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    Would YOU ever have a homebirth?

    As a L&D nurse, I am very supportive of home birth. Many patients think we are doing them such a service by tying them to a bed and pumping them full of pitocin so they will deliver on the day shift. Honestly, the most serious complications I have seen were DOCTOR INDUCED!!!! IE pit to distress, rupturing the membranes when the pt is -3 and whoops a cord prolapse, how did that happen??? Also the main methods we use in the hospital for shoulder dystocia are not always the best, suprapubic pressure and Mc Robert's manuever, most suprapubic pressure I have seen has been done incorrectly anyway. Hands and knees actually opens the pelvic diameter, and most well trained home birth midwives would know this. Yes, the hospital can do a great service to high risk women, but it is the preffered method of all women. Of course you should not deliver at home unless you are completly comfortable with it and educated about the pros and cons. Maybe I have just seen too many doctors taking advantage of patients, but this is the way I feel. I suggest all professionals in OB to read "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin, you can find this book in any larger store and it is written by a CPM that is internationlly known. I could not put this book down once I got it, and have shared it with my co-workers.
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    Precipitous Labor

    I wanted to know if there are nurses out there that have been blamed for precipitous labor by the MD for not "following the pt closely". I had an MD leave a pt that was a multip when she was 7, and tried to blame me for not checking her! She was a nurse assisted delivery 15 min later!
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    perkins

    My perkins loan gets cancelled for each year I work full time for up to five years. I worked at a suburaban community hospital and they did not care that it was not an underserved population, my supervisor just had to sign that I worked there full time. Good Luck with school.
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    malpractice?

    Honestly, I really wanted to know what other nurses thought of the situation. My Dad died at a hospital that shares medical staff and nurses with ours, so I do not want to bring up this topic with my coworkers. If I need legal advice, I will contact an attorney. Of course, I have my own opinions about my Dad's death, I am not looking for them here. I needed to see some thoughts of RN's because sometimes I feel my non-medical family does not understand.
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    malpractice?

    Thank you for your responses. The same nurse he reported chest pain to, was the one that was assigned to him when he died. He was never transferred to the tele floor. Thank you for your condolances.
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    malpractice?

    My Dad had thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery as an emergency case at age 50. He recovered a few days in the ICU, and then got orders to transfer to the tele floor. I was with him, and he told the ICU nurse that he was in chest pain. She gave him sublingual nitro and asked if this relieved his pain, and he said no. She did not follow up after that. My Dad died of the rupture from his graft 4 hours later. I know we are all busy on our units, but as a nurse I have a hard time accepting that the doctor was not called about my Dad's chest pain. Do you think this nurse commited malpractice?
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    Anyone work at Rush Presbyterian - St. Luke's in Chicago?

    I'm here in Chicago, I've also heard great things about Rush. ALSO, if you work 20 hours a week you get the bonus of free tuition there-it's a great school.
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    Bullies in the workplace

    I worked with a social worker that was trying to bully me. She really did upset me and I was always so nervous to go to work. One day I reported her to mangement, she lied and denied everything AND the bullying got worse. It seems that bullies get worse after they are reported-but what else should the victim do if other interventions (showing self-confidence, etc) don't work?
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    The new pyxis

    We have that pyxis also. It can be a real pain because you can stand at the machine for a while for it to pick up your fingerprint. Actually you will have a numeric code that will back up your fingerprint, and after so many failed attempts, you will switch to this numeric code. With agency you just log them in as you did before, except they use their fingerprint for access. As for the online drug guide, other nurses don't take too kindly to someone standing there hoging the pyxis, I use a book instead. Good Luck
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    More Nurses in School?

    Several na's that I work with are student nurses, and they are telling me that the biggest nursing classes ever (for their school) are graduating this year and next. Is this happening where you are? I'm in IL.
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    Lay offs

    Yes, my hospital was doing layoffs too. I know some clerks with high pay were laidoff. I know my hospital is in a budget crisis also. We are currently running at low census, but a lot of nurses have left, so no one is being downstaffed.
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    Float Nursing

    I became a float nurse right after I graduated nursing school two years ago. I worked full time for one year, and now part time this year. I had to call many hospitals before I found one that would take me as a float nurse after graduation. For me, it was and still is a great experience. I float to med/surg, tele, CCU and step down. CCU and step down came after a year of experience. I think just about everyone told me not to do this, but I really felt that it was for me and I was right! The only problem I had was some units tried to always give me their "problem" pts that no one else wanted to take. The float pool is really great too is you get to know so many people and units throught the hospital. The downside is that I have had the same pts two days in a row only three times. It's more work, but it's enjoyable. Hope this helps!
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    DUI & The Board

    In my state there is a web site for "The Department of Professional Regulation" - this is the dept that licences professionals here. You can go online and view monthly disciplinary reports. Your state might have this info online too. I agree that they might just start you out with a probation. Sorry that this one incident has followed you this far into your life. Keep your head up.
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    DUI & The Board

    In my state there is a web site for "The Department of Professional Regulation" - this is the dept that licences professionals here. You can go online and view monthly disciplinary reports. Your state might have this info online too. I agree that they might just start you out with a probation. Sorry that this one incident has followed you this far into your life. Keep your head up.
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    Nurse, what's your number?

    We use cell phones in the hospital I work in. I like them for the most part. Some units have a policy of giving the pt your cell phone number. Then it gets crazy. You will get five calls in a row that the pt "really needs ice" (for their cups), or a pt will want to be "scooted up" in bed even though they walk up and down the hall all day. It's just that the pts don't think twice about calling you on your cell phone. Talk about interruptions.
  16. mednurse

    skunks on night shift?

    MMMMMMM...like a cool summer rain.