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Lucid Vital Nurse

Lucid Vital Nurse BSN, RN

M/S, Tel, ER, Onc, Clinic, MH, Corrections, CC
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Lucid Vital Nurse is a BSN, RN and specializes in M/S, Tel, ER, Onc, Clinic, MH, Corrections, CC.

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    What I Love About Nursing Is....

    Helping people! I get so much satisfaction out of a kind word, "Thank You!", hug or handshake when I've made a positive impact on another human being! Seeing a patient smile or laugh is very meaningful to me! There is no better feeling than that! Listening to a patient open his/her heart about his/her life and be able to shed a tear while I listen, hold them or just put my hand on their shoulder with a soft touch to let them know that someone cares!...Because, that's how I would want my family, friends or myself treated, at a vulnerable time. Nursing is about the emotional response, not just the physical or intellectual aspects (although I love the "technical" part of nursing, too; cause it is fascinating!) It is so nice seeing the patients who recover and who are able to go back to the"normal" lives...That is very gratifying!....Or, even, the patients who die....Just being there and giving support to the family, friends or significant others....That's what it's all about....That basic human elements of compassion and selflessness!...That is why I became a NURSE...To help others in their time of need (because as an LVN, it certainly isn't because of the little money that I make). Some people may think I am unrealistic or "corney", but I am Christian and I believe in the "Golden Rule" and because of the words of St. Francis of Assisi: Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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    I fear my CNAs! lol

    Very nicely put, Keepsmiling66! You are very right....it just boils down to respect, very simply. Wherever you go in life (whether it's work or whatever), you are not always going to like every person nor is every person going to like you, for whatever reason(s). But as nurses, we are supervisors to ©NA's; sometimes we give kuddos and sometimes we have to perform "corrective action"....But like everything else, it is absolutely in the WAY that you do it......just as, you say to someone, "Please, be quiet" as opposed to "Shut Up!!!"....They both get the point across but you've just caused distention and evoked anger with the latter statement. All healthcare workers need to have respect for each other and the jobs and accomplishments that we do. We are all at different levels in healthcare for one reason or another; but we all help each other. A hospital can not be run on nurses alone or CNA's alone or RT's alone or RD's alone or XR/Lab Tech's alone....and so on...and there is always someone supervising over you. Sometimes you may work with someone who is continually inappropriate and your interventions don't work. Then, you go up the chain of command. If that still doesnt work, then continue to document what is going on with that particular person and ask not to work with him/her because it is causing a hostile work environment.....THERE IS ALWAYS A SOLUTION! As long as you know you're job functions and limits and do what is expected in a professional manner, then you will have little trouble with subordinates/co-workers. As in my particular position, I am an LVN and therefore by law I am a subordinate nurse to the RN. If an RN asks me or tells me to do something (as long as it is legal and not in an unprofessional manner), then I have the responsibilty and am legally obliged to do what I am told. On the flip side, because I am a nurse, I can supervise and give direction to assistive personnel or other Vocational Nurses. Sometimes my CNA's will tell me what they want help with and I'll listen and do what they ask, if I am able. Some people do not like being told what to do....But that type of attitude does not fly in nursing. I can take, give direction and communicate very well...And you have to be able to, ESPECIALLY when we are dealing with people's lives and their health/well being! On the other hand, some people have a "control" issue...They like to tell or "boss" everyone around....That doesn't work either...We need to have respect for each other's discipline and realize that sometimes we are asked and sometimes we will ask others to perform tasks. One final thought...Everyone has their moments in nursing (usually often) when we are swamped with work; and sometimes the nurses can not help the CNA's and vice versa.....That is just the nature of the beast and we can't really get around it! If you are a nurse or CNA who gets upset that this happens, then you should rethink that because it's unavoidable! In that case, get another nurse, aide or family member to help if necessary. Again, there is always some kind of solution! Just be positive! Good Luck! God Bless!
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    California Licensing after NCLEX results

    Hi Suzanne 4! Could you explain to me the difference between a board vs. a bureau? Is the Bureau of Vocational Nursing still primarily the same as when it was a board?
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    California Licensing after NCLEX results

    Just to help clarify who governs Nursing Practice (RN/LVN) in CA....The [state] Department of Consumer Affairs contains the CA Board of Registered Nursing and the Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The California Department of Health Care Services, Aide and Technician Certification Section governs the practice of Nursing Assistants. Only if you want to know...
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    Why are male nurses looked down on?

