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LatteGuzzler BSN, RN

ER, amb surg, home health
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LatteGuzzler has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER, amb surg, home health.

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    The Top 25 Witty Things to Say to Your

    Pelvic near-disaster averted: Last year an un-manned parked car started rolling downhill in the ER parking lot. It crashed, rear-end first, into the pelvic room in the ER. Shoved the wall and entire cupboard infrastructure into the room's interior, stopping at the exact place the doc sits during pelvics. The room was empty, thank goodness, but could you imagine if it happened during a pelvic....talk about your "Jaws of Life!" "Hey doc! Go towards the light!!"
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    What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story?

    During a wild trauma thrash about 20 years ago, a resident kept running around the gurney pumping up the pressure bags on the blood to make them run faster. I warned him that he was pumping the pressure bags into the little "red zone' that appeared on the attached dial. He ignored me. Suddenly a blood bag on an IV pole above me burst explosively. It was like the scene from "Carrie" . I had to continue on through the thrash, covered with, and sliding around in blood. ps: I am awed by some of your stories. I thought I had heard it all when it came to gross, but you guys take the cake.
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    How did nursing ever "buy into" 12-hr shifts???

    I know divergent opinions on 12 hr shifts exist. A co-worker of mine feels they are exploitative - ie the facility gets you for 4 extra hours without overtime. I personally work 12 hr day shifts (06-1830) in Ambulatory Surg on Mon, Th and Fri. That's pert near full time with FOUR, count 'em, FOUR days off a week. I am still held spellbound by this. I can still hack it, even tho I'm tired at the end of the day. I sleep in a little the next day to recoup. But I have two days off during the week, plus weekends off (that's a Day Surg perk). The only problem is, I can't see myself ever changing jobs because I love this schedule so much!:roll
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    Future Burn Nurse?

    I worked at the regional burn unit in Seattle for about 5 years in the '80's. I loved the work. It's complicated but intriuging, at times heartbreaking, but with emotional rewards you can't find elsewhere. I found it to be relatively independent work, despite being on a "burn team" because you do so much hands on and managing of the patient's total care. I found greatly satisfying the acquisition of a "sixth sense" about wounds that came after several years...you could just tell when a graft was going to take and when it wasn't. I'm sure the technology has progressed since I was in the field, but given the opportunity, I would have no qualms about returning. Do you want more info? Feel free to email me at this site.
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    I need info from all the PACU nurses.

    Initial, at 5 min, at 10 min, then q 15 x3 or prn.
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    How many children (if any) do you have?

    I have a teenager, a girl, who's 16. SOMEBODY please tell me I'm going to survive the next 2-5 years!! Yes, I love her to tears, but I'd trade this stage for dirty diapers, vomit and diarrhea (all at once), and a transcontinental flight with a 2 year old ANY day.
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    Board Certified in Ambulatory care nursing?

    Did you ever find an answer to the question about certification in Ambulatory Care Nursing? I'm interested. Thanks.
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    Yoohoo..calling all cardiac nurses!

    You're bringing back memories! My first job out of school was on a telemetry floor 26 years ago. You'll be sure to want to take some classes: EKG/arrhythmia, BLS, and ACLS for starters. Strive for a reputation of reliability, hard work, and someone who can get along with and see the best in their co-workers. Good luck!:)
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    I dont make med errors.

    This discussion of med errors seems to have all the comfort level of discussing your sex life with your mama.
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    I dont make med errors.

    I suppose theoretically one could refute the possibility of ever making an error if following the "rights of administration" in every instance, but there could be other circumstances- pharmacy error, misplaced nameband, etc that put it out of your 100% control....But really, saying it's impossible is like saying the Titanic's unsinkable! I'd feel like I were tempting fate to say that. Technology, in my opinion, has greatly reduced the risk, especially with automated dispensing and the like, but the vigillance will always be ours.
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    Outrageous hours and holidays are definitely part of the package unless you find a niche that excludes these (office nursing, ambulatory elective surgery, etc.) "Tons" of overtime? Well, usually, that's by choice. I would examine exactly what it is that really interests you about nursing and decide if that balances out the sacrifices. Any work can take time from kids. The advantage in nursing is that there is more flexibility, both shift wise and hours worked per week, to actually make it more an advantageous situation than non-nursing "9-5" work. Part-time work is easily available. Talk to nurses in a variety of work and personal situations and question them about what concerns you. Read about nursing. Educate yourself so you can make an informed decision...and don't forget to examine your heart- the answer may be there, too.
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    Seeking insight about ED Humor

    I am preparing a little talk about humor in the ED, and I find myself wondering why we ED nurses have a fairly universally sick and twisted spin on what makes us laugh. Also, in your opinion, what are the funniest things that come up in ER? What techniques do you use to bring humor into your relationships with co-workers and patients? I would be tremendously greatful for any helpful insights from all of you. Thanks in advance!
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    Need E-Mail Buddy for School Assignment

    26 years of RN experience here in Seattle waiting to serve!
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    No Coma,No Glasgow

    The Glasgow Coma Scale is: a. An invention by Irish night-shift nurses designed to rate the ability to stay awake during semi-annual credentialling inservices. b. Stryker's newest gurney designed to weigh the unconscious during ER transport c. The best gosh-darn assessment tool in head injured patients. Yea! You got it right!:roll
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    You've been a nurse for how long?

    26 years and a lot of memories. I remember: Glass suction bottles Urine glucose testing tablets in test tubes (plop plop fizz fizz...) Not wearing gloves...for ANYTHING! "finger cots" Visitor Passes Hand typed registration...on a typewriter with a ribbon! Life before ICD-9 codes Wearing my nursing hat and pin Anyone have more?
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    new nurse

    Hooray!!! Good luck to you in your career!!