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VivaLasViejas ASN, RN

Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger

Once a nurse, always a nurse!


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    Women's Right to Choose

    Donning asbestos suit now... I am proudly pro-life. It may be my body, but when we speak of pregnancy, we're talking about someone else's body. For me, it's really simple: that "clump of cells" has human DNA and is therefore human. We Americans have a Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; why should an unborn child be deprived of that right? It doesn't make sense to me. That being said, I'm all for free birth control, access to health care, and supporting mothers and babies after they're born, even if that means welfare and food stamps. I'd much rather pay taxes for that than for abortion. (My state is one that forces taxpayers to foot the bill for everyone's abortions, to which I strenuously object and have written letters to the governor and state legislators. Not that it does any good.) And FTR, I'm opposed to the death penalty as well, even though murderers are in an entirely separate category from innocent babies. I don't judge anyone who has had an abortion. My sister had one right around the time of Roe v. Wade, and even though I disagree with the actions she took, it didn't make her a bad person. I don't think any woman faced with that decision is a bad person. She may just be in a bad situation and feel she has no other option. I know even the best birth control, used properly, can fail---I got pregnant with my last child while I was on the Pill AND using a barrier, so anything's possible. It wasn't a good time for me to be pregnant; we had three other kids and were poor as church mice. But for me, there was no "choice", I would carry that child to term. I ended up with the best kid a mother could ever ask for and can't imagine my life without him. You may say that at least it worked out for me---not everyone has a happy ending to their pregnancy story. That may very well be true. But I still advocate for choosing life, and I applaud the lawmakers who are standing up for the unborn. Every life counts, from the centenarian on down to the tiny embryo hidden away in his/her mother's womb. But of course that's my opinion, which I hope I can express without being shouted down the way a couple of other members have been (one response to a pro-lifer was a rather crude invitation to go do something we don't talk about on a professional website "off"). I won't shove my beliefs down anyone else's throat, but I hate it when someone says we nurses should all speak up for reproductive "rights". We are not a monolith. There are a good many pro-life nurses out there, and they deserve to be heard too. Carry on.
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    Relocate while under monitoring agreement?

    I'd stay put if I were you. Your monitoring program is a known entity, and God only knows what you might have to go through if you sign up for another state's program. You can always move after your contract is up.
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    Foley pain

    Some people can have nasty bladder spasms with Foleys. I am one of them. Every time I've had to have a catheter, I've needed medication for the spasms. My bladder just doesn't want that in there! I don't know if it's a latex problem and I'd do better with a silicone cath, but I'm not otherwise allergic to latex so I don't think it's that. I think my poor bladder and urethra are simply trying to reject the foreign body.
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    BON and alleged verbal abuse via pt

    I think the OP needs to mature and learn some diplomacy. You don't stand at the bedside and complain that you need more help to reposition the 400+ lb. patient; frankly, if I were the patient I'd have been embarrassed and even humiliated. She knows she's morbidly obese, believe me. No one needs reminders!
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    Should I divorce my husband

    Me, I'd have laughed and then shipped the cards off to Sen. Maureen Walsh.
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    Nursing Assistants

    Where I live, there are two classifications of nursing assistants--CNA, and CNA 2. The CNA usually works in LTC and only does VS, ADLs and simple treatments like butt paste and TED hose. There are a few CNA 2's in nursing homes who can do ostomy care and FSBS, but mostly they work in hospitals where they can D/C Foleys and peripheral IVs and do straight caths in addition to fingersticks and of course, ADLs. I was the equivalent of a CNA 2 during nursing school and learned a lot from my experiences in the hospital that helped me a great deal when I became an RN.
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    Feeling embarrassed, ask the md a stupid question

    What you did was exactly what a nurse should do in a situation like this. I can't count the number of times I've called doctors knowing perfectly well what they'd say to what I was asking, but I wanted the patient to know their request/demand was above my pay grade. I also documented my hind end off, charting patient's complaint, what I did about it, what the result was, and patient's response. Don't feel like yours was a stupid question, you were CYA. Good work.
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    New Nurse..Lost a pt. I didn't know ID hurt so deeply

    The first death is always the hardest. It's unfortunate that your first was a young man with seemingly everything to live for, but every death affects us differently no matter who it is. I worked with mainly the elderly during my career, and some of them hit me harder than others. Sometimes I was shocked by how sad I felt after a particular patient had died. But it made me human, and as a nurse I always had to find the strength to go on and take care of the next patient. We do get used to it in a way, but the way I see it, if you can't feel something when someone passes away, it's time to get out of the profession. I hope you never get to that point. Thinking of you and wishing you smoother sailing.
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    Vocational Rehabiliation services

    I'm a retired/disabled nurse with bipolar I who had a great deal of trouble maintaining employment during my career. Like you I did better in jobs where I wasn't dealing with people all the time or doing direct patient care. I was an RN, though, so I had more opportunities than you do as an LPN, which is why you should probably continue with your education through Voc. Rehab. Just be aware that it may take a little time once you get that RN license to find a job where you have an office to escape to; most case-management and informatics nurse positions require at least some floor experience and often a BSN. FWIW, I was in an unenviable situation when my nursing career was over and I tried getting a job outside of it. No one could understand why a nurse with a long career and an active license wanted to work as a peer support specialist or a receptionist. Naturally, I didn't get hired because on paper I was overqualified. I ended up going on Social Security disability because I really wasn't able to work at all, it just took time for me to realize it. You are obviously at a different time of life, with lots of years of work ahead of you, and I think going through Voc. Rehab is probably your best bet even if you want to learn another type of work entirely. It's up to you, but if you want to stay in nursing I'd definitely go for the RN. Good luck to you.
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    What are the top 10 debatable nursing issues? And GO!

    "Old" nurse (who should retire and get out of the way for the next generation) vs. "new" nurse (who is usually, but not always, a millennial). Who should get the job?
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    Is this normal??!?!

    I don't know many nurses, myself included, who didn't feel that way when they started out. In fact, like beekee said, I'd be more worried about a new nurse who wasn't nervous. It's actually a good thing if not taken to an extreme, because it keeps you on your toes. I can't recall a single shift in my career when I wasn't just a teensy bit nervous. Not anxious to the point of paralysis or crying every day I had to work, but acutely aware of my surroundings and what I needed to do. Good luck to you!
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    Maureen Walsh Meme Nurses Week Contest

    I have no idea how to make memes, but these are sure funny! Keep 'em coming folks!
  13. Hi VivaLasViejas, I'm interested in a State HFEN position and saw your posting about your experience. I'm curious if you have any insight about career growth in that path and what kinds of other doors can open from having that experience? Thanks

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    Help! Career Fair Activity

    I got nothin'. That stuff's too complicated even for me to understand! LOL Seriously, I was thinking of maybe talking about the Krebs cycle and its place in the general scheme of things and how it relates to critically ill patients. I'm sure if the students are into the sciences, they've probably heard something about it, so it wouldn't be completely new to them. Just throwing that out there.
  15. The 19-year-old preggo with piercings everywhere, INCLUDING her labia, who jerks her hand away while I'm trying to start her IV and tells me she's scared of needles. Really??