Spiker ASN, RN, EMT-P

OR 35 years; crosstrained ER/ICU/PACU
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Spiker has 46 years experience as a ASN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in OR 35 years; crosstrained ER/ICU/PACU.

Raised in Bronx, NY; Lived in Germany & England 2 yrs each. Gramma of 10 ..

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    Let's Put The Brakes On Drowsy Driving

    I started working 3-11PM back in 1980, on a Surgical floor, then moved to the OR in 1982. We took night call (11P-7A) once weekly, & 48-hr Sat-Sun call once every 6 weeks. My dear friend & neighbor was called back to surgery so many times, ...
  2. While I'm sure you were tired, had a stressful shift, & just wanted peace & quiet, I simply don't understand how saying a few kind words was beyond you. We're nurses, we should have each others' backs, even just for a few minutes! I wouldn'...
  3. Is there a House Nursing Supervisor on duty for all shifts? That is usually the 1st call any of us would make, for immediate assistance! That's what THEY'RE paid for, to put out fires on duty, not you! It's admirable that you want to help your coll...
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    Nurse Severely Beaten Injured By Patient

    I am so sorry this happened to you! Were you treated in the ER for your injuries? That would have gotten the ball rolling as far as reporting, both with a facility incident report, & the police report. Then worker's comp would be the next step....
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    Advice please! Med-Sug or OR training

    Hi! When I was in college, (late 70's) we had 6 weeks of OR clinical - scrubbing & circulating! I knew that was what I wanted to do! Unfortunately, getting into the OR as a grad nurse was not done in the hospital I applied at. I did get full-...
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    Twin boys, were named "Sir" & "Mister". Sadly, as they became teenagers, both ended up periodically on the news as juvenile offenders......
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    "I am not a robot!"

    My heart goes out to you & your co-workers. I know your pain: we lost a fellow RN who fell asleep at the wheel driving back to the hospital on a 48-hour OR call weekend. Sadly, that's what it took for the hospital to change our call shifts to 2...
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    Death's Perfect Timing

    There is nothing far-fetched about this! When I was first out of school I had an elderly patient on my 3-11 shift who kept trying to leave. He had his belongings in a patient belongings bag, & had dressed in the clothes he'd arrived in as a res...
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    So you're an RN - you must be earning big!

    I did just the opposite: after 20 years in Nursing, I went into EMS (Paramedic) as a 2nd full-time job. I worked 3-11 Mon-Fri in the OR at a Medical Center, & then 48-hr Sat-Sun shifts as a paid medic in the city. So yes, I worked a lot; my g...
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    Count Board Placement

    Our count boards are mounted on the wall by our computers (circulators' that is), since that's where we spend most of our time documenting.
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    Do you overspend on luxury items as a nurse?

    Snels50, you are so right about that! I encourage our newer colleagues to heed those words! In my almost 39 years as an RN, I've worked in two medical centers, so I have two 401K's. Hubby has one as well. I've been auto-depositing into mine since...
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    Do you overspend on luxury items as a nurse?

    Snels50, you are so right about that! I encourage our newer colleagues to heed those words! In my almost 39 years as an RN, I've worked in two medical centers, so I have two 401K's. Hubby has one as well. I've been auto-depositing into mine since...
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    How do you deal with Doctors that insult nurses?

    @Tjballzack: Are you even an RN? Your post makes me think not.....you certainly don't exhibit any professionalism or intelligence. If you have issues with a physician, this isn't the place nor manner to deal with it. If you can't communicate with ...
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    Blood transfusions??? just say no...

    Please, God! I hope not a Nurse or Nursing student! Atrocious grammar, spelling, lack of punctuation, & such negative, accusatory proclamations! Threats to sue? Not sure I'd want "Originalex" as a colleague, let alone caring for anyone in my ...
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    Legal Name vs. Preferred Name

    My most recent employer, a huge hospital system, did allow us to have nicknames on our photo ID's, & to use our nicknames in conversation, introducing ourselves to patients, family, etc. We did have to use our legal names to sign charts & do...