BlessYourHeartt

BlessYourHeartt

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BlessYourHeartt has 15 years experience and specializes in adult ICU.

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  1. Workplace Safety and PPE

    To me, there are only 2 solutions in jobs that don't provide adequate PPE: source your own PPE ($5 a mask is totally worth it because the alternative is a greater risk of catching COVID) or leave the job. Wearing masks for days in a row is unacceptab...
  2. If Tulsa becomes a hotzone, I won't be volunteering there

    Then don't. I'm a avowed Democrat, but hey, let's be fair: folks are gathering en masse, partying and vacationing all over the nation...hot zones are emerging all over the place due to social choices. The choice to take a lucrative travel contract to...
  3. I put the blinders on and am regretting it

    I worked for 4 years in a step down setting and 7+ years in the ICU. Never been physically assaulted. There have been confrontational moments, but things never came to an actual assault. It happens, but it doesn't necessarily happen every day to ever...
  4. COVID in the Break Room?

    Thank-you for raising this important concern! I fear that if a staff member is contagious, but asymptomatic or presymptomatic and working, the virus may linger in the breakroom air and on more common surfaces than can be consistently disinfected. Sam...
  5. Is anyone else holy crap concerned?

    Amen! I used to get really frustrated by noncompliance, ignorance, willful disregard for basic health maintenance both as a nurse and as a family member. By now, I wholeheartedly believe that responsibility for basic knowledge and self-care rests squ...
  6. Living as an older individual with comorbidities

    I'm so sorry it's been so tough. I have to believe that every week brings us closer to effective treatment and, one day, a vaccine that works. We are holed up at home too--I took an unpaid leave of absence from my ICU job of many years to protect my ...
  7. Is anyone else holy crap concerned?

    Trump is a businessman and a politician. He is not an all-around guru we should emulate outside of business and political wisdom he may spare. He has no medical expertise or cred. Any prudent person should be looking for MEDICAL guidance from medical...
  8. Is anyone else holy crap concerned?

    I understand. However, I also strongly believe in personal responsibility. As healthcare workers, we cannot forcibly save those who make poor choices. When the gullible come to prescribers with media-inspired requests, the prescribers can counsel the...
  9. Is anyone else holy crap concerned?

    With so many grave concerns, what meds the president takes and/or publicly admits to taking are of zero interest to me.
  10. Research; informatics. Law school or MBA if you have an interest in those respective fields. Any interest in accounting? MAcc degree program is only a year and a half and requires just a few prerequisite accounting classes for those with Bachelor's i...
  11. What is your "favorite" procedure?

    Favorite: Foleys, trach care, assisting with intubations, cardioversion, ABG sticks. Least favorite: IVs (just cannot get great at it), femoral arterial sheath and chest tube removals. Absolutely least favorite: doing chest compressions on an elderly...
  12. First year nurse. Thinking about leaving field altogether.

    MSW programs accepts applicants with Bachelor's degrees in other fields. You may be able to get free tuition if you land a graduate assistantship at the university or work for the university in any staff capacity. If you decide to stick with nursing,...
  13. Nurses with kids during this COVID season

    Hi, friend! I also have several kids and no family nearby, and a high-risk husband who's been able to work from home. I've taken an unpaid leave of absence from work and am starting grad school in the fall (loans will provide extra help at this time)...
  14. Facial coverings effective?

    To piggyback onto your analogy, if a C.diff patient had an explosive bowel movement near you, would you be less contaminated if s/he was wearing pants or if his or her hiney was out in the open? ? I would imagine a surgical mask contains a great deal...
  15. New nurse, asthma, Covid-19, What do I do?

    Congratulations on your ASN!! Mother-baby and NICU would be safer than med-surg, ER, ICU etc. An OB/GYN or cardiology office job. Or go on straight to BSN if you can wing it financially, by the time you're done, COVID will settle out and you'll be mo...