at giving an overview of what nursing is, rather than a description of emergency nursing: How to become a Nurse - Registered | The Good Universities Guide
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    ED RN Duties

    Thank you Pixie. Is there somewhere where I can go which lists these duties like a website for instance?
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    ED RN Duties

    Yingtsay, LadyFree28 and Hey Love: Thank you everyone for your comments...I really appreciate it!!! When I mentioned the part about medications, I was referring to basically having knowledge of different medications and applying that knowledge in helping a patient (maybe even independently). From what I wrote does it sound more like an urgent care/fast track advanced nurse then? Thank you all once again!!!!! LadyFree28: Am I correct to say that you can work in different areas of emergency? So rather than being confined to just one area, you could have a broader practice through helping in both the adult and paediatric emergency departments or you could work within different areas such as urgent care and elsewhere within emergency. Thank you! HeyLove: It sounds like you are really restricted in what you can do without orders (not being able to even give an ice pack). Thank you!
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    ED RN Duties

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to ask if this would be the type of work within emergency (I'm guessing fast track or urgent care) or if it is the work done elsewhere. I'm thinking of becoming an Emergency nurse and I know that the television would portray it differently to what it is really like and so I just needed a little bit of clarification beforehand. I'm desperate for answers and I've been searching for a long time so I appreciate any advice!!! It's probably better asking nurses like yourselves since this is what you do as a living. Also, I'm not sure if the duties are dependent on where you live. *Medication: Either prescribing medications or at least knowing what medications a patient would need through your knowledge of medicine. *Physical injuries: Performing first aid/Checking vital signs/other procedures e.g IV's, blood transfusions, treating physical injuries like broken bones etc. Basically knowing by looking at a patient what is wrong and what treatment to perform. Obviously sometimes scans will be needed to determine different things but having ideas of what it could be. *Reading results: Being able to read and interpret scans/results/monitors (e.g ultrasound, x-rays etc.) or just understanding them. Even performing scans like EKG's etc. It doesn't have to include all of those especially because I'm basically obsessed with anything medical related. I like the idea of having a mixture of basically everything e.g knowledge of medicines, helping all types of patients etc. I think I've heard of babies even being delivered within emergency out of desperateness as well. Maybe this is all advanced nursing practice but I'm not sure. Thank you so much everyone!!! Any help is appreciated.
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    Advice on furthering education

    BurnedOutICU: Can you do your master's part time? It just might take longer to do.
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    The Dangers of Nursing

    Ruby Vee: Thank you for your information Ruby Vee!! It seems as though prevention of physical injuries, fumes, hazardous substances, radiation and communicable illnesses etc. are prevented when you use the safety equipment correctly and know how to deal with it. I suppose you could treat the patient as though they might have those diseases and treating hazardous substances or fumes you aren't aware of as though they are. Maybe that could be a way to go about it. I guess when you look at it, there are probably things out there that we don't even know about that cause diseases/sicknesses etc. (whether it be in direct contact with these things when working or out in public). Good idea! If I don't find another thread then I'll make one and limit the information. I probably wrote too much. Thanks once again.
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    The Dangers of Nursing

    Hi all, Nursing can be dangerous at times due to physical injuries that may be caused by violence, excessive tiredness from shift work and possible exposure to various things. We have one body to last us a lifetime and so I thought that it would be a good idea for people to collaborate ideas on how to avoid/reduce injuries or harm to yourself at work. Let me know if I have missed something or you feel like one of these is of little/no concern and I can add changes. Maybe you yourself or someone you know have experienced these or there are ways that you protect yourself from these injuries or harm to yourself. I have read recent posts where nurses have said that driving drowsy has led to accidents including the death of colleagues. Another stating how they have worked with nurses with a black eye, broken arm and a fractured hip from violent patients and that they have worked with/seen nurses kicked, punched and spat on. Some nurses have even left the profession due to the injuries that they have suffered or are being overexerted/burnout from work. Maybe this can be changed/avoided/reduced if there are better strategies in dealing with them. I have summarised the injuries/harm that nurses could endure into 3 categories: Physical injuries (from lifting e.g. patients, from standing for long periods or helping patients who are aggressive/violent). Nurses may for instance experience back injuries, leg injuries at the joints or the development of varicose veins for instance or injuries relating to violence etc. Shift work (excessive tiredness e.g. driving accidents, more prone to mistakes that could impact patients, disrupting the regular sleep-cycle and possible health risks e.g cardiovascular disease. This is a good website which details some possible health risks and some solutions: Shift Work Health Risks: Heart Disease, Ulcers, Obesity, Diabetes, Depression, Accidents Maybe you have a good schedule in dealing with shift work that you would like to share. Other e.g Chemical/Patient sickness (fumes, liquids, hazardous substances, radiation, surrounded by patients' illness e.g airborne and direct contact diseases and sicknesses). I feel like having more nurses working at once could help with some of these issues because it could allow for more rest time and therefore making it safer for both you and the patients etc. and probably will allow for more flexibility in shift work. Also, there is the obvious use of wearing wear compression stockings or comfortable footwear to prevent leg pain.
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    Why I would tell you to stay out of nursing

    KalipsoRed: I agree with others. Maybe you just need to go into a different avenue within Nursing. You could consider working in a doctor's office or clinic and maybe even school nursing. I think the hours would be better. I know that it would be out of your control but do you think that you would enjoy work more if they employed more staff? I think that would solve some of your issues like not being called to work on your days off and maybe not working as much overtime. Cardiac dork: Have you tried something where you can incorporate creativity somehow with nursing? You could incorporate creativity In healthcare if you became a music or art therapist. You could even motivate people that way. If you like speaking and motivating others then maybe you could even consider using your nursing knowledge and maybe give lectures to groups of people about healthcare problems and how they could prevent it. People do that in schools and other places. Maybe for both of you, you just need to find something to merge with your nursing knowledge and you'll enjoy it better. All the best...keep us updated on how you're going!!
  15. These comments are great...you're all so funny. It was great reading them!! You can just picture some of these happening. I don't have a nurse story to tell but one instead when a relative was taken to emergency. It was for a minor cause...the doctor just said he needed to go. We were tired because we had waited for hours until he could be discharged late at night (which is ok). But when you're tired even the smallest things make you crack up. The doctor would come by every so often and the nurse was checking to see how he was going. All of a sudden, within the room next to us we heard this man making really loud and weird sexual noises. I was trying so badly not to laugh. I had to pretend that I had a runny nose to cover my mouth from showing that I was laughing. I looked over to a family member and then I just lost it!! It was one of those moments when you're with someone and desperately trying not to laugh. We both had to walk out of the room because we just couldn't hold in the laughs. I had to again pretend that I had a bad cold. The noises just wouldn't stop. He would just continually make these weird sexual noises, stop for a pause and then start back up again making it even funnier. The poor young nurse probably thought that we were laughing at the fact that she was examining our male relative. It was one of those moments where you shouldn't laugh. We walked out the hospital at discharge still cracking up and laughing about it the next day. It was probably more of a be there moment. Has anyone ever laughed at the wrong moment or got caught out for doing something inappropriate?
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