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maelstrom143 has 10 years experience and specializes in PCU.

RN, wife, mom

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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    This is the reason I always tell my patients that no, I will not hurry. I will take my time and ensure I know what I am doing. I will review meds I do not know, and educate them. If I get your pancakes wrong, you will live. If I get your meds wrong, there's always the chance of catastrophic failure. Don't hurry me. If you do, I'll slow down even more because I did not wake up planning to kill anyone this morning and it is too easy to make a mistake due to being pressured. My heart goes out to everyone involved. This is a perfect storm and the ones who should be penalized for not having safety protocols in place, the facility, will not be and that is beyond wrong.
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    Best MD note

    I seriously have no words for this...it is really easy to ask questions when one does not know. Seriously :/
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    Stupid things that nurses say

    Thanks Tex. Have a good one :)
  4. Bahahahaha!!! OMG. Priceless. Very cool :)
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    Stupid things that nurses say

    I am usually rather reclusive when not at work. Today, I spent all day long out at the school with the kids, then stores, in crowded conditions interacting. Exhausted, wanting to sleep, yet unable to do so due to being so wired from the day (intense headache I'd had all day eased up once I was able to retreat to my room, but still not right). Then, lo and behold, I find this thread. It is now 0315h and I finally feel comfortable, tired, and hysterically amused. Thank you so much for sharing. Good lord...what does it say about me that I need to come here to read about things related to work to relax from a day spent in a way most people would find fun?
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    Stupid things that nurses say

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    When a Mom Miscarries

    Thank you CountrMomma, for such an excellent article and for sharing what is a tragic experience for a family. I do not have words to tell you how very sad I am for your loss or how strong I think you are for sharing your perspective so that others may learn and benefit from it. We can, at times, come across as insensitive due to sometimes not really knowing what to say or do in a given situation or even because sometimes we see it so often that we may allow ourselves to become desensitized, thereby causing grief without meaning to do so. It is good to periodically stop and look around and realize that, while this may be our umpteenth loss for the month, umpteenth birth, death, whatever, it is often the first for our patient or his/her family. I have been a nurse for a wee bit, but I still remember losing my cool and letting the nurse in the PR hospital know that, although I was sure she had babies every day, this was my first and I did not appreciate her blase attitude (over 19 years ago now, but still remember it and try to not treat my patients in the same way). I am very glad that you spoke with your doctor afterwards. It seems that, with your input, some positive changes did take place so that others would not go through what you did.
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    Funny things patients say !

    OMG...I just about spit out my tea on this one...and I thought the finger painting lady was out there!
  9. Oh My Gawd...the thought that popped into my mind reading this,"Would you like us to request a rectal tube so that we can do this CT done?" Not sure where that thought came from...
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    Biting Your Tongue

    To the patient who fired me for trying to do a skin assessment "Thank you so very much!!!" I did go around with a huge grin for the rest of the shift (although I felt bad for my colleague who got her).
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    The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen

    Herbs may have their place in medicine, but it is fishy that he should get better after she was banned...just saying...
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    A Thief Named Alzheimer's

    No words 3
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    It's Already Gone On Long Enough

    Very well said Ruby. All I can say for those who want everything done is may it be done to them when their time comes.
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    Could this be construed as "abuse"?

    Procedures are a necessity and a pain; unfortunate, but true. Without a baseline, we would fail to notice when a patient starts heading south. Vital signs are one of the things we are required to do to ensure patient safety. Demented or not, many of these patients have meds on board and they affect VS. Find something she enjoys (i.e., if you let me do this real quick, I promise to not bother you for an hour - works great with a lot of acute care patients, too ) and then make a verbal contract with her. Let her know if she breathes in and out and does not move it will finish faster and you will be able to stop pestering her so much. Worst case scenario, come back later when she might be calmer. One learns to work around inconveniences and make verbal contracts that might allow the patient to feel a small measure of control. They may not always honor the contract, but it never hurts to try
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    ER: A Family's Emotional Well Being

    Heartbreaking and heartwarming. I am so glad you were able to give them that time...God bless you.

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