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    Male Nurses.

    Oh and having said all that, I just want to say, I do love having male nurses on the ward. I've worked on wards where there is only the token male nurse and things can get so catty! But having the boys (as we call them) around really tones that down. We currently have four male nurses on the unit and I really wish there were more of them around. Just wanted to make that clear. :)
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    Male Nurses.

    I agree, it definitely SHOULD go on whoever is best for the job with the most experience and top notch references. Unfortunately, as has been my experience, male nurses do tend to go up the career ladder quicker than their female counterparts. Before I started at my present job, I was working on a medical unit. There was a charge position available and I thought, hey, let's give it a shot since I'd been there a few years and felt I was ready for a new challenge. My interview went well, better than I expected, but they passed me over for a new grad who happened to be mature age and male. At the time, he had been working on the unit for only six months. Imagine how snubbed I felt when this guy, although older than me, was coming to me for advice on how to do his job. I still helped him out and gave him my advice because it's not in my nature to be a sore loser and after all, he was a good nurse, just inexperienced in leadership. But still, it really bites when that happens. I wish you the best of luck though. :)
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    Nursing as a customer service profession?

    We have a similar thing going on for a couple of hours during the day shifts at my hospital, provided by the Red Cross. They're all volunteers, they don't get a dime for doing it but they all love the interaction so all we are free to get on with doing things which, to us are far more important, even if the patient may not agree. And because I'm not getting paged by the patients every 2 seconds to do flower arranging, toenail painting, application of makeup or providing cups of tea not only for the patient but every relative as well, I find it a lot easier to fulfill the customer service aspect of my job (ie smile and nod politely in all the appropriate places and mind my p's and q's). I only wish that they were on staff 6-10pm!
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    Personally I love the sputum song
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    Personally I love the sputum song
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    Pressure area Assessment

    It feels really soft and squishy and moulds to the shape of the body. Think along the lines of more shock absorbent jelly (sorry, jello for US folk). It's supposed to be made from pig fat, hence the name. Sorry if that is a lame explanation but I have no idea how else to describe it.
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    Young guy in need of advice.

    For any kind of nursing, I think you need to be assertive. But even if you aren't a naturally assertive person, it will MAKE you into one. This isn't necessarily a bad thing....in fact I think it's one of the most positive changes to have happened in my life since I started nursing. :) But without that assertiveness, people will walk all over you and you will burn out. Other than that, I think to know your limits is a really big thing. Know what it is you like about your present job and go from there. From what you've said, the personal contact seems like a big thing for you so I can understand why people have recommended the CNA certification as it will keep you pretty close to the patients. Hospitality and tourism is an area that ex-nurses seem to flourish in because there's that personal contact that you seem to enjoy. At 18yo you've got a long life ahead of you so there's nothing to stop you from experimenting with different lines of work to see what suits you best. A wise person once said that if you enjoy your job, it won't seem like you've ever worked a day in your life. And with an average of 45 odd years spent in the workforce, why not try and aim for that? It's too long a time to spend being miserable and feeling that you're not in the right niche. Best wishes to you, Michael.
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    Pressure area Assessment

    That is bizarre gwenith... We never ever see the OTs unless we call them in on a consult. And even then, they will refuse to come unless it's on an MD order. The MDs are not there that frequently to notice things like footdrop etc....it's usually up to us to bring it to their attention and then we wait forever for them to fill out the referral form. So usually I say that yes, I have an MD order and then hope that I can wave it in front of an unsuspecting resident MO and get it signed off before the OT gets there. As far as PA assessment goes, the OTs here don't give a rats so long as it's not affecting the limb that they're treating. And yeah, I never see the same OT twice either.
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    Fundraising idea

    Hmmm.....the hospital olympics sounds like a great idea. I'd have to do a lot of costing.....not to mention finding out if dousing ECG leads in green globby goop would render them useless. Could make a whole day out of it....kind of like the swimming carnival only much more fun.
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    ICU vs Med Surg for New Grad?

