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  1. LydiaGreen

    Patients knowing medical lingo

    I admitted an elderly patient with a significant history and numerous meds. Not only did the son have a chronilogical list of diagnoses, tests, where the tests were performed, which doc ordered them, and the results of the tests, but a list of meds INCLUDING the ones that were discontinued, when they were discontinued and why. It was fabulous! The son kept it on his computer and updated it every month or so, keeping a copy in his car, in his mom's purse and at his father's GP's office. Isn't that incredible! The son also went above and beyond to understand everything that was going on with his father's health - he was incredibly knowledgeable. That was amazing. I guess the only time a little knowledge is dangerous, is when a person is blindly following it themselves, or the person is giving that "knowledge" out as fact to other individuals whose cases may be entirely different. If a person has gone out and gotten a little knowledge, odds are, they are more willing to not only listen to the health teaching, but adhere to it.
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    Bf says I smell like corn

    Are you drinking enough during clinicals? And I don't mean soda or coffee. I mean water. I don't need to drink much water at home as compared to at work. Think about it - during clinicals you are always on the move. Even if you have completed all of your patient care, charting, and notes for assignments on your patient care, as a nursing student you are expected to pitch in and help with anything and everything. A lot of times in nursing there is no such thing as a break and with your CV system working at a good clip, you need to put some fluids in there to keep up your stamina. I know I haven't been drinking enough at work when I start to develop a dry cough about halfway through a 12 hour shift. My throat is just so dry it makes me cough and I detect a change in the "taste of my mouth", so I am sure there is likely a change in the smell of my breath. Since I started bringing a 500ml. bottle of water to work with me everyday and taking a minute to chug about 50 ml. an hour (this is not including what you would drink on breaks and at mealtimes), I don't have that problem. I find the air in hospitals to be sorrily lacking in humidity and that will dry you out quickly too.
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    Breath smells like moth balls

    There are many possibilities so the appointment should definitely be kept. Could be a sinus infection. Does he have any trouble sleeping? Excessive snoring, periods where he stops breathing? My daughter has enlarged adenoids (possible T&A surgery this month) and it doesn't matter how often she brushes, flosses, gargles - she still has bad breath (although, she isn't aware of it - we've never told her. She's seven and the poor kid has more than enough to worry about with the lack of sleep.)
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    Nursing student/Mom and last nerve about family life

    Sheri, You are going through a lot. Potty training is different for EVERY child. My son potty-trained himself at the age of 21.5 months when I had his little sister. I brought her home from the hospital and he said I big brother, no more. And that was that. My daughter was a different story. We started when she was two thinking that if our son was trained at that age, she should be. We tried for months and it was so upsetting that we were getting nowhere. We finally realized she wasn't ready and we stopped all efforts at potty training. Shortly before her third birthday, she decided that she was ready and trained herself in a couple of weeks. A child has to be ready for potty training, starting earlier than they are ready only makes them resist you. Continue using diapers until your child has decided that they are ready. And don't beat yourself up, you are doing a great job with a lot on your plate. Give yourself a pat on the back and one evening off from the school work. You deserve it.
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    Hospital Grub

    Our cafeteria used to have WONDERFUL food. For preceptorship, half of my class went away to other hospitals in Canada (4 months). When they returned and began working at our hospital as GN's (me too!), they wanted to know what happened? They would brag about our cafeteria at the other hospitals. Well, we got a new cafeteria director and now the food is CRUD! The prices are still the same, which was very reasonable (actually cheaper than bringing food from home) but you couldn't PAY me to eat it. I now bring food from home, ask my hubby to bring me something if he's off that day, or we take turns going out for something. Occassionally, the staff will have a potluck day and I will eat in the cafeteria then, but otherwise - NO. The patients used to rave about our food, used to tell the larger hospitals that they could take lessons from us - now they beg family members to bring them food. When a person is ill, recovering from surgery, etc., - they NEED good, healthy food, increased protein, fruits and vegetables - now, our food turns their stomachs so they have no appetite at all.
  6. Wow - that's terrible. Don't expect it did that much for morale either. Doesn't administration know that a little appreciation goes a long way? Here in Canada we do not have nurses' day, we have nurses' WEEK. Tonight is the end of the week and there is a HUGE nursing gala! That's right - NURSING. Not only are all of the nurses being appreciated and adored for their hard work and professionalism, but ALL of the student nurses were begged to attend as well. They have made us a part of the team and wanted to be sure that we were included in the festivities as well. There are multiple speakers of course but also a comedienne who happens to be a nurse. I would expect that it will be hillarious, but alas, I am not going. Tonight also happens to be my 10th Wedding Anniversary. On our 5th my husband asked me to go to Las Vegas on our 10th and renew our wedding vows (cause he's so perfect) but with graduation from nursing school TOMORROW, we could not go to Las Vegas. My hubby is not disappointed or saddened, he said that graduating from nursing school is once in a lifetime and he wants to attend my grad every bit as much as I do. But, I will spend my anniversary evening with him - because he DESERVES my undivided attention after putting up with 3 years of me in nursing school. LOL
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    Horrible breach of personal confidentiality!

