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abbaking specializes in Telemetry, Med-Surg, ED, Psych.

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    Stocked with supplies

    Do you find yourself running from room to room looking for basic supplies? Draw sheets, chux, pillow cases? Obviously the housekeeper does not stock for the weekend night crew. So, back and forth I go looking for essential supplies. So the question I ask is, Are you given adequate supplies on a regular normal daily basis or are you running laps just to find the BASICS? I feel like a marathon runner looking for supplies. Ugh
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    Sticks and stones...

    I have a life outside of work --- Makes me sound like an addict, but I have a drink and a cigarette among other things in my arsenal outside of the hellhole of work - peace out
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    The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen

    The good old Philly Side Car --- with our society the way it is, Im surprised its not happening more often or that its not in porn -- but sooner or later, it will
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    The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen

    If the dad was a hospital administrator, then things are making more sense
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    The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen

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    The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen

    also known as a philly side car --- ahh, working in corrections and juve has enriched my feeling about humanity
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    Literacy: A good quality in a unit secretary

    One of the unit secretaries we used to have was a very beautiful young lady. She was thoughtful most of the time and polite, but an airhead and very unenlightened. She did not know or had no clue as to why I could not answer the phone. Mind you, this is a busy Med/Surg/Oncology unit with intentional short staffing. Here I am fist deep inside a patients rectum disimpacting them with a river of semi-solid C-Diff deliciousness all around me, and the unit secretary wants me to take a call NOW. UGH!!!
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    Best CNA experiences

    After having read yet another RN/LPN vs CNA story, I got to thinking what are the good experiences we have had with our assistive personnel. I think the positive experiences outweigh the bad and truth be told, I have had more positive experiences with the CNA staff than bad. 1. There is a night shift CNA I work with who goes above and beyond to help the patients, the nurses and the families with almost everything. The little things he does make a big difference, suck as making sure toiletries are provided upon admission, the bed linens are folded down and the patient handbook is ready. He communicates with me with abnormal vitals and behavior changes. He knows he is not Superman; asks me for help when he needs it. 2. A female CNA on dayshift is very optimistic and joyful regardless of what life has to hand her and what she faces at work each day. I pray to God, I will one day have her zest for life and optimism. 3. Another night shift CNA looks like a gangster - I admit I was kinda scared of him for a while. But its all a front. He is a mouse and very dedicated to caring for his patients and working as a team. He does however curse like a sailor at the nurses station, but I do the same thing, So I don't care about that. What contributions do you see in your CNA staff?
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    You are my HERO!!!
  10. Do you ever have those patients or family members who write down everything? Your Name, Your title, your care provided, etc. I get annoyed sometimes but If its a once in a while thing, I am okay. If its a repetitive everytime I go in the room thing, I get a little defensive.
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    I must make a confession

    This is something that is so dumb and so stupid, but I must confess this because it is eating me up inside. The other night at work (1800-0700), I was so massively busy I didnt have time to get my dinner from the cafeteria. I am a big boy, and I must eat something or I will feel light headed and dizzy. I went into a patients orders, made a food request, and then picked up the food from the tray line, and chowed down in the break room. Yes, I know it was dumb and wrong. I was very very hungry and I needed to eat. Thats all I have to say
  12. So, In an effort to "control costs" the hospital has taken DRASTIC and UNSAFE steps to save money. Honest to God ( NO JOKE) a partial list of the new policies are listed below. There are three 20-bed units on my floor (all general Med/Surg) keep that in mind. - No more morning and evening shift unit secretary. Now secretary will be 12-hour shift from 9am-9pm. No more secretary on each unit. Now the secretary will spend 1 hour on each unit on the floor ("Rotating"). - No more CNA for each unit. Now CNA will rotate between all three units 1 hour on each unit. - If a patient need to be a sitter, No more floating extra CNAs or calling in Registry CNAs. Now the CNA will be the sitter. If more than 1 patient is needed to be sitter, the sitter patients will be moved together. If patients needing sitter are ISOLATION and other are NON-ISOLATION, the new protocol is to co-hort the non-isolation "healthy" person with the isolation patient and make sure handwashing and infection control measures are followed. If 3 or more patients need to be sitters, the family conference room will be converted as a multi-bed ward for this purpose. - No more housekeeping on the units. CNA and RN staff will be preforming housekeeping duties in addition to patient care. - No more individual case managers per unit --- Now 1 case manager per entire floor. - 1 Team Leader per floor --- no more individual unit team leader per shift. Welcome to the new world order - Healthcare Nazi-ism! Enslaved and over worked staff ensure that higer ups can recieve their $5,000 bonus this year.
  13. Was out of work for 3 months of medical leave/Stress leave. Returned full time on 10/26/12. All has been well up to last thursday when i was fired by a patient. No specifics were given to me by my TL, so I didnt think much of it. Cut to this past weekend (i was off work). Very intense vivid nightmares about being fired from my job, committing suicide at work, police escort off property, and a blur of other intense terrible and frightening emotions/thoughts. I know it sounds silly, but these dreams were so intense I woke up feeling briefly physically ill. What could this all mean?
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    Hurricane Sandy - Wishing Everyone To Stay Safe

    Can you confirm that Bellevue Hospital has been evacuated?
  15. Well tonight is the big night. After being off work for the past 3 months on medical leave, tonight I go back. I must say I am nervous -- Just the little things that I will need to do and get used to again (like password resets, staying up, drinking coffee). 3 and a half months ago I was having a professional, physical, spiritual, and mental breakdown. I nearly lost my job due to stupid choices I made. On ward and upwards I go. I have learned alot these past 12 weeks. Wish me luck!!!
  16. Don't you love it when you book months in advance for a vacation or a holiday break, you have approval from your manager, and appropriate time off - ONLY to have your manager later state that you might not be able to take your vacation or visit with your family. My rule: If I dropped money on it, I AM GOING. TOUGH KADODDLES! If staffing and scheduling is such a problem, perhaps you could have told me that 6 months ago!!! . You also should have hired those 5 RNs you interviewed last month (like any reasonably competant manager would do). You should have also not lied to me by saying "Take your vacation, we will be staffed" I booked a Christmas vacation with my family - 3,000 miles away. Regardless of what you say or imply or threaten - I AM GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS WITH FAMILY. I TOLD YOU 6 MONTHS AGO. You keep threatening me about my 1-time SEVEN DAY vacation, but you seem to jet set 4 times a year to Europe and expect me to swallow that pill.