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NursingAgainstdaOdds

Med-Surg/Tele, ER
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NursingAgainstdaOdds has 2 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg/Tele, ER.

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  1. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    NY: Handcuffed During Labor Now Barred

    Pshaw, yeah. You won't catch me begging anybody to unshackle anybody in my ER.
  2. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    Assessment & Monitoring, ETOH+ (and some questions about Geodon)

    Not speaking to a pt in withdrawal, though there is always that possibility, particularly when they end-up in the ED for 13 hours ... I am talking about a typical highly intoxicated pt who is being monitored in the ED. I also end-up having a lot of these patients dosed with Geodon/Ativan and have some confusion related to how those drugs affect the pt neurologically and what more I can include in my assessment and documentation.
  3. Does anyone have some good resources on assessment and monitoring of intoxicated patients? Like everybody, we have an extraordinary number of these types of patients, and I would like to brush-up my monitoring and documentation. We also have a lot of intoxicated and/or mentally ill patients who receive Geodon/Ativan, as we have a specific psych portion to our ER. I would like to be better at monitoring of patients who have received these drugs, as it is pretty standard fair for the out-of-control and violent patients. Help, advice, resources would be greatly appreciated.
  4. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    What is the name of this book I've seen mentioned on here???

    Yep, it's Nursing Against the Odds (see username ). Great read. I wish there were more books on nursing in a similar vein...
  5. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    What would you do in my situation? just looking for opinions.

    YARGH! Insurance companies are so evil! This kind of behavior on their part really should be illegal.
  6. Yeah, I heard the story on NPR today: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101465350
  7. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    I just can't believe this one!

    I'm glad you stood up for yourself and your co-workers. Hope your sore body heals-up well, and certain people learn their lesson.
  8. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    Blowing IV's - what am I doing wrong?

    If you are blowing them when you are advancing the catheter, you might try popping the tourniquet first, then advancing. Because you don't do IVs very often, it may be taking you a little longer, and a lot of pressure is building-up in the vein prior to attempting to advance the catheter. Also, is there a way you could go play in another department for a day just working on IV skills?
  9. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    From med/surg to ED nursing

    LOL why on earth did you think it'd be easy? I just went from medical/telemetry to the ED. I am having a blast. I really don't feel the pace is faster than the floor I worked on - the patient turn-over is obviously faster, but the pace is the same or slower. I personally like the fast turn-over of patients in the ED. Keeps me interested. I do have some of that "new grad" feeling, but overall I feel OK. I think learning a new area of nursing is simply an awkward process. Accept it, embrace it, laugh at yourself as appropriate, and ask everyone stupid questions. I don't care who it is, as long as they know where the thing/person I need is located.
  10. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    My first 12hr shift !

    Well, the best way I get through long shifts - Don't think about it. Last month, I did a 17 h shift (13 on my floor, plus 4 for a class in clinical on another unit). When I thought of "10 hr to go" or "halfway through", it was just discouraging. I consciously didn't consider time left, time done, blah blah blah, and it went much faster. Focus on the tasks at hand, and move through. This is also how I get through those regular shifts that just don't seem to end.
  11. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    Was anyone poor before becoming a nurse?

    Hoo boy, that sounds familiar! On my very first day of nursing school, and my very last day of nursing school, and many times in between, my power was shut-off. We had the same issues. We've been struggling since DH and I got married. He's an immigrant, and for a long time we couldn't afford the fees to get his work permit, permanent residency, etc. He wasn't allowed to work. I worked full-time, with a baby and nursing school. I fought like hell through nursing school just to make it. Sometimes our power would get shut-off and we'd stay at one of my parent's houses for a while until we could get it turned back on. (Yes, they WILL shut your electric and gas off in the middle of winter, no matter if there's a child living with you. We've been there a zillion times.) My Mom would call, see our phone had been turned off, and just bring groceries over - knowing we were struggling. (God love her! I never would have made it without her.) Now that I'm a nurse, it is a little easier. Emphasis on a little. We still get shut-off notices and are still behind on rent, etc. Those years of struggle left us with big piles of debt. Now my hubby has a steady job, but he is anticipating getting laid-off any day now. Just when we catch our breath, something else is dropped on us. I am working very hard to get us caught-up. I'm on the cusp of working 3 jobs to do so. I don't know what would have happened to us if I didn't get my nursing degree. At least now I have steady income and many opportunities. We've even recently decided that if my husband gets laid-off again, we're sending him to nursing school too.
  12. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    Commute times

    I'm currently working a job w/ a 30 minute commute ... often a 45 minute commute in winter d/t snow. I just took a new job with a 1 hr commute, a lot of it on back roads, but the increase in salary and better working conditions makes it worth it. We'll move over that way more when the lease is up, until then, I'll be commuting. My current positions is 12h days, my new one is 8h nights. Can't wait!
  13. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    IV tubing....why don't you recap it?

    When I enter a room to start an infusion, 50% of the time the tubing is turned-around on itself and screwed onto the port. WHAT? How is that even remotely a good idea? Why even bother? Now, I automatically take new tubing in, unless the last infusion was given by myself.
  14. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    This is really getting under my skin

    I'd report her ASAP. She needs to be knocked down a few notches - I can't imagine what other sage advice she's handing-out to other patients. Glad to hear your sister went for medical tx. It sounded more like a hematoma to me than a DVT, but who knows from my 3rd hand perspective! :) Hope she heals-up well.
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    Can Aides Pass Meds?

    When I was in nursing school, I worked as a nursing assistant, and did a full med pass on 12-18 patients a day. It was an adult home, and they somehow got away with it by "training" the aides to do so (for me this involved a one-page test) and calling it "medication assistance". There was absolutely no difference in how I did this med pass vs how I do med passes now. I had a cart full of meds for each resident, and a MAR book with the orders for each resident. I'd prepare the meds, walk into the room, give them to the resident, and document which meds were given. But, it was, of course, medication "assistance". I think it depends on the state in terms of legality.
  16. NursingAgainstdaOdds

    Please note...

    We have an MD who will always write "Social Work consult - discharge planning" no matter how many times we tell him Discharge Planners are nurses. DC planning and SW work closely with one another, for obvious reasons, but it is actually done by the DC planners, not the SW. Also, thanks for the reminder! :)
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