    I'm not sure which part of Canada you are from - but in Ontario the patient has a right to privacy and violating that privacy is grounds for dismissal. No, we don't have HIPPA but every hospital has confidentiality agreements and everyone who works in the hospital (with the exception of dietary, engineering, and housekeeping) is bound by those agreements... even those who work in the lab. The ladies and gentlemen who work in the lab at the hospital I am at, make sure that they only report BS to the nurse ASSIGNED to that particular patient, not even to other nurses on the floor so I could never imagine them giving information to a friend about someone else! That's horrible. Call the lab and ask to speak to a supervisor, report the incident, there should nothing further required by them of you. Good luck.
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    Hospitals discourage use of abbreviation "Q"

  9. LydiaGreen

    If You've Ever Given Birth...

    I have given birth to two children. Both precipitous labours. Did not feel a single contraction until 8cm with either and when I did, they were right on top of each other. Pushing is heaven! Delivery is a really hot, searing heat, kind of sensation. I would not want to repeat the pain of childbirth, but can tell you that that kind of pain is nothing compared to an ectopic pregnancy. 36 days of hemorrhaging (because 5 GP's thought it was an incomplete miscarriage instead of a tubal), and by the time I got to an OB/GYN and had emergency surgery, the OB/GYN let me know just how close I was to death myself. I can honestly tell you that that kind of pain had me begging God to kill me - I just couldn't take it anymore. Normally T3's knock me out for 8-12 hours, they didn't even take the edge off of this pain. Yes, childbirth is painful, and every L&D is different - but the positive result (baby!) makes you immediately forget the pain. And it is ALL so worth it in the end.
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    I sent this to my classmates

    Hope you don't mind - I've printed it out to present to my nursing instructor (the one that has been there with all of us through thick and thin for the last three years) - she'll get a real kick out of it. And, the timing is perfect - we graduate on the 15th.
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    What do you bring home with you?

