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  1. dtermineddenise

    Drawing blood

    I transferred from a telemetry floor to an adolescent psych floor. On the telemetry floor, we frequently had to start IVs and draw blood. I sucked at both. Even though I would go through all the steps correctly...tourniquet tight enough, arm held low, etc. etc. I would always either never see the blood return or I would see it and then it's gone or the vein blows. I've always felt so horrible about it because most of the other nurses never had a problem with drawing blood or starting IVs, even when they did, it wasn't often. Now on the psych floor, I don't have to deal with IVs anymore (thank God!!) But, I still have to draw blood. I thought it would be super easy on kids because most of them have excellent veins. Then, I had to draw blood from one strong teenager with very good veins that popped out so good that you could see them from across the room, and when I went to draw his blood, I didn't see any blood return at all in the needle. I told a senior nurse that I tried, but, it seemed as if his veins kept rolling. She stuck that needle in his arm and drew the blood in like 2 seconds it seemed like. I felt terrible. I was wondering if they were talking about me behind my back saying, "She came from a medical floor and she can't even draw blood." Can any of you senior nurses give me some good advice or tips on drawing blood? Thank you.
  2. dtermineddenise

    Drawing blood

    I transferred from a telemetry floor to an adolescent psych floor. On the telemetry floor, we frequently had to start IVs and draw blood. I sucked at both. Even though I would go through all the steps correctly...tourniquet tight enough, arm held low, etc. etc. I would always either never see the blood return or I would see it and then it's gone or the vein blows. I've always felt so horrible about it because most of the other nurses never had a problem with drawing blood or starting IVs, even when they did, it wasn't often. Now on the psych floor, I don't have to deal with IVs anymore (thank God!!) But, I still have to draw blood. I thought it would be super easy on kids because most of them have excellent veins. Then, I had to draw blood from one strong teenager with very good veins that popped out so good that you could see them from across the room, and when I went to draw his blood, I didn't see any blood return at all in the needle. I told a senior nurse that I tried, but, it seemed as if his veins kept rolling. She stuck that needle in his arm and drew the blood in like 2 seconds it seemed like. I felt terrible. I was wondering if they were talking about me behind my back saying, "She came from a medical floor and she can't even draw blood." Can any of you senior nurses give me some good advice or tips on drawing blood? Thank you.
  3. dtermineddenise

    Drawing blood

    I transferred from a telemetry floor to an adolescent psych floor. On the telemetry floor, we frequently had to start IVs and draw blood. I sucked at both. Even though I would go through all the steps correctly...tourniquet tight enough, arm held low, etc. etc. I would always either never see the blood return or I would see it and then it's gone or the vein blows. I've always felt so horrible about it because most of the other nurses never had a problem with drawing blood or starting IVs, even when they did, it wasn't often. Now on the psych floor, I don't have to deal with IVs anymore (thank God!!) But, I still have to draw blood. I thought it would be super easy on kids because most of them have excellent veins. Then, I had to draw blood from one strong teenager with very good veins that popped out so good that you could see them from across the room, and when I went to draw his blood, I didn't see any blood return at all in the needle. I told a senior nurse that I tried, but, it seemed as if his veins kept rolling. She stuck that needle in his arm and drew the blood in like 2 seconds it seemed like. I felt terrible. I was wondering if they were talking about me behind my back saying, "She came from a medical floor and she can't even draw blood." Can any of you senior nurses give me some good advice or tips on drawing blood? Thank you.
  4. dtermineddenise

    How do I keep up on my basic nursing knowledge?

    I haven't even been a nurse for a year yet and I see that I'm already starting to forget some of my knowledge base that I don't use or see everyday on my floor. What do you seasoned nurses suggest I do to keep up with my nursing knowledge? Reading nursing magazines is not an option for me because I will not keep up with it if I have to read long articles. Do you know of any books/magazines that may have questions or case studies that i can do maybe once a week? I'm open to any suggestions. Thank you.
  5. I haven't even been a nurse for a year yet and I see that I'm already starting to forget some of my knowledge base that I don't use or see everyday on my floor. What do you seasoned nurses suggest I do to keep up with my nursing knowledge? Reading nursing magazines is not an option for me because I will not keep up with it if I have to read long articles. Do you know of any books/magazines that may have questions or case studies that i can do maybe once a week? I'm open to any suggestions. Thank you.
  6. dtermineddenise

    Keeping up on all my nursing knowledge

    I haven't even been a nurse for a year yet and I see that I'm already starting to forget some of my knowledge base that I don't use or see everyday on my floor. What do you seasoned nurses suggest I do to keep up with my nursing knowledge? Reading nursing magazines is not an option for me because I will not keep up with it if I have to read long articles. Do you know of any books/magazines that may have questions or case studies that i can do maybe once a week? I'm open to any suggestions. Thank you.
  7. dtermineddenise

    Nursing is not what I thought...hate my job...need ur opinion

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions and kind words.
  8. dtermineddenise

    Good Private Health Insurance?