    As a male nurse, I've never been looked down upon. The only time I see any nurse looked down upon is when they are incompetent, which I have seen. Usually, I'm the go to guy whether it's an RN/LVN or CNA needing something. I have a passion for my profession, respect for my co-workers and especially my patients!..So everyone has respect for me! Of course, everyone you work with may not necessarily like you for whatever reason, but that's life...not much you can do about that! Now, sometimes there is some disrespect B/T RN's/LVN's/CNA's but we are all supposed to have a professional respect for each other! We all have a job to do with the patient as the main focus! We may not all be at the same level, but that doesn't mean anything!...Everyone is where they are meant to be at any given time!:wink2:
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    I fear my CNAs! lol

    I work with very good CNA's! I don't have to tell them twice to do what I ask! My CNA's are like my second brain and remind me do what I need to do; comes in handy especially when I'm very busy. Working in ICU/DOU the nurses don't always get a CNA and sometimes staffing takes the CNA away from us! So, I'm very blessed when I actually do have an aide. Nurses are supposed to take care of the patient; from bedpans, to bathing to IV meds and calling MD's. So, the Aides are the icing on the cake and there to help us. I had a CNA who was rude to me one time. So, I took her aside in private and got her side of the story and explained what my expectations were and that she was not acting professionally. I was very professional and discreet and she appreciated that. I never had problems from her again. That is the key to resolving problems at work especially in our high stress environment. Don't be afraid of confrontation and don't go to your supervisor (Charge Nurse, etc) when you can handle it yourself, unless the situation gets out of hand. If you are direct, professional, non-accusatory, and discreet, you will get cooperation and respect, as the nurse. Good Luck! Also, CNA's feel that they are not respected and that nurses look down upon them! And, they have to do a lot of "the dirty work". Yes, that is their job to do the basic nursing functions for us, but let them know that they are important and let them know that you as the nurse, care about them and appreciate their job. Help them when you have down time whether on your patients or another nurse's patients and they will love you and help take good care of your patients with a professional and caring attitude. And just remember, everyone has a bad day now and then at work. So, don't be judgemental!....I learned this from being a CNA b4 becoming a nurse.
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    Being dropped from a LVN program...Any Advice

    Whatever you do, DON'T give up!! Go back and try again until you get it then go for your RN! Nursing school (RN/LVN) is very hard and you just have to make the time and have the desire to finish!! Go back and read, and re-read the material you lacked in or didn't understand well. Don't spend time on the nursing theory that you excell in or understand well! Trust me, it'll work! Just find the way that you learn best and use that through nursing school. That's what I did and not only did it get me through LVN School, but I maintained a 3.8-4.0 while: being Class Representative, being in a relationship, working nights as a Nurse Technician (NA)/MT/WC with lots of overtime, having no car at the time, taking other classes, and all the problems that go along with those things! So, just put your mind to it and go after what you want!!
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    iv push benadryl

    It is!...It is very scarey when you think you're gonna die all of a sudden! People who don't work in healthcare and go through that, get scared, I'm sure! But, when you work in this field and start self-diagnosing...it makes the experience even more traumatic!
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    Can PICC line be delegated? What's the rationale behind it?

    We can't drawl blood from central lines or flush them either. We can only drawl blood peipherally. We can do basic assessments but we have to report abnormalities to an RN and/or MD. We can also take verbal and phone orders.
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    iv push benadryl

    I recently received Compazine IVP, a flush then 50mgs of Benadryl IVP (very fast and undiluted). It was given through a Peripheral H/L. First, it burned like heck! Then, I had this feeling of "impending doom". Then all of a sudden, my heart rate went from about 85 BPM to an SVT rate of >200 BPM and then I turned pale, I became dizzy and started coughing. Then my BP went from 140/85 to 190/150 in a matter of minutes with an onset immediately after the Benadryl. I thought I was gonna die of a massive MI or stroke out or something!! Very scarey! Especially when you're a nurse and a patient and you start self diagnosing. I hope I never go through that ever again!
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    Can PICC line be delegated? What's the rationale behind it?

