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  1. Blue11RN

    IV push antibiotice in the home

    I worked in IV therapy Home care until recently. We did do IV push antibiotics. Most MD's are afraid to order them and alot of CHHA home care agencies were afraid to use them. But, they are so much easier to teach the patients or family members about. And, patients like it better then IV bags, tubing, and pumps. I have not seen any adverse reactions or problems with it. I have seen more problems with teaching about IV bags, priming, pumps and etc. Hope this helps.
  2. Blue11RN

    Do I Smell a Rat?

    I wouldn't want to be there when CPR is performed on someone with a legal DNR. I cannot imagine how they plan to get away with that. Are looking to be sued?? Are people looking to lose there licenses?? I would talk to someone fast. Good luck.
  3. I saw your post about changing careers. You said you had a web site about medical transcription at home. I wanted to e-mail you, but your address was not listed. Could you share that information with me. I want to try the same thing and stay at home. Thanks tmccarth@twcny.rr.com
  4. I am looking to work from home after I deliver in january. Does any have any ideas how to use my RN in this manner? I have hospital experience, Case mangement experience and on call experience. I was looking at babysitting, but I was hoping there was more out there. I would appreciate any help. thanks.
  5. I was wondering if anyone works at home. I am pregnant have been on bedrest for 2 months. I was working for an Infusion Company doing case mangement,POT's and etc. My friend has offered me a job that I can do from bed and continue to stay at home with the baby. I am very excited. I will be doing paperwork via the computer. The problem is, she lives in Pa. and I live in NY. I would never have to go to the Pa. office, but we are trying to figure out how to have communication be cost effective. I will be a on call supervisor as well, so I will need people to call me but not have them have to call long distance. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this cost effective.We are looking into a national cell phone number and already have a nation wide beeper. But, I was just wondering if other people work like this, or even there spouses and how the company works it. I would be grateful for any ideas and imput. Maybe there is another perpective that we can't see yet. Thanks
  6. Blue11RN

    Death With Dignity?

    I think the topic "Death with Dignity" includes pain control for the dying. Nothing makes me more upset is when MD's done want to order pain meds except Tylenol because "the pt may become addicted". HELLO, the pt is dying and is on comfort care!!!! I actually begged on MD for a MSO4 order for my dying pt. She was on comfort care and only had a few days. I had her as a pt everyday she was on our floor. She couldn't eat, speak or move, but could blink answers. She told me she was in pain, but the MD only would give me Tylenol po. I begged him that she couldn't take it and the MSO4 might help her breathe and make her comfortable. And, maybe make her way out of this world alittle easier. Still no. The third day I couldn't take it anymore!! I screamed at him in the hall and told him he wouldn't do this to his mother, why do it to this poor lady. He just walked away with no answer. She died in pain. And, the way I see it, without dignity!! But, then again this is the same MD who screamed at us for calling a code on a lady who had no pulse or resp. He stated that we jumped the gun and didn't know what we were doing. Oh, I am sorry that we brought her back before you got there, but I don't ever want you touching me if you think no pulse or resp does not call for a code!!!!!! What a jerk. So, basically my point is the MD can make or break the chance of dying with dignity. Nurses can only scream and yell for the pt so much.
  7. Blue11RN

    Spooky Stuff

    Yes, one night while I was working I had a scary experience. The halls were dark and I had walked to the end of the hall to the closet. There were no patients that far down the hall at the time. So, as I looked for my supplies, I got tapped on the shoulder. I turned around and no one was there. I looked in a few empty rooms to see if a co-worker was playing a trick on me. There was no one. I realized what happened and ran down the hall. I just sat at the nurse station and the secretary asked what was the matter. I asked her to please don't think I was crazy and I told her. She didn't seemed surprised. She told me that stuff happens all the time on the floor. I stayed there for almost 2 years and never had anything else happen. Still, it freaked me out.
  8. Blue11RN