    I got offered a good job at a rehabilitation center. I was so excited that they called me,but, had to turn it down when I found out that the health insurance cost over $1,000/month and they didn't offer dependent coverage. I was so sad because I really wanted that job. Does anyone know of a good private insurance that isn't too overly expensive? $1,000/month is ridiculous!
  9. dtermineddenise

    Why won't Personnel tell you over the phone which positions are open?

    Thanks...never thought about it in those aspects. I'll keep this in mind next time someone tells me this. But, on the part about maybe the receptionist don't know...there should be somebody there that does. But, all the other ones makes sense. Thanks.
  10. I have been searching for a RN position at a few of the nursing homes in St. Louis. First, I call and ask if there are any job availabilities for RNs. Only once did the person I was talking to answer the question with what positions they have available, hours, and days. Most of the places I call say, "Come in and fill out an application!" I don't mind filling out an application if I know there is a job opening, but, it is a waste of time to drive there and fill one out if there are no job openings. After filling out so many apps., they aren't fun and they are very time-consuming. This is so aggravating. Does anyone know why they won't give you any information on the phone so you won't waste your time or theirs? Maybe if I knew why, it wouldn't be so aggravating.
  11. dtermineddenise

    Nursing opportunities in doctor's offices

    I would like to search for an RN position at a doctor's office or clinic. How do I go about finding a job like that. I've looked in the papers and I see no job positions for doctor's offices, but, mainly hospitals and nursing homes. I live in Missouri. Thank you.
  12. dtermineddenise

    Nursing opportunities in a Doctor's office

    I would like to search for an RN position at a doctor's office or clinic. How do I go about finding a job like that. I've looked in the papers and I see no job positions for doctor's offices, but, mainly hospitals and nursing homes. I live in Missouri. Thank you.
  13. dtermineddenise

    Doctor's office Nursing Opportunities

    I would like to search for an RN position at a doctor's office or clinic. How do I go about finding a job like that. I've looked in the papers and I see no job positions for doctor's offices, but, mainly hospitals and nursing homes. I live in Missouri. Thank you.
  14. dtermineddenise

    Home Health Nursing

    Hi, I'm a new nurse with less than 6 months experience working in a hospital in telemetry. I'm considering going into home health nursing. Before I decide to make that move, can someone please explain to me what type of nursing tasks RNs perform in the home health business. Do you think it will be difficult for a new nurse to go into the home health nursing.
  15. Hi, I'm a 36 y/o new nurse. Graduated 12/2008. I work for a major hospital in St. Louis on the telemetry floor. I've been working there since March 09. I am not happy with my job as this is not what I thought nursing to be. I was taught in school to listen to my patients concerns, cultural concerns, and treating the patient as a whole, including mind, body, and spiritual needs. Well, on my floor, it's always so busy that I barely have time to say more than 2 extra sentences to the patient. It's so stressful. They equip us with a cordless phone that is with us everywhere we go. So, either the phones is ringing with doctors, family, or techs on the phone or the patients are on the call lights. There is so much monitoring and I am constantly getting admissions and discharges. Admissions really take a long time. Plus, I am more behind than anyone else because I'm always have so many questions. I feel as if I'm constantly being pulled in 50 different directions and even if I get to work early to get prepared for my patients, I still end up leaving late. Which results me working in 14 hr. shifts, instead of 12. I am always so exhausted and even on off days, I cannot enjoy my off days because it takes me several days to feel energized again. Since I've been working, Ive been so stressed out and I just don't feel like myself anymore. I'm always crabby and never feel like going out and doing anything. I feel so bad because I can tell that my patients need a little extra attention and loving care and I only have time to push meds, change dressings, and run out the room. This is not the way I thought nursing to be. I worked so hard to get through nursing school with the motivation that I would have a job that I love doing. But, I hate it. I feel nauseated every morning when I wake up and get ready to go to work. I want a job that I'm busy, but, not crazy busy, and where I still have time for my patients. I know I can't sit in the patient's room all day and lolly gag, but I wanna at least be in touch with their feelings and needs. I don't want a lazy job, either, where I'm not using many of my skills. A lot of friends of mine suggested working at a nursing home may be better, but, some people say it's the same or worse. Do you think I feel the way about my job because I'm still a new nurse and still trying to find my way...such as time management, and etc. or can you suggest a position that you would think is better suited for me? I welcome your opinion. Thank you.:heartbeat
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