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  1. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Time of the month in light colored scrubs

    Hello ladies! ...just your average every day guy checking in to see what's hap *stops dead in tracks* *backs out of room very slowly*
  2. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Prayer as a Nursing Intervention

    Prayer is as worthless an intervention as "disturbed energy field" treatments. It's an embarrassment to the field of nursing, and any medical profession to include stuff like this as part of official nursing practice, and i'm hoping you do not associate the two together, at least publically, lest we lose even more credibility than we already have as nurses. If you want to pray with a family (and I'm entirely sure that it can be effective to help people feel better, in the same way that meditation or mindfulness training can be) then do it as a friend of the family, not as an actual practitioner. Doing it as a personal belief is a nice gesture that I'm sure is appreciated by any family that asks for it, but only in that situation. If they don't ask for it, don't do it. They may not be religious, or may be of a different religion. And again, you aren't going to find any "Evidence based practice" in favor of prayer because there literally isn't any. It's not science, it's not anything more than a nice gesture. I'm obviously not traditionally religious, but I have certainly "prayed" with patient's families when they have asked me to with them. I do believe it is a nice thing to do when specifically requested, just the same as I have helped other patient's and families with meditation when asked.
  3. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Please use some common sense on Facebook.

    Heh, this is all correct. The problem with facebook is people get too dumb and friend literally everyone who asks. People laugh at my list because it has a smaller number of people on it, but I know them all in real life and consider them friends! I still don't post dumb crap on there, but at the same time, my profile is hidden, you can't find me by my name, and I never use the email address I normally use for job related stuff. Other than that, I think people need to stop worrying so much. Make your stuff private, only friend people you literally know in reali life and you should be ok.
  4. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    100% pro-life, considering nursing school

    OP, you do not have the right attitude to go into health care, period. You are clearly ideological to a fault, and this will get you into a lot of trouble working with patients. Even if the abortion issue never comes up (and it will, at some point and in some capacity however small) there will also be many other issues with which you do not agree. As a nurse or any health practitioner, you will have to set those aside and take care of your patients, entirely regardless of whatever your personal beliefs. Those who object to this mindset do not belong in health care, and that is the bottom line. We didn't get into this field to make ourselves feel justified in our personal beliefs. We are here to help our patients, end of story. If you cannot do that because of a personal conflict or interest of beliefs, then you have compromised the ability of some patients to receive optimal care. I realize this won't be a popular opinion around here, but it is what I was taught by some very strong and capable nurses, and what I have seen to be true over and over again. Don't make your patients suffer, because you choose to punish them for their personal decisions. edit: and also to those in this thread who use phrases like "pro-abortion"...please refrain from doing that. Literally no one on earth is "pro-abortion". Thank you.
  5. It is always hilarious to me that the most racist, xenophobic people out there are the ones who can never speak English correctly! :) Human beings are never illegal. We need to get over this crap real fast. I agree that if people live here, they should pay their way via taxes like everyone else. The irony is that most of the people who immigrate here would LOVE to do that, if only the government would let them. Isn't that stupid? We could fix so many budget issues by just granting amnesty to the people already here, and start them off right as tax paying residents. They wouldn't fear deportation, and would be proud to have a new country to officially call home, and the country would have more tax revenue coming in. What's the problem again, exactly? edit: and anyone who says to simply go to the INS (which doesn't exist anymore), you have no idea what you're talking about. We make immigration from Mexico and such nearly impossible. I have seen it and dealt with it firsthand. My ex of 6 years was brought here in the trunk of a car when she was 8, and it wasn't until she was 18 that she was even granted a residency card. That is insane, and it's very little wonder that most people don't want to wait over 10 years before they're allowed to come here and make a better life for themselves and their families.
  6. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Welcome Visitors to AllNurses