    I'm an LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) in DOU at a hospital in Los Angeles County; and LVN's are not allowed to touch central lines or give anything through them. All we can do is change the central line dressings. In addition, only RN's with special certification can mess with central lines at our hospital; (every other hospital I've worked at, the RN's don't need special certification, so I don't understand that.) We are not allowed to give any meds IVP, NO: piggybacks/drips(K+/CaCl-,Mg++, ABX, Insulin, Levophed, etc), no PCA's; no titration or messing with IV pumps that those meds are running through, etc. LVN's can choose to become IV and Blood Withdrawal Certified...so we can start peripheral IV's, give IVF's with ca++, Mg++, K+ (diluted in a liter of IVF's), Lipids, SPN/PPN (Sub-Total Parenteral Nutrition [Peripheral TPN]), Blood and Blood Products, Factors....and that's all she wrote. LVN's are very limited with IV practice here in California.
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    Do you say you're a nurse...

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    What's an LVN ll or lll

    A designation after the Nursing title is given by an organization to classify nurses for pay grade purposes depending on skills or rank. I know Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City has LVN II/III. The County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services also has LVN I/II/III (for in-patient hospital wards) and Clinic LVN I/II (for working in the county clinics). [in-Patient] LVN II has more responsibility/pay than LVN I; and LVN III (only for current county employees) are Vocational Nurses who the county trains to be ICU Nurses (more responsibility/knowledge/skills/pay than the other two LVN classifications). Where I am working now (Hospital [DOU]), the RN's have a classification: 1) Clinical RN (staff), 2)RN2, 3) RN4 (deleted), 4). RN5 (Clinical Coordinator; similar to Assistant Director). However, there are no extra designations for LVN's (even though I'm: IV & Blood Withdrawl Certified, ACLS Certified, MCD-WMS Certified, and working on PALS and Critical Care training) So it just depends on where you work. One of my previous jobs classifies LVN's with IV and Blood Withdrawl Certification as LVNII as opposed to an LVN without that certification (more skills/more pay.
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    LPN/LVN rate of pay in your area.

    I'm an LVN working in a hospital in DOU in Santa Clarita, CA (Los Angeles County). I make $19.75 hour working 1900-0730 (with evening and night differentials). My Base pay is $15.50/hour. I've only been working at this hospital for 3 months though. My base pay is low because the Director of Critical Care went off of my Acute Care experience time only (which is about 2 years), even though I've been a nurse for 3 years.
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    Do you say you're a nurse...

    A Nurse is a Nurse is a Nurse..... If you have a license to practice nursing in your state then you are a Nurse. Yes there are two types of Nurses... RN's and LVN's/LPN's. I get tired of dealing with this issue: at work, other nurses, my friends, my family and the public! I am a Licensed Vocational Nurse in California, working in DOU. The State Board of Vocational Nursing and Pyschiatric Technicians states that I am a Nurse!...However, I work with people who refer to me as an "LVN" but the RN's are "Nurses". Ex: The Lab Tech came to draw blood from a patient of mine and noticed that the pt. had a PICC Line. He stated to me, "Would you like me to get a nurse to draw from the line?" I replied, " I am the patient's nurse but yes, you can get an RN!" Or the Charge Nurse says, "We have 6 licenses on the floor; 5 Nurses and 2 LVN's"......Whatever!....I am proud to be an LVN...Proud to be a nurse...With the exception of RN's having more schooling and the legal authority to perform some more licensed nursing procedures than LVN's, there is no difference. A Nurse is a Nurse is a Nurse.. So whether you are an LVN or an RN, you are a Nurse...so be proud!....and forget about what others say/think.
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    Why do Male Nurses Complain about Scrub Color & other Inconsequential Issues?

    Response: There is only one hospital (where I worked) where there was a dress code enforced, and it was to distinguish the RN's from the LVN's from the Nurse Technicians (NA's). The color of the Vocational Nurses was like an ugly, putrid green. I wore it once then never again. The supervisors never said anything about it or never repremanded me. If I had been spoken to, then I would have had to "man-up" and wear the damn thing. If the color for LVN's was pink, then I would have gone to the Union about it or looked for other options. There is always another way around an issue! If the uniform is that bad, then either: noone can force to wear it; or it's time to find another employer. The great thing about being a nurse, is that there is always work and you have options!