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annmariern has 30 years experience and specializes in vascular, med surg, home health , rehab,.

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    Patients Say the Darnedest Things

    "I've got that Immaculate Degeneration". Guess Catholic school never leaves you.
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    New job, new appreciation

    It is sad that in the most developed nation on earth, the old are subject to this at the end of life. This place pays the CNA's well $14/hr. The nurses $28. 10:1 ratio which is comparable to the hospital. Just seems to me, to prolong a life that has no quality, is cruel. We pump meds into people. Why? I had one lady with contractures and decubs who just repeats "please god just let me die" endlessly. Hard to see.
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    New nurse.. Just want to quit everything..

    Get out. 120:1 unheard of to me. But that is no way normal. Get out now.
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    New job, new appreciation

    So; after 32 years as a nurse, 13 on a very busy med/surg unit I was burned out. Took time off. Thought LTC might be a little bit less intense. Was I ever wrong. 5 day hit and miss orientation, third day I get 30 demented patients with so many meds my head is still spinning. Half have no ID, so its guess the patient when meds are concerned. Most meds seem to be OTC stuff. Massive amounts. Quality of life zero. I could not hack it. The staff I have to say were amazing, came in unasked and helped me, but even so I was overwhelmed. Most of them are LPN's, the ones hospitals don't hire anymore. Let me tell you, these people are amazing. Same goes for the CNAs. I have a whole new appreciation for them. I always did, but this experience has opened my eyes. It disturbs me that in 2017, 30:1 for vulnerable people who need care, meds and treatment, that's an ok ratio. It isn't. Even California, land of ratios don't bother with LTC. They are still paying for a service, there is still need for care. Being told "just go in your diaper" instead of taking them to the bathroom. Its been an eye opener and a humility wake up for me; But is it just me, or is it time it changed? Just because they are old, DNR, etc, does it mean they get crappy basic care? Does the nurse need to be standing for 14 hours because there really is nowhere to sit and chart? Long term care gets a bad rap. It deserves more, as do the staff and nurses dealing with some of the most difficult patients in healthcare.
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    Breakroom refrigerator theft

    This reminded me of to this day mystery theft of an entire Christmas Dinner when I lived in a nurses residence. A group of nurses got together and created a feast for themselves, large turkey in the oven and all. The kitchen was a bit of a walk from their rooms, when the timer went off for the turkey and they went to get it out of the oven...yes, the turkey and all the trimmings and desserts vanished. Everything closed of course, so no takeout options. A lousy trick. Personally I would have sniffed my was along every hallway, outside every room until I found the culprit. They never did find out who did it. Dried foods became pretty popular after that.
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    I have 60 grand of student loan when I finished BSN

    Hearing this story more and more; I worked with a new grad ADN who owes $45,000 for her LPN/ADN. She came from Cuba, had to earn and learn, hence the LPN. Now she is finding the hospitals are requiring BSN or that she be enrolled or they wont give her more than PRN. She is now a single mom. She's been quoted as much as $50,000 and 3 years to $9000 for her BSN. Now she's having issues getting schools to take her previous credits. Some of these Schools are providing lousy education and massive debt. Depressing actually. I read an article that it is impossible to qualify enough BSN's in time to make up the shortfall for retiring RN's and people leaving the profession. So making it expensive and difficult seems to make no sense at all.
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    Will I become a bad nurse? How should I change?

    (Sorry about the long post and bad grammer. Hopefully I will have time to edit once I get out of class I am assuming this is a nursing school class? So the very first thing that struck me was why you are on the internet instead of paying attention to your teacher? I'm saying this after talking with a very experienced LPN that has been forced back to RN school (or be fired) and is amazed that in class he sees a lot of people playing on Facebook etc. The only time they pay attention is when the information might be part of a test. Not interested in the theory, rationale, just in passing the tests. This explains a lot of new grads lack of basic information we are seeing lately at my facility. They treat the job as an extension of nursing school. It isn't. Its a job. I'll leave psychoanalysis to others. But if you don't want to be a bad nurse, start by paying attention to the people your paying large amounts of money to teach you. Just a thought.
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    Hospital with Money Back Guarantee