    It's actually worse than that, heh. Those "guests" are just search engine bots browsing and indexing the site. Not real people. :)
  7. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Why do people try to discourage you? :(

    i wasn't there to hear the conversation with your friend, but I'm going to go against the "advice" given to you in this thread These are all true statements. Real friends are not ones who blindly encourage you and tell you "you will do great, don't worry!" even though they know it will be a real challenge, and not at all easy or a cakewalk. I don't choose to surround myself with people who unthinkingly encourage me and tell me what I want to hear. That isn't a good idea and is basically what everyone in this thread is doing, unfortunately. They don't know you, I'm assuming. The people that do know you are apparently telling you to be careful, that this will be difficult. That is good, sound advice. Now, understand I would never be friends with someone who constantly crapped all over everything I thought and wanted to do. That's different than this. She didn't say you were stupid. She didn't say you 'couldn't do it' and I'm betting neither did your husband. I bet he told you similar things to what your friend told you. That it would be HARD, and difficult. It is hard, and a LOT of people don't make even make it to the point where they even qualify to apply for the program. Don't kid yourself into thinking otherwise. However, if you really want to be a nurse, it's the only way. You'll feel better about yourself for having gone through the experience, and knowing that you really conquered something tough and difficult, and lived to tell about it. That's worth more than a lot of empty/meaningless compliments from people who aren't really considering what you've said or are going through, right? Flame away, but so far in my life, I've found what I'm saying to be true time and time agian.
  8. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    COPD patient on 4 liters?

    That makes sense, it's just that I had never seen anyone before this on more than 3, so I was just a little concerned!
  9. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    COPD patient on 4 liters?

    Isn't a constant 4/L of oxygen a little much for a long-term 86 year old COPD patient? What if she periodically just dozes off for awhile, wouldn't that also indicate perhaps a buildup of CO2? Just looking for a few opinions here. Again, I'm not talking about an acute episode, patient cyanotic etc, I'm referring to a baseline level of 4L of oxygen being used at home, every day. Thanks for any help!
  10. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Question about Nexium

    Is there any evidence that all of this Nexium is necessary? I too have seen this. Just about every single patient I have cared for is on this stupid thing.
  11. I don't think I'll ever understand the whole isotonic, hypo/hypertonic solution thing, and when to use what. It's so completely backwards and confusing sometimes. I hate it!
  12. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Terrible clinical day, nurses don't seem to care.

    I think the point is, my being curious about this patient's condition is not enough to warrant me digging around in the chart. Especially when an MD or other nurse might need it. That's in addition to it violating HIPAA.
  13. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Terrible clinical day, nurses don't seem to care.

    We were told very clearly that we can not look at the chart of patients who are not ours. We were told it was a HIPAA violation.
  14. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Terrible clinical day, nurses don't seem to care.

    Thank you so much for your perspective on this. Based on what you described here, you sound exactly like the kind of nurse I want to be when I "grow up". :) You touched on exactly my concerns when you mentioned that if you actually call someone a crazy old lady enough times, you will start to believe it. That interests me because I have YET to meet anyone who can do stuff like that literally on a day to day basis and not let it affect their work, and how they interact with others at that job. I hope to approach it like you do, with common sense and a clear head. Thank you again for your advice.
  15. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Terrible clinical day, nurses don't seem to care.

    How do you manage to keep it from leaking over into your patient interactions? I am honestly curious. I have vented more than my fair share in my day, of course. I know what you mean, but I guess I'm not sure the best way to keep it from affecting my patients. In the past when it was a job where I needed to vent all the time, it was increasingly difficult to hide it from others. How do nurses manage this?
  16. Koyaanisqatsi-RN

    Terrible clinical day, nurses don't seem to care.

    I absolutely did make an assumption, and have definitely regretted it, and with the advice of the people here, gotten a better sense of perspective regarding restraints. I'm only saying that it bothers me that even after I have admitted to over reacting, that I'm still being talked down to (by some, not all), as though I need to be coddled or something like that. I've even said i'm not looking for sweet-talking, just professional courtesy and compassion.