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  1. Tired of bedside nursing

    I worked bedside on an oncolgy/g-med floor for twelve years and didn't realize how tired I was of it until I recently transferred to ER. ER is still technically "bedside" but there's such a variety and different focus it's been a great change for me....
  2. To flush or not to flush...advice please.

    This is how we did it at one facility I was at as a student. The upside is that you're minimizing the amount injected at each site. The downside is the potential for error if someone is not familiar with the system. They may inject the wrong drug, ma...
  3. To flush or not to flush...advice please.

    You have to flush if the port tubing is primed with anything besides the drug you are giving. Otherwise as you said you are not actually giving the drug, simply whatever is in the tubing at the time. I have been in facilities where patients had sc ...
  4. Female nurses have more advantage over male nurses?

    I find that being a male nurse you stick out more. People are more likely to remember you and notice you. This can be a positive or a negative depending on the perception. Generally for me I think it's been more of a positive than a negative since ...
  5. Female nurses have more advantage over male nurses?

    Please provide this information since the above above is an incredibly offensive generalization.
  6. Very minimal transmission risk since you cleaned his face before hand. MRSA will only colonize in moist environments (rectum, nares, lungs, etc) or the bloodstream. His face (the surface she touched) would only have had remnant organisms which would ...
  7. Concerns About Relationships In/After Nursing School

    Nursing school definately gives you a pretty wide dating pool if you want to go there. I did and it never became an issue with my classmates. I did tend to date either above or below my year which made things less awkward if things didn't work out. E...
  8. I think you have to take this type of behaviour on a case by case basis. One thing I always look at it why the patient is in hospital and what their future expectations are. If they're going to be going home they need to start working on becoming ind...
  9. Sex Discrimination or not?

    Why would the OP want to go into L+D/OB? Probably for the same reasons any female would, an interest that area of nursing. One's genitalia generally don't determine what field of nursing we're interested in. Will there be challenges? Sure there wi...
  10. Had a gentleman who at 0100 pulled out his pain pump, IV from his port-a-cath, NG tube and foley. Refused to have any put back in, called the doc, doc said it was okay and to leave him until the morning. Everything seems fine until 0600 when a poli...
  11. Why So Many Unhealthy Nurses?

    I think there's a lot of factors leading to an unhealthy lifestyle in nurses. I also think that as a general population in North America we tend to have an unhealthy lifestyle so that doesn't make nursing stick out by any means. That said I think the...
  12. My Poor Hands have been Washed Raw

    Try using cold water for your handwashing. That made a big difference for me, especially since as a male I generally don't use lotion on my hands.
  13. methadone therapy for cancer pain?

    This may be a bit late since your brother is likely recieving his treatment now and hopefully is doing well. I work on an oncology inpatient floor and our palliative docs use methadone very successfully. We typically will use methadone in cases whe...
  14. What do you love about working in oncology?

    I work on an onc/g-med floor and have been here for seven years. I love working in oncology. Cancer is a disease that is debilitating to body, mind and spirit. Working with people who have it is extremely rewarding. Managing the physical symptons, ...
  15. Just accepted, what to expect being a guy?

    Hitting the gym is good advice for ALL nurses, not just men. So many of my co-workers have back and shoulder problems (I work on an inpatient ONC/GMED floor so there's lots of lifting and pulling) but very few of them do any sort of exercise or weigh...