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RetiredTooSoon specializes in Retired OR nurse/Tissue bank technician.

Retired from nursing just after Y2K.

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  1. RetiredTooSoon

    Most ridiculous things you have heard?

    Several hospitals in this area will no longer reveal who the attending ER doctor is when asked before sign-in, telling the patient that if they're sick enough to be coming to the ER, then they are sick enough to see whoever is working that day/night.
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    Most ridiculous things you have heard?

    She was inpatient for two nights for a simple lap chole?? That's day surgery here. I'd be going nuts even before she was admitted.
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    The dumbest thing you've ever heard...

    True. Forty-four weeks is much different than 50. I questioned the likelihood of the doctors being accurate, but apparently the one was well known for being able to judge EDC within 3-4 days, a week at most, so at best, I cooked for 43 weeks. I have no clue why they left me in there so long; I really don't. I know Mom resisted being induced and her doctor at the time let it be as long as she felt safe. Had I not arrived on the Saturday, Mom was going to be induced the following Monday and as it was, I had to be taken with forceps. I told Mom that I probably knew exactly what this world held for me and wanted nothing of it.
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    The dumbest thing you've ever heard...

    I managed to get necrotizing fasciitis from a dental visit. I had a drainage tube trying to empty a seroma on my leg and it was time for my annual dental check-up. They'd asked if I'd had surgery, but I said no, since the drainage tube was just done via ultrasound. I'd told the hygienist about it and she said there shouldn't be a problem. A few days later, I started to develop redness and swelling to the leg. They pulled out the tube and put me on abx for cellulitis. Three or four days after that, my shin and calf started turning black. Rush into ER, admitted, sent to the OR, "Multiple necrotic areas along fat and fascia". Causative agent? Strep Viridans-oral bacteria.
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    The dumbest thing you've ever heard...

    My grandmother said it was from peeing on the side of the road, not the middle. And pimples on your tongue were caused by telling a lie.
  6. RetiredTooSoon

    The dumbest thing you've ever heard...

    While oral sex was not required, home care nurses helping para/quad patients here were told that part of their expected duties may be helping their patients with sexual needs, including assisting with masturbation (helping patient place hands correctly) or sex with a partner. That edict didn't last very long.
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    You Know You Are a Nurse When...

    You know you are a nurse when: -Discussing dismemberment over a gourmet meal seems perfectly acceptable to you. -The phone rings at home and you answer as if you were at work (Operating Room, Retired Too Soon, RN)-I did this to my uncle once; he was completely baffled. -You believe there should be a licencing process that people have to successfully complete in order to be allowed to breed. -You look at people's hands to see what kind of veins they have -Family and friends ask for medical advice, ignore it, then go to the doctor, get the exact same advice and come home, amazed at the brilliance of the doctor.
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    The dumbest thing you've ever heard...

    An ICU nurse I know had a family from China whose wife/mother attempted suicide by hanging and was now brain dead. The doctors talked to them about organ donation, turning of the respirator, etc, but the family declined both, insisting that they had to take her to China for a brain transplant, saying that the Chinese had this technology and her life would be saved if they just could get her back to the Orient and find a suitable donor. What they didn't consider is the 'donor brain' they'd get (if such technology were available) would be full of the other person's memories, not their loved one's.
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    The dumbest thing you've ever heard...

    My mom was pregnant 44 weeks with me. She had two doctors confirm the EDC, based on dates and belly size. I baked for so long, I was dysmature-I'd started to shrink d/t the beginnings of placental insufficiency.
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    It's your turn now, nurse!

    Amen. I wound up in hospital for 8 days last year with necrotizing fasciitis and 10 more days with complications from surgery to repair the cause of said nec fasc. I knew what was wrong as soon as I saw my leg turning black and I knew what could happen as a result, all the way from simple surgery to repair all the way to my death. I had to keep thinking that things were going to go very, very smoothly or I would have gone nuts. On the bright side, I got a lot of students. I guess the RNs figured that me being a nurse (even a retired one) would be good for the students and keep them on their toes. I think I had one day in 18 where there wasn't a student assigned to me.
  11. As a first year student, we had to be directly supervised the first three times we gave medications in each form (oral, IV, IM, sc). If all went well, we could give medications without direct supervision, but were always reminded to talk to our instructor or RN if we had questions.
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    If you love your job, what is your speciality?

    My last position was as an organ/tissue surgeon (tissue procurement specialist). When families donated their deceased loved one's tissues (heart valves, skin, eyes, bone, tendons), my job was to go to wherever the person's body was, do the surgery to retrieve the donated tissues, reconstruct the person's body and then prepare the tissues for the surgeons. I got to learn surgical skills most RNs never will and loved being the surgeon, rather than just handing off instruments (although I also loved working in the OR).
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    Do you bag your bodies naked?

    When I was a student in the early 90s, we bagged our deceased patients naked. It was a case of "we've always done it this way"-probably a leftover from when patients were shrouded, not bagged. It always made me uncomfortable to do that; I didn't see the point of stripping them naked and couldn't the funeral home just send the gowns, etc, back to the hospital/nursing home? They're certainly there often enough and all our facilities used the same laundry service. When my grandmother died in 1996, the funeral director told us that the hospital put her in the body bag still in her hospital gown. We didn't view her prior to cremation, so I can't confirm or deny what he said. My dad died in 2009 and when we went to see him in the funeral home before cremation (we didn't have him embalmed or have a formal viewing), he was still in a hospital gown and covered in white blankets, one underneath him, one on top. The funeral director said that the hospice always sent their patients over in gowns and sheets and that he would return the gowns to them. Dad was probably cremated naked, but he went to the funeral home in a gown and sheet.
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    Medical words that make you cringe.

    Agreed. I don't like "passed away" either; I prefer either the reality-'he/she died' or, if a euphemism is required, 'transferred to the Eternal Care Unit'.
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    What does your username mean?

    I had to leave nursing (and all work) due to illness in 2000, hence "RetiredTooSoon".
  16. RetiredTooSoon

    *Vent* RN's make toast?!?!?!

    You work ICU and there are patients well enough to eat toast, nevermind other foods? I can't think of more than one ICU patient ever that's been able to consume more than clear fluids.