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Bugaloo has 23 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg, HH, Tele, Geriatrics, Psych.

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  1. Two nursing students have been up all night long writing out notes for their clinicals, studying for two big exams and writing a paper that was due yesterday. They have only had one hour of sleep in the last 24 hours. As they stand before their instructor, there are both in a stupor. Their eyes droop as she asks, "Now, what conditions would we use this medication for?" The students reply at the same time. "Sleep?"
  2. A long time ago, I was taking care of a little old lady who had just had a hip replacement. She has Sundowner's and kept trying to climb out of bed. The bed alarm had went off about 10 times in one hour. Concerned for her safety, I called the on-call doctor, thinking he might order a light sedative. The on-call doctor, unfortunately, had a well known problem with alcohol. And unfortunately for me, he was inebriated when I called him. Here's how the conversation went: Me: Dr. G, the patient in Room 201, Mrs. M., is confused and trying to climb out of bed. We have been unsuccessful in trying to get her to sleep. Could you please order a light sedative to help her relax? Dr. G: (Slurring his words) Nah, just tie her down. Me: So, you are ordering restraints? Dr. G: NO! I said "Tie her down!!" Take some rope and tie her to the bed!! Me: No disrespect, but I don't think we can do that. I'll run that by my charge nurse. Dr. G: (laughing hysterically) Naaaahhhh!!!! I'm just messing with you! I know we can't do that! So, in all seriousness, let's do this. Let's tie her to the bed with rope. Me: Ummm. Alrighty then...... Needless to say, I never got my order for a light sedative.
  3. Learn to listen to your intuition. If "your gut" tells you something isn't right, more times than not, you should investigate things further. If you aren't happy in your current job, look for something else. The great thing about nursing is that there are so many possibilities for us to explore! Be courteous and polite to your patients, coworkers and everyone you come into contact with.
  4. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
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    What Being a Nurse Has Taught Me

    Thank you, TimeToShine! I am so glad you enjoyed it :)
  6. I have signed checks and receipts with RN at the end. Haven't we all? I look at veins too! I diagnose people in my head when their color is "not quite right". The job I have had for the last 11 months is in a secure facility, which requires unlocking and locking every single door that you walk into and out of, so after a particularly grueling 3-in-a-row, I find myself coming home and trying to unlock and lock every door at home I come across (without keys). It is so annoying! We also carry heavy radios on our hips, and sometimes I feel the weight of the radio on me after I leave work. I embarrass myself by slapping my hip and starting to panic, thinking I brought my radio home, LOL!
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    are we human .. really ??

    Only in nursing do you get raked over the coals for "human mistakes", this I have learned. And, yes, I have cried over write ups too. We have feelings, therefore, we cry. Please try not to beat yourself up over it. Learn from it and move on. I hope things get better for you soon! :)
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    Snow- at what point do you call out?

    Reading some of these comments made me feel as if I had to say something. I have worked as a nurse for 17 years. Not once, when I made it in from 45 minutes away from my home, in snow and ice, have I been thanked by management or patients for making it in on a "snow day". Not only that, but it also was not remembered when my evaluation came due. AND I got to sleep in the facility, missing my family for two or three days. I also got to spend my own money buying snacks out of the gift shop. Meals were not provided for those who made it in. That being said, NO ONE cares if you risk your life for your job. That is a judgement call you must make yourself. If the roads are too bad to be out on, don't risk it. I have had several friends wreck on the way home or to work in dangerous snow and ice conditions. Personally, I put myself and my family first. If your employer cannot understand that, then you probably do not want to work there. Go ahead and flame me now, lol!
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    Physical Assessments: Do Any Nurses Do Them

    As a med-surg nurse, I always did thorough head to toe assessments on my patients, and I have been a nurse a long time. That being said, I highly suspected that there were some nurses who did not. Why? Because it is impossible to assess your patients, pass your meds and be finished with your charting two hours after the shift begins. There were certain nurses that I worked with that were able to do this every time they worked. They never had a bad night, they had time to read, chat and text. I never asked them what their secret was. I was afraid to know!
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    Tell Me What It's Really Like

    I could really use some advice right now. After almost 17 years as a medical nurse, I have the opportunity to work much closer to home at a sexual offender's unit. As I understand it, these are men that have been convicted of sex offenses and have been committed. None of them have release dates set in stone, so as of right now, they are there for life. The pay is good, the hours are good and the benefits are excellent. But I am still concerned about safety and harassment. Will this be an emotionally draining job instead of physically draining job?
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    Pt./Family Comments that Leave You Speechless

    Twenty family members in the room telling me, in all seriousness, that the gauze dressing on Granny's foot wound was saturated with liquid and it all started when another nurse hung that bag of IV fluid on her. Me: I don't understand. Them: Don't you get it? That IV is running straight through her body and out that hole in her foot! Umm, O-kayyyyyy.
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    Nursing: Experience Does Not Mean A Higher Salary

    I really feel that it depends on the facility that you are applying to and how badly they need help. I worked as a traveler for a year at a facility. When I decided to move on, they asked me to stay on as an employee, yet we could not come to terms on an agreeable salary. I offered to leave for a while and then come back so that they would not have to buy out my contract or pay the travel agency anything out of pocket. They made it perfectly clear that I was free to do that, but they would not budge on the salary they offered me. So for a measly $2.50 extra an hour, they refused to hire me on my terms. The excuse that HR gave me? They said, and I quote, "We WILL NOT compete with ABC Hospital. We do not care what they offered you. We will not match it because we are NOT in competition with them." Huh? With that sort of attitude, I now know why they have a huge turnover and why they cannot attract nurses. I sort of felt as if they were telling me that they did not care how much experience I had, this was the salary. Take it or leave it.
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    Nursing: Experience Does Not Mean A Higher Salary

    Thanks so much for your response. That makes a lot of sense. What is really crazy is that I had to actually leave one place of employment for almost three years in order to come back at a higher rate of pay. If I had stayed on throughout those years, my salary would be even less!
  14. Why does it seem that in the nursing field, salaries do not seem to really increase that much with experience? I was an LPN for ten years and have been an RN for six. I have a lot of experience in many different fields. I was talking to a friend of mine who is graduating from nursing school and was shocked to find out that graduate nurses with absolutely no experience are starting out at a base pay just $5-6 per hour than what I earn (before differentials). I realize that I live in a state that has a fairly low cost of living (Missouri), so the wages are going to reflect that, but come on! It seems almost like a slap in the face after all the years I have put into this career. People seem to have the impression that nurses make BIG BUCKS and maybe some do. But where I live, most nurses work a lot of overtime or have prn jobs just to make ends meet. Has anyone else noticed this in the nursing field: Experience does not always equal a higher salary?
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    Who hates nursing, honestly????

    I don't really hate nursing. I LOVE caring for people. It is all the other stuff that takes up a 12-hr shift that is totally uncalled for: crazy family members, out-of-touch administration, pulling staff 2 or 3 times, quadruple charting, etc...
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    Will you work during a Pandemic?

    Considering the way most of us are treated when there is NOT a pandemic, why should I risk my life to go to work without PPE to protect me? I have a family that depends on me for an income, which I cannot earn if I am dead. AND the government is going to demand that I work? I. Don't. Think. So! :angryfire

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