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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    I wouldn't mind freaking a few people out with my impish residual energy... but I'd like to move on after I've had my fun! On another note, several months ago a well-loved long term client had passed away. Her daughters stopped by our building to tell us "thank you". While I was giving hugs and conversing with the daughters, I felt fine... at first. I began feeling a heavy presence. I mean, it was heavy. This feeling was peculiar and lasted several minutes after the daughters had left. At one point, I even felt lightheaded and tingly as I walked alone down our hallway past a particular spot the client hung out in often. The hairs on my arms were standing on end! I immediately thought it was our deceased client. I know... I know... No, I didn't see anything crazy but I can only emphasize this feeling like our former client was there. I worked with another gal who is rather "sensitive" and she was eager to tell me she felt the same thing. We think the daughters "brought" their mom with them when they came to visit.
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    This thread was actually started in November of 2000. It's going on 17 years. I think that's pretty cool!
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    When did you last see a nurse wearing the old school garb?

    When I finally received my cap, it was so amazing to me. I took that baby into my hands and just stared at it in disbelief. My eyes popped out of my head and almost fell over. I was being both mildly silly and drop dead serious when I told my classmates, "That is the most beautiful thing that I've ever seen!" We voted on whether we were going to have caps or not. You bet your peaches I voted the cap. I would have been terribly disappointed had we not. I remember being an aide when we all wore the white uniforms. I actually found an image of my first uniform: The aides dressed the same as the nurses, but no cap, of course. We tried to wear navy sweaters, but we were told to knock it off, because navy was only for the nurses... but we did it anyway and, eventually, they gave up
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    I did private duty for a lady who was a hoot. I loved taking care of her! Anyway, after tucking her into bed after our usual night together, I gave her peck on the forehead and said, "Goodbye, Marie". Her daughter gave me an odd look, but gave me a quick hug and I headed home. That night, I awoke from a sound sleep around 1:00 am and very abruptly thought, "Marie's in a better place now." Then I thought, "That was a weird!" I wondered for a moment, thought, "naaah" and after thinking about Marie for a bit, went back to sleep. The next day, Marie's daughter called me to tell me Marie had passed away. I was flabbergasted as it was unexpected. I told the daughter how I had woken up, the time and my thought. Yep... she died around 1:00am. We both had chills! Her daughter then told me, "You realize you said 'goodbye' to Mom instead of 'goodnight' last night". It was true and that's why she gave me that funny look! I had never said "goodbye" before. The only thing I can honestly figure is that with all my prior experience in taking care of the elderly and dying, somewhere in the dark recesses of my brain, I picked up something very subtle. I think that makes more sense than to think Marie would reach out to me, but who knows?
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    Unprofessional charting

    I like to encourage newbies to just read through the charts and get an idea of what a good note looks like. That's how I learned, but I think back on some of my early notes as a new PCT... They weren't the worst but they sure weren't polished, either. I'm sure I induced a few snickers here and there. The worst note I ever read came from a PCT who charted, "the patient pooped his pants"
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    Reasons to lose nursing license?

    It takes a lot more to lose a license than you'll be led to believe. Diversion is a biggie. Outside of nursing itself, our hospital once had a nurse who murdered her own children. If you aren't doing anything like that, you should be okay!
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    That freaks me out. I hate mannequins! Thank you, Twilight Zone: "Marcia!" "Maaarcia!" "Maaaaaaaaarciaaaaaaaaa....." (Okay, that clip has a little bonus at the very end, which I could have done without, but there ya go )
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    I love this one. Any chance the "portal" was actually the ceiling or a vent? A long time ago, a kid thought he was going to be clever and make a grand escape through the ceiling. Well, he didn't make it far before he crash landed at the feet of the staff who were looking for him
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    Scripting sounds patronizing

    We don't have scripting, but there is a lot of therapeutic communication (of course!) in psych. I think what some folks are doing wrong is in the word-for-word recitation. They exude no earnestness nor are they able to alter or improvise in any meaningful way. The phrase is merely plunked down in the middle of a sensitive situation in the most clumsy and thoughtless way. Now, if you are a total newb, you'll start off sounding like an ass, but you hone your skill over time. It's a combo things like empathy, observation, improvisation... and acting . But it does have to be sincere, at some level and to some degree-- or people aren't gonna buy it! If I'm talking to you about a concern that's upsetting to me, and you thunk down a I-hear-what-you're-saying line-- without demonstrating to me that you really are hearing what I'm saying-- well, I'm going to think you're an idiot. Oh, and the worst is the repeating back... you know... to show that you are actively listening or trying to understand: “I’m grumpy!” “Oh, so you’re grumpy?” “... and getting annoyed!” “Oh, so you’re getting annoyed?” Which always reminds me of this:
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    Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

    Well, the amount a facility has to hype something up is often directly proportional to how asinine it actually is. I think you're right and I think it's disgusting.
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    Social Media And You

    As a people watcher, I like to see what people post. I have certainly seen some cringe-worthy things that I rather wish I hadn't learned about the people I know... There is one person I keep on my list just to see how ridiculously tacky she can get It's entertainment, I guess. However, I steer clear anything work related and really don't post at all, myself. If other people want to complain about work on FB, well, they can do what they want, but I personally think that's a bad bad idea:facepalm:
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    Nurses Who Have Killed

    Wow, I've read about Heidnik but somehow missed the part about him being a nurse. His crimes were horrendous. If you google female serial killers, it's amazing how many were "nurses" (some were aides but called "nurses", I'm sure). Virginia Jaspers creeped me out... Google her picture... she looks so mean.
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    How to properly clean your stethoscope

    I refuse to call my COW a WOW... In fact, I've named my COW "Bessie". It's political correctness gone to far and it drives me wild!!!
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    Young, Thin, and Cute New Hires

    Whoa, Esme.
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    Young, Thin, and Cute New Hires

    Back in the day, the requirements for the stewardess was strict. When I was a little girl in the 70's, I came across an old text, in the library, about becoming a stewardess. This book was probably 20 years-old when I go my hot hands on it, but what did I know back then? Do you know I actually cried because I just "knew" I could never be slim or tall enough to be a stewardess?!? How stupid is that? Well, Commuter, fill us in on how that goes. Let us know when the uniform gets changed to short tight skirts and a saucy little seam running up the back of the stockings... oh and kickin' red pumps. That should shoot some PG scores and some BP readings through the roof!