OttawaRPN

OttawaRPN

acute care med/surg, LTC, orthopedics
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OttawaRPN has 5 years experience and specializes in acute care med/surg, LTC, orthopedics.

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  1. Visiting hours and quality of care: an unscientific study

    Not suggesting that at all; maybe you missed the hundreds of posts from American nurses citing their fears at being fired for any little thing. You will be hard pressed to find similar posts from Canadian nurses. Why? Because our publicly funded s...
  2. Patient Confessions

    What was the point of this, exactly?
  3. Tell me this doesn't happen all the time.

    There are two sides to every story and obviously we haven't heard the nurse's side. What I find curious is why patients, who have some disagreement about the level of care they receive, don't say something to the nurse at the time of the concern. It...
  4. Renal question

    I dislike bladder scanners b/c they have to be reprogrammed on occasion and like most electronics, cannot guarantee to give you an accurate reading. They only real way to check for residuals is to straight cath and see what you get.
  5. Extra dose of septra ds

    Why would there be a prn for an Abx? I'm wondering if you mean like an emergency drug box. At any rate, you will never know if a dose was given until you ask your partner; just goes to show to check the MAR first before giving a med, even if it's s...
  6. Visiting hours and quality of care: an unscientific study

    We make exceptions for children and those who are terminally ill. It's up to the staff. I think the difference lies in the whole customer service concept that exists in the States but not here; some of you nurses feel you have to jump through hoops ...
  7. Chicken sexer.
  8. Jehovah's Witness nurses in the critical care unit?

    They may not be able to discriminate based on religious beliefs but they most definitely can and will discriminate based on qualifications. Like most jobs, nursing is very competitive so if they find another nurse who is better suited for the job, t...
  9. Visiting hours and quality of care: an unscientific study

    I posted earlier in this discussion that nurses at my facilities do push for compliance with the visiting hours and this applies to overnight visitors as well. We don't allow visitors to stay overnight especially if the patient is in a semi or ward;...
  10. Rn Health requirements?

    Alicia, I think you are looking for some hard and fast rules about what medical conditions should preclude someone from becoming a nurse. Well, there aren't any. A large proportion of the population suffer from some sort of mental illness, but ment...
  11. As if it isn't hard enough to find a job....

    But why don't those employers use monster.ca, workopolis.com, government affiliated job banks or any other dedicated job search site? Because those sites charge a nominal fee but any yahoo can post on craigslist for free. If the employer doesn't wa...
  12. how do you become an organ transplant tech.?

    A friend of mine is a cornea retrieval nurse - she travels wherever and whenever and harvests those corneas pretty much any location the body happens to be.
  13. As if it isn't hard enough to find a job....

    No reputable employer would use a smutty site like craigslist to advertise job openings. Anyone who is lame enough to peruse those sites looking for jobs deserve whatever crap they have coming.
  14. Rn Health requirements?

    You mean will they discriminate against someone who has ADHD? Of course not, that would be against the law. The only health requirements are the ones enforced by your school ie) up to date immunizations, etc. and this varies from school to school. T...
  15. CRNE October 2010

    Wow, I'm appalled by some of these egotistical posts! The reason you aren't passing your repeated attempts at the exam is because YOU have not learned enough. It's that simple. You can dissect all the reasons this is so, but the fact remains: YOU ha...