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  1. I have read this whole thread and have resisted jumping in. Back in the 90's, a nurse I worked with had problems with driving home sleepy. She was a single mother with two children and worked full-time nights (eight hour shifts). She was either not taking the time to get enough sleep or her sleep quality was poor. One night when I was just coming on my shift in the nursery, I found out that my coworker fell asleep driving on the way home, got into an accident, and died. Her two children were sent to live with their father and his girlfriend. So long ago, we did not know about the dangers of driving tired. PLEASE deal with this problem. Now there are some treatments that are able to help. I was happy to read that you are seeing a doctor. I pray things work out for you.
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    "I am sorry - I refuse to float to Peds!"

    So you would talk to a family about not having peds experience? Have you ever gotten in trouble from admin. about it?
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    "I am sorry - I refuse to float to Peds!"

    I am guessing you couldn't use as a defense (if something terrible happened) that you were floated to an unfamiliar unit. I am still amazed that hospitals are willing to expose their staff and hospital to such potential problems just to save some money.
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    Breastfeeding support by HCPs

    DebblesRN: Thank you so much for addressing the visitor situation. Really, that is the big problem that I see consistently. Number two would be lack of staffing/time. I wish I had a nickle for everytime a baby was just starting to latch on well and eat and there would be a knock on the door and visitors arriving with gifts and squeals of delight over the new baby. The pt. usually stops nursing to greet everyone and let them hold the baby. Also first time new moms have visions of relaxing in their beautifully appointed post-partum suites, receiving visitors and opening gifts, taking pictures, wearing gorgeous nursing gowns with perfectly applied makeup and styled hair. Many are not prepared to do the real work that is required to initiate and maintain breastfeeding. When latching on or other issues occur it really seems to throw these young women for a loop. I hate to say this, but in many ways I feel that breastfeeding is a "head game". Women need to be educated, supported, AND have the focus and determination to do just about whatever they need to do to make BF work. I KNOW that for a good number of women, they did everything possible and things still did not work out. (Including myself with my firstborn.) But I think that many of us can tell as soon as we walk into the room to assist a mother, we can "feel" the difference between a woman prepared to do what is needed to be done to make BF work and the new mother who probably won't be able to go the distance.
  5. If these problems occur (and I think they will), who will we complain to? We won't be able to complain to the government. Who regulates, oversees, or disciplines the federal government?
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    Who does this stuff? Really, you can't make it up!

    So this pt will probably be going home soon? How will the family deal with her care at home? (When she falls because they get her up.) When she becomes injured at home/or needs to be readmitted due to her dx, does your facility HAVE to take her back? Can it be suggested that she go to a facility with bariatric equipment? I don't need to tell you, but you DON'T want to have to deal with this family again, or have any more staff injured.
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    Interesting morning....

    "They can make immunizations from these donors." Please tell me more about that.
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    Who does this stuff? Really, you can't make it up!

    How about restraints for the family members! Geez! They are interferring with the pt's plan of care and with hospital policies, they need to go.
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    Caring nurse turned Raging *****

    What good advice. How can you find a "good doctor" to get your tyroid checked? At the practice I go to I can't even get to see the doctor. They will only let you see PA's unless you are dying. The PA's, God bless them, seem unwilling/unable to do or order anything. And I know how much practitioners love it when you ask for a test or suggest that you might have something that needs to be checked out. Before anyone says to change practices, you then become a "doc hopper". Even with good insurance it is hard to find someone to take new patients. Not asking for oxy, just want some blood work done. Please? Even a familily history of low tyroid gets you nowhere. sigh....
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    Advice?My sons friend is acting strange.

    Could the father somehow be the cause of the boy's problem? The father doesn't want the boy to say anything or anything be discovered by a Dr.? Possibility of drug use? Or, Dad could just be the kind of guy we all know that thinks a boy should just "walk if off", whatever the problem is. Financial concerns? Leery of getting a big hospital bill. How is the boy now? What is our OP's responsibility, being a nurse, if she does not call 911 to at least try to get him care? The hospital would then have to sort out getting consent from Dad. Our OP does not necesarily have to have consent to call 911, does she?
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    rotator cuff surgery

    Anyone care to share how they injured their rotator cuff or did they just start to have symptoms (shoulder pain) that required a repair?
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    I'm a pregnant postpartum nurse . . .

    You are right. You need to stay away from those boards. It will just drive you crazy. Those people usually don't know what they are talking about so you won't be able to change their minds. Besides, you are one of "those nurses", they won't believe you anyway. You already have enough stress in your life, being pregnant. I hope all goes well with you and your baby.
  13. As JoPACURN mentioned, she/we who work in the US Health Care System, have many concerns about being sued. If our US Health Care System becomes run by the Government, where will patients go to complain about the care or lack of care. You can't really sue the US Government--can you? In other Health Care Systems (Canada/ UK) how are complaints handled?
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    Dysfunctional Hospital - Terrible Ethical Situation

    I am not very familiar with "Safe Harbor". How could our OP have initiated it to help her on that shift? Would it have helped her and her pts. enough, and in a timely manner? How could she initiate it without putting her job at risk? Has anyone here ever used "Safe Harbor" and what was the outcome?
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    Tylenol for newborn fever?

    That's great. Every unit that I have ever worked on seemed so h... bent on getting the baby bathed in an hour. Another thought (please, I am NOT starting a debate), I wonder what effect getting the Hep B vaccine in the delivery room has on infant temps? There seems to be alot of septic workups that are thankfully negative, initiated due to temp issues. The effects on the immune system might still be unknown from receiving Hep B vax so soon (high temp/low temp?). Could an alteration in temperature just be an immune response? But I agree that it always needs to be checked out with a thorough septic workup. Having a peaceful two hours is a good idea in the delivery room (free of bathing and unneccesary stimulation--just nursing and cuddling). What about having a vaccine free week before stimulation of the immune system occurs to let the baby stablize, and not complicate things with high temp/low temp/feeding issues, ect.?
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    if employers cant ask about children during an interview

    What if you have a "gap" in your resume due to taking time out to stay home and raise your children? Any employer will understandably ask about such a gap in employment. How should you respond?