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  1. What I Love About Nursing Is....

    I agree with you dsigney! There is a lot of negativity on the nursing forums...and I have an opinion as to why. There are a trememdous amount of things in nursing that the nurse gets no choice about. For example: **no choice (or very, very little cho...
  2. Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    This is an INSPIRED, "thinking out of the box", beautiful way to build teamwork. I applaud you and your co-workers. Sometimes we have to be ingenious nurses to bring love into the picture.:redbeathe Everyday I seek to be inspired and assisted by an i...
  3. Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    rock on...I know we all know about the law of attraction...I know I'm not teaching you anything you don't already know... it's just that there's a difference between "knowing" about a tool and really, really picking it up and using it. and furthermor...
  4. Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    No. You don't have to start with what is! And you absolutely have to get in touch with what you wish!!!!!!!!!!! That's the whole point. I'm sick of being a realist. I'm sick of the feeling that this job is humanly impossible and it's never gonna chan...
  5. Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    And I applaud you for thinking out of the box and creating a nurturing environment (safe for questions) on your floor. Believe me, I'm choosing to think out of the box to deal with nursing stress issues because the other boxes that I kept thinking in...
  6. Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    You're proving my point! How is what YOU are doing working for you? I know what it feels like to feel like a lamb voluntarily walking into the slaughter house every day...I feel your pain. But if you keep focusing on what you don't want in your life ...
  7. Stress in Nursing

    These post are several years old. Thankfully the staffing ratios have changed in California. It's now 5 (maximum) patients to 1 nurse. This is a beautiful thing. However, depending on acuity, things can feel really hairy, really fast at any given...
  8. Nursing School stress

    Here's what I do with my stresses whether they be from my work life or my home life or just things that may become a worry for me. I write about them free-hand, just kind of "hash things out" and get in touch with the sources of my stress. From there...
  9. Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    I just had a Christmas potluck/ornament exchange party at my house last night for my co-workers. It was a wonderful experience. It was my second (annual) Christmas potluck. Attendance doubled from last year. It was actually surreal to be surrounded b...
  10. Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    Boy do I remember that feeling of drowning when I was new. I bet if we took a pole on that subject we'd get a response of 100% near drownings in their first year of nursing from all of us. A little story if I may...I have the cutest ceramic pin that ...
  11. Can't sleep the night before I go into work

    I don't think there's a nurse alive that can't relate to what you are saying about sleeplessness and anxiety before a shift. Here's some of the things that I do. First, I acknowledge that anxiety is the state of "living in the future" about somethin...
  12. NG Tube Yields 2000 ml Immediately

    Yes. We absolutely need an order to place an NG tube...and in this case there was an order on the chart for 2 days but it HAD A LOOPHOLE...it said, "Place NG tube if patient continues to have nausea and vomiting"...unfortunately the nurses kept medi...
  13. NG Tube Yields 2000 ml Immediately

    To their credit, in general, the doctors at our hospital ALWAYS actually lay eyes on their patients (even if it's just from the doorway???). It's pretty rare that they will not look in on the patient before writing their progress note. And also to th...
  14. NG Tube Yields 2000 ml Immediately

    HOLY COW! You guys! I knew you could relate but it really, really gets hairy when you hear about doctors ignoring nurses' multiple calls to them on behalf of these patients who are throwing up with huge bellies and patients dying! That's horrible! Th...
  15. NG Tube Yields 2000 ml Immediately

    I walked into one of my patient's rooms yesterday and I see this 70 something year old woman who has been on the floor for 2 DAYS who is extremely nauseated. She has a history of cancer and she's admitted for small bowel obstruction...her stomach was...