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pumpkin455 has 3 years experience and specializes in Ortho.

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  1. pumpkin455

    Calling docs at night

    I have been a nurse for a little over a year now, and feel pretty comfortably talking to doctors. I do work nights, so we usually just have one surgeon on call that answers for all of the other ortho surgeons for whatever we may need in the middle of the night. So, the other night I called the on call surgeon for some PO pain meds for my pt who was POD 0 still and only had 2mg morphine Q2prn. I just wanted to get her some Lortab or Percocet to hold her in between the morphine. He told me to let her surgeon deal with it in the morning and hung up! What should I have done different? I know he was hesitant because he didn't know her, etc, but I have never had an issue with any of the other docs in the past. Tips, advice? What would you have done?
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    new nurse who needs advice

    Yes! It does get easier! I have been a nurse now for a little over a year and just within the past few months has most of the anxiety gone away. I remember nights before going to work where I would throw up from my nerves. I still get anxious, but not nearly as bad as it once was. I now feel like the anxiety I do have keeps me on my toes
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    Am I too young?

    I am 23, was 22 when I started as a RN. I get asked all the time what my age is because I look more like 16-17. Some patients and families even act nervous at first when they meet me, but once I prove myself competent, respectful, and friendly...they usually warm right up You definitely shouldn't let this prevent you from pursuing RN school, do it while you are young and fresh! Hang in there!
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    PCA Pump- is Normal Saline best practice flush?

    On my unit, we also use PCA with D51/2NS + 20K all the time...never had an issue.
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    This is like going to war...

    I agree with GetReal, I had a good experience in nursing school as well, but my life as a nurse has been 10x better. I enjoy my job and work with a great team. Sometimes I think it is easier to focus on the negative rather than the positive..that doesn't mean you have to! I love having students with me, because I remember that was just me a year ago. I try to teach things that I wish I had been taught. It is always nice to have a second set of hands as well! :-)
  6. 1. Do you love, like or hate your job? - Love it 2. What field of nursing are you in? -Ortho, 1 year 3. Are you FT, PT, PD? - FT/32 hrs 4. Do you look forward to going to work or dread it? - Most of the time I do look forward to it, there are of course days where I am dragging a little. 5. What gives you the most job satisfaction? My patients by far. Ortho is a speciality where most of the time we see patients come in for elective surgery and after a short stay they are walking out the door. My co-workers make my job enjoyable as well. 6. On a scale of 0-10 (0 being least stressful, 10 being most stressful) how stressed does your job make you? - On average, I'd say 7 7. What causes you the most job stress? -Nurse/patient ratios, taking care of multiple fresh post-ops, and FAMILY MEMBERS!! 8. What do you think could make your job better, so you get the most joy and satisfaction out of your work day? -I wish I had more time to spend with my patients, but when you have 7 pts it is hard to give everyone the time I would like. As a night shift nurse, I wish we had more resources at night.
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    Successful night shift stories...

    I work nights and love it! It can be hard on the body but after a few weeks you will figure out what works best for you. I agree with what everyone else has said, especially the teamwork seen on nights. I wouldn't trade my co-workers for the world! Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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    Are there some areas of nursing that are more upbeat than others?

    I'm still a relatively new nurse, but I work in ortho and love it. Some people think it is boring, but we get our fair share of excitement, too! Lots of post ops and such...We get to see those with total joints learn to walk all over again..I love my job!