mfdteacher BSN

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mfdteacher has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU/ER.

Happily retired after a rewarding career.  My patient load these days are friends and family with injuries or illness.  Consulting, consoling, and even some hands on care remains a rewarding and hopefully helpful part of my life.

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    Fake News: Nursing Shortage Due to Covid

    For the record, when I was asked to be on the board, I had at least 30 years of bedside nursing (ICU and ER) on my resume. We did have one or two of the "admin" types on the board during the six years I served...
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    Fake News: Nursing Shortage Due to Covid

    Unfortunately I couldn't agree more. It's all about the "corporation", patient care is way down on the list.
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    Where do you go when you don't trust official data sources?

    I would suggest a look at what the term "Confirmation Bias" means and how we all apply it to our lives, opinions etc...
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    Work Schedule

    One thing seems to missing here...There have been numerous studies that show that 12 hour shifts are more prone to errors and detrimental to your patients and yourself. Most centered around critical areas such as ICUs and ERs, but they routinely sho...
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    What's it like in the VIP wing of a hospital?

    I remember being floated years ago from my ICU position to the "special" unit. My duties that evening basically involved making drinks (etoh) for the GBS patient and his girlfriend. I've always cringed when I'm told, "The service here is really good...
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    Went to inactive license

    I have over two decades on you so being retired is where I want to be. I do miss bedside nursing and challenging patients very much but I do not miss the administrative handcuffs that come with it. I understand how you feel that you must work after...
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    Went to inactive license

    I agree that unless you absolutely hate nursing that you will be a nurse until you die. Friends, relatives, and situations will dictate you bringing up your nursing knowledge and sharing your experience. Someone once told me that being a nurse is l...
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    More critical thinking & knowledge: ER vs ICU?

    After many years working both ER and ICU, I feel that (at least in my day, no on site intensivists), ICU nurses had much more autonomy and had to be pretty quick on their feet. We made critical decisions and acted on them on a daily if not hourly ba...
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    Do EHRs Push Nurses to Lie?

    To clarify, I am a retired ICU/ER RN, thus an old fart! I always preferred narrative charting simply because when asked to testify (a few cases over 40 years), I could look at my notes and recall the day so much better. And I could use patient quot...
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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    Labordude, I believe one of the states was Alabama but I was in grad school in the 80's. I couldn't cite the reference now if you paid me but I assure you it's true and I was flabbergasted to say the least. And there were a few more states. Person...
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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    Indeed, a lot of the assumptions are dated. While a student in my BSN program, we few males were never taught to cath females and were limited in every day care scenarios (beds and baths). Later in grad school trying to do research on Males in Nurs...
  12. In my 27 plus years I have mainly worked Critical Care and ER. I still do a little ER on my weekends off. But after being sold 5 times, being treated like chattel by various hospital corporations and seeing patient care go by the wayside in favor o...
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    War Veterans...

    I too am a VN vet. No one who was not there can describe the feelings and emotions that never fade. I thank you for your service and everyone like you. My first position out of school was at a VA facility. I thought I could give some back. But a...
  14. Katmandu224, I must have mislead you. I am well aware that not all nurses work in hospitals, but I'd bet that is where the majority of nursing positions are. My wife (also a nurse) and I both choose to work as nurses and not in a hospital, but we a...
  15. Hospital Administrators, Nursing organizations, and Nursing schools are all well aware that there is no shortage. Nurses are working in other fields everywhere, they just refuse to work in hospitals. Short staffing, cost cutting, being bought and s...