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  1. Does anyone have a template that they can share? I work pre/post anesthesia in a hospital based endoscopy unit, with the majority of patients being outpatients. We’re going to be starting follow up calls, and I only have an outpatient surgical script...
  2. Post procedure phone call from nursing

    Thanks, tippeny!
  3. The Amazing Explosion of "Excellence"

    NayRN, you said it all: "It doesn't matter if they got good care, they just have to think they did.
  4. Isolation mnemonics??

    My search works. This is from someone that said she had copied it from another post: My Chicken Hez TB---Spiderman---Mrs. Wee. Its how you remember the mnemonics for isolation precautions. AIRBORNE(private room, negative pressure, DOOR CLOSED, N-95)...
  5. We gathered ideas on about this several years ago, but none were implemented. Some ideas, based on years of service (we were talking about staff that had 20-25-30 years in the hospital and most were scheduling tweaks--no cost): Limit number of all ho...
  6. Everyday Cheat Sheet??

    pocketmod.com It's really just a fancy way to fold a sheet of paper to make a little 6 page book. I have the info I like in small font saved in my documents and just paste and copy what I want--Unit specific numbers (manager, charge, all the phones) ...
  7. Do you have a "Work You" vs. a "Home You"?

    At work, I'm paid to be nice.
  8. Family complaint? Throw the nurse under the bus!

    One of my coworkers wants to post a notice: If you can't do it at WalMart, you can't do it here!" Must have shoes, shirts; can't eat food walking in the aisles; can't follow staff into areas where it says Staff Only....
  9. Is this normal?

    Why don't we trust A+O people to take meds in the hospital (can't leave meds at the bedside, must watch them swallow), but we send them home and expect them to do it?
  10. General Rant.

    I'm a diploma graduate from about 25 years ago. Many hours of clinicals and 1 hospital taught me how to be an entry level nurse at that hospital. I think orientation would have been easier there only because of familiarity with the MDs, RNs and ancil...
  11. Just let me go!

    re: a pt with both a living will and MPOA--The language in most LWs says something like "in the event of a terminal illness or persistent vegatative state" I want /do not want.... In my work place, MDs still pretty much believe that terminal illness ...
  12. I've worked nights since for 20+ years, the first 2 were 11-7, 7-7 since then. My "schedule" has changed greatly over the years, it really depends on your life. I've gone from single and living with parents to married, to 1 kid, to 2 kids. Every chan...
  13. When do the nurses get a chance to "fill out a survey" about the patients? Did they smile, did they show interest in learning about their meds, did they volunteer to walk 3 times on post op day 1 or did the nurse have to "encourage" them, did they us...
  14. Scheduling...

    Self scheduling--as long as you schedule a combination of 3 Fri and/or Sat and 1 Mon and 1 Thu. That's 5 of 12 shifts. I guess the "self" part comes in cause you get to pick which Mon you want to work!
  15. help w/client? Tips?

    There was recently some information in my local newspapers about the use of pictures with dementia patients. I can't find any references about it right now, though.
  16. A cold-hearted manager

    FMLA? For your own mental health if not covered by "primary caregiver of family member."
  17. Is DNR status automatically transferable

    Another poster already mentioned POST/POLST forms. Can also see if your state recognizes DNR cards (provides for out of hospital DNR order). Living Wills are very general forms, are usually written to apply only if "unable to make my own decisions a...
  18. What is the term for word confusion in the elderly

    expressive aphasia?
  19. In my experience, it's a unit culture thing. Different units in the same hospital can have totally different work atmospheres. Even the same unit on a different shift, or even a different night! I've worked in the same unit for about 15 years. For a...
  20. See if you have access to MicroMedex at your hospital. They have a tab on the site that checks IV compatibility. List all the IV meds someone is on (gtts, piggybacks and pushes), it'll spit out what is, what isn't and what is unknown re: IV line comp...
  21. Need help interpreting ECG strips.

    I frequently refer orientees to this site: http://www.icufaqs.org/ Lots of information about various subjects. Good Luck!
  22. 20 + years left until retirement......

    I'm 45, an RN for 23 yrs (1/2 my life!). I plan to be working for another 25 years, because of the need for health insurance. I 've been a the bedside for that entire time, and my body is feeling it! I'm imagining myself hobbling down a hallway with ...
  23. Saw this on Facebook. Felt the need to share.

    I rarely have patients that complain about night shift care activities. However, I do not understand the fmaily member that stays with an ill patient overnight and sleeps for 8 hrs. I work in ICU. I've had lights on, done complicated dressing changes...
  24. And, if they do "catch" you on the phone, just say you can't do it. Don't give any excuse--the person calling will try to "fix it" so that you can work. They can't fix "I am so very sorry, but I just can't do it. Bye."
  25. http://www.wpxi.com/news/25591637/detail.html A little more information from a local TV station web site.