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ladnewnurse

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  1. ladnewnurse

    Hospice Nursing

    Wow, you all are really convincing me to look into this very hard and long. It really sounds like a rewarding and fulfilling aspect of nursing. Thank you all so much.
  2. ladnewnurse

    Hospice Nursing

    Thank You, this one really helped. What is an IDT meeting?
  3. ladnewnurse

    Hospice Nursing

    I appreciate these responses, but keep them coming. I want as many responses as I can get. Want to learn as much as I can before I make the decision to change jobs!:loveya:
  4. ladnewnurse

    Hospice Nursing

    Yesterday I rode with an LPN that works at the hospital that I work at, who has recently gone full time with a local Hospice Care agency. I really enjoyed the day, and they are really recruiting me for the new office that they have recently opened in my area (which is closer that my current job by about 30 miles & garunteed 40 hrs/wk). I enjoyed the flow of the day, the independence and the time with patients. BUT...I guess I really don't understand what the Hospice nurses goal is. What exactly is the purpose of hospice care when the patient is not actively dying? I would really appreciate the input of anyone who is currently in this field. It would just give me a better understanding & help me determine if this would be something I would want to do.
  5. "No I will not wipe you after you go to the bathroom. You're 57 years old & live at home alone, who going to wipe you there when you get home later today?"
  6. ladnewnurse

    Share The Weirdest Reasons Patients Push The Call Light

    I remembered another one. This wasn't my patient or the patient who did the calling. There was a bathroom light going off, we have special lights for the bathroom, it wasn't my patient but I was close so I went on in. When I saw that the pt. was laying in bed asleep I thought it was a little strange. I opened the bathroom door to shut off the light, in the bathroom was the pt. husband who was a elderly confused man. He was standing there looking that the red light on the button. I asked him if he was ok and he said, "Yep, I just wanted to see what that funny little button did."
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    Share The Weirdest Reasons Patients Push The Call Light

    It is really nice to know that a nurse effected you in that way!
  8. ladnewnurse

    Share The Weirdest Reasons Patients Push The Call Light

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! I guess, I can understand why that man was so upset! How funny!
  9. ladnewnurse

    Share The Weirdest Reasons Patients Push The Call Light

    Before you read this let me explain....Our call lights ring directly to our wireless phones, so I'm sitting at the computer in the hallway down the hall from the patient and my phone beeps.... "May I help you?" I say "Did you know that Tonya is on the city board and she's exhausted? It really makes her tired. She's on the city board. I don't know why Tonya isn't here tonight, I guess it's because she's exhausted. I really wish Tonya was here. You know, she's on the city board & she's just exhausted." To which I say, "I did not know that about Tonya. Is there anything that you need help with or that I can bring you?" "No, I just wanted you to know that Tonya was on the city board & she's really exhausted." And I say, "Ok Mrs ..., I'll be in to check with you shortly." The pt. says "Ok, bye honey." Note to the readers: I have absolutley not got the foggiest idea who Tonya is! I went in shortly after to ask who Tonya is and the pt. was a little irritated to know that I didn't know Tonya (I'm a fairly new nurse & this pt is a frequent pt. at my job, so I guess she thought I should know everything about her) She basically decided that since I didn't know Tonya, I didn't need to know her & she wouldn't tell me who she was. I guess the pt. forgot that the call light system is not a telephone system. OH...I later found out from a co-worker, that Tonya is a neighbor, or at least we think so! :rotfl:
  10. ladnewnurse

    Will you work during a Pandemic?

    I would love to say that I would be the hero & go, but I wouldn't be honest if I said that. I'm young, alot ahead of me & I don't want to risk it. I won't lie!!!! I will want to take care of me & my own before I take care of everyone else's!!! May sound harsh, but you have to take care of those you love!
  11. ladnewnurse

    Pediatric ANXIETY!!!!

    Hi! I have been out of school since last December. From what people tell me, I have been doing a good job...I really hope so!!!! I work on a med-surg unit in a smaller hospital. We get it all, infants to elderly. I have some very bad anxiety about taking care of pediatric patients. I didn't, but then I went to a class given at the hospital by a specialist in the pediatric area. Ever since that class, I see a patient with a pedicatric doc's name beside it, or a pt. with an age below 17 & I start to sweat a little, the nausea begins, and I really start to panic. This started the day after "the class". I took care of an 18 month old baby, he was so sweet and I was being REALLY vigilant of his IV site, because I had just learned how severe an IV infiltrate can be in a child that size. WELL...(you know what happened), within the hour, it infiltrated and his little had got so puffy. I, of course, paniced (not in front of the mom, thank goodness) & stopped the IVF, then removed the IV. The mom said "I know you've been checking it, but it didn't look like that the last time" Which made me feel so much better, because of course I was doubting myself, that I hadn't checked it good enough, that I had been negligent, etc!!!! I had been working a long week & it was my 5th day in a row, (4 12 hr shifts & "the class"), so of course I'm in tears & thinking of the pictures they showed in "the class" of the IV infiltrates in pediatric patients & imagining this little baby boy without that limb...BECAUSE OF ME!!!! Of course, my charge nurse & house supervisor told me that this was not a big deal, but in my head it was a mountain out of a mole hill, I couldn't help it!! BUT, basically, ever since that pediatric class & that pt. I have horrible anxiety when a pediatric pt. is assigned to me!!!!! It's comparable to the anxiety I felt with each exam in nursing school (though not quite as bad as the anxiety that went along with the N-CLEX!!)!! I'm serious cold sweats, serious self doubt, nausea, so far no vomiting. What can I do about this? Any suggestions would be so helpful, because I have to take care of them..... Noc before last I took care a 4 year old with horrible asthma, horrible lung sounds, moderate retractions SAO2 of 86%, all right as I took him over....I mean seriously, is this just my luck!?!?!?! I say that part in humor, because I have to!!!! Suggestions anyone??? I'd love the help.
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