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  1. DeeAngel

    State investigating

    Get an attorney and speak to no one about this, not even family. Take this post down as well
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    Stop the Silence...Violence Against Nurses

    Hostile work environment lawsuits should be filed for every single occurrence. The only thing that will make them pay attention is if its going to cost them money or gain them bad publicity. Admin could not give a single crap if nurses get beat up.
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    The Longest Forty Eight Hours

    Too many people don't get that to prepare for the NCLEX, that process actually starts when you start nursing school. There is no last minute hail mary remedy for those that didn't get the basics down.
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    Controversial Patient Odors in Nursing

    Slender people do not have a pannus that droops halfway to the floor, so yes I think morbidly obese people smell sometimes to the point of needing a mask on when doing a skin assessment.
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    Professionalism in Nursing? Yes, Please!

    The way people groom, dress and conduct themselves is very, very important. Whether it's right or not people will make all kinds of assumptions about a nurse and her practice just based on the way she presents herself.
  6. DeeAngel

    Former LVN With Current Felony Charge

    You need to speak with an attorney specializing in these issues, there is no substitute for doing this, no workaround, no shortcut. Your malpractice carrier can give you some names. If you've failed to maintain malpractice insurance then it's going to be en expensive journey. The first step of your journey starts with setting up an appointment with a nursing malpractice attorney. I would also not post about your issue on the Internet. at all.
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    Is this real? Vein light

    They have been using them in my local hospital for 4-5 years I believe.
  8. Too many people don't understand that ticking a box to set your privacy settings to "private" does not mean others cannot see everything you posted with a bit of skill. The people checking the social media accounts for employers have those skills and yes, they can see everything that's there.
  9. Awesome writing, I hope you submit it to your local Letters to the Editor.
  10. I forgot to add the most important part. In two years of working I think I have accrued about an hour and a half of overtime and that was unrelated to patient issues and involved people being late during storms, that sort of thing. In other words, I have time to get all my work done, things ready for the next shift, loose ends tied up, charting done and out the door on time every day.
  11. I work night shift only since I've come back to nursing. There is a less supervision and no management types snooping around. I work with a great bunch of people, we all get along and laugh about things when there is down time. We work together to get things done. The pay is better and my living situation is such that I can come home and sleep without being disturbed by anyone. Day shift is an utter ZOO with the families there, admissions, discharges, Drs coming and going. I will quit nursing if I would ever have to work day shift. No meal breaks and nurses with 20 + years experience nearly in tears because they don't have time to do their work. Frequently I see staff do all their charting for the shift after they have given report since they don't have time to do it during their shift. No thanks. I work in a mid-sized general hospital in AR. We have no more than 7 patients on nights, often 6. Our charge nurse does our admissions. Days are supposed to have 5 but it's 6 every day, often with 3-4 discharges and then quick new admissions to those same rooms. The staff has to do their own admissions on day shift.
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    Why don't you ask the pharmacist where you work?
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    Old school nursing practices....

