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    The public just doesn't get it.

    I love it when you get phone calls that say `is my mum there', can I speak to my dad?.. You try to explain that there are many mothers and fathers on the unit, but they just dont get it.............
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    Cabg

    :) In our facility we concentrate mainly on ability post -op, cardiac rehab and the dieticians work with the patients pre and post op. All the post op open heart patients work with cardiac rehab, and 70% of the patients work with the dieticans if indicated. On the second day post op our patients are to exercise 5 times a day if able. It is part of our strict cardiac rehab program. It is of course a good idea to know what there pre-op ability is and that is part of the assessment and teaching also. Most of the patients leave by the 5th POD, with the exception of the 80yr olds.
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    HOW TO PUT IN A IV: ANY TIPS

    Yeah, I look at peoples veins all the time, funny how we do that.............
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    Cardiology VS med surg

    You know, that you will find a few med/surg patients on a cardiology unit, thats if you work in Telemetry. You do not need any cardiology experience to work on a cardiology unit, if the orientation is good. You will learn all you need to know, in time. Most of the nurses I work with on Tele are new grads, with very little experience at all.......................
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    WHO IS GONNA PICKET TOMMORW

    Looks like I didnt have to picket after all, the only thing was that I was looking forward to a weekend off, as I am starting nights tonight. Oh well, I am voting tommorow, and I am so glad things are happening, I was prepared to find alternative work, but am glad that the hospital is negotiating. It will be interesting to see what they are offering, and I will vote accordingly. The only thing I will suggest that if for some reason you decide the cross the picket line, if you ever need to strike, then it is probably wise not to tell anyone, as now the strike here is postponed, we still have to work with the staff that told us in advance. So it will be interesting to see what happens over the next week. Thanks for all your support during this particulary stressful time.
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    WHO IS GONNA PICKET TOMMORW

    I have to get up at 4am to picket tommorow. My husband laughs, and says, you spend more time picketting than you do working. Ok so I am there from 5.30AM-4.30PM. Anybody else coming????????????????? or thinking of us in rainy Minnesota.
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    DEBRIDE the SCABS

    Remember the many days, that you are just too damn busy to go to the bathroom, take a break, or have a drink. That is what we are fighting for, the unsafe staffing, the poor pay. The patients are now more acute, there are