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Kooky Korky BSN, RN

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    How Technology Can Solve the Nurse Staffing Shortage

    Dana doesn't know her Bible. There will be no giving back of wings and harps. And no one, even her deeply beloved, is worth going to Hell. Other than that, she sounds like a wonderful person, although I wish she had learned long ago to say no to her lazy, lousy coworkers. I agree with others who have commented. We don't need a tech-y staffing agency, which by the way, is not new. Shiftboard, and perhaps other self-scheduling methods, has been around already for a while. We need to be treated right by current employers. And that aint gonna happen unless we stand up for ourselves. Most nurses won't join the battle, so things will pretty much remain status quo. I do think there is some merit to teaching principles and practices of Management in a formal classroom setting. Not just there though. A lot of skill comes with seeing how someone else does it and then having hands-on doing for oneself while the teacher watches and intervenes if needed. Demo and return demo. We learned that in our old diploma schools. We need to limit the number of NP's. There aren't enough jobs to go around now. We need schools to encourage students to stay at the bedside, not get in a year and then move to advanced practice. The diploma schools worked just fine. We need to bring them back. They taught students how to actually do dressings, insert Foley's, give shots, pass meds, start and maintain IV's, do enemas, assess lungs, abdomens, basic circulation and neuro status, and so on. Graduate nurses were pretty much ready to fly on their own when they received their diplomas. And they mostly went to work for the hospital where they trained, so they knew the particulars of that facility, which gave them a real head start to becoming competent and confident. When Head Nurses were able to discipline lazy or mouthy or otherwise evil staff, without regard to race, religion, gender, and any other factors not germane to work, it was so much better than how we must tiptoe around today so we don't offend anyone and get sued. I recall an assistant head nurse who would take a good 45 to 60 minutes for breakfast every day. She and all 4 of the nurses' aides would leave the ward early in the morning and go hang out in the cafeteria. Of course they all also took lunch later. Why were they allowed to do this? Race. There was also an aide to whom you could not say, "Susie, would you please get a UA on Mrs. Smith in 23". You had to say, "Susie, Mrs. Smith in 23 needs a UA". She would never reply except with a scowl and a glare. She would eventually get the UA but you could feel her hate boring into you. And you had better thank her. It was racial and resentment of younger new nurses now being her boss. As if it was the nurses' fault that she was older and of a different race and had been on the job longer. I know all about the struggle to be recognized as professionals and how that led to making the BSN pretty much required today to enter the work place. But new isn't always better.
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    How Technology Can Solve the Nurse Staffing Shortage

    WD 40 I love it!! 😂😂 Truly ROFLMBO
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    How Technology Can Solve the Nurse Staffing Shortage

    I absolutely couldn't agree more. Why is allnurses promoting this company that wants to sell its product? It seems to be a free ad. Surely that violates TOS?
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    Husband Died—Looking For Low Stress Job Recommendations

    I agree. And when you do go back, don't talk about your situation. People will naturally ask how you are and will express their condolences. Thank them and change the subject. Tell them you are fine, even if you aren't. Change the subject to them. Ask "How are you"? Don't let work be a place where the other people feel they have to tiptoe around you. Go there to work, to learn. Serve others. Some of them also have very heavy loads. This was written before I saw that you had resigned. Perhaps it really is best to start anew elsewhere and I wish you all the best, Midlife.
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    Husband Died—Looking For Low Stress Job Recommendations

    You offer tremendous wisdom, Emergent. We can honor our deceased loved ones by living honorably. We can cry and break down PRN and then get back up and move on. Life can be awfully hard but we can do it. Thank you for this encouraging post. Can you maybe share a little more about how you managed after losing your husband? How you still raised your children while coping with such terrible grief? I am glad life is apparently going well for you.
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    Husband Died—Looking For Low Stress Job Recommendations

