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  1. tommycher

    Nursing is 24hrs is just an expression

    I am sorry you dread giving report, I recall feeling that way as a new nurse, only because of my own fears of having missed something that a more seasoned nurse might question me on. But, being a day shift nurse, I have another point of view. We get along very well with night shift, only occassionally do we have a problem. Like the critical lab value called to the floor at 0545 that the nurse did not call to the doctor, and admits from 2100 that had NO admit work done, because, "they wanted to sleep", that is difficult for us to swallow. The biggest problem we have is that when we hit the floor at 0700, so do the doctors, x-ray techs, family members, etc. And the patients are trying to eat breakfast while we are trying to do assessments, IV restarts, meds (of which there are many more than at night), check the AM labs, and it never fails that the minute we walk into a pt's room, we hear our name called because we have a doctor at the desk, family member on the phone, pharmacy on the phone with plenty of questions about the med orders on the PM admit, etc. etc. etc. It is a VERY hectic time. So, when I heard a PM nurse yesterday morning telling the AM nurse in report, " You need to do this, You need to do that, You need to address this with the doctor, ....." I just knew I was glad I was not the one receiving that report! Being the nurse on the floor at the time when most of the docs are also present, we are the ones who have to answer to them why such and such was not done, why they were not called, why it took so long for the transfusion to be started, etc. Very stressful. So, please understand that if the day shift nurse seems to be giving you the grand inquisition, it is most likely not personal, just searching for answers to questions they will most likely have to answer within the next hour. Hang in there, before long you will be able to anticipate exactly what they need to know in shift report, aside from the basic details. This is why it is called, "Nursing Practice"! We are all still practicing!
  2. tommycher

    NG tube question-please help!

    Certainly, if the student gave the meds without the instructor present, did not follow instructors instructions, then it was a med error. Students were kicked out of our program for such a thing.
  3. tommycher

    NG tube question-please help!

    And by the way, the instructor is ultimately responsible for a student giving meds in clinicals. The instructor should have asked the student all of the appropriate questions before the meds were given, such as, what did the physician order say regarding dose, route and times. If the student did not know one of those answers, she needed to find out the answer before the meds were given, but that is why they have instructors. This instructor blew it.
  4. tommycher

    NG tube question-please help!

    Dusktildawn, I am sorry if I appeared to be sarcastic, you are very thorough, and I meant my compliment sincerely. Our pharmacy has meds timed on our MAR, and designated as such, when they are to be given on an empty stomach, which are compatible and which are not. This is a secondary safety measure to compliment that which we should already know on our own. I do crush together compatible meds, and am aware of the route, etc. And of course, if it is an NGT to suction, the stomach is void of food anyway. I never give crushed and dissolved meds via Dobhoff, too much chance of a clog, and now we have these new peg tubes that are enteral and have feeding going along with suction, these are impossible to give meds through unless the meds are liquid. Anyway, I agree with the above postings, did not mean to be sarcastic, and we use drinking water to flush with.
  5. tommycher

    NG tube question-please help!

    Oh my dusktildawn, you are extremely meticulous, must be a great nurse. Do you by any chance work in ICU, that is the only place I can imagine working and having the time to be this meticulous. Otherwise, giving meds via NGT while staying within your window of correct med times when you have 7 patients to assess and medicate would be impossible. But, kudos to you for being so precise and perfect. Practicing the 5 rights of med administration and being without a history med errors, I have yet to see anyone on the floor give meds via NGT, when ordered that way, not crush the meds together and dissolve enough to not clog the tube, and clamp if on suction.
  6. tommycher

    Annoyed that public doesn't know what nurses do?

