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kellykelly has 10 years experience and specializes in cardiac.

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  1. kellykelly

    got shouted at yesterday night

    melz don't take it to heart, it happens sometimes. I like the suggestion of shutting the door, sitting down and having a chat with him. I don't know if he has other issues going on that make it not quite that simple but it often works wonders.
  2. kellykelly

    How do you work with the "SUPERNURSE"!!!

    I think we all have worked with one of these! Ignore her until the next time she pulls it with you. Then call her on it. I bet she'll back down quickly. Lots of nurses act like this because actually, they are insecure and are missing social skills. Some on the other hand are quite confident but have totally forgotten that at one time, they didn't know it all either, and for whatever reason one of their only joys in their job is putting down others. I worked with one that had been in the ICU for a few years and then joined the float pool. She had to float to our floor a lot. I had been there a couple years but was new to her, and she decided she'd try to throw her weight around with me--questioning everything I told her in report as though I'd made it up, making a huge show of pulling the chart out to check if the orders I said I'd done were even written, this that and the other thing. I let it slide for two days and on the third day I told her point-blank I was done with her games, trying to trip me up and treating me like I didn't know what I was doing and unless she had a valid complaint she'd best knock it off. Her reply was a wide-eyed "But Kelly, I don't even KNOW you!" I told her, "That's RIGHT you don't know me. But you're about to." That was the end of her shenanigans with me. She turned on someone else next but that didn't last long either because we all had her number by then. She went on to another position elsewhere not long after. I guess we took the fun out of it for her. You are your own best advocate! Don't let SuperRN ruin your work environment. :)
  3. kellykelly

    Resignation Letter- please inspect

    I see the point of arguing for the more formal letter, but your letter is nice and may foster some goodwill if you ever need to or decide to go back. I'd take out the "though" as highlighted in read in an earlier post. Make sure you add your intended date of resignation.
  4. kellykelly

    I started my first IV last night

    Good job!
  5. kellykelly

    How often should patients get bed baths?

    Amen to the soap and water for the stinky bits! I always throw the used cloths in the dirty linen bag instead of back in the water. I get grossed out seeing butt cloths thrown back in the basin.
  6. kellykelly

    Nursing, the field of medicine or customer service?

    When you've been married 40 years and your spouse is laying in a hospital bed, would YOU want to be kicked out when they could simply get you a recliner? They've been together all that time...most people enjoy having their spouse stay with them. They might be old and scared. Let's be honest, most spouses don't go around messing with IVs. I know because I work nights and we have spouses staying together all the time. It's rare that they cause any issues at all, other than sometimes they can be really annoying. Again, I said you don't need to be a doormat. Hope that helps, I don't come here intending to fight. I have had more than enough of that on other sites. I like the loads of insight and knowledge I get here.
  7. kellykelly

    Nursing, the field of medicine or customer service?

    So are you going to ban the family from visiting ever, because of this ONE wife? Why would anyone go get a spouse a tray? Tell them where the vending machines are. I joke about ass kissing but I never said anywhere that anyone should be a doormat.
  8. kellykelly

    Nursing, the field of medicine or customer service?

    If you're not working in the field of medicine, I'm not sure what you're doing. I don't care what "model" you're looking at, that's just semantics at this point. I'm really glad I work with people who mainly feel like I do, that it's possible to do your job without being a hardass or some sort of Exalted Policy Enforcer. If you don't want to call it ass kissing, call it TLC, but it's all the same thing. It makes the whole experience smoother for everyone involved, even if it's just little things like making sure the patient always has fresh ice water or enough pillows or a warm blanket if they're cold. Yes, some people are just obnoxious, but most respond readily to a smile and a little ass kissing. The patients DO notice those things. Why wouldn't you want your shift to be more pleasant for both of you? I can guarantee you coming in with both guns blazing doesn't make anyone feel any better. I've been told many, many times by patients that they always want to come to our floor if given the choice because we're "the nicest". Now it's true if you're dying you don't necessarily care about "nice" but we're also a specialized unit that is good at what it does. A well-oiled machine compared to other places I've been and we may turn over 20 or more patients in a day sometimes. I don't give a rat's patoot about Press-Gainey scores but we do consistently have the highest ones in the hospital and it's no mystery why. I've worked most of those other floors as a float.
  9. kellykelly

    ICU Nurse-FIred?

    Originally Posted by caliotter3 I was fired when I reported witnessing elder abuse by a co-worker. The co-worker was supplying controlled substances to the Director of Nurses. Hope you had a good lawyer.
  10. kellykelly

    How often should patients get bed baths?

    Those bed in a bag things are great. You pop them in the microwave for however many seconds it says on the bag and they are warm and really convenient for those patients not allowed to shower. We don't have them where I work but had them at another job and that was one of the few things I really liked about that place. That, and mucomyst in pill form instead of having to mix with Sierra Mist, and vending machines you could swipe your badge through for credit. Otherwise it sucked. :)
  11. kellykelly

    Against Medical Advice

    What virgo said.
  12. kellykelly

    How are you with needles?

    No they don't bother me.
  13. kellykelly

    Nursing, the field of medicine or customer service?

    It's medicine AND customer service, sorry. Obviously there are times when things simply can't be allowed for their safety for medical reasons, but hell if a couple that's been married 40 years wants to stay together I say let them. Get the other half a recliner and a pillow and tell them how happy you are that they're here to help watch Harry or Betty when you can't be in the room. I absolutely EXCEL at kissing patient/family asses and I don't mind owning it. Makes the job a lot more pleasant for everyone when they think you're on their team, not just there to enforce a bunch of rules. I think they're more likely to listen to WHY the rules are in place when you're willing to do everything else in your power to make someone happy. I joke with them a lot. I have no problem saying no when it's needed, but on the other hand I get really fed up with nurses on a power trip enforcing rules just because they want to be seen as In Charge Of The Whole Situation. (I'm not accusing anyone here of this necessarily, just saying what I've observed)
  14. kellykelly

    Is cath lab considered critical care?

    There are critical-care trained nurses in our CCL.
  15. kellykelly

    Is cath lab considered critical care?

    It might depend on the hospital. Where I work, it is listed as "critical care" when you look at job apps. They certainly tend to critical patients, flown in from outlying areas for emergency caths, as well as stable patients in for basically routine angiograms. Post-cath patients where I work very, very rarely go to ICU, MI or not. Basically they have to be vented, have a balloon pump, or be on one of the few drips not allowed on our floor to go to the ICU. My floor is a tele floor but it's considered "critical care" as far as my hospital goes--it's considered a "cardiovascular interventional unit", as opposed to the "cardiovascular stepdown unit" on the other end. Both are listed as critical care under the job apps, along with the ICUs. I realize every place is different.
  16. kellykelly

    In need of a serious "rah rah" (long)

    Rah rah! Six months seems like forever but there is a light at the end of the tunnel... I love bedside nursing and wouldn't do anything else. Maybe you just need another specialty. I love cardiac, our staffing ratios are generally better than med-surg and though we only have 1 CNA on nights EVER where I work, I don't mind. Lots of times it's hectic but I like the fast pace. Hang in there, you might eventually grow to like nights. I sleep during the day so I can see my family a bit before I go to work. I would say that the first day off after a stretch of 12 hr shifts is kind of a day of recuperation though, and I don't have much energy to do more than sleep that first day.