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  1. grimmy

    Retention of OR nurses

    i don't mind call all that much, as long as it's evenly distributed. where i work, it works out fairly well. one of my gripes with my workplace is that the management is practically non-existent. there are certain nurses and/or techs that have been in their "niche" for far too long, lord it over every and anyone, and need to be "sprung." i'm not saying fired, but geez, the micro-management by some of them is just beyond frustrating...or...they are consistently late, display poor practice, and no one has the cujones to do or say anything. a couple of our teams are in deep doo-doo because of this. no one wants to join the team(s), and the person(s) in question is (are)entrenched. the slow downward slide toward chaos is becoming precipitous. a little rotation, or mixing it up would be sweet, but i don't see it happening anytime soon. i sure do wish that those of us who are interested in going to aorn conferences would be able to go on educational leave, but only a select few get to go consistently. the only way to be guaranteed edu leave is to have a poster presentation get accepted. (believe me, i've been trying to get on research committee for over a year now). other than that (and that's a big item), i like my workplace. our schedule is fairly flexible with the options of 8, 10 or 12-hour shifts. call is pretty decent, but the pay could be better. i say this because the cost of living in this area, not to mention the real estate prices, are very high. we got a $0.35/hr raise this month for cola, but it seems like milk money. average home prices are over 250k, and that is out of the county. in-county is more like 300k, and the property taxes are pretty steep in the city. ah, well...i don't want to sound like a constant complainer. i love my work. these are the things that need some improvement.
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    Bovie Smoke

    i'm with you on that one. i have complained, it seems, without being heard, that most of my patients smoke, so i don't want to smoke the patient! why inhale that crap? i guess i need to press harder on this issue at work. i mean, for cripes sake, we diagnose and remove lung tumors every single day from inhalation factors...i don't want to be one of them!
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    Analyze this situation -I'm POed

    i agree - counts are critical items in pt safety, and cannot be fudged for any blowhard. the fact that the surgeon and pa are pompous morons is another story. obviously they've had great nurses around (like you) to make sure that they have never to had to open anyone up to retrieve an item, or gotten sued over an item left in the body. we don't want to have to go that far to teach them a lesson, of course, so let blowhards be blowhards, and document. i hope you have a supportive management that will stand beside you.
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    Quick ?s

    i did sort of choose - they were desperate for people on a few teams, and i chose the one where i liked the people. i like most kinds of surgery, so that really wasn't going to be an issue. people that you spend 8-12 hours with, every single day, is what's really going to make or break you. in reality, when on-call, you have to be able to scrub or circulate just about any kind of case, so that gives me plenty of variety. if i had to get down to brass-tacks, i'd choose plastics/burns/maxillo-facial surgery as my favorite kinds, but right now i'm on the thoracic team. what's great about nursing is the ability to learn from each kind of situation, and apply it to the next...and when i get tired of thoracic, i will do just that.
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    How often are you called in during on call?

    i, too, live about 30 minutes from work, and it hasn't posed much of a problem for me. i think the only time i really hate it is when i'm called in, sent home, and then called back less than an hour later. it makes a commute in the dark that much longer. i'm actually moving closer to work next month, so that should eliminate some of that issue. there's also quite a few times when i know, before i leave work at 5:30, that i'll be back that evening. last night was such a case, because i work on the thoracic team, our surgical fellow got a page for an in-house donor, and we were going to keep the lungs, liver and kidneys. i went home, fed, walked and watered the dog, took an hour nap, and was back by 7:30 to circ the beating heart organ donor. i got relief around midnight, and went home and didn't get called back. easy money, interesting case, and so it goes.
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    Where do you put your used sponges? L&D RN in NJ

    i, too, prefer the hanging bags. the scrub typically drops them in the kick bucket (which i line with the pack plastic bag at the beginning of the case) and during the case i keep track of them by putting them in the hanging bags. i've only been in a few cases where we had a lap/raytec count greater than 100 (our policy is xray when >70). i find laying out sponges on a sheet to be tedious, and a waste of space. with surgeons/staff moving around the room, and needing clear, safe walking room, the less on the floor, the better. generally speaking, i rarely have to count as many laps as needles, so this is not a huge issue. just yesterday, i had a 160+ needle count, and that was a major pain in the tuckus.
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    Post-op Vag hyst patient with thigh pains

    i'm hoping that the pt had anti-embolic stockings and kendall boots on, too (or did they use enoxaparin?) lack of blood flow, poor positioning, can all contribute to that sort of pain - what type of lithotomy positioning did they use? candy canes or yellowfins? i think they make a difference. it also matters when the pt is obese - there's a lot of pressure on the feet, back, and backs of the legs when an obese person is in lithotomy for extended periods of time. part of the cost of "doing business," i'm afraid.
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    help me choose an area of nursing to enter

    you're not particularly clear about why you find nursing stressful - and yes, you will definitely find psych pts no matter what kind of nursing you do. the or (where i work) does require some moving of pts, but it is fairly minimal. if you like technical fast-paced work, that might be a place you'd like.
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    Anyone used Photofrin?

    we're starting to do some cold laser cases for inoperable lung and esophageal tumors utilizing photofrin, a drug that is infused 3 days prior to the laser treatment (via endoscopy or laryngoscopy). anyone used this before, have any helpful hints? thanks in advance. i love the idea of this type of case, and its exciting to be using fairly new avenues of old technology.
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    Instrument Counts

    our stringers change depending on the pan, but most begin with scissors, drivers, and work on down to sponge sticks and cv clamps. we had to go to additional pans when it was just too darn heavy to lift the rib instruments. we rarely use doyens and fenestrated chest retractors, but they're in there (and weigh a ton). i'd never thought to put the stringer "backwards," and i wonder if i'd be able to see them from the field...regardless, i don't necessarily want to change my habit, since it works well for me, and as a team we have to agree on setup changes. we scrub each other out for lunch and shift changes, and having a standard setup facilitates the relief process. i think what i'd love about the whole backtable add-on or shelf system would just be places to stash the stuff i don't use everytime, but when you need it, you need it sorts of stuff...like specimen containers or telfa, the marker, dressings i want to stay clean, etc. i do have stash places now, but they're not necessarily easy to access. and, especially for those 2 or 3 part cases, like esophagectomies, and mediastinoscopy/lobectomies, my extra mayo is stacked to the roof!
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    Artificial Nails Anyone

    no fakes, no long nails, ever. even if i could wear nail polish it would be scrubbed off within a day or so, and why bother? i'm so used to having short clean, squared off nails that i clip and file them once a week to keep them healthy. i even get a paraffin manicure now and then, particularly in the winter, to keep the cuticles in good order.
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    Commuting to work

    i absolutely hate commuting, and i have less of an issue with it than the op - i am 30 minutes from work. even so, i'm looking at buying a home closer to work for many reasons, including the commute. i listen to npr, my ipod, have plenty of java by my side - but as for the time, i have to leave the house at 6:20 every morning. in addition to the actual drive time, i have to park 7-8 minute's walk away from the front door, plus i have to change into scrubs when i get there...add to that finding equipment in the morning, etc. i work 10 hour days...the other bad part of the commute: paying for gas..ugh.
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    Instrument Counts

    speaking of australian nurses, we have a travel nurse from australia, and she has mentioned the back tables they have with multiple levels and "side pans" that attach to the back table. well, i want one! maybe we have them in the us, but i haven't seen one - i've been sheltered - and maybe they cost more. she also laid out her stringers backwards, that is, with the business ends of the clamps facing the back of the table. this was so that the circ, who would be at the back of the table, could easily see the clamps during a count. i love meeting nurses from different places because of the different ways to do things. i learn a lot!
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    Lung transplants

    well, go to your local american lung association website or second wind http://www.2ndwind.org/ you could also get a picture of lungs and have the baker shave the cake into that form...or forget about the form of lungs altogether and think of something that reminds you and/or your mom of a breath of fresh air...something symbolic of what she can do now that she couldn't do pre-transplant. congratulations on 10 years! from a thoracic surgery nurse to you and your mom.
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    Doctor/Nurse relationships

    as someone who works with surgeons everyday, its hard to imagine not talking with them. imagine having to deal with residents who think they know everything, too! in reality, of all the surgeons i work with, the vast majority are decent, if not a joy. there are a couple of whiners (which i hate), and only a couple of loudmouths. since i also answer their pagers during a case, i can say that some nurses' fear is so obvious. they talk fast, i can barely understand them. sometimes they forget to mention the pt's name, just a room number. yes, be prepared, have information available, but remember you're talking to a person who wants to be treated like a person. for instance, i answered a pager that had just had multiple pages over the span of 2 minutes - all with the same text message - room 4012x - sticu 911. so, i called the sticu. i could barely hear the person on the phone over the blare of bells, laughter, etc. so, i repeated myself, asked what the page was regarding, the surgeon was scrubbed. the rn yells into the phone, "the pt is in respiratory distress, i'm transferring them to the po..." and she hangs up. hmmm... i got to the bottom of the matter within 15 minutes...i called the intern. but why did i have to go through all that? you see what i mean, i hope.
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    What is it about Med-Surg that you don't like?

    i'm not interested in m/s primarily because of poor staffing issues. i feel like i cannot possibly do a great job because i wouldn't have the time to do it right. there's also a limited technical aspect to the job which i would miss. i crave technical stuff, gadgets, hands-on, etc. there's a certain amount of pacing that i enjoy, too. this is why the or suits me so well. most days i have the right amount of time to spend with the pt and their family, there's plenty of variety in type of pt, different staff, surgeons, specialty, etc. i also have two jobs in one: scrubbing and circulating, and i really like both. i'll also confess to loving the dramatic nature of surgery. i have a short-attention span, and waiting for things to happen is stressful for me.