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haras regnurps has 26 years experience and specializes in or/trauma/teaching/geriatrics.

a divorced single mother of a 22 year old and a 9 year old I lived in Virginia for 3 years but was born and educated in Indiana hometown- Berne in Adams county home of many Amish

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    Call during blizzards?

    We all know that call comes with the job but not all of us are prepared for another BLIZZARD of '78 ! I was rather young but I remember, there are times when you just can't get in. It is not the weather that you know about but the one you don't that can take you by surprize........the blizzard that year was not predicted to be that severe. In the midwest most folks are not used to waking up to drifts higher than their windows. In my previous post I said to not risk your life or someone elses. That is exactly what I meant. Surgery schedules are cancelled due to weather all the time. Hurricanes and blizzards and floods can wreck havoc with even the most rigid/ non-flexible schedules. Been there done that................... I also work as and EMT. If Cindyy Youwho RN decides to try and get to work in here corvette convertable through 3 foot drifts just who do you think is going to have to go out and pull her out of the ditch? Just use common sense. follow your hospitals policy and do the best you can. ie keep an overnite bag in your locker at work and in your car. include pb and j just in case the hospital runs out of food. ( the patients get fed and then the staff ) I keep a few cans of soup too. We can all leave earlier to get to work but not all of us have access to a four wheel drive truck or a snowmobile. In 78 those were the only way alot of people could get to work-- shoot that was the way alot of patients got to the hospitale too! REMEMBER COMMON SENSE it's that little tid bit that they don't always teach you in school...................................... :idea:but should.
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    How are your Senior Nurses treated

    Well how generous of them. Work after the age of retirement and you don't have to stay up all night doing cases.........geez L O L
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    Call during blizzards?

    Make sure you know what your hopitals policy is for inclemate weather. Many have a seperate policy and some hospitals update this yearly. You have to do what is safe for all, and that includes yourself. If you are " on call " and can't get to your hospital then you can't get in. Don't risk your life or someone elses' trying to get there. I have had to sleep at the hospital, stay in a hotel room, and stay with friends. It just depends on what the weather situation is , how far away you are from the hospital, and your family. I try and make arrangements ahead of time leave earlier etc. I will not jeapordize the lives of my family for any job, so if the weather is so bad that I can't get the kids to the sitter or get the sitter to come to my home safely then I have to call in and suffer the consequences. most managers/ hospitals understand this predicament and will work with most employees in good faith. It just really depends on the situation. When there is a major blizzard the staff at the hospital can be stranded for days.................and do we even want to add hurricanes into this inclement weather discussion===== probably not.
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    How are your Senior Nurses treated

    The OR I am in right now makes call optional at age 55. This is not an official policy just practice which means when management cannot continue this because of our aging staff it may very well be a thing of the past. There are a few trying to make it a written policy but think that they will just eliminate the practice altogether. Senority is senority and has little to do with your age. I have been an OR nurse for over 20 years and just got done working Christmas! I don't wonder why nurses leave nursing anymore. We don't give enough perks and we don't treat our "green" nurses in any given specialty area very nicely at times. They recently eliminated retention bonuses too............................
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    da vinci robot poll

    nope, and I don't believe that we will be either. They should be available at major centers don't think I want every urologist that goes to a weekend program using one on me or my family. You need a surgeon that is already exceptional in laprascopic surgery applications too....................
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    shoes, shoes and more shoes-and those darn heels

    I realize that z-coils are rather expensive but so is foot surgery. It takes much less time for my bank account to recover from a small expensive of $200 than for it to have to choke up the complete $2000 .00 deductable if I need to have surgery on my feet. Foot science may work but those type of orthotics wear out rather quickly and in the long run you might spend alot more on your feet than if you just took care of them to begin with. We as nurses' are on out feet for hours at a time. This profession needs to start being proactive with our health in general instead of reactive. I just think that starting with your feet is a good start. Making sure there is not excess weight on those feet would be the next step.........................
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    Please share something GOOD that happened at work!

    today my scrub tech was awesome. I had 2 techs, me the RN circualtor, a CRNA and the surgeon in the room. there wasn't a speculum that was fitting our patient and instead of fueling the surgeon with negative comments the tech assisting totally defused the situation. I'm sure the tech scrubbing that did not have the correct speculum agrees with me......................................... I had left the room for the 2nd time and had come back, this would be the 3rd instrument that we tried, I said "3rd times a charm "and she said "yea and you must be goldilocks too " to the surgeon. he laughed and I said " and we are the 3 bears " the whole team ended up laughing and this time ----it fit. the case continued and we finished in a timely manner per usual. It is awesome when everyone is trying to do a good job and get along for the patients sake if nothing else............
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    Please share something GOOD that happened at work!

    you never know from day to day just how your actions will impact another. sometimes just a smile and a kind word is all that is nessecary. a white uniform to an elderly lady says that you are a person that cares................................................... how awesome is that to know that your profession is respected, trusted and valued. makes us all want to live up to it.
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    Man in coma after mosquito bite

    how horrible for the family and certainly the young man hopefully he will not be a fatality. had not heard of triple EEE is it found outside of the US Lived in the south and in the swamp literally so was suprised to not have heard of it. thank you for posting this to educate us all. sounds much worse than west nile. there are cases of this near me and one of those has been fatal I know that the bats and birds need to eat, but they sprayed down my street last nite and I was thankful. a few weeks ago I couldn't go outside my door without repellent on or there would be hundreds of mosquitoes on us as soon as we opened the door. keep standing water to a minium and if you must have it throw it out and change it everyday to prevent the pesky insects from breeding more. ie tire swings, bird feeders, baby swings etc..............
  10. I grew up in Indiana, so I guess you better add basketball players to that list for the surgeons and the er nurses
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    Surgeons "go ahead" problem ?

    we have a way to document delays, and this is done so you know why you are not in the room in a timely manner. Do you really think that being in the room is wise without all the players present. I think that it is just asking for trouble especially when you have a patient in the room for a long period of time before induction. It makes most patients more nervous.
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    Surgical Fires Presentation

    go to First Aid Products .com and look for a water-jel heat shield in container/ model # sku:M-4002 they are listed under fire blankets. I wish that I had a source for a video clip of using it. You must be careful when using any type of smothering device- so as not to spread the fire soucre in the process.
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    Surgical Fires Presentation

    sho----- it is called a jel blanket. comes in it's own mounting case they are not cheap, but it will smother the fire and give initial trx to the burn victim. In no way is wool or other fibers that can ignite a part of their compostion.
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    Surgical Fires Presentation

    I wasn't talking about the old fire blankets soaked in water. I was referring to the kind that turns to water when heated and helps smother a fire. It can't be used for an ET flame-out but if drapes go they can be used and are sterile. The key is not waiting---- even waiting a few seconds can mean the difference between living and dying and I'm not just talking about the patient. It is why I always have a wet towel or 2 and several very wet lap sponges available just in case. it only takes a split second for your paper drapes to ignite especially in the OR enviorment. It is a bit difficult to stop. drop and roll your patient isn't it.
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    Surgical Fires Presentation

    Valleylab is an awesome source, so is conmed. not sure where your facility is at but you might want to have your local fire department show up to help with a demo ( preferalby outside if it is not windy ) does your facility have fire blankets available for every OR room?
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    Surgical Fires Presentation

    Marie the thanks has nothing to do with this, but with your quote at the end Grandma- leaving the lid open for thinking outside the box that's good ps don't leave the lid off of the box if you are putting out a fire.