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Sister Fox

Sister Fox

Operating Theatre and Occ. Health
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Sister Fox specializes in Operating Theatre and Occ. Health.

I have worked in orthopaedics since 1962, initially with the inventors of the hip replacement, Kenneth McKee and John Watson Farrar at Norwich where I did my nurse training.

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  1. Sister Fox

    Why I'm A Nurse

    You're going to be one heck of a nurse, alsal - compassion can't be taught, it's a gift and you have it in spades.
  2. Sister Fox

    Microphones and Web Cams

    well, that's the other end of the extreme, of course. When I worked in recovery, we often got the 'significant other' in to be with the patient and they would, therefore, be able to observe and often assist with the care. It worked well in 98% of the cases. Those that made problems I found would respond to some honest talking and discussion. Yes, they'd sometimes vent and be argumentative but I never let that put me off. Not to criticize you all, but I always tried to see it as a challenge rather than a problem. In the eye of the beholder and all that, y'know? Though it goes without saying that dealing with relatives in the recovery room for 2-6 hours is somewhat different to dealing with relatives week in week out. You do have my sympathy in that.
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    Husband uncomfortable with my job!

    In the UK this lady has a lot to answer for in the respect! Remember the "Carry On" films? Sheesh! Talk about stereo-typing! Offensive posts? There were offensive posts? I really have to check back here more often. I miss all the good stuff!
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    Husband uncomfortable with my job!

    Tell him it's called nursing! If he was in hospital he'd expect someone to be caring for him, wouldn't he? FWIW, there was a report put out once (many years ago) about permissions and privileges and 'personal space'. Usually only intimates are permitted in our personal space implying personal contact of course, and strangers are totally prohibited as a rule with the exception of ... Doctors Dentists Nurses Physiotherapists Chiropractors Osteopaths Chiropodists Masseurs Hairdressers Beauticians Being allowed inside another's personal space is a great privilege and demonstrates a considerable degree of trust from the recipient, patient, client, whatever. but - sadly - it also includes prostitutes! Don't know if this helps or not but I found it interesting!
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    Scheduled meeting with manager, HR and union rep

    What???? That's AWFUL! Who does she think she is - a member of the Mafia or something? Sheeesh?
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    US names for medications

    Yep! Not the best place in the world for nursing standards but the surgery is par excellance which was why I worked there.
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    Scheduled meeting with manager, HR and union rep

    1. Your union rep is supposed to be on YOUR side, not the management's - and so should only be attending at your request. Which presupposes you need to know the agenda. 2. No manager worth the title should launch straight into a (quasi) disciplinary meeting without having an informal meeting first to discuss said problem and then inform you that it will be taken up a step, thereby giving YOU the opportunity to call in the union rep. 3. Sometime meetings can't be arranged for some days because of all the participants' schedules. 4. In the UK there is a line in one's contract citing a conflict of interest in having two jobs at once, which is not to say people still don't do it, but as a manager, I would have been mightily ticked off if one of my staff had take a 'sickie' to go work somewhere else. Taking time of sick infers that you ARE sick! 5. If this is indeed an official disciplinary meeting then she should have let you know in writing with a declaration of what the problem is. You should make an official complaint about HER handling of this. My two pennyworth!
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    US names for medications

    Thank you for that - most helpful. I did get our pain team involved but even they seemed to be swayed by the ward staff's bias! I have a suspicion that some of the attitude was because I worked in the hospital! Great, huh?
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    Microphones and Web Cams

    Well, simple answer to that would be to invite a member of the family to come observe and/or help with the care on occasion. You have absolutely nothing to hide so why hide it?
  10. Sister Fox

    US names for medications

    Thank you for that, everyone! I have a forum for people who are going to have or have had hip and knee replacements and we have a lot of US members. Their drugs make my head spin! This info will be very helpful. Can you give me any more info on that, sharrie? I have a sister who has been on DF118-plus for about 20+ yrs for an old back injury and recently had two knees replaced. She got almost zero relief either from the PCA or the ora-morph and staff thought she was either a secret addict or faking it! Would be nice to know about it as she is soon to have her hip done!
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    Am I limiting my options?

    Always get your RN if you can. You never know where fate wil take you either geographically or professionally!
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    handing in notice

    Employment has a natural ebb and flow to it. People come and people go. Don't fret. I was a department manager for almost 20 years and it never let it bother me when staff announced they were giving noticed because they had found a new job. I would show (genuine) interest in their new job and wish them well on it. Naturally I would be sorry to lose them but most of my staff stayed with me some time *she boasts*!! so it was actually good to see them move on and better themselves. I had several leave to go on a theatre course and then come back as sisters! Point being, it's a free country and what you do with your life is your business, no-one else's.
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    nurses as patients

    I have a classic story! A few years back, the day after doing some strenuous gardening, I got a pain in my chest and left arm. I panicked and rang for an ambulance. Was late - almost midnight. The ambulance arrived in no time and suddenly I was in resus and hooked up to all the usual. Nothing was found, no cardiac enzymes or whatever. Still they decided to put me on a Warfarin pump and at 3.30am they admitted me to coronary care. Well, come the morning, I felt somewhat foolish, realising that it was muscular. 7am I called the nurse and said "I think I'll go home now!" Truly - that's exactly what I said! Stupido!!! Well, eventually the consultant did his round and said that although they had found nothing at all, he still wanted to keep me in another 24hrs because I was a member of staff at the time and 'we have to take care of our nurses'. Obediently I smiled my assent and as soon as he had gone, asked for a form of self-discharge! The nurses kept prevaricating, saying they'd get to it but first I need to have the Veflon removed. Several hours later I was still waiting and in the end told the nurse with some emphasis "You have two options - either you remove it or I will!" My sister and her son were sitting with me and both looked exceedingly embarrassed! Even then, they prevaricated until I went to the sister myself and demanded the form. But I left!
  14. Sister Fox

    Microphones and Web Cams

    Interesting ... Of course, a cynic might wonder why staff would have an objection to the presence of a video-cam or microphone?
  15. Sister Fox

    Been nursing for half a century!

    Just spotted this comment - actually I'm far from happy the starched caps are no more. I think they made us have a sense of pride in our appearance and in our job. There was nothing more uplifting than walking through the hospital in a freshly laundered, crisply starched hat and apron. Made you carry your head high! We also had navy or black woollen capes with red linings which were worn inside out on Christmas eve to give a festive air! Look at these lasses - they were my set-mates processing though the hospital with lamps, singing carols. We would go into every ward which would have lights out and just candles burning. Many patients would end up in tears (even the men!) at the sight.
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    Been nursing for half a century!

    Then as now, the minimum training age in the UK was 18. This was the day I started work as a nurse - as 'pre training' nurse. Did a year at that then started training in 1959, qualified in 1962. Actually, due to ignorance on the part of my father and the matron's failure to check, I presented myself at the hospital for training the day before as required and was then my date of birth was revealed. The matron was fantastic. Knowing I had packed up and left my home to travel 250 miles for this, she simply picked up the phone and spoke with her opposite number in another local hospital fixed for me to work there for the next year! Even then, I was technically too young as I started training on the 1st September and my birth date is the 17th. But she managed to fudge it over somehow! Mind you, she was an absolute dragon of a matron! The emotional/psychological scars she caused are with me to this day!