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Retired R.N.

Retired R.N.

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3-yr. Hospital School grad

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  1. Retired R.N.

    Nursing the old fashioned way

    Wangensteen suction device was used to handle secretions after cholecystectomy. Emptying and cleaning the big glass jugs was obnoxious task.
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    dayshifters please please please...

    My solution to this problem was an answering machine. I NEVER returned the calls until I had finished sleeping. If that happened to be inconvenient for the person who called me while I was asleep, that was not MY problem. :-) Retired R.N.
  3. Retired R.N.

    High Metabolism + No breaks= death, diet for skinny nurses?

    Why are today's nurses so darned incapable of standing up for their own needs when it comes to meals and bathroom breaks? These are issues that my husband and I brought up with our children while they were young pre-schoolers, and we reinforced the teaching as long as they were living at home. A nurse would probably be fired for abusing mechanical or electronic equipment, so why can't management pay more attention to the wellbeing of their staff members? Why are today's nurses willing to work under conditions that are so unhealthy, and often unsafe for themselves as well as their patients?
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    High Metabolism + No breaks= death, diet for skinny nurses?

    As I read these posts about the atrocious health habits being practiced by nurses today, I wonder just what are you learning in your high-priced schools of nursing these days? What part of A&P has been eliminated? As a patient, I am not thrilled by the idea of being cared for by someone who is probably not functioning at an optimum level simply because of his or her neglect of common sense rules of personal hygiene.
  5. Retired R.N.

    This Is Not Right!

    So how does this practice affect this student's basic knowledge or clinical skills? No matter how she learns the information, she is the one who needs to pass her exams. Do you consider this a personal threat to you?
  6. Retired R.N.

    Overhaul of health care system needed to address nursing understaffing?

    I think you understand the present sytem very well. As long as we continue educating nurses to escape the Med-Surg scene, that is what they will do, and why should anyone be surprised when patient care suffers?
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    Overhaul of health care system needed to address nursing understaffing?

    Your answer proves my point! This division of ranks in nursing was originally begun after the "White Paper" issued by the so-called "leaders" with the advanced collegiate degrees. We don't like to attribute to malice that which can be explained by simple incompetence, and we sincerely hope that this effect was a case of unexpected results. When the nurses in the executive and educational hierarchy do not respect the role of the bedside nurses, why should we expect the hospital business administrators to do so? Where are the good "old-fashioned" head nurses who felt it was their responsibility to look after the welfare of their staff, and made it a point to see that everyone in their unit got a decent lunch break and their staff nurses's schedules allowed them to get enough sleep to maintain their health? Where are the directors of nursing who would not ask their staff to do anything that they themselves were not willing to do? When you say you get no help from diploma and ADN nurses, all you really seem to want them to do is go back to school and spend thousands of dollars on getting those magic initials behind their names because you seem to think that it will make them the equals of other professions. Why are we not strong enough to stand up and say that nursing is not just another profession, and we don't need to be equal to anyone. We are different, and we set our own standards for education and promotion based on peerformance.
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    Overhaul of health care system needed to address nursing understaffing?

    So, while the BSN prepared nurse is getting that experience (s)he cannot carry a full patient load, and the unit remains inadequately staffed. The problem we were originally discussing was that the BSN education was not appropriate for the duties the student would face on the job immediately after graduation. Do the BSN prepared nurses use that extra education to do anything concrete about improving the working conditions for nurses or the nurse/patient ratio, or do they escape the world of hospital nursing as soon as they possibly can?
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    Overhaul of health care system needed to address nursing understaffing?

    A hospital diploma program for RNs is not less education because the students must learn all the same nursing principles in order to be able to pass the NCLEX. It is however, much more intensive in the clinical experience area, as the students put in many more hours under the supervision of their clinical instructors and they have many more opportunities to observe experienced nurses in their work. By the time they graduate they are able to cope with a full load of patients, and have been able to learn the duties of a charge nurse while under supervision.
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    Overhaul of health care system needed to address nursing understaffing?

