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hecallsmeDuchess has 6 years experience and specializes in LTC, Acute care.

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  1. Ortho or SNF?

    Personally, I'd go with Ortho but I'm a little biased because I do some ortho at work. Both are difficult but if you go with SNF, they have a very high patient to nurse ratio. What makes ortho where I work easier is that patients are ambulated by phy...
  2. Manager catch phrases

    "What personal connection did you form with your patients today?" " You have to always manage-up your co-workers." 🙄
  3. What Did You Get For Nurses Week?

    A hot/cold mug (which this post just reminded me I had) 😀
  4. BP cuff over a PICC line

    I'm very surprised your patients with PICC lines allow you to do this.
  5. What's Rude?

    Rude: Having me hold your phone for an hour+ (yes, I timed it) when your break is supposed to be 30 minutes. I don't mind holding a phone for up to 40-45 minutes but an hour+ and then me having to hunt you down to give you your phone is rude. Persona...
  6. It Ain't Like The Movies!

    Haha! That bothered me a lot too, especially how dramatic he looked as he died and it was a really a major point in the show. Unfortunately I'm still watching to figure out who in that crazy family is SBK.
  7. When you want to slap your co-workers

    Maybe, just maybe that's the only place they've worked and have nothing to compare it to as far as being better or not. Try to keep an open mind and give them a chance...
  8. Now THAT'S a lab result

    I have no idea, I don't think he was being honest as to how he was managing his diabetes at home. His A1C was also high, like 11.
  9. Now THAT'S a lab result

    Blood sugar 1600s, in DKA on admission. Sugar was in 130's when he left. Apparently insulin pump had malfunctioned and pt didn't know. Alive...
  10. Joining a professional organization

    The AMSN for Medsurg nurses is $84/yr. I have it and like that they provide free CEs and also a discount when you want to take the certification exam. Not bad for the price, I think.
  11. What Nurses really Want to Say When They Chart

    I didn't know we had one at my hospital either until our pt (frequent flier and all) went ballistic and threatened to deal with a doc and make sure he was dead, he earned himself a " do not admit" to our hospital. He could go to the other branches of...
  12. minimum staffing and lunch breaks - enemies??

    We're required to take 30 minutes break and give our phones up during that time to the covering nurse, if we don't take the break for whatever reason then we're supposed to fill out a form saying why. More often than not, I take my break with phone b...
  13. Shift work and dating

    Met my husband online, we've been married 7 years now on the way to forever. I never thought I would find a man online and I wasn't even looking, just was part of that community interacting and posting to forums and voila!
  14. Forgot to put narcotic back in Pyxis

    I always pull pain meds for everybody in the morning because 9.5 times out of 10, they'll want it. With 5 pts all wanting pain meds first thing in the morning, I don't have the luxury of assessing them first then going to get their meds. The next thi...
  15. Medication error

    At the OP, do you guys not have to scan pts and meds? I can't tell you how many times that scanner has saved me from a med error.