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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    I admit to not reading all 57 pages on this thread, so maybe somebody has addressed this well. Why should this nurse not be charged with negligent homicide? Notice I used the word "charged" rather than convicted. The entire point of a trial is to see whether a person meets the legal standard for the definition of a crime. It creates a controlled environment in which all of the evidence can be presented and evaluated. In my mind, this hinges on two central questions- 1- Should a nurse EVER be held to a criminal standard for causing unintentional harm? 2- Is this a case worthy of a trial to investigate whether that standard is met? To me the answer to #1 is a clear yes. I believe this to be the case for any profession. If a person is responsible for the safety of others in any field, there is a point at which there lack of adherence to standards is a crime. This applies to nurses, doctors, electricians, raft guides, chefs..... To answer #2, I looked up the definition of negligent homicide. In an earlier post I said I was on the fence. After reading these definitions, it seems clear to me that this nurse may well have met the standard to be charged. I, as well as everybody on this forum, don't know whether the evidence will support this charge. What are types of negligent homicide?Professional negligence – Whenever the conduct of a professional while in the process or as a result of rendering services create circumstance that lead to the death of another individual, then that professional has committed negligent homicide.  A doctor, for example, may fail to follow standards of hygiene expected by society and his professional peers.  When this breech of professional conduct causes a deadly infection in a patient, it can be argued that the doctor’s negligence in providing sanitary conditions creates circumstances that lead to the patient’s death.  The doctor lacks malice and intent but is otherwise responsible due to his negligence.
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    Air in Line

    I will trade you. I will answer your question, but then I have a question for you. What you want to do is called back priming. This varies from pump to pump, but a simple google search shows this video. Now, my question. What kind of environment are you working in? This is a very common task. How come you don't just ask a co-worker?
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    Ears

    I am not a big fan of ears, and really never look in them. The best tool for flushing is
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    LPN or EMS triage

    There are plenty of medics and LPNs that could safely triage. An understanding of the process and an ability to understand sick vs not sick is far more important than the level of certification. That said- What on earth does your signature mean in this context? Clearly it does not mean you saw the patient- you didn't. Honestly, this doesn't even make sense. How does management explain the process?
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    What's up with this RN?

    More accurately: What's up with "this RN"? Does anybody know where use of "this RN" in place of "me" or "I" comes from? Can anybody cite a decent source, or another industry in which that kind of writing is used? "This RN was informed by the PT..." VS "The PT told me...". I know we were all taught this, but have no idea why, and no longer do it. IT just seems silly. It is neither more, or less, accurate- it is just bad writing, and I can't see how that adds clarity. Thoughts?
  6. None are bad choices. My recommendation: Disregard the specifics of the specialty. Focus on the training program. Pick the opportunity with the best track record training new grads. Congrats and good luck.
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    telemetry before ER?

    That is either hospital specific, or just made up. There are plenty of equally important skills- PALS, ENPC, TNCC, understanding critical drips and titration...... I would suggest talking to the boss of the ER. If he/she doesn't want a nurse with five years med surg, there will be ERs that do. And, start working on rhythm strips now. Here. Take PALS. Start every IV you can. Assuming you are good at med surg, you will bring invaluable skills to the ER. I often look to my peers with floor experience. Clogged G-tube? Wet to dry dressing? All kinds of stuff I am not especially good at. Good luck. Come to the dark side.......
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    Top 10 Nursing Apps You Need to Download Today

    ebraslow/safedose. Google drive for certs. Anybody have what they would consider an excellent critical drips app? The perfect app would include typical dose ranges and concentrations, and allow for customization.
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    Charge Nurse in 6 months?

