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BiohazardBetty

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BiohazardBetty has 4 years experience and specializes in Oncology, Palliative Care.

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  1. BiohazardBetty

    CNA Survival Kit

    I have a little 'nursling' buddy that I've mentored through high school and her first year of college and she starts her first job as a CNA on Monday. What things would you consider useful for a new CNA? I'd like to make her a little "survival kit" with things like pens and a clipboard... would you find that stuff useful? What else do you wish you had on your first day?
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    Leave Central Lines Post Mortem?

    Do you leave central/PICC/peripheral lines post mortem to make embalming easier for the funeral home? If so, how does it help? Maybe it's more to do with the embalming fluid leaking from the site after removal? I've always removed them during post mortem care to help the body look as normal as possible. I appreciate the advice!
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    Interesting name for Palliative Care training?

    Not looking for unique either, so if the expression "clinical pearls" may be familiar to some staff then that may be the way to go. Thanks!
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    Interesting name for Palliative Care training?

    Thanks, I like that. I'm definitely going for cutesy... Just trying to make something unfamiliar seem a little less scary. I love your suggestion!
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    Interesting name for Palliative Care training?

    I'm the Palliative Care Coordinator at my hospital & I think it's so interesting too... I wish everyone shared our passion! We are really ramping up our house-wide education. I hope the more relatable the inservices sound the more interest I can generate, with the end result being better care provided to our palliative patients.
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    Interesting name for Palliative Care training?

    Just trying to make it sound a little more interesting & not quite so foreign/boring/institutional is all. I thought "Palliative Care Pearls" was more interesting than "tips" and referred to the expression about pearls of wisdom. Thanks for your post.
  7. Hi, do y'all have any ideas for a good name for monthly Palliative Care training? I'd like to make it sound a little more interesting... maybe "Palliative Pearls"?? Another suggestion was "Palliative Care Pals" but I wouldn't want to take a chance on it being confused with actual PALS... Any ideas?
  8. Hi, do y'all have any ideas for a good name for monthly Palliative Care training? I'd like to make it sound a little more interesting... maybe "Palliative Pearls"?? Another suggestion was "Palliative Care Pals" but I wouldn't want to take a chance on it being confused with actual PALS... Any ideas?
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    Is a patient out of my care if he is in another department off the floor?

    The patient was coming from a regular medical bed for a routine CT. I really appreciate your input. It always helps to see it from another side.
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    Palliative Bedside Fans

    Does your facility have a policy?
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    Palliative Bedside Fans

    Does your facility allow fans at the bedside? If so, do you have a specific policy for infection control? I'm a palliative care nurse & I'd like to be able to provide bedside fans for dyspnea that would either be thrown away or sent home with the pt upon discharge. My facility's infection control director is worried the fans would never be properly cleaned &, even if they were cleaned, would blow infections into wounds, lungs, or sterile sites & the hospital would be held responsible for the infection because we provided the fan, which makes sense; however she doesn't really understand the relief a fan can have on dyspnea & said we should just adjust the thermostat. When I specifically mentioned my palliative care/end-of-life patients she said her mom had been on palliative care for a year & wasn't end-of-life... When I said a doctor's order would be required to get a fan from SPD she said her brother is a doctor & she knows nurses ask doctors for orders walking down the hall so they could order fans for everybody. [emoji17] I understand the infection control concerns, but I've also seen the comfort blowing air in someone's face can provide... Which may decrease medications and maybe decrease sedation which could improve quality of life. What are your thoughts/policies on fans for palliative care patients?
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    Unpaid Mandatory Meetings?

    I'm pretty sure 'tempest in a teapot' is my new favorite phrase. Totally had to google it [emoji87]
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    Unpaid Mandatory Meetings?

    I'm not sure where the misunderstanding occurred, but it was never my intention to manipulate or guilt anyone into anything... I was just replying to another persons comment that they would deliberately miss the meetings because it was unpaid time. I don't disagree with your comments about working for free, & that's why I took my concerns to my manager. She's handled the issue & moved huddles to 0645 so everyone is appropriately compensated. Hopefully our unit will now have a chance to meet our 95% attendance goal & get our raises at the end of the year.
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    Unpaid Mandatory Meetings?

    Semantics regarding the true definition of a martyr aside, there certainly is a time & place for the solution SummitRN proposed, so I don't think it's necessarily a bad attitude to have... Had things not gone as well with my manager as they did, reporting the situation to a higher power would have been the next step. And I'm not so sure I'd be as brave at that point to slap my name all over a topic my direct supervisor told me to squash.
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    Unpaid Mandatory Meetings?

    Of course, I did not approach the issue citing unfair or illegal actions, I just asked if she wanted to pay everybody else more to be there early or not... Ultimately it was clearly her decision & I stayed in my lane.
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    Unpaid Mandatory Meetings?

    I'm sorry that happened to you. I'm very lucky to have an honest, ethical nurse manager I can go to with my concerns.