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Burnt Out

Burnt Out ASN, RN

Med-surg; OB/Well baby; pulmonology; RTS
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Burnt Out has 19 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Med-surg; OB/Well baby; pulmonology; RTS.

Married; have 3 children: 1 son in heaven and 2 daughters on earth

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    What awkward advice have your family members asked for?

    There was a man that used to help my husband at his family's business. He came to our house one day to help my husband move something because it was too heavy for me. He told me he thought he had a kidney infection and asked if I had any antibiotics "laying around". I told him no, that I didn't have any and then I nicely and gently told him that NO one should have leftover antibiotics as you need to always finish the course you're prescribed unless you have severe side effects or an allergic reaction and you've notified your doctor about it and you've been told to stop the antibiotic. My dad likes to talk about his bathroom habits as well.
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    Migraines and nursing?

    My migraines are without aura but I do get a "weird" feeling....like a phenomonon for lack of a better word. Sometimes I'm wrong but I've been instructed by my doctor to take my rescue med if I feel it's a migraine and it turns out not to be.
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    Migraines and nursing?

    I've had migraines since I was 13 and there were times I had to leave early (if it was really bad, I'd go straight to the ER) or call in if one hit me hours before I was supposed to be at work and I couldn't get it under control. If you know your triggers, do your best to avoid them. Get frequent sips of water or fluid, keep snacks handy if you get 5 minutes of calmness to keep your blood sugar from crashing, etc. My rescue med is Relpax, so I would have a couple of tablets in my purse and I kept Excedrin Migraine as well as ibuprofen in my locker; if I felt like my headache was a migraine (mine are without auras), I'd take Excedrin Migraine or high dose ibuprofen (600-800 mg per my doc's advice) first and if that didn't help, I'd take my Relpax an hour after Excedrin or ibuprofen. You do NOT have to disclose your migraines during interviews and I wouldn't do so.
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    Brian Short News

    My thoughts, prayers and condolences go to Brian Short's family and friends (including all members here at allnurses) during this tragic, sad time. I joined allnurses.com 13 years ago and I'm so thankful for this site Brian created for so many reasons.
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    Fake crying and bad acting in the ER

    I have dysautonomia and I can faint in the blink of an eye. Most of the time I can tell & I give a warning but sometimes it's "I feel a little...." PLOP...... Sometimes in a minute or 2 I'm back to myself & apologize but sometimes it requires a sternal rub or 2.
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    Huntsville Hospital test?

    It's probably a math test for drug dosages, etc. I don't work at HH but most hospitals do give a math test.
  7. In addition, there can be: Antepartum: a unit for pregnant women who need to be closely monitored (preterm labor, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes) Neonatal ICU: a critical care area for premature infants as well as sick full term infants Progressive care unit (PCU): a step-down unit for patients that no longer need some of the care of a more critical unit but not ready to move to a regular surgical or med-surg unit Observation unit: a unit for short term stay patients with med surg problems that may/may not need surgical intervention. Kidney stones, chest pain (if testing r/o cardiac issues), blood transfusions for cancer patients that don't require hospitalization otherwise Ambulatory/Day Surgery: for patients having outpatient based procedures/surgery. Sometimes will be called a short stay unit. There are so many variations on critical care units: pediatrics, cardiac, cardiovascular (for open heart patients).
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    Either med-surg or surgical...
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    Pediatric jobs in Huntsville, Ala

    I don't know of any peds home health agencies specifically in Huntsville unless they are merged within the adult ones. I don't live in the Huntsville area but live 60 miles outside. Have you looked at the hospitals in the area to see if there is something there? The 2 main ones are Huntsville Hospital (they also have a Women and Children's Hospital) and Crestwood Hospital. http://www.huntsvillehospital.org/index.html http://www.crestwoodmedcenter.com/Pages/Home.aspx
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    Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital

    I think the Flex would be a rotating position, if I remember correctly: 1 week days, next week nights. If you work past 3pm you would get a shift differential. The PRN, full time and part time all make the same amount (no differential for prn compared to f/t); they started that years ago because so many of the full time people were upset that prn people got paid more than they did but of course if you were pool you had to pay out of pocket more for benefits. :argue::uhoh21: As far as HH and ECM pay rates go, I'm 95% certain HH RNs make more than ECM RNs by a long shot.
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    Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital

    It is a difficult area to find a job in right now: I've been looking myself since the beginning of the year. Currently I'm staying at home with my youngest child: I've been home with her since I was let go from ECM in Fall 2008. She was 11 weeks premature and had some health issues so I really needed to be with her. She is 3 now and doing well. Good luck with your search. If I see anything, I'll let you know.
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    Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital

    I worked at ECM for 11 years before my position was terminated in the fall of 2008 (I was a pool/per diem employee and the hospital was having financial problems-about 90% of the pool employees were let go in an effort to save $$$). For the most part, I really enjoyed working there and if I was to find another job I wanted and received, I'd work there again. I was a brand new grad when I started working there and I felt I got a good orientation. My co-workers were always helpful and if I was pulled, other staff were pretty helpful as well. The ancillary departments are pretty good to work with as well. ECM does have issues like all other hospitals: short staffing/undesirable patient:nurse ratios being one and a biggie; patients being placed on inappropriate units (sometimes can't be helped and others....well..); management not listening to the nurses and sometimes the doctors. Most of the nurse managers are decent but of course there are always a few bad apples. They do a large amount of computer charting as well as use a computer system for administering meds. I didn't get a lot of experience with the med system but once I got used to the charting, I loved it. They also had great benefits but that may have changed. The hospital went under new management as of last summer so I don't know about any new or old issues-most of my friends from there I don't get a chance to talk to anymore. If you have anymore specific answers, ask me and I will try to answer them for you. I'd be curious to know which unit you interviewed with.
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    possible allergic reactions?

    If you push Benadryl IV too fast, you can also cause a patient to go into bronchospasms: I've personally had that happen twice and it is a very scary feeling.
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    Stop! I don't want someone like you touching me!

    That has happened to me too. I'd been out of school for a year and one day I had an elderly female refuse me because she thought I was too young.
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    How does your institution record Is and Os/ DWs?

    Our facility went to computer charting and it would automatically calculate it for you after everything was entered. There was a section for daily weights as well that would sort of show a graph/trend. Before that we wrote all info on the graphic sheet-VS, I/O's, daily wts.
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    Advice, what would you have done in this situation?

    It is very hard as a new grad to learn to delegate but it is necessary. You will burn out quickly if you do your job along with everyone else. I'm not saying we as RNs can't put a patient on the bedpan, get ice water, etc but if we have jobs that only we as licensed professionals can do, then we have to ask for assistance from our techs, CNAs, etc.