    You have a bad job. You have bad co-workers. You have a bad boss. There is nothing even close to OK about what is being expected of you. I have no idea how common it is, but nobody with 6 months experience can be expected to do what is expected of you. I don't know what your options are, but now would be a great time to start looking at them. Good luck And kudos to you for questioning it. I am betting that some in your position don't and actually believe themselves qualified.
  10. How is this a legal informed consent if the patient or family never spoke to a doctor? Unless the patient was informed of the risks and benefits of a procedure, by somebody qualified to do so, they have not been informed. Pretty sure that has to be the doc, though I did go to a community college for 2 years to get my degree. Should I be witnessing the form being as though I didn't see the doctor consent the patient? I'm no lawyer, but I feel I can field this one. No. Do not claime to have witnessed something you did not witness. Will i be liable for any of this? Or is it ultimately the Rad's responsibility to get permission to do the procedure? You will probably not be held liable- You have shallow pockets, so what is the point? But, I would still avoid lying to cover docs who don't do their job corretly.
  11. How is this a legal informed consent if the patient or family never spoke to a doctor? Unless the patient was informed of the risks and benefits of a procedure, by somebody qualified to do so, they have not been informed. Pretty sure that has to be the doc, though I did go to a community college for 2 years to get my degree. Should I be witnessing the form being as though I didn't see the doctor consent the patient? I'm no lawyer, but I feel I can field this one. No. Do not claim to have witnessed something you did not witness. Will i be liable for any of this? Or is it ultimately the Rad's responsibility to get permission to do the procedure? You will probably not be held liable- You have shallow pockets, so what is the point? But, I would still avoid lying to cover docs who don't do their job corretly.
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    Understanding the Risk of Firearms: Suicide vs. Homicide

    You win. Not for for the part where you put "fun" in place of "gun". I would give you a bonus point for that, but suspect it was an error rather than any sort of Freudian slip. I was iffy as to whether whether you or rzzzy should get the Coveted OvertonAward. "The Overton window, also known as the window of discourse, describes the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse." You win because the level of this discussion has dropped so low, that nobody has even bothered to call you out for this pearl of poop. That is an awesome example of moving the center of the argument. It would be like a prominent politician bragging about ***** grabbing and denigrating a nationally recognized war hero- It makes what used to seem extreme seem normal. rzyzyzy was a strong runner up in dropping the bar by calling victims "victims". And trying to perpetuate the lies about David Hogg, though, honestly, that could have been sheer ignorance and gullibility rather than deliberate. But, we are talking about an article involving gun suicide. And, every participant in the discussion is trained in assessing lethality and means, in which access to a gun is probably the biggest factor, by a long shot. And you said it's not a factor. And nobody called you on it. That is truly normalizing the extreme. The only way to play by these rules would be to take an equally ignorant and extreme position. I could call gun owners evil. I could pretend that "assault rifle" is a meaningful term, and banning guns based on cosmetics would have any impact. I could advocate removal of all guns in this country, despite the sheer number, and the will of a huge portion of citizens. I could ignore the occasions in which guns are used by citizens to protect innocents. But, extreme positions like that are either willfully ignorant, or downright ignorant. So- Like some others in this discussion, I am tapping out. Some in this discussions have views different from mine, and expressed them well. Thank you.
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    Understanding the Risk of Firearms: Suicide vs. Homicide

    Moderators- Please review these posts for TOS violations. "2.You agree NOT to post false, defamatory, name-calling, obscene, or threatening messages." Referring to murdered kids as "victims" is both obscene and defamatory.
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    Understanding the Risk of Firearms: Suicide vs. Homicide

    That? Wasn't? My? Question? When Charlton Heston made that quote famous, he was an actor playing the part of a zealot willing to die for what he finds sacred- his guns. There is no reason to think he was sincere- much like the person who played The Wicked Witch wasn't really a witch. So, in your scenario, where you get to be the martyr for the noble cause, you die in a firefight. Presumably with the police. So, you are ready to die to keep your gattling gun or armor piercing bullets or whatever. Are you willing to kill a police officer over it? Or, in this scenario do you just go down in a hail of bullets, lovingly clutching your weapon- kind of a suicide by cop deal. You do realize that is what that particular meme means, right? This is just rhetorical- I realize the character you play on line isn't going To. Give. A. Straight. Answer. That whole punctuation thing really works for emphasis- thanks.
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    Understanding the Risk of Firearms: Suicide vs. Homicide

    Oh yeah- like Charlton Heston, the actor. That was awesomely dramatic when he said that. But are you saying that if any of your guns become illegal to own, you will get into a firefight with a law enforcement officer carrying out his sworn duties? Or do you just like that quote? Just curious. BTW- gun owner here. Loaded and accessible 357 in my house as I write.
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