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sugarloaf98 has 25 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg, Orthopaedics,.


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    nurse/patient ratio

    In a private hospital in SA, at night, med/surg, 1 nurse:10-12 patients
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    The "hospital smell"

    My kids always say I smell like disposable gloves! Yes, I do wash my hands!
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    Clinic nurses: If 1 million people join this group....

    I have a cousin who works in a clinic, although we call them Practice Nurses here, yes, you get my vote here:heartbeat
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    topic suggestions for a seminar

    No problem....good luck :) Would love to hear how you go.
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    topic suggestions for a seminar

    Here's a link to a paper by Professor Susan Ronaldson "Nursing -A Caring Spirituality" http://www.ciap.health.nsw.gov.au/hospolic/stvincents/stvin99/Sue.htm Hope that helps!
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    topic suggestions for a seminar

    This link might give you some ideas http://education.allegralearning.com/bundleList.php?&state=67&keyword=&specialty=&practice= also, The Australian Catholic University has a unit as part of their nursing degree, I'll try and find a link for you
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    topic suggestions for a seminar

    Spirituality in Nursing:nurse:
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    What's your story? Why did you take up nursing?

    I had a conversation with Mum. I said that when I leave school I'd like to help people and I can't decide between being a policewoman or becoming a nurse. She said "well you'll only wind up getting shot being a policewoman so you may as well be a nurse!" God love her and RIP Mum xx:heartbeat
  9. Something I'd love to say and get away with is: "If I were you, I'd get a second opinion"........
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    Advice, what would you have done in this situation?

    By the time the nurse told you about the bedpan he/she could have dealt with it obviously. Interrupting the narcotic administration only puts you at risk of making an error, all for a bedpan!
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    Advice For The New Nurse Entering Med-Surg

    My advice is when you get handover for a "difficult" patient make it your challenge to ask him/her what is the one thing that you can do for them to make them feel better. Quite often it is something minor to us, like keeping the curtain pulled around the bed, or a hot cup of tea in the middle of the night. To someone lying in bed feeling ill, it's the little things that mount up in their mind and become big things.....which reflects in handover as "difficult"
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    Taped Handovers

    I work in a medical ward on permanent night shift and there is only a 15 minute overlap between the late shift and the night shift so we have taped handovers. The good thing is that handovers are straight to the point (depending on who is handing over) but the bad thing is sometimes words get lost in the pronunciation if English is a second language and then there is no chance to ask questions to clarify things. Generally, what is lost can be caught up in the notes though. We also start with the name, bed number, orientated or not, mobile or not, then into the specifics.
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    School project

    I'm also happy to take the survey to work and get two or three other nurses to fill them out as well.
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    School project

    I'm happy to fill our your survey. Feel free to email me. Cheers!
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    Thanks for the laugh Madwife2002! When I trained back in the 80's there was a story abou the "grey nurse" who lived in the old wing of the hospital. Many a nurse recounted visions of her in the stair well but thankfully I did not see her. What is it about ghosts and stairs?
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    Thanks ingelein, remind me to stay clear of old psych hospitals! ditto,I have a son the Royal Australian Navy..how proud are we!