    Actually, I purposely bring stuff home with me. No, it's not what it sounds like! LOL! I always make sure that I have lots of powder-free gloves in my pockets because the powdered gloves make me break out in a rash (stores tries to keep a few boxes in the storeroom for me but no matter where I hide them, they seem to get used up by everyone else). I also make sure that I always have at least one NS flush, one 3 cc syringe, one 21-gauge needle, and a small stack of alchohol swabs. When I get home, I empty my pockets on my night stand and when I get dressed for my next shift, I just put it all back in their usual pocket and I am prepared before I even get to the floor. And, this way, I avoid the little piles of supplies throughout the house.
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    Check with your college or university's dresscode for clinicals - my school allowed only one ear piercing in each ear lobe. NO other piercings. Our clinical instructor was fine with those who had two piercings in their lobes but enforced anything beyond that. Tatts had to be covered. We had one student who had to wear a long sleeved shirt under his uniform because he had tattoos on both forearms - they were tasteful, nothing offensive but, this was enforced. Tongue rings and eyebrows rings had to be removed. So, check the dresscode for clinicals at your school. Our's even had a code for the length of necklaces (to prevent confused or violent patients from grabbing them).
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    Check with your college or university's dresscode for clinicals - my school allowed only one ear piercing in each ear lobe. NO other piercings. Our clinical instructor was fine with those who had two piercings in their lobes but enforced anything beyond that. Tatts had to be covered. We had one student who had to wear a long sleeved shirt under his uniform because he had tattoos on both forearms - they were tasteful, nothing offensive but, this was enforced. Tongue rings and eyebrows rings had to be removed. So, check the dresscode for clinicals at your school. Our's even had a code for the length of necklaces (to prevent confused or violent patients from grabbing them).
  14. I know you are looking for the opinions of practicing RN's but, I feel that I can contribute something to the answer you are looking for. I am graduating from a three year diploma RN program in Ontario and can at least communicate my hours spent in clinicals and preceptorship and how I believe this has prepared me to work as a graduate nurse (take provincial boards on June 9th). 1st, 2nd & 3rd semesters - 16 hours per week 4th & 5th semesters - 20 hours per week 6th semester (entirely preceptorship, no classes) - 600 hours total (in other words, working full-time 12 hour shifts nights & days with an RN 1:1 on her rotation) I will be done my 600 hours on May 2nd. Do I think I am experienced enough to be the perfect nurse? No way. But, I do have enough experience to be competent. To me, competency means providing the best, most appropriate care possible, following the CNO guidelines (our governing body in Ontario), following policy and procedure in the hospital I will be working in as a GN and as an RN, and RECOGNIZING when there is a problem beyond my abilities and seeking the help of someone more experienced than I. Did my 600 hours prepare me to be a GN? Yes and no. There are always those nagging doubts that you are able to perform the job. If I didn't have doubts, THEN I would be a danger to my patients. Experience only comes with time, we won't be as competent and capable as a nurse with ten years of experience until we HAVE ten years of experience. Seek out the advice of an experienced nurse if you aren't sure. I have personally found that EVERY nurse I have encountered is willing and happy to offer their expertise and assistance. This is one way to make the most of your clinical hours - ask questions! Ask lots of questions! Another way, is to always be ready and willing to attempt ANYTHING within your scope of practice as a student! If you are willing to do the less desirable jobs eagerly and without reservation, the nurses will respect that and they will look for you when they are doing something unusual or requiring more skill. Even if you can't physically participate, they will let you help in some way (like being the recorder during a code). The experience is invaluable. The harder you work, the more the nurses will want to help you. If you have a slow time in your day during care of your own patients (like your patients are all independent and it's lunch time), offer to feed someone else's client for them, restock the linen carts, restock the med carts, restock the med room, restock the IV trays. Keep busy, busy, busy. Nightshifts are a wonderful time to learn. If you have done everything you can do on the floor and there is a lull in activity (there typically is two to three times per night - this is when most of the nurses congregate at the desk and do all of their charting, check orders, update nursing care plans, double check that requisition slips for tests have been sent to the lab or diagnostic imaging, etc), read the policy and procedure manual - if you have already read it, read it again. You can also spend time in the clean and dirty utility rooms just going through the carts and cupboards so that you will get an idea of where things are. Talk to the doctors too. I have met so many doctors who LOVE to teach. One surgeon explained the exact procedure for a vaginal hysterectomy - OMG, I have a much greater understanding of the pain and discomfort the client experiences post-op. Just always do your best and always be ready, willing and able to help. If you make a mistake, OWN your mistake - admit it and learn from it. Those are the best ways to make the best of clinical time that I know of. Good luck and the nursing profession will be lucky to have you (I know this because you asked this question, it demonstrates that you WANT to succeed and you WANT to be a nurse).
  15. LydiaGreen

    Drug Testing

    Oh, and hair isn't actually lifelong, but it is the life of the hair. Typically, hair grows for an average of five years before it falls out and is replaced with a newly growing hair. The longer the hair, the greater the time span that it can represent as fair as testing goes. It is much more expensive testing so I doubt that it is done a wide spread basis.
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    Drug Testing

    If she bought it in Canada, she must have had a prescription. T3's require a prescription in Canada. Any narcotic is regulated by the RCMP (three copies of paperwork, one for the pharmacy, one for the RCMP, I forget who gets the third copy). The RCMP even regulates narcotics in Ontario where we have seperate policing (the Ontario Provincial Police). As for the issue of testing positive - I guess I'm a prude. The way I avoid the risk of this ever happening is NOT doing it!