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franciscangypsy has 10 years experience and specializes in ICU, MedSurg, Medical Telemetry.

Started in healthcare as a CNA in 2004. Have been an RN since 2009. Worked nursing home (as a CNA/Med Tech), Med Telemetry, MedSurg, and will be starting now in a very small-town ICU!

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    Video CE?

    Tonight at work I just got an email sayihg that I would be getting a nursing student to precept. Then I had an "oh, crap" moment; how am I going to teach a student? Even though, I've been a nurse almost three years, I don't feel like I know anything. I learned in nursing school that I just don't retain information from books; that practical experience is what sticks with me. So I was wondering if anyone know of any good video CE/educational sites for nurses? I'd love to continue my education in a way that is most beneficial to my particular way of learning. Thanks for any help you can provide! God Bless, Tahlia
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    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    I always wanted to be a Catholic nun (religious sister). In high school, I went on a "Nun Run", visiting a bunch of sisters in the DC area. One particular order talked about how they took care of the sick (I think it was Mother Teresa's order) and I thought "I could do that". That got me thinking and the summer before my senior year of high school, I volunteered at a hospital and studied for my CNA trying to test my endurance, trying to "tire myself out of the idea". I worked in a nursing home my senior year and wasn't tired of nursing, so here I am today, almost 2 years an RN, and very glad I went on that particular Nun Run.
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    The Present

    I know Harry; he's one of my online writing buddies! He's an amazing author! He will a kick out of knowing that you are reading his stuff here!
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    If you don't know...please ask!

    I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing.
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    awkward situation with a patient and money

    I had this happen when I was a CNA and about to leave for nursing school. I had worked with this lady for at least a year and she knew I was leaving for college for the first time. When I finished helping her, she gave me some money (I don't remember how much). Even at 18, I knew I wasn't supposed to accept money from pts and tried repeatedly to give it back. Finally, it looked like I would just make the lady cry if kept insisting, so I left with it, thanking her. As soon as I got back to the nurses' station, I snagged my DON and told her what happened and gave her the money. She found a way to sneak it back to the pt so her feelings wouldn't be hurt. Thankfully, I've never had to deal with that again.
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    Required CNA age for New Jersey?

    CNA, at least in VA, is under the State Board of Nursing. If you do a Google search for New Jersey State Board of Nursing, you might get some answers too.
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    Required CNA age for New Jersey?

    It didn't matter in VA, either. I was also 17 when I completed my CNA and started working in a retirement home. The program was a couple times during a week, in the evenings, and mostly stretched over the summer. I started my senior year of high school after I finished the program and started working within the first couple weeks of the school year. I would ask the place offering the course -- they probably would be best able to answer your questions. :)
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    Do night shift nurses try there best

    I figure if I'm bored on nights, there's always someone else who isn't or needs help. On those good nights, I'll help the aides out (leaving them sticky notes to let them know that the job is taken care of and that they don't have to wake my patient again) and check to see if the other nurses need anything. Nothing is worse than feeling harried and feeling that everyone else is relaxing and kicking it back but you. Then, if I've taken care of all my people's needs for the night and have made sure my coworkers are all okay, I start discharge paperwork for the dayshift and start seeing if there is anything else I can do for them -- more research, 0700 meds before they come in (as long as they aren't blood sugar related)... anything to make their jobs a little easier. I rarely have a completely boring, kickback night. There's always something for me to do. The one thing I won't do is wake pts up for stupid stuff. In MHO, waking up a pt to change an IV that it is working just fine but is a little outdated is a cruel and unusual. IV therapy is available in the morning. They can take care of it if the day nurse is too strapped for time. If the IV is painful, not working, or comes out, or I have time early in the night (rare), I'll take care of it. But otherwise, I'm really sorry, but I'd probably punch someone in the face if they woke me up to replace an IV that was working perfectly fine. The Hospital isn't the Ritz, but I do want to be at least a little considerate of my pt's sleeping needs. Makes your job easier during the day too if the pt isn't crabby about me bugging him for stupid stuff all night.
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    Too Sensitive?

    Shift was steady but not too bad last night. I just given away my first patient and had prepared to hand my other patients back to the day shift nurse taking the rest of my team. In the middle of report, we all hear a masculine yell "Help! Somebody help!" We run into the room to find the pt I had just handed off, who was supposed to go home, was unresponsive, seizing, and blue! Found to be in Vfib/Vtach. CPR started, pt shocked. After 5-15 min, we got her back and got an order to send her back to the unit. She came in with a silent MI, never had ANY medical hx whatsoever, and was supposed to go home today. I know that there wasn't anything I could have really done to predict this, but I was rattled giving the rest of report and slept horribly today. I woke up, dreaming about the pt and her husband. Everyone else seemed to handle it just fine and go on their way. Am I just too sensitive?
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    I can't take this nurse anymore!

    posted post to wrong board. ignore my post. heh
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    Ah, the things we say when we're tired

    I told the oncoming day nurse one time that the pt was put on 2L of nitro. Nasal cannula as well. It took her a couple times of repeating that dryly for me to pick up on my mistake. lol
  12. I want to at some point and I had two patients who were deaf when I was an aide, but haven't since. I guess it all depends on your floor and the prevalence of deaf people in your community. Apparently, in my area, not many deaf people get heart problems...
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    "I'll Tell The Nurse" (vent)

    Can pharmacy write a telephone order? I guess that's why this has never bugged me; I thought that pharmacy couldn't and that's why they were calling me.
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    "I'll Tell The Nurse" (vent)

    Oo! Oo! I want one! PWEEEEEASE! Actually, after a while, they'd decide it was too expensive and then cut back on the magic wands and we'd all have to share.
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    Your Favorite one liner used with patients

    Whenever I admit patients to our floor and run through the checklist, I can tell that they're maybe answering questions a bit automatically or are nervous, so, in the same matter-of-fact voice, I'll ask a woman if she has a hx of prostate problems or a man if he is pregnant or has had a hysterectomy. Without fail, they'll stop, stare, and laugh. Then I say that if they have it in the future, to let me know so we can both make some money. It does a lot to lighten the mood. Also, we have dry erase boards that we're supposed to put our names on in a patient's room when we come in & introduce ourselves to them. I have an unusual, hard-to-remember name. So, I'll say "Hi, my name is franciscan gypsy, I'll be your nurse tonight. There will be a quiz at the end of the night."
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    You Know You're a Nurse When...

    when it is just part of a night of work to have a pt swing an IV pole at you only about an hour after flirting with you