    I have seen it happen where the foley was cut and the balloon did NOT deflate necessitating a urology consult with a hospital visit about an hour later. You deflate the balloon with a syringe and then remove the Foley, seriously is saving two or three seconds worth the risk of having this happen? I wasn't the one that did this because I was taught never, ever to do this, apparently the other person was given different information.
  14. It seems like there are so many childish things around nursing and I just don't get it. The frumpy cartoonish uniform tops, the corny "angel" statues and dust catchers aimed at nurses. Our billboards at work speak of "Being on the Bus" and features a short yellow school bus and a "pledge" form that we are all supposed to sign that features lots of cartoon characters. The form is for us to say we agree with the hospital policies on working as a team, getting along with others etc. Seriously our bulletin board looks like something I would expect to see in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. Lots of big fat yellow smiley faces all over everything. IMHO it's demeaning, debasing and I hate having this nonsense aimed at me, a 58 yo nurse working since 1975! There are rolls of bright cartoon stickers we are supposed to put on glasses of ice water to give to the patients with phrases like "I've been a good patient"!, "You are awesome"!, "You are someone special"!. You know, the sort of thing you would expect to see in pediatrics, NOT on a general med/surg floor. Needless to say I refuse to use them. Our supervisor recently told us that if we hear someone say something "not nice" we are supposed to get one of those fat oily yellow face stickers and put it on the person upside down, so the smile will appear instead as a frown. Does anyone else see this, I know the other nurses I work with also find it stupid and ridiculous.
  15. Have you lifted any linen bags lately, do you have any idea how heavy they can get?
  16. OK so at work last night I heard this little gem of a story; Man has a Foley catheter, all well and good so far. When the nurse went to check the catheter, that it was draining properly and secured to the inner thigh with a device that keeps it from pulling she noticed that it was not in the securement device. The catheter was stuffed all the way into the bladder right up to the irrigation port near the end, pretty much about 14 + inches of catheter stuffed into the bladder. She asked him why he did that and he explained that he didn't want it to catch on anything. Then he was asked if it didn't hurt and if he used lube. "No, I didn't have anything so I reached down between my legs and got some "Ass Grease" © on my hands and used that as lube". *Shudders*, now I need to take a long steaming hot bath with a few drops of bleach........
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    Why do some Medstudents love to belittle nurses?

    "What an interesting assumption" comes to my mind as a reply as does "I see we're feeling insecure about ourselves today".
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    What is a good resource for learning medical Spanish?

    They are pushing at work for us to learn some Spanish. I will be damned if I am going to under take the time and hassle to learn another language for people who come here and make no attempt to learn the language of their "adopted" country. It would be like me going to another country and demanding that everyone around me learn to speak English just so they could converse with me. I think that attitude smacks of entitlement mindedness. Let it rest on the shoulders of your facility to provide 24/7 interpreters to service their customer base, not the nursing staff. It's not my responsibility to do this for them, I think asking staff the learn a new language is just asking too much, it's not like it's a 2 hr mandatory education requirement. My free time is just that, free time for ME.
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    Feeling so guilty about calling in.

    "I try not to call in unless it's really bad. I take my job very seriously and don't want to make it any harder for the staff with one less nurse". All you can do is not take sick time except when you are really, genuinely ill and KNOW you cannot do your job as it needs to be done. That's why your employer gives you sick time, in anticipation that sometimes you will be sick and need to use it. As for leaving your floor short, that is not your doing. It is the responsibility of the institution to make arrangements with float pool or what have you to cover this type of situation. If there is no one to fill in for you, it's not you failing your coworkers, it's your employer. If it's the case that coworkers may have to work harder when you are off sick remind yourself that you do the same thing for them when they are the ones that are sick. It all goes full circle. Lastly remember that if you go to work sick and a bunch of patients get what you have that is also going to make a lot of work and hassle for your coworkers.
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    A real nurse

    A "real nurse" is a nurse who has a license stating that they are either a licensed or registered nurse. THAT is the defining criteria of who is a nurse and who is not.
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    Needing some stuff....hopefully you can help me!

    This is a copy of the form I designed for myself. I clip it to one of those clipboards that has storage in it for extra forms, post it notes, paper pads and extra pens. I use a yellow highlighter to highlight the things I need to make note of. Report Form .zip
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    CNA'S suffer second hand smoke

    I think they need to band together and speak with an attorney about a hostile work environment.
  23. I don't want government intrusion into the home any more than their already is. A parent who really loves their children or spouse will not smoke in the home. Period. I may get flamed for that statement but I firmly believe it to be the truth. It's a proven fact that second hand smoke is damaging to others including the unborn. How you can claim to "love" someone and then physically hurt them is beyond me.
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    Switching Careers After only 1 yr

    I schedule myself for 3 12 hr shifts per week, it's all I'm willing to work. I could work many more days if I wanted but I always let my answering machine pick up every call and just pretend to work that I was not at home. Every nurse I know does this - you have to to have any kind of private life.
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    Policy on working under your personal doctor?

    It is common that OB nurses with the Docs that they see as patients. I don't see it as a conflict of interest at all.