    How can you accuse U.S. employers of such dastardly motives? I had one administrator defend this process of raiding foreign countries for nurses by claiming that the U.S. paychecks those nurses earned were good for their countries because they helped to support the families they left behind. Do you know that the visas and work permits for these nurses often state that they must work for the same employer for a stated length of time or they will be deported? Should we call this slavery or is merely a case of being an indentured servant?
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    Overhaul of health care system needed to address nursing understaffing?

    Thank you for your support, but I don't think I really want to get into politics at this time. The nicest thing about being retired is that I can say whatever I think is true without having to worry about getting fired. I fully realize that not everyone agrees with my criticisms of the present system of nursing education, but I do think that a more realistic education would have a significant effect on conditions for nurses and lead to better care for patients.
  12. Retired R.N.

    Overhaul of health care system needed to address nursing understaffing?

    Instead of waiting for the government or a union to "Fix Something," why don't we professional nurses take on the responsibility of doing it ourselves? First, we start by admitting that the present system of expensive, taxpayer-subsidized nursing education does not adequately prepare students for the reality of the beginning jobs that await the students after graduation. Once upon a time, when most nurses graduated from hospital diploma schools, they had all the clinical experience they needed to hit the ground running. However, the self-appointed (?) leaders of nursing decided that everyone needed a baccalaureate degree to be considered "Professional," They did such a good job with their infamous "White Paper" in dividing the ranks of practicing nurses that they spent all their time fighting each other instead of being concerned with what was happening to the employment status of hospital nurses. If we nurses won't make the necessary corrections, we probably won't like the ones made by the government or the unions.
  13. Retired R.N.

    Excellent article on nursing shortage

    One factor that seems to be completely ignored, however, is the fact that we, the taxpayers, are subsidizing some very expensive educational programs for R.N.s that do not adequately prepare the students for the realities of the jobs that await them after graduation. This "elephant in the living room" topic needs to be addressed if we are ever to solve the so-called "shortage of nurses." How can we nurses even pretend that we respect the professionalism of our own fellow workers when we are so blind to the working conditions that they face every day of their lives? When studies have shown that driving an automobile when sleep deprived is equally or more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol, how can we in good faith approve of mandatory schedules that do not permit nurses to get enough sleep? Since when have the benefits of regular meals become unnecessary for nurses? Should nurses have to consider Depends an accessory to their scrubs? Why do nurses have so little control over the practice of nursing?
  14. Retired R.N.

    Nutritionist to RN--good move?

    I agree wholeheartedly! You have a dream job, and if you have any spare time, you can take on writing assignments and/or private consultation work. Your present job has benefits that money can't buy!
  15. Retired R.N.

    A doctor asking you to give him a cup of coffee!!

    Having had some personal experience with walking on crutches while temporarily disabled due to broken bones, I know how pain and helplessness can cause a sour outlook. As others have already pointed out, it is impossible to carry a cup of coffee without spilling it while walking on crutches. Instead of responding to this "rude doctor" with rudeness of my own, I would cheerfully get the coffee for him, and be thankful that I can walk without crutches! There will always be doctors who seem to delight in being unreasonable, but they are the ones who need a kind word and a smile more than anyone else. One of my favorite mentors taught me to "Kill them with kindness because it confuses the hell out of them!" Not only did it work, but those very doctors were the ones who would lean over backwards if necessary to do favors for her when she needed help.
  16. Retired R.N.

    It's easy: Tamper with things and EXTEND your STAY!

    If relieving pain enables a patient to accomplish things (s)he would not otherwise be able to do, what's the problem? It seems to me that you might be letting a short-term situation irritate you entirely too much. A patient who does not get enough sleep on account of pain is going to "drain the life out of the staff" much faster than the one who gets adequate pain relief and plenty of sleep to aid the healing process. Since neither you nor the call bell goes home with the patient, you won't have to worry about it after the patient is discharged. Retired R.N.