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  1. I sort of "fell" into dialysis too.. I had just taken a new position at a medical center and the unit I was working on was being remodeled and so was I..I was in the process of a divorce... When the unit was remodeled the staff was "farmed out" to other med/surg units. I ended up on the renal floor.. And fell in love.. I guess God knew I needed some extra love right about then.. See, I am a fatalist also, except I am an optimistic fatalist... I believe that God has a plan for us if we will mind our own business and let that plan unfold.... And the rest is history as they say... Glad to see that you love dialysis as much as I do.. I may not be making the big bucks and have a fancy car and lots of toys. BUT . The best things in life are not things.....One thing I can say is that I don't dread going to work every day... bobbi May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at your back or something like that..... Remember that God created men with a penis and a brian, unfotunately he didn't give them enough blood to run both at the same time.. Robin Williams on Clinton/Lewinsky
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    First name basis?

    As my first name is Bobette I have been called many variations of the correct pronunication.. My favorite is from a Pakisitani doc we have who loves to call me Boobette..He even came in the med room one day and asked how my boobs were and I said, " Fine, thanks for asking." Heck when I go to lunch I sign out as Boobette. Everyone knows where I am.. Actually prefer bobbi. Yes with a small case first letter.. See, I know who I am I don't need a capital letter to start my name.... Respect comes from within just like love and know one bar none can give that to you but yourself..... May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at you back or something like that....
  3. 3651bht

    First name basis?

    As my first name is Bobette I have been called many variations of the correct pronunication.. My favorite is from a Pakisitani doc we have who loves to call me Boobette..He even came in the med room one day and asked how my boobs were and I said, " Fine, thanks for asking." Heck when I go to lunch I sign out as Boobette. Everyone knows where I am.. Actually prefer bobbi. Yes with a small case first letter.. See, I know who I am I don't need a capital letter to start my name.... Respect comes from within just like love and no one, bar none, can give that to you but yourself..... May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at you back or something like that....
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    you might be a nurse

    You hate to tell the new guy you just met that you are.
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    Favorite Quote and It's Origin Please

    If you always do what you always done you will always have what you've always had.. Or put another way: Doing the same ole thing and expecting different results.. My Dad always said: There are no yes/buts. And of course my fav.. May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at your back or something like that... And then a guy at the ski shop told me one time when I was getting my boots adjusted for falling and I told him I never fell ( yeah right) He said, " If you don't fall you ain't trying."
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    If you want to live forever...

    Let's see; potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, chocolate, orange juice, canned vegetables, canned fruit, milk, cheese, water, watermelon, and most anything else that tastes good....
  7. If you are intereseted in a dialysis position you should go and apply for one.. As an ICU nurse you would practically be given the position.. And it is a demanding position, You will have to use all the critical skills you have and some you didn't know you possessed... Dialysis is like long term care because you see the same people over and over.. But it is different because these people do get "better" NO they are not cured although rarely one of them will regain function.. You get to interact with them on a more personal level.. How are the grandkids doing, you going to FLA this winter we'll see ya in the summer, your wife is the best cook in 40 counties, thanks for the flowers your garden must be beautiful... And we do have a code cart, a phone to dial 911, and we are ACLS certified....So check it out hope you find it as rewarding as I have.....
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    Organ Trade

    He can sell his organs if he goes to Europe or another country.. He can't sell them here because of US laws....
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    New to dialysis.....HELP!

