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eatenbylocusts

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eatenbylocusts has 13 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg, post surgical.

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  1. eatenbylocusts

    Is it legal for your boss to dictate where you poop?

    You haven't smelled my daughter's poop. I wish I had known about that stuff before my daughter went on a week long trip to Washington D.C. in high school. She might have had more friends.
  2. eatenbylocusts

    Is it legal for your boss to dictate where you poop?

    . Then I had to watch this one.
  3. The first thing that crossed my mind is that I haven't started an IV since I had wrist surgery about two years ago. All of our patients come with IVs so a lot of us on my floor are rusty.
  4. Sorry it must've been your first post that was apparently changed that landed in my email that included the words "anti-vaccination rhetoric" which kind of tipped me off to your feelings. And my reason for posting was out of concern that a nurse was stating that the benefits of breast feeding were being over stated, which is quite alarming because I actually think that facts and evidence based practice are best for everyone. But, thank you for giving me permission to start my own thread so I can respond to someone else's post somewhere they won't see it.
  5. This is about immunity and a response to someone else's post. If I stated something untrue, please point it out. Please don't make assumptions and try to shut me down because you don't like something I've written. We are responsible for educating patients so absolute statements like the one I was responding to hits a nerve with me.
  6. "Ignorance about vaccinations"- This statement gets me. I know what education I got in nursing school about vaccinations which consisted primarily of the schedule. I got great grades on all my tests, but it wasn't until years later that I started wondering why we were vaccinating newborns who don't have an immune system that is able to make use of the vaccinations given. Newborns are fighting off assaults to their immune system with what they acquired in uteru and then with the antibodies they receive in breast milk. How in the world can anyone discount the value of immunity which is passed on in breast milk and then tout the value of a vaccination that doesn't work on newborns, but does harm some which of course you know after studying the differences between infants and older children/ adults taking into consideration that more permeable blood brain barrier of the newborn. Have you considered that some of those breast fed babies that got sick were actually kept alive because of the breast milk? Their prognosis without the extra antibodies might've been much graver. My daughter benefited greatly from the immunity I was able to share with her and I was being prepared by her medical team for a poor prognosis.
  7. First of all bullying is not helpful and not using common sense when caring for individuals is just ridiculous. As a youngster I knew I wanted to breastfeed my kids after hearing my mom's stories who was quite a rebel in her day for insisting on nursing when she was at first advised it wasn't as good or enough. I was not a nurse then, but read everything and also was advised it wouldn't hurt if you did it right. They lie. It is a big mistake for educators or writers to use their limited experience to pronounce such ridiculous statements. I nursed both of my kids for one year and both times there was a period of just pure torture until the nipples toughened up. I had a cheapo evenflo pump that was better than the painful grip of my newborns' mouths and would occasionally use it for a break. I understand there are rules to keep baby friendly status, but if that is what drives someone to stop nursing, there is a problem. Why not use a good pump? Getting those antibodies into the baby should be of primary importance. A few people posted here about formula becoming better and closer to breast milk. I doubt this. As time goes on, the value of breast milk is becoming more apparent. We are talking about life saving immunity! The newborn only has a passive immunity from mom and then the antibodies through breast milk so that whatever mom gets exposed to and develops immunity to, she passes on to baby. This became very real to me with my second child who was perfectly healthy at birth, then in serious danger a few weeks later. At week two the Dr told me she would not have made the recovery she did if I had not been nursing. These statements are not about shaming someone who doesn't or can't nurse; these are just facts that should be known. .
  8. eatenbylocusts

    Lost stethoscopes

    I want this! I am still hoping my grey stethoscope with my faintly printed name comes back to me again some day as it did once before. Maybe I will find it in some doctors office one day. I finally broke down and bought some reasonably priced Littmans from eBay or Amazon. Amazing that the cheaper one has better sound quality than a more expensive one.
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    I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!

    I love my job most days and love my co-workers. My hospital is a large HMO with terrific benefits and retirement. I have been a nurse for 13 years and don't regret it a bit. My hospital is Union. I do have bad days, but I had bad days working in retail security and got paid diddly. My friend who works as admin. asst. and often has problems with other co-workers and doesn't get paid well.
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    I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!

