In the hospital that I work in, our department is termed med-surg. One floor is dedicated to medical patients, while the other is dedicated to post-surgical patients. There is no Telemetry monitoring on the "surgical" floor, so post op pts needing Tele go to the "medical floor". Overflow is handled both ways. Nurses' main assignments are either on one or the other, but we routinely and frequently get floated between floors.
Drysolong replied to pretty70's topic in Geriatric
I understand calling the DON's cell #. Why didn't the nurse manager know to call the DON's cell? All of this information should have been included in your orientation as clear-cut policies. They dropped the ball, but the blame is put on you. That's the clarification.
Drysolong replied to Flightline's topic in Relations
Healthcare workers who lose sight of the reason we are here, "the patient". Because of this attitude, they refuse to assist, answer questions or share their experience or expertise with others on the "team" on behalf of the patient. (I don't mean do other's work)
Check out the DISTANCE LEARNING FORUM.
Also, Excelsior is not necessarily an online program. You study from actual textbooks and take exams on computer at PearsonVue locations. Excelsior does provide online study resources.
Beforehand you should determine if you can successfully study independently. There are Excelsior study groups on YAHOO.
Hope this helps a little.
Drysolong replied to student456's topic in Headlines
this situation is beyond words!!
i agree wholeheartedly. i intend to also to work more diligently with my patients.
i think that as nurses we must accept this type of situation as part of the job. no matter how many patients "fake", we have to still do at least basic assessment. there is too much at stake - a human life.
shouldn't all personnel have basic life support skills (including security and clerical workers)
I passed Excelsior's A&P & NC1 last year. In my experience, NC1 was fundamentals that were covered in my LPN course. So I used my LPN course textbooks only. For A&P, I used the simple (made easy & for dummies type-this was a personal choice helping me with a foundation to build on) books plus a college textbook. (Not Excelsior's)
Also, I basically followed the same routine for Excelsior's Microbiology.
Oh (I almost forgot) I used Excelsior's practice tests for A&P. Helped a lot.
Depending on size and location of city you live in, there is often childcare available that take into consideration 12-hour nursing shifts. As mentioned before, doctor's offices, or clinics and LTC, school nurses, (and some hospitals) have 8-hour options.
Drysolong replied to FireStarterRN's topic in Nursing
in the two places where i work, all nurses (lpn & rn) start their own iv's. no iv team. but you can always get help from others. on particularly hard sticks, we can usually get an er nurse to do it successfully.
personally, i've only done 3. just beginning to get the hang of it.
This seems to be the way the bottom line is sending us.
Bottom line being not patient health but revenues.
I once thought that patient and nurses could be allies in advocating for better direct patient care and considerations, but so many patients and their families are focused on hotel amenities rather than actual healthcare.