    They seem to be betting on a sense of fairness and honesty. Good luck with that today. The woman in the article was mad because she had to pay $100 up front, a pretty normal thing. So she had apparently successful surgery, but got not just her copay back but $50 more. Yes; smart. Forget all the care, the successful surgery, her tray was late? Insanity. Further instilling the hospital is now a hotel mentalliy that is killing us.
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    Hospital with Money Back Guarantee

    That's the dumbest thing I have read in a while. It is unsustainable. I wanted to know how the ladies herniated disc surgery turned out? If she ever got over the trauma of having her tray delayed? This is why experienced nurses are giving up bedside nursing; it just isn't actual nursing anymore, the priorities are all wrong.
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    Port question

    my first thought too. No they don't usually bleed at all. But low platelet count, common with chemo patients and that would make sense.
  11. I have been approached several times by former patients at the store, etc to tell me thanks for my care. I have had a patient send me a friend request on Facebook, I declined, just too awkward. Only one time I met a patient outside of work; it was a 90 year old, sharp as a tack who insisted on buying me lunch after she went home. It meant a lot to her so we did, at the end hugged, wished each other well and that was that. In general I would say it is a bad idea for many reasons. That one time, I don't regret it, but I did worry about it beforehand. Social media has made this more than a little harder to navigate, I have colleagues who happily have former patients on FB. One married and went on to have 6 kids with a former patient. But I have to say its wise to have boundaries. Some patients we just don't forget and maybe they don't forget us either. Better to wish them well and let it go, than deal with a friendship that starts on unequal footing go bad and deal with that hot mess.
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    WHY do so many people hate nursing? Sigh.

    Why the distain for med/Surg? It's like its the armpit of nursing for new grads. Not "sexy" enough. It's the meat and potatoes of nursing. Yes its hard work. Its the area you can learn so much from. The variety of conditions, juggling patient loads, multiple diagnosis, consults. Tired of new grads stating yes, they wanted ICU but this is all they could get and then acting like they can't learn anything there. Meanwhile making all sorts of basic mistakes. Because its just med/surg right? Nothing to learn here.
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    Stressed and Anxious New Grad

    Lot of new grads on my floor lately fall into two categories. The know it all, nothing is their fault, everyone is supposed to take care of me kind. And the ones that are polite, ask for help and advice, thank you for it and come and see if they can help you out if you've helped them. The latter are the ones who get the help. We all started in your shoes. I clearly remember that helpless feeling. Nursing has become so much more complicated. My advice, accept your not going to know everything. Spot the people on your floor, even the cranky ones who have experience and use it. Using the criteria listed above. You can not do it alone. And give yourself a break, never forget we are all always learning something new.
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    Running on Empty

    I am a Rn with almost 30 years in; a couple of weeks ago I floated to another unit, leaving my floor short. Got a crappy assignment of course. Spent the day running, no time to chart, demanding families, the whole shebang. I was giving meds to a patient who was talking to his son. He was 84, came in with osteomyelitis, put on vanco, sent to a SNF. Back in Acute Renal Failure. Needed "temporary" HD, except his kidneys were not responding. As I'm busy scanning meds, racing to move on, I hear fragments of the conversation. This man was telling his son, he had had enough. He was bone tired, he was ready to "go home". His son was agreeing. I had to take a deep breath. Stop what I was doing, accept this was going to be another 14 hour day. I talked to him, told him that this was his choice. HD was his decision. He was doing it for his kids. I asked his son to call the family, called the doc and cancelled his HD for the morning, got a palliative care consult. I believe he went home with Hospice two days later. But holding this mans hand while he was crying. A man who thought he had no options but to accept all the invasive treatments. It was a massive wake up call to me. I'm not there to perform tasks. I was there for just this. I left late, tired, thirsty, hungry that night. But I did knowing I did something for a man who really needed my help. It made it worthwhile.
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    Would you send this patient to the unit?

    I once got report from another unit for a transfer. 35 year old woman, came from the Er went unresponsive a couple of hours ago........what? Stop right there? She came in A/O x 3 and now shes unresponsive and your sending her to another med/surg floor because we have tele? I have had several ED pts come and immediately had to call to go to ICU. Several PACU pts come and found mysteriously their BP bottomed out on the ride up, their temps at 95, or hypoxic and needing to be vented. Not just your hospital. And yes, it is scary.
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    So sick of this Nurses eat the young crap.

    Not bitter or angry. I hate having to be embarrassed to be a nurse. A career I have given 30 years to.