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Charity RN, APRN

PACU, PICU, ICU, Peds, Education
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Charity has 28 years experience as a RN, APRN and specializes in PACU, PICU, ICU, Peds, Education.

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    Me......Me....Me : A Sense of Entitlement

    "Why, of course, ma'am. If you would please take over performing chest compressions, I'll get right to your mother. Don't worry about that odd feeling as you compress. Those are just his broken ribs."
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    days off- a rant

    Your manager can't require a doctor's excuse just because. That should be in policy under what circumstances, or when. Usually it is after a set number of days calling in. Don't answer texts or calls. My manager and supervisor have their own ringtone on my phone ("suspense" on the iphone!). Many years ago, my sister would explain to her manager that she could not come in because she just had a nice alcoholic beverage! But there is no need to give any explanation. No is sufficient. Giving in just enables them. It is sad, but if they have enough troubles with staffing/workloads, then perhaps they will change something.
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    ASPAN certification

    The best resource that I used was Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach, by Cecil B. Drain and Jan Odom-Forren. (I used an earlier edition by Drain alone, but its the same book)
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    Phase II Question

    Short answer: We PACU nurses take care of the entire patient, not just what got operated on!
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    arterial line insertion by OR/PACU nurses

    It depends on your state's Nurse Practice Act. Nurses in my state can start art lines if trained by their hospital. (all policy/procedure written, naturally) I don't know of any that do, however. We have hospitals here (not mine, thank God!) that don't allow RNs to do any arterial sticks, even for gases. Our docs would love for us to, I know. But the little residents have to learn something while they are here!
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    Most outrageous thing your hospital has expected you to do.

    As an acute care nurse, I read "residents" as physicians! You know- intern-resident-fellow-staff. Was I confused!
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    PACU Dress Code

    What type of scrubs/uniforms do you wear in PACU? Hospital issued or personal? Are you physically attached to your OR, or separate. What type of PACU is it? We are looking at our dress codes, but can find little in the literature.
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    Male OR Nurse

    Well, since we have well over a dozen OR nurses of the male persuasion, it never occurred to me that a guy would have any problem. This is not counting our techs and perfusionists. As far as I know, I doubt a chaperone would be needed as the OR suite is such a public place, with the other team members present. BTW, it isn't only males who need to consider a chaperone these days, for certain procedures. Want to be an OR nurse? Great! Get to it!
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    MSN at the bedside

    I had to check to make sure that I hadn't written this post! Except for the years of experience (have a few more on ya there), you could be describing me. I taught for a few years, and enjoyed it. Yet I missed bedside nursing. It has taken years for my family, even the nurses in the family, to stop asking if I ever plan to go back to teaching. They just don't seem to get that I love bedside nursing. I still love to teach as well, and get the opportunity to with students doing externships or management clinicals or with orientees. Nursing provides so many opportunities. I always say, "If you don't like what you are doing, do something else." That is what you have done. Why apologize for this?
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    PACU at night?

    We staff 2 RNs past 1900 every night and on weekends. If we need a 3rd (and it happens, one stays late or is pulled from another unit). Our other PACUs keep 1 nurse at night, with the OR nurse as the second nurse. Only our Day Surgery OR closes at 1900. As I type this, I am at work. It is 0300. We just sent our last case up. Of course, the ER is very busy, so who knows what will happen in the next hour... C
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    slugs inside of someone?

    "Slug" is also the term used by the sheriff. I read the same article earlier this evening. I didn't think anything of it. But when I saw the title of this thread, I thought of slugs of the biological variety. Context is key!
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    Medication Reconcilliation- An ER responsibility?

    our facility uses two forms. er and outpatient services both use a form that a nurse or someone similar will complete. if the patient is later admitted, a separate inpatient form must be complete by the physician. if it is a direct admit, admit day of surgery or such, just the inpatient form is completed by the physician. c
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    What is a code gray?

    It does vary from place to place. At my hospital "Code White" is for a combative person, whereas "Code Gray" goes to our neuro team for someone having a stroke.
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    Does anyone else find themselves doing this...

    If this is "nurse mode" then keep me in it 24/7. I call it being a decent human being.
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    Glen Beck's hospital experience

    I just watched his show tonight. I have not read anything he wrote. On his show, he praised the nurses. "With the exception of one," I think the phrase was. One could tell that he was embarrassed about the youtube video (which I did see). He indirectly blamed the drugs.
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    Reading that made me ill. I wonder how "descriptive" her charting was to validate her lack of medication. Your doc should have ordered the pain meds q1hr, or an infusion. No PRN. One of my docs calls PRN doses "per RN." He says too often patients are at the mercy of nurses who don't "like" pain meds or don't think they need them. BTW, I love teaching hospitals. When one encounters an ill-informed doc, one simply goes over his/her head! (after an appropriate Q and A session with them. After all, they are here to learn from us too).