    Maybe you could just do part-time for a while. Maybe work half days? That way you would still keep your hand in there and would show the job that you really do want to come back. Sadly, the US is not very grief-friendly. We are pretty much expected to leave our sadness at home and go about working in pretty much a normal way. The job, after all, does need you or they would not have hired you. Their need, their economic situation make it hard for them to extend a long time of grieving for employees, especially those who are still not fully trained (therefore, not helping them financially yet). It is a bitter pill to swallow but that is what I have found to be the way things are. Those who are hurt on the job get only a certain amount of time to get back to work, those who are in mourning or have some really heavy family or personal situations are expected to get back on their feet pretty quickly. To quote Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath as she is counseling her pregnant daughter whose husband ran off and left his pregnant wife on her own - We always took what come to us dry-eyed. She is telling her to get back on her feet, push on, leave your sadness on your pillow and indulge in it only privately. Other than that, keep putting one foot in front of the other. You've got to get back on your feet because everyone else has trouble, too, and they can't bear their own and yours too. (TGOW is about the way life was for sharecroppers who had been pushed off of their farms during The Dust Bowl years by the bankers who held the mortgages. The bankers could make a much bigger profit by not having sharecroppers. So they threw them, literally, out into the dust. The croppers were forced now to seek life elsewhere. Many went to California where they did not find the promised high wages for plenty of work. They became migrant workers who had to follow the crops from south to north as they ripened and were ready to harvest. But there were too many migrants for too little work. So people literally starved to death. It was awfully hard times - a great testament of man's inhumanity to man. A memorial to greed and love of money over good sense and over honoring God by caring for their fellow man. The book was banned when it first came out because it portrayed such an ugly truth). Hard to hear but there is truth in Ma's words. Hard to do but the hardest, longest journey starts with the first step. I pray God will strengthen and encourage you at this painful, lonely, frightening time. It is also a time for growth and overcoming, much as we might not like to hear that. I have a friend who has been in serious mourning for her mother for several years now. Her home is like a shrine to her mom. She still has her mom's clothes, hearing aids, wheelchair, walker, glasses. These items could be helping other people so I think she should donate or sell them. It would be a charitable act. And it would be a way to get more used to the fact that her mom is gone, which would be painful but true and helpful in the long run, I think. Her religious counselor tells her that, too. So far, she has not done it. Her grief counselor tells her that her behavior is OK because her grief journey is her own. True enough. But is it helping her to rebuild her life? Is it getting her back into interacting with friends, neighbors, family? Is it good for her? *s it healthy? I am so sorry about your husband passing. And I hope you will find the way to move forward. I think you will. You sound strong and sensible. Sad and mourning, but I think you will, ultimately, be able to keep on stepping. Have you considered moving back to be nearer to your family? Might that be a good thing?
  7. I guess they meant well. But that is about the cheapest gift I have ever heard of for Nurses' Week. The idea guy will probably get promoted. Maybe next year they will give a feather. You know "a feather in your cap" thing. One employer used to give us grocery store gift certificates for Christmas and TG. That was a useful gift. Secretaries get lunch at a nice place during work hours. Or flowers or both. Nurses get a plastic water bottle that you can't keep on your med cart because of OSHA and there's no time to use it if it's in the break room because there is no time for breaks. Torture. That is a serious case of ridiculousness.
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    Breakroom Pet Peeves

    Realistically, how private can a conversation be in a break room?
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    Breakroom Pet Peeves

    I would take those home and give them to the birds. Waste not, want not. Look at the bright side, LOL My pet peeve is that the bathroom is so near the eating area. Yuck.
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    When You Hear Hoofbeats

    Thank you, Ma'am, that does indeed explain the chlorine matter!
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    Does the shot mess with your DNA?

    Big belly laugh, Subee. 😂😂🤣
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    Osteomyelitis Way Back When

    What type of patients do you care for, Tweety? Elderly, diabetic, in a facility? Other? So chronic osteo is not so unusual, it seems. What do these patients actually die from? Infection or mostly other things like CVA, MI, Ca?
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    Tenet Hosp strike enters eighth week

    What does "sued of existence" mean?
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    Osteomyelitis Way Back When

    Back in the Dark Ages when I began my Nursing career, osteo was treated aggressively with 6 weeks of IV antibiotics in the hospital, followed by a long course of oral antibiotic. Now it seems it is not considered as a "must treat" condition. The Podiatrist who comes to our facility says he has patients who have had osteo for decades! He says he does not necessarily treat osteo at all. 😱 I know many things have changed over more than 40 years and osteo treatment seems to be one of them. What is your experience with osteomyelitis, particularly in diabetics?
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    How to Pass A&P2 in the Summer (Online Tips)

    Cardio might not be first in all A & P 2 class. Otherwise great advice. I would just add that repetition works wonders. Read the material before the lecture. Attend the lecture. Study the material again. Write the material. Do take breaks, get enough sleep, exercise, and good nutrition,
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    Should I call the doctor for a BP of 175/72?

    Who are you talking to? I wish you had related all this info in your first post. As others have said, you have to look at the totality of the case. Re-check, read the chart to see what the BP has been like, take into account whatever the protocol is at the particular facility - but not to the exclusion of your own instincts and gut feelings or just plain common sense.