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  1. RN mom of 2

    Yelled At During A C-Section (Among Other Things)

    I'm sorry you are having such a rough time right now. It sounds like you are doing your best to work hard at something that can be quite scary and overwhelming at times. I think because OB is dealing with life/death situations (times 2) the seasoned nurses tend to be abrupt at times. They have so much responsibility on their shoulders making sure baby and mom stay safe. I've been in your shoes, and when you say "village idiot" I know EXACTLY what that feels like. Sometimes it takes time to find your niche in nursing. There are so many different areas to try, so don't feel bad if OB is not for you. It's okay to try different things until you find the right specialty for you. Hang in there. You are not alone, and although it may not seem like it, we have ALL been there at one time or another! Take care. :)
  2. RN mom of 2

    The Circumcision Discussion

    I asked my hubby, and he said no one looked (to his knowledge) and no one ever talked about them. As a mom of two intact boys, I find all these "excuses" to circ absurd. After six months of research I could not find one valid reason to circ my boys. I believe the majority of circs are done for aesthetic reasons, or because parents think it's cleaner. The first reason is not valid and the second is not true. Just my (not so humble) opinion, as I'd shout it from the rooftops! :wink2:
  3. RN mom of 2

    Getting burned out

    You are a very special person to feel this way. Reading that made me want to cry. I think being a compassionate person can be a curse as much as it is a blessing. I'm not working as an RN right now, but I can tell you, I would feel the same way. The one thing that gets me through is prayer. Since death is a spiritual matter, I seek spiritual help. Take care.
  4. This is a wonderful way to look at it! I am still struggling with returning to work. I've been away for 8 yrs now and it makes it even more daunting to go back. I'm going to keep what you stated in mind. Thank you for that! :)
  5. RN mom of 2

    Circumcision

    I want to thank all of you for your responses. :) I do understand that there are moral dilemmas you must deal with in the NICU that are beyond your control. It must be so difficult at times. As a mom, I can also appreciate how difficult it must be for the parents to finally let go of their baby. I doubt if anything in life could prepare a parent for that moment. I'm not saying that putting a baby through unnecessary trauma is right, just that I see their reasoning for doing so. Having said that, I view circs in a different way from life saving measures. I personally find them unnecessary in every way. I have never forgotten the circ I witnessed in nursing school, which lead me (during my first pg) to question and research (for months) routine newborn circumcision. Anyway, both of my boys are intact and problem free in that region. At the hospital I was in (when I saw the circ) there was a tiny room where circs were done. They would shut the door so no one else had to hear the baby screaming. This was what I meant when I said I didn't want to be in the room. From your responses, it sounds like circs are not that common in the NICU. I'm glad to know this. I'm wondering if this is something that is important to discuss during the interview? To be honest, I'm so opposed to having a hand in it that I would choose to work in another area if I was required to assist with circs.
  6. RN mom of 2

    Circumcision

    Hi! I'm wondering if preemies get circumcised, and if so, are all RNs expected to assist? I really want to work in NICU, but I'm morally opposed to circumcision, so I would not want to be a part of the procedure. I don't have any problems caring for a circumcised baby, I just can't bring myself to have a hand in the procedure. I couldn't even be in the circ room while it was being done. Is it even possible to get a job taking are of babies if you are morally opposed to circs? Thanks for your input. :)
  7. RN mom of 2

    My Poor Hands have been Washed Raw

    sorry, i misspelled the name of the lotion in my other post. here's a link: http://www.dreamtimebaby.com/stmocrbymu.html :balloons:
  8. RN mom of 2

    My Poor Hands have been Washed Raw

    I have this problem and it flares up in the cold/windy months. My hands (especially the right one) have been cracking and bleeding the last few days. Our pediatrician saw my hands one visit and said, "Do you know you have eczema?" I had suffered with this for yrs, but had no idea it was eczema. Frequent hand washing only aggravates it, but you can't get away from that in nursing! Our ped recommended Aquaphor. It's similar to Vaseline, and it's good to use at night before bed, so it can soak into your hands while you sleep. My kids also have eczema (it's genetic), so I got them Mustela Steletopia moisturizing cream. It's expensive, but man.... does this stuff work! I use it on my hands, and I see and an improvement after just one application. These are the only two products I've found that don't burn the skin horribly when first applied. I have also tried prescription cortisone cream and it works well, but I try to avoid it if I can. I hope you get some relief. :) Oh... and I'm also allergic to latex gloves, but the eczema is a separate issue. Even when I'm not working as a nurse I have these skin flare-ups!
  9. RN mom of 2

