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Lorri Cook ADN, RN

ER, Psych, Chemical Dependency
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Lorri Cook has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in ER, Psych, Chemical Dependency.

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  1. Lorri Cook

    What to do about DNP and flu shot?

    Just because this nurse happens to not become ill with the flu, does not mean she doesn't carry it.
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    Suspended for touching a child's head and face

    I agree with GG66, you do not want your record to reflect "inappropriate touching", and get a referral to the best nurse-centric lawyer you can find, pronto. I am also sorry this happened...I operate in a no-touch world just for this reason.
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    Plant-based (vegan) mandate for NY hospitals

    If you buy either online at a place like Vitacost, or at Whole Foods or a local food co-op, the product label will state the ingredient for the gel-cap.
  4. Probably will need to not vomit or faint during nursing school as well...
  5. I tend to agree with the comment suggesting getting trained to become an x-ray tech, or an mri tech, both of which pay fairly well, and allow you to avoid bodily fluid exposure. You might train to be a nurse and get over your revulsion, but again, you might not. In school, you have to learn the basics of patient care, and after graduation, you need to get some patient care experience to move beyond bedside nursing, and that's a lot of blood, BM and sputum in the meantime. You also don't explain why you want to become a nurse, all of which reasons you have to be able to hang onto to get through the parts of nursing school which are difficult. If you can come up with 5 good reasons to endure something you know ahead of time you can't tolerate, and you feel exposure to these things won't make you throw in the towel, go for it. It's hard, but people do it every day. Good luck.
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    Plant-based (vegan) mandate for NY hospitals

    Beans, steamed vegetables, salads, rice and other grains, whole wheat breads are basic foods that are not at all complicated. I would think most registered dietitians could handle it.
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    When Should I Retire? My Struggle

    The nice thing about this decision is that it's not all-or-nothing. If you're tired of what you're doing, do it less or do something else. Try something slower, or outside your comfort zone, a little. Lots of options, including just packing it in.
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    Does Death Have A Smell?

    I think some of us are more sensitive to our surroundings and changes in our surroundings, including in the people around us. I've had similar experiences, I know the smell you're talking about, as well as getting a very tight feeling in my gut when I think someone is going to go bad. Don't think it's weird, and don't fret about it, in fact, you should look at this as a gift, which it is for a nurse. Use your intuition to give even better care to your patients, whether we have this intuition or not, we are in a position to make our patients more comfortable no matter whether they are at the beginning, middle or end of life.
  9. As an ER nurse, and having been caught by reports of orders written, I always recommend reviewing orders written on new patients, unless you have a code going on, and your MD is right there. Next, always assess your patient during bolus administration. You will hear crackles if they are starting to get fluid overloaded. Never assume the orders are written in stone. You are responsible for your fluids administration.
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