    Good Morning, Glad to hear you have joined us... I fell into dialysis when the hospital I was woriking in remodeled the floor I was working on. 1986. The staff were sent to various other med/surg areas and I ended up on the nephrology floor and fell in love with this population.. When an opening occured on that unit I jumped at the chance.. I eventually went to chronic outpatient hemo... As an LPN, when Epogen, first came out I was of little value to the unit ( couldn't do anymore than a tech) so I left for 10 years But I never forgot... I returned to hemodialysis in 1997 as an RN.. I have worked per diem there until August when I took a full time position. Outpatient hemo is time-based and fast-paced but worth it.. This population comes to you SICK and after about 2-3 months you can see an improvement... Something you don't see in an acute situation.. When I worked on a Med/Surg unit for 13 years I never got the rewards emotionally that I get in dialysis.. I very rarely saw the outcomes of my and my peers hard work.. With dialysis patients the rewards happen each day.. With the patient who says my appetite is back ,, I can breathe good now... See ya on Monday have a great weekend.. These people are as interested in my life as I am in theirs.. There are so many opportunities to make their lives better.... Oh yes, there are always those who will get under your skin sometimes, but rememeber like a little kid they may be the ones who need you the most...When you work there don't be intimidated by us Time has a different meaning to a dialysis nurse.. We call it the dialysis minute.... LOL And it's not like the last two minutes of the Super Bowl....Give yourself a chance to learn your duties It is difficult to learn dialysis as there are many things that can go wrong. And you have to think outside of the box sometimes.. Talk about critical thinking.. Whew... But, to me, it is worth it.. You will learn how to spot the patient who is "crumping" ( crashing is another term we use) without a blood pressure reading You will actually look at your patient and know that something is wrong.. If you worked cardiac you won't have a problem with this.. We have a lady whose lips turn white and when I take her pressure it will be 78/40 Observation skills are highly reccomended here.. Dialysis nurses are some of the most anal nurses you will meet me included and proud of it... We like our gauze over here and our needles over there and that saline bag is on the post backwards.. and who told you to do it that way You tape your needles HOW... But remember we have a demanding job and when a patient gets a transplant we treat it like they just graduated from college with high honors.... Don't be discouraged by all the things you have to learn and maybe unlearn it will be worth it.. Have fun with all of this I think you will be glad you made the switch I know I am... May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at your back....
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    Epo

    Ever notice that the blood in the bag is not clotted.. Did you ever wonder why that is.... Do you still wonder now...
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    Long bleeding times

    The tums starts to dissolve with the heat of the body and a gel like substance mixes with the oozing blood and it clots it off.. Suppose we should be checking their Ca++ levels more often too. LOL May the sun shine brightly, in peace, on you and may the wind be always at your back...
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    Long bleeding times

    Hi everyone. Got a cool idea from transient dialysis patient the other night.. He uses Tums on his sites after the needles are pulled to stop the bleeding quickly.. Stopped in 5 minutes.. We have used it on several patients who would not stop bleeding after 35-40 minutes and they stopped in 5 minutes.. Don't really know how it works it just does.. If it ain't broke don't fix it... bobbi May the sun shine brightly on you and may the wind be always at your back....
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    chest tube basic theory

    Rmember when you were a kid and liked to put the drinking glass over your mouth and suck in.. Remember how the glass stuck to your mouth as long as you held the suction.. Chest tube works same way until pleural tissue adheres to chest wall then take chest tube out... May the sun shine brightly on you and may the wind be always at your back
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    Anyone else think JACHO is waaayy out of hand??

    Seems the old adage applies here Be careful what you wish for you might get it... bobbi May the sun shine brightly on you and may the wind be always at your back
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    If you want to live forever...

    Please don't judge someone unless you have been there.. Try the renal diet if you think it is so great and easy to follow.. Don't drink when the temperature rises above 90. Go out in public with needle marks on your arm and have some one recoil from you when they touch your arm.. Spend 12 hours a week hooked up to a machine and then come back here and tell me how you felt... bobbi May the sun shine brightly on you and may the wind be always at your back..
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    does the profession of nursing eat their young?

    Yes, unfortunately we do sometimes..And other times when we try to be helpful we get a know-it-all attitude. The new grads think they have all the lastest info and new ways of doing things and sometimes they do.. But remember OJT is a good teacher too.. I hate to say this but I think some of this helps to make a tougher nurse,, not an unsympathic one but actually a more sympathic one...Nursing is not an easy job and criticism will come at you from many places..When you deal with life and death you have to be ready... Some of the worst offenders are some of my best friends now.. Hang in there and show them what you are made of... bobbi May the sun shine brightly on you and may the wind be always at your back