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Crash_Cart has 11 years experience and specializes in ER OR LTC Code Blue Trauma Dog.

ER Burnout / Male /Student On Occasions

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    Any tips for two-person stethoscopes?

    lol you should try out a laennec stethoscope sometime. Brief history of the stethoscope: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1570491/
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    Ridiculous medical mistakes on TV

    Apparently whenever a pt tries to rip off their EKG leads, people around them must immediately restrain and fight with them to stop doing this because you know, they would otherwise instantly die!
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    How often do you wash your scrubs? :)

    I mean let's' face it, we're all a level two biological hazard by the end of our shifts. I recommend utilizing CDC decontamination procedures for your scrubs as appropriate at the end of every shift lol. I entirely agree, frequent repeated washings does wear them out faster. However, if you have many different sets of scrubs to wear it helps to spread out the number of times each set are washed, minimizing the problem.
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    Very First Nursing Job

    Yup, you're going to be a nervous wreck. Everyone is that way at first, so let's just get that out of the way okay? Just embrace it because the only thing that makes it better is time and experience. At first you will be questioning yourself a lot. Sometimes you will draw a blank and start to panic. Try not to let that feeling overcome you and it will subside. Then your brain kicks in with more rational and logical thoughts. You will find that as you repeat tasks, things will become easier. This is when you will start building confidence in yourself. Eventually, you will be doing everything in your sleep. (figuratively speaking, or maybe not, depending on your work schedule lol) Don't sweat it too much and just remember that everyone else has been where you are. You are going to be fine.
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    Staff nurse role in reporting abuse? Insight, please!

    Your DON needs to get off their lazy posterior and do that themselves.
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    Was I wrong to report a co-worker?

    You are only wrong if you didn't address the issue directly with the employee before going to their superiors.
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    Ineffective Compressions

    Come watch me doing CPR during a real life code and i'll show you sometime. Credible source... Lmao. Hey until you have seen 150,000 pt's / yr. in an ER trauma center like I have, you can come back and talk to me about what's credible exactly ok sweetheart?
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    new onset afib

    AF is not a particularly fatal issue, but if left untreated it can cause strokes. That explains the order for aspirin I guess. Probably should be admitted on a cardiac floor considering his previous hx of hypertension and CHF. Guess we need to ask ourselves why did he collapse at home in the first place huh? Hx of CHF and now he's retaining fluid and needs lasix. Hmmm. His cholesterol and triglyceride labs sounds like a code waiting to happen. I don't think he really belongs on your floor. Is he on oxygen and how are his o2 sats and everything? Is he exhibiting any signs of pallor, diaphoresis or anything? Sounds like you have your hands full.
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    Ineffective Compressions

    During a code forget about "staying alive" and watch the cardiac monitor instead. The cardiac monitor will give you the best visual feedback possible in terms of measuring the performance of your compressions. Ask me how I know this.
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    Help with Staffing Incentives?

    Study results were posted earlier. Didn't you read them?
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    How to Explain Why I Quit my Last Job

    Put yourself in the interviewer's perspective for a moment... As soon as you badmouth your former employer, or any employees of your former workplace, the interviewer will start to wonder what your employer would say. They’ll always be thinking to themselves they want the other side of the story. It won't matter how "honest" or "forthcoming" you might think you are being either. There's always going to be a certain amount of doubt remaining about your story in the interviewers mind anyway you choose. One of the problems is whenever you provide them with a detailed explanation of why you left your former employer, that story becomes the primary focus of the interview. That is to say, the interview is no longer about "you" in the scope of being a qualified employee for the posted position anymore. It becomes about "the story" why you left your former employer instead. Additionally, everytime you answer one question about the story, it just creates more unanswered questions for them. There's just no end to it and it sabotages the interview. If the interview continues in this direction, the only possible outcome at this point is for the interviewer to ask themselves questions like: #1 “How do I know this isn’t going to happen again if I hire this person for my team?” #2 "I wonder why this employee didn't get along well with others?" Then the interviewer at this point will probably just want to "play it safe" and think it's better not to take a chance, rather than make a hiring mistake. A mistake that would make them look bad to their boss. After all, they have many other applicants ready to interview and it's just easier for them to look at another one, instead of trying to confirm or deny any details of your horror story at your former workplace. That's why it won't matter what explanation you provide them with. It just leaves them with "negative thoughts" the more you talk about it during the interview. Why poison the interview? The interview should remain positive, progressive and be moving forward at all times. If it stalls on "the story" then you most likely won't get the job. Always better to divert the interview away from that discussion and get off the subject in the shortest amount of time possible. You can do that by providing a short, professional and reasonable response.
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    How to Explain Why I Quit my Last Job

    Nope, just stick with maintaining the same narrative, remain positive and professional. If they keep digging for more of an explanation, reply with one of these explanations: "I was no longer finding the work fulfilling or enjoying my work as much." "I re-evaluated my career goals and decided a change was needed." "I didn’t feel there was an opportunity to grow or advance further in that role so I decided a change would best for my career.” Whatever you say, never go into gossip mode about your former workplace during an interview. Remember, they may be testing the waters to see if you will.
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    How to Explain Why I Quit my Last Job

    The most professional answer, is the shortest answer. No need for long, drawn out explanations of everything. Everything you just explained in your post occuring at the former workplace can be summed up in these two words. "Unresolvable conflict." An interviewer is going to understand you don't want to speak badly about a previous employer and this has absolutely nothing to do with being dishonest about anything. Remember, the moment you start explaining the gory details of the situation to the interviewer in great detail, is the same moment you won't be getting that job.
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    Abandonment - Legal Question

    Abandonment can only occur after you have accepted an assignment, not before. Abandonment assumes there's an existing individual in your present care, not where no such care exists. To properly understand it's proper context and meaning, one must apply it's implied intent during the original historical time when such requirement was first written and implemented. Clearly, it simply means you cannot "abandon" any patient that is deemed to be officially under your care. This obviously doesn't apply when they are not, such as when you are not required to be at the workplace, or when you have not accepted them as an assignment.
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    Help with Staffing Incentives?

    And so what does a staffing scheduler do when hiring new staff is not an option?