    I went to ICU straight out from graduating. Spent the first six months of my nursing career bewildered, confused and utterly lost. I was supposed to have a 6-8wk introductory period as well but they were short-staffed and to management, a body was a body so we got thrown in the thick of it. My time management skills, which were used to a 6-8pt load went right out the window in my time there (I'm sorry if this offends ICU nurses, but it is a lot easier to for me to co-ordinate care for 1-2 very very sick pts than for 6-8 less sick pts). ICU terrified me but I'm proud to say I survived my stint there and still go back occasionally, when staffing needs necessitate it. I'm MUCH happier where I am now though (ortho, in case you hadn't gotten that).
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    sleeping staff

    In a perfect world, I would agree with you. I'm one of those lucky people who can work whatever shift and still do my job. I don't need to sleep on nights....sometimes at 4am my brain gets a little fogged but I find the best thing to do is go outside in the freezing cold without a jacket. That usually wakes me up. But I digress....lucky me, I work for the state. They give us NO choice when it comes to shifts. You either work all three on a rotating roster or you shift your keister to the private sector, which incidentally pays less. Money is important to a lot of people, so even though it may not suit their body clocks to be working all sorts of shifts, they do it for the differential and the public sector award pay rate. I continue to work public because I couldn't live on a part-time wage if I worked in the private sector. I'm just lucky that I can cope with the constant "back and forth" nature of a rotating roster.
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    Fundraising idea

    Hey guys.... I'm wanting to initiate some fundraising activities on my ward....but I'm after ideas that are new and most of all, FUN!!! Hopefully, everyone will get behind it. I was just wondering what people think of this....if it's a no-brainer, I don't want to present it to my boss. I was thinking of crash cart races - sprint trials over 50m or so with resusciation of a dummy at the finish line - first team to successfully resus the dummy wins. The individual teams could get sponsored by their wards or maybe even members of the public. It'd give the staff a chance to use their resus skills and show the public what we were trained to do. And of course, all staff involved in the crashcart races could take care of their resus credentialling at the same time. Good idea or bad idea???
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    2 Nurses needed???

    You evidently haven't worked with some of the acute medical patients that I have. One pt I recall was on 80u Actrapid TDS with 120u of Protophane at night. Sounds insanely high, but that's what was required to keep this patient's glucose levels in the "optimum" range. No it's not a "regular" dose as you put it, but for some people, it's normal for them. Yes we should all be smart enough to know what is normal etc but mistakes do happen and I personally would rather cover my own backside than lose my license over a med error that could easily have been avoided. I respect your abilities and all that (as I do all of my colleagues until they prove themselves incompetent), but I'll have to agree to disagree with you here. It's not THAT stupid an idea.
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    2 Nurses needed???

    The only meds we do not double check are oral meds, excluding the anti-coagulants and steroids. They too, must be double checked. Anything IV, IM or S/C MUST be double checked, regardless of whether it is a narcotic or not. Personally, I don't mind. The number of times on night duty where my mind is not completely at work, another pair of eyes has saved a patient as well as my license. It is so easy to make a mistake, so why not exercise a little caution when it takes so little time to do?
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    Seeking OB/GYN opinion...

    I only wish that my mum didn't live so far away....I was dying to see what her face looked like when I told her the doctor told me I was pregnant with gallstones! :chuckle There was complete silence on the phone before she asked how I managed to get gallstones in my uterus. I couldn't help myself....I was howling with laughter. :roll But thankyou for the congrats on the birth of my gall twins. I shall name them Max and Milly. Meanwhile, I shall continue my quest for a doctor who actually knows what they're talking about. It's a tough ask, but somebody's got to do it.
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    Holiday differentials?

    quote:Originally posted by bassbird We don't get holiday pay for any holidays. I was surprised to find this out after I was hired. Oh well. I am betting that I will see it pop up anyway, but to quote sjoe.... We will get exactly as much crap as we will take.