    I agree that it isn't healthy to go home day after day crying about our patients, but certainly believe there should be a few days we shed a tear with patients and or family when there are difficult circumstances. I absolutely believe nursing is a calling and a mission. It is a job too, but I have met a dozen or so nurses who I would never want caring for me or loved ones because they are lacking compassion and give crappy, slow, sub-standard care, etc. There are non-patient care positions that are available which these folk should be doing instead.
  11. eatenbylocusts

    The "How was your day" question

    I will occasionally share details with two of my close female friends and my husband often hears complaints about bad days or something funny. The lunch room can be a place to vent also, especially when I've been fired by a patient who didn't like me explaining why heparin was best placed in the abdomen area. My mother is a retired RN who saw more than I ever will so she will sometimes get an earful and I am reminded that I am lucky because we only arm patients with plastic items they can threaten me with instead of metal bedpans.
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    The "How was your day" question

    I think you answered right and more politically correct than I am at times which is why I will probably never be in a leadership position.
  13. eatenbylocusts

    What is your opinion on getting the flu shot?

    I'm beginning to think you are just trying to waste my time. I have never said the flu is not serious or potentially deadly. This link shows anyone who wants to know truth that the figures being touted every year as flu deaths is not factual. Let me throw out some links you won't read: Here are 800 kids who developed narcolepsy in the UK. And just in case you think it isn't relevant to the US, Fluvirin, one of the flu vaccines my hospital is using is manufactured in the UK.Swine Flu Vaccine Caused Narcolepsy in Thousands: BMJ Claim MMS: Error Vaccine injuries http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data/statisticsreport.pdf Updated results for VICP. If you really want to educate yourself, you will. Google scholar is a good place to start. Patients count on us to give them good information so I wish everyone would take a more pro-active role and not accept everything without question. I may have to stop notifications here because I am trying to research which Master's program I am going to pursue in addition to everything else I am responsible for and there doesn't appear to be any worthwhile exchange of information going on here now.
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    What is your opinion on getting the flu shot?

    Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC Please read the CDC link which explains how they come up with their number. All these people were not tested and found to have the flu. I explained this to some co-workers during a meeting and I was met with blank stares. How can the CDC put out this information in bold and allow people to use these numbers as fact? I will be interested to hear your thoughts after reading it.
  15. eatenbylocusts

    What is your opinion on getting the flu shot?

    You called me anti-vax. I am not. I am anti forced medical treatment and reckless and misleading health care. My two kids are fully vaccinated minus yearly flu shots and HPV. Both my kids are on the autism spectrum. I received all my childhood immunizations plus some extra because an over-zealous school nurse didn't have all my records on school vaccination day. I developed juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in elementary school. This is an auto immune condition. I was diagnosed with another auto immune condition 18 years ago. What research have you done on vaccines and people with such conditions? The vaccine makers haven't done any research, or at least none they are willing to share. Have you ever read a vaccine insert? That is a pretty bizarre response. From your response I must assume you are not aware of the real reason there is a stronger push for vaccination. The healthy people 2020 goal is for 90% of health care workers to have the flu vaccine. If organizations do not meet a certain percentage they will be penalized with a loss of medi-caid reimbursement. Maybe that doesn't bother you, but it bothers me that health care decisions are being motivated by money instead of what is best for a patient. More to come.
  16. eatenbylocusts

    What is your opinion on getting the flu shot?

    Don't take it personally, it I may get fired up when someone wants to force interventions on me and others without having all the facts, it. becomes hostile when challenged. You are still misquoting my figures: it is 642 compensated (not 400ish) and there were 67 deaths. And this is a good time to point out that these are only ones that were filed and pursued. It isn't a stretch of the imagination to know that many were never reported and there are many people who do not know about the VICP. And you made a comment about how it was easy to get a judgment. This statement is just ridiculous and without basis. Patients and their families battle for years to get a judgment despite having overwhelming proof even. I need to leave now, but to address your comment about numbers and another comment about having a problem with nurses who spread fear: the numbers put out by the CDC every year that everyone quotes are not figures of flu deaths. They are estimates which include deaths from respiratory and circulatory causes. Seems like spreading a bit of fear doesn't it? In the meantime can you provide some good quality studies that show non-vaccinated health care providers spread flu to patients or even co-workers? I'm sure you can find it since mandatory flu vaccines wouldn't be mandated without proof, right? Evidence based practice and all.