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  1. dec2007

    The Grinch of allnurses.com

    I haven't read the whole thread, so forgive me if this is repetitive. It has taken me a long time, but I have learned to (mostly) opt out of the holiday madness. The gifts I feel I MUST buy (grandchildren , for instance) I buy on Amazon and utilize their gift wrap and direct delivery services, and I aim to finish this by Dec. 3rd or 4th. That leaves the rest of the month free to emerse myself in my spiritual celebrations and personal Christmas joys. I avoid shopping, even for groceries, as much as possible in December. If I do have to get grocery suppliesco try to go at night when the aggressive holiday shoppers are seldom present.
  2. dec2007

    Pain Management & the Opioid Crisis - AACN-NTI

    Yes. In all fairness, the physicians are so closely monitored and can be sanctioned for "excessive" opioid prescribing, that I feel they are also in a bad position.
  3. dec2007

    Pain Management & the Opioid Crisis - AACN-NTI

    I recently had extensive urogynacological surgery (three weeks ago). I was provided adequate pain management for the first seven days. Because of the current atmosphere related to fear of addiction, I was then directed to use OTC pain relief. I was in absolute agony for the next seven days. I did not sleep, could not eat, literally cried when I had to go to the bathroom. I wished I had not had the surgery, but had just allowed the disease to take its course. Starting about the 15th day I was able to manage the pain using OTC NSAIDS, heat, cold, topicals, and meditation. I find it ridiculous that people with actual severe pain are required to suffer this kind of agony for seven days because of the narcotic abuse of others. This is an experience I will never forget.
  4. dec2007

    Excessive Absenteeism in the Nursing Profession

    Might be bad for patient outcomes.
  5. dec2007

    Excessive Absenteeism in the Nursing Profession

    My husband works for a telephone company, and they have "personal days" with no questions asked.
  6. dec2007

    56 With Multiple Back Surgeries Wants to Become an RN

    Entering the job force as a new grad RN, it is unrealistic (and maybe unfair) to expect to be hired into an administrative position ahead of others who have worked bedside and have RN experience. The automatic assumption of discrimination also smacks of entitlement. I'm a few years older than you and have>25 years RN experience AND a bad back, yet here I am in the trenches.
  7. 100% accurate.......sadly!!
  8. Good advice from Nurse Beth! I would like to add that it is best to be non-specific about what your " medical problem" was, as ( unfortunately) a stigma still exists against those with mental health issues of all kinds. It shouldn't, especially in the medical field, where it should be best understood, but the stigma is real. Best of luck to you!!!!
  9. dec2007

    CRRT and mobility

    And you would be absolutely correct!!!!!
  10. dec2007

    Peer to Peer Review/Feedback

    Honestly, I've been through this process, and it ends up being a lot of drama and a popularity contest, but not much help towards improving patient care or staff relations.
  11. dec2007

    Which nurse do you want for your Little Johnny?

    Patient was diabetic, uncontrolled glucose levels.
  12. "Don't worry about cleaning this room. No one ever goes in there."
  13. dec2007

    Which nurse do you want for your Little Johnny?

    Every word is so true. Sadly, it doesn't always work. In our ICU this weekI had a septic patient, and the Intensivist and I definitely provided "shock and awe" care. The family was wonderful and appreciative. After 13 hours on my feeet with no lunch, assisting in bronching, line insertion, and starting CRRT, at the very end of the shift I receive a 'variance' due to an order I entered at the MD's request to mix sodium bicarbonate drip in NS rather than a dextrose base if possible; if not the usual D5w base was fine. For the life of me, I don't understand how entering his order is a "variance", but I DO know I left work sad and disheartened that this was the ONLY response to my hard work that I received that day. This is why morale is at its lowest point ever, and why new nurses don't want to stay bedside.
  14. dec2007

    RN with medical marijuana card

    You might be, but unfortunately if a co-worker or a new manager decides to object to your use later on, I'm afraid you wouldn't be able to prevail. I'd hate to see that happen to you. If you DO decide to tell your employer and are hired with them knowing, I would make it a rule not to talk about it with co-workers. It only takes one spat with a fellow employee to make your work life uncomfortable.
  15. dec2007

    No Respect.

    I have often wondered why "loved ones" feel that treating the caregivers with distain will ensure increased quality of nursing care. Honestly, being treated with hostility makes caregivers avoid entering the parient room unless necessary to avoid another episode of abuse.
  16. dec2007

    No Respect.

    I'd rather have you, Cardiacdork, with your priorities of patient safety, carrying for me our my family than all the "customer service" practitioners out there. Keep me stable and safe and I'll forgo the Hospital Hilton treatment every time!