    I did not know "what nurses do" until I was almost out of nursing school, and was "doing it" without even thinking about it! I get frustrated at times on the floor and think to myself that a patient's family just does not "know what nurses do" when they get mad that I did not arrive in a family member's room within 15 seconds of an overhead page. I, of course, was tending to another patient who needed me, and knew I had very recently medicated that pt to whose room I was being called, had already spent entirely too much time talking to different family members regarding this patient who was stable with no immediate problems. Then, to my dismay, family member goes room to room to hunt me down while I was charting the just completed procedure on the patient who needed me, and this family member wants to know why I was not coming when called!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO THEY THINK THIS IS THE HILTON AND I AM A WAITRESS?
  7. tommycher

    I made a med error

    Bless your heart, keep your chin up! I have a feeling this will go nowhere, but I know that does not ease the anxiety much. Thank you for sharing, reminds us all to be extra diligent, once again.
  8. tommycher

    Why are doctors so rude?

    As a staff nurse, the other nurses with whom I work, and I, know which docs are prone to rudeness, therefore we do not take it personally. We know them as Equal Opportunity Offenders. You carry on, keep your chin up, know it is Them, Not You, and just wish their mammas had spanked them more often!
  9. tommycher

    Potassium piggybacks

    The amount of sodium bicarb in an amp is inconsequential, the doctor who orders it is also aware of the pt.'s labs, thus the purpose for ordering the potassium in the first place.
  10. tommycher

    Should patients be allowed to refuse LPNs and CNAs?

    As far as an LPN not having nearly as much training as an RN, when it comes to bedside care, that is hogwash. LPN's go through intensive training in this arena, as this is their primary job. Many RN's will tell you that without LPN's to help them when they were GN's, they would have been in deep doo-doo.
  11. tommycher

    I'm having major assessment problems. Please help!!!!

    When doing a manual blood pressure, the stethoscope actually should be placed on the little finger side of the antecubital area.
  12. tommycher

    Dealing with a difficult co-worker

    Never allow another person's anger over their own lack of achievement affect your mood, ego, or care for others. Some people live in a perpetual state of anger, and will always be willing to unleash it on you, especially if they see a potential in you that they feel they do not have in themselves. Please remember that you do not need to give anyone the power to hurt you, it is not about you, it is about them. Smile, explain to them that you are sure their Mama doesn't know how they treat people, and carry on. Document to superiors your encounter, with no negatives, only facts. Good luck, treat people as you want to be treated, and keep smiling.
  13. tommycher

    The Less-Than-Glamorous Duties

    There is no nursing care that has ever grossed me out or turned me off to nursing. What has made me want to leave a shift screaming and never come back is the one factor that makes or breaks a nurse-----> Can you handle the stress of a pharmacy that does not load the meds you need, or only loads them one at a time for each pt. in the pyxis, then asks you to re-fax the order repeatedly on five different patients, when all you really want to do is at least complete giving meds on time for at least ONE patient, then the 3 different docs for every single patient keep taking the chart and MARS, making it impossible between the pharmacy and the docs to get any meds or treatments given to even ONE patient, and then thanks to lack of adequate staffing, all of your patients are on the call light at one time needing help to the BSC, and YOU are the only one who can help each one who also has to repeat for the 10th time their life story to you, since they know you have ALL your attention focused on them, and them alone......... Get the message? Can you avoid screaming and pulling your hair out? Oh, but of course, in the middle of all this, staffing calls to the floor and asks you if you can fill in a shift for tomorrow, cause they are really in a crisis if you say no......... Say No, it is a mental health issue. Good luck in your decision, I would much rather just have to worry about a disimpaction.
  14. tommycher

    Air Embolism From Iv Tubing

    Did this induce nightmares and hot sweats? (In the nurse, I mean, not the patient).
  15. tommycher

    Air Embolism From Iv Tubing

    Uh, just out of curiosity, why the question? Did someone fail to prime an IV line?
  16. tommycher

    imposter nurse????

    I am in Texas, and the BON has a picture of me and all of the other nurses I graduated with on file. The school sent them to the board before we could sit for the NCLEX, then when we took the NCLEX, they took a picture there that they could verify with the one sent by the school. I am sure it is standard procedure, required by the BON. However, there is no picture on the license.