It is. I've worked on one. It's 80% babysitting healthy patients who are waiting for test results to come back or specialists to clear them for DC. You get your isolated + stress or STEMI where you need to start a drip but mostly it's pretty cake as far as floor nursing jobs go. A lot of drunks and drug seekers who know the key words to use or symptoms to show in the ER end up on the unit waiting to be cleared (often times with RX for narcs depending on how new the ER doc is). So just be prepared for a lot of drug seeking behavior and don't let it bother you. I think we had 1 code in like 2 years on the unit.
Disimpacting bowels and missing on attempts at ABGs.
No honestly I like the fast pace. I like not knowing what I'm going to see. And I also like not having the same patients for the entire shift as we send them home or to the floor as quick as possible to clear out space. There is a bit of adrenaline rush in it as well.
Since female nurses are known to be demure ladies who only speak when spoken to, I'll handle this for them. They worshop male nurses as father figures that lead them.
What are you trying to ask?
Testicular cancer highest risk group is teen to 35 in males. A testicular exam is important but even more important is teaching the boys to do their own every month. Nobody knows what their testicles feel like better than a teenage boy(trust me, I was one) himself so teaching him to look for abnormalities is almost as important as checking the rate and rythym of his heart. If there is a hernia the intestine can drop down into the scrotum cutting off blood supply to the intestine. It's rare, but nobody wants a colostomy when they are in high school.
I've probably had 20-30 docs or NPs of all ages and sex check for hernias on me in my lifetime between sports physicals and moving from job to job. It really isn't traumatic.
I am boarderline emotionless at work. Which is a step up from many nurses who are downright hostile with patients who don't behave in the manner in which the nurse expects them to. What I am is competent and professional. I take pride in my assessment skills and ability to treat all patients the same regardless of how they treat me. Spare me the melodrama of "Stay away from my and blah, blah, blah....". What an empty sentence. If you or anyone you knows comes under my care they will get quick, competent care. You'll have to do the hand holding and hugging.
My point to the original poster was that you can get into nursing(and be good at it) for money/career reasons only if you are mature, hard working, and professional.
Don't listen to the myth that you can't get into nursing for the money. I got into it only for the money and job security and have been doing it well for years. Never even considered nursing until I was getting pushed out of a 9 year job in business. To this day my "passion" is to better my family, nursing is my job.
If you are going into nursing for the money what you will need is a top of the line work ethic and professionalism. If you lack either of these, in fact if you don't down right take pride in either of these attributes you will burn out and be an example of nurses who left after "getting in it for the wrong reasons." I hate that line.
I'm an RN and I couldn't care less who(PCT, RCA, IBM, ATT, USA, ect) calls themselves a "nurse". And in fact I consider LPNs to be "nurses". Oh no! The humanity! As long as I'm still paid what I'm paid, whatever.
John20 replied to VivaLasViejas's topic in Nursing
Sorry to hear about your troubles. Don't take the lack of loyalty personally. We are all expendable no matter what position we have. That's the nature of business. Any new position you get will boot you just as quick if the budget has to be cut.
John20 replied to HappyNurse2005's topic in Nursing
You cannot discharge a patient until his/her ETOH level is below the legal limit. In fact they can't even sign out AMA until ETOH is below the legal limit(although they won't need to because we boot them out the door as soon as they are beneath .08). We've put drunk patient's in restraints several times who got combatitive and tried to leave. I had no problem with the nurse's handling of the situation. I'm not quite that blunt with patient's but have no issues with those who are. Boundries need to be set firmly with drunk patients.