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squatmunkie_RN

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  1. squatmunkie_RN

    Supplies

    No Doz. And that started my caffeine addiction...3 Years later
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    No more phlebotomist in the hospital?!

    I think you're one of the few to get what I'm saying. Taking in the fact that we have 6 tele pt's and no aid often times. So, it's 0400, I must get the vitals due at that time, draw my labs, and get all the meds passed that I need to in the AM. What about the pt's that need a potty break? I am in the middle of doing labs...passing meds. Oh did I mention we NEVER EVER have a clerk? So, if I get a admit at that time, all the paperwork and putting together the chart is also my responsibility. I think the hospital must be broke...or near it.
  3. squatmunkie_RN

    Hurst vs nclex scores

    You're welcome! Relax and you'll be fine!!
  4. squatmunkie_RN

    What She Couldn't Tell You

    So, if the dad beats the child to death, or the child dies of a severe asthma attack because the mom didn't have her medicine, who do you think the courts are going to hold responsible? Both parents. The mom for staying in that relationship and allowing a man to abuse her child is almost as bad as the abuser. She too will serve some jail time if the child winds up dead at the father's hands.
  5. squatmunkie_RN

    No more phlebotomist in the hospital?!

    Yeah, so let's not hold everyone else accountable for doing their job, because a RN can do it quicker? If you allow the hospital to have this mentality they never have to hire anyone but a nurse because we are the only ones professional enough to provide timely care? Makes no sense.
  6. squatmunkie_RN

    ER nurses bringing pts to the floor soiled

    "not to confine the smell" LOL. I never thought of that as a possibility.
  7. squatmunkie_RN

    ER nurses bringing pts to the floor soiled

    Happens ALL the time. We expect it as floor nurses now. I've also had transport drop the pt off in the room (while I'm with another pt) and not hook up the O2 to the wall. They literally just leave the pt... and I get tp the room and the o2 is in the 80s...pt has a cannula on their face but it's not hooked to the wall. Really??? Or confused pt's come in with all their street clothing on, the disposable sheets from EMS, the sheets from ER, plastic caps and paper from syringes all in the bed. Dirty diapers... But the ER skin assessment says "no breakdown" Um, just how the hell did you figure that one out???
  8. squatmunkie_RN

    No more phlebotomist in the hospital?!

    Working on Ortho is different than Telly. When an orthodox pt starts having chest pains, super high blood pressures EKG changes they are sent to a Telly floor. Nurses now deal with taking care of not only calling the doc, giving meds, labs. It's ridiculous! On top of all that I'll have a pt in the next room calling me for a potty break because we have no aids.
  9. squatmunkie_RN

    No more phlebotomist in the hospital?!

    Exactly. The hospital doesn't care one bit about the nursing staff. It's all about saving them costs. I don't understand this "keeping my skills up, and knowing what type of veins my pt has" Don't you know that every time you have to start an IV? Push meds? Bend over if you're going to allow the hospital to do whatever they want to the nurses.
  10. squatmunkie_RN

    What She Couldn't Tell You

    I'm sorry. I understand everyone has a story to tell. But if this is true she is a poor mother. If you have a kid you put them 1st. By being not calling the police, not reporting all this she is endangering her child. If a woman wants to stay in that sort of relationship, fine. Don't do it to your children then hide behind some "battered woman's syndrome" Now everyone you can ream me. Go ahead, but nothing will change my mind.
  11. squatmunkie_RN

    Need advice about where to turn.

    Stay a paramedic. You're 47. You'll retire in a few years. Being a new RN you're going to make $hit money $22/hr average. The stress is high. The reward is hardly there. Don't redo it. If I was in your position I wouldn't. Take a vacation, and enjoy life.
  12. squatmunkie_RN

    Hurst vs nclex scores

    I took HURST and passed NCLEX with 75 questions. I only studied the HURST book. Mind you I read and studied cover to cover. Be sure you know ALL normal labs (K+, Mg+, etc...) and what the signs/symptoms are of the lows/highs. Definately know which pt to see 1st when rounding, when to call the doctor. But, I did a live HURST Review. It was very informative. I also answered nearly 1,000 practice questions.
  13. squatmunkie_RN

    No more phlebotomist in the hospital?!

    The place I work for wants to get rid of all phlebotomist and make nurses do lab draws. I work on a telly floor. This means many lab draws that get ordered all ..day.. long.... K+, Mg+, Troponin, PT. Not to mention nearly everyone on the floor has daily CBC, and Chemistry. Honestly, I am thinking about leaving. We already have too many patients, and never enough staff. Often no nurse aids, so we do everything. It's total pt care with up to 6 telemetry patients. (Most of the time I feel like I work in acute care nursing home). Does this sound reasonable to you? We aren't getting an increase in pay for the increase in work.
  14. I'm relatively new to this career. I've been a RN 3 years, and worked at the same hospital up until a few weeks ago I changed hospitals. My old hospital job all we had was Lure locks...it seems so much safer and easier to use. The new place has blunt needles, or plastic tipped syringes. The plastic tip isn't very useful, as they always bend and require a lot of pressure to insert it. I keep thinking I'm going to stab my finger pushing drugs through a blunt tip needle.
  15. squatmunkie_RN

    NIGHT SHIFT CENTRAL!

    Oh, and it's not that hard to set your phone to only ring for certain contacts!
  16. squatmunkie_RN

    NIGHT SHIFT CENTRAL!

    Any advice for someone working nights for the 1st time?