    Nothing changes

    I left Hospital work and went into Home Infusion therapy, thinking things would be different. I guess I was wrong. I have been there 6 months and I am starting to see how things really are. It is run by a nurse and the rest of her family. You are cut no slack at all. I was told the other day I will get no sympathy for being pregnant. Well first of all, I am not looking for any sympathy, but cut me a break if I am moving alittle slower these days. I am sorry if I am hungry and need to eat or I have to go to the bathroom more. Don't feel sorry for me, because I will get the job done!!! I am just upset at the attitude I am getting all of a sudden. I still do my job well and loved by my patients. I get more hassles from my female co-worker. The males are so understanding and help me all the time. Sorry to vent. Did anyone else have this problem while they were pregnant? Because if it comes between my health as well as my babies, they are going to lose one the there best nurses. But then again seems like no one really cares that nurses leave all the time. Thanks for listening.
  9. Blue11RN

    iv's and aeseptic technique

    I always wipe with alcohol, and I teach all my patients in Home care that they must wipe all surfaces before they enter. I don't know where she got that idea, but I don't agree. Always wipe, wipe, wipe!!! We don't want to take any chances for infection. An IV is a nice entrance for the germs!!! Go with your idea with the alcohol wipes. Good thinking!!! P.S does she have the same thought on hand washing????????
  10. Blue11RN

    Has anyone ever refused an assignment?

    YES I have refused an assignment. When I was working as an LPN I got floated to a Medical floor. Of course I got dumped on with the most and hardest patients. ( A hold other topic there!!) I walked into the first patients room who had a CVP line, bleeding out and about to code. I said " You want me to do what with this patient??" It was over my head and not the type of patient for me. So, I said no way and you get the nursing supervisor here now!! I did not get in trouble for it either. Besides, he coded 15 minutes later a died in ICU. Oh yeah, that would have been fair. Don't be afraid to stick up for yourself.
  11. Blue11RN

    How long did you stay on your first nursing job?

    Two years on a Gyn floor as a LPN which I like very much, had to leave and go to L&D after becoming a RN. Hated L&D. Lasted 7 months. I had to leave Gyn because of the Union and bidding process in our hospital. Well, no RN jobs on Gyn, so off to L&D. So, after L&D, home IV therapy. Love it!! Good luck.
  12. I am sorry to hear about the problems you are having. You are in a hard place right now, I don't know what I would do. I would think it doesn't make a difference if he is your husband or not, that you should report him. Did he get any help? Or did he say he is clean all by himself? I would question how he got clean. I guess all you can do is look at how this will impact you and your children first. Good Luck to you and your family.
  13. Blue11RN

    getting started in w/ nursing career

    Good luck with your dreams!!! I did the same thing that you plan to do. I work as a nurses aide, got my LPN then got my RN. It is alot of hard work but I learned alot! Not sure about grants or loans out there for you. I would suppose the grants would have to depend on your income/dependant status. I would talk to someone at school. They would probably have the best ideas for you in your area. And, good luck with everyone thing!!!
  14. Blue11RN

    nursing salaries

    I think my area is the worst. In the Syracuse NY area a new RN starts at $12.63/hour. It is horrible and people are way to overworked. What else is new!!!
  15. Blue11RN

    Opening Sharps Containers

    If the mangement is so crazy as to want you to count syringes and put the nurses at risk, I guess they should do it themselves. Sounds like a mangement job to me! Watch how fast that dumb rule would change, huh?
  16. Blue11RN

    "Eating Our Young" and Ethics

    When I got my first job as a nurse I was so excited. I felt I was going to be in a wonderful profession and meet wonderful nurses. Like I was joining a club. Well, then real world hit me in the face. I was met with hostility from nurses, and given the hardest patients on the floor and expected to sink or swim. Nurses neglected to tell him information so I could find out the hard way. I actually had a nurse follow me around and try to write incident reports on me all the time. So, here I am trying to build my skills, looking to make friends and actually have a career, but the "old" nurses wouldn't let me. Many of the new hired grads left at that point, but I stuck it out. In my mind I was going to beat them. Well, after nightmares everynight and many tears, I finally broke down on the floor. I didn't cry, I GOT MAD! I stuck up for myself and let the "old" nurses have a piece of my mind. Well, I thought for sure I would fired. I wasn't! After that, they treated me differnt, and I made friends with the nurses, and got to be part of the circle of information. I even gained skills from the other nurses. I cannot believe it took an emotional break down to prove myself to them. That is very messed up in my mind. And, it didn't stop with other new nurses. But, I am always nice to the new nurses and let them in on the information and help them, because it will only benefit everyone if I do. I don't know what the answer is. I don't know what nurses are afraid of. Nurses complain they are under staffed, but don't help the situation. Just remember, everyone was a new nurse at some point.