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Serotonin2 has 2 years experience and specializes in Pediatric Neuroscience.

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    Severe Anxiety

    @JKL33 I am seeing a counselor and started on an SSRI a few months ago. Perhaps I need to see a psychiatrist or psychologist instead.
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    Severe Anxiety

    Hello, I have been a nurse for a year now but am still struggling with so much anxiety. I'm sick to my stomach before entering work and stay awake at night after my shift worried that perhaps I missed something or made an error. I find my OCD kicking in during my shifts causing me to check and recheck and recheck something I already double-checked. I'm starting to wonder why I ever became a nurse. I'm especially stressed when multiple important things all need to happen at once. I do my best to prioritize. I was placed on an improvement plan due to getting out late and some errors I made shortly after orientation. I have since successfully passed the PIP, but feel an ever increasing dread of going to work and making another error. I find myself asking for reassurance because I doubt my own judgement. This makes me either look paranoid or like an idiot. I struggle with anxiety when communicating with the physician (specifically neurosurgery) when orders appear to be either not placed or inappropriate for the pt. I'm pretty sure neurosurgery dreads hearing from me LOL. This anxiety is impairing my ability to be at my best at work and outside of work. Help!
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    Blood administration

    Hello, I'm a new nurse and gave blood today for the first time but am questioning whether I administered it correctly. An experienced nurse who was my second witness and did the double check with me helped me set up the infusion. From what I remember in school, I thought we were taught to prime the whole line with saline first. I asked the other nurse about this and she said that after filling the drip chamber with saline that one should prime the whole line with blood instead. Was this correct? Also, I set the pump VTBI for the ordered amount. However, once you run the flush bag at the end and flush the line aren't you then by default pushing whatever blood is in the line into the pt thus giving them more blood than ordered? I thought perhaps I should deduct the volume amount of the line from my VTBI so that it would equal out once the flush is run. I asked a nurse who has given blood often and she said that was not necessary and that giving the extra blood that is in the line (which adds up to about 30ml) is okay. Is this right? Am I overthinking this? I checked with 3 nurses to verify I was administering it correctly, but I'm kinda freaking out that I made an error if what I did was wrong.