    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    This happened to me when I was a kid. I'm sure I was awake and lying on my back, when I felt my feet and legs lifting out of my body. I felt very peaceful, but then I got scared thinking I was dying and it stopped. It never happened again, and I never forgot about it. I heard that young kids (before they know to be frightened) leave their bodies and kind of hover around. This sounds weird, but I have memories of hanging out in the corner near the ceiling and looking down at myself sleeping. Maybe they were just dreams, though. I think kids are much more in touch with the spiritual world, since they came from there so recently. I guess some kids hear voices, but they aren't psychotic, it's just spirits talking but we can't hear them. My son (around age 4) used to cover his ears a lot, and he seemed distraught at times. After gently asking him questions, he admitted hearing people whispering in his ears. He told me a man and a lady, but he couldn't make out what they were saying. He admitted it was very upsetting to him. So, I was freaked out thinking he had mental problems, and I started researching on line. I was shocked to find this is a common occurrence in many kids! I didn't feel so bad then. Anyway, it said to pick a child's favorite toy and tell them this toy hears the noises, too. Then I got his dinosaur that makes a roaring sound and told him whenever he hears the noise hold up the dino to your favorite toy and make it growl in the ears to chase off the noise. I also told him he could say, "Go away noises, I don't like you!" He actually did these things off and on for a few days, and then it stopped. No more noises. Strange, but true.
  10. RN mom of 2

    Can nursing schools kick out students who are overweight?

    Leslie, I couldn't agree with you more! :)
  11. RN mom of 2

    Can nursing schools kick out students who are overweight?

    I agree, it truly is a shame. I have to say, I dreaded having to see him. At the time, I felt very vulnerable being pg, so I didn't speak up. I think if I saw him now I'd let him know exactly what I think of his bedside manner!
  12. RN mom of 2

    Can nursing schools kick out students who are overweight?

    Yes... thank you for that. He was obsessed with my weight, yet sent me home without checking my labs. I was discharged with a 7.7 hemoglobin!! I was ready to pass out and could barely breathe while visiting my baby in the hospital. Let me tell you, I have never felt that bad, and I was really scared. I dragged myself to a general practitioner in the same facility who looked up my labs and could not believe I was discharged.
  13. RN mom of 2

    Tips for speed without sacrificing accuracy?

    I love it... wonderful advice! :)
  14. RN mom of 2

    Can nursing schools kick out students who are overweight?

    Let's face it...... overweight/obese people are discriminated against, and probably always will be. As my overweight friend used to say, we are treated like second class citizens in many situations. It's impossible for those who have not suffered from weight issues to relate to this. It's one of the few genetically predisposed addictions which can not be hidden from society. It is right there for everyone to see, which only adds to the humiliation. I was the heaviest person in my nursing class, and I had no trouble keeping up. My plantar fasciitis was acting up, but otherwise I was fine. I also feel that I was one of the best nursing students in my class, with high grades, as well great rapport with patients, staff, instructors and peers. I passed the NCLEX the first time with 76 questions. I have had people be very rude to me in day to day life. After I had my son the OB who did my c/s said that he didn't want to see me back until I needed a tummy tuck. I saw different docs during my pg and he was the only one who constantly brought up my weight, even though I had a healthy pregnancy. It was obvious that he was simply repulsed by heavy people. While pg and waiting in a restaurant I had a stranger offer me half of her sandwich, and then burst out laughing. I was so stunned I acted like I didn't hear her. So, take it from someone who has lived it, there are MANY MANY folks out there who just don't like heavy people, and they often judge them based on looks or preconceived notions, not on their abilities. I'm not saying that having extra pounds doesn't affect you at all. I'm sure our energy levels are not as high, but it doesn't mean we can't be excellent nurses in spite of it.
  15. RN mom of 2

    Tips for speed without sacrificing accuracy?

    cherokeesummer, I'm not a NICU nurse, but I'm seriously considering it. I can tell by reading your posts that you are already a good nurse. I think you are going to be a fabulous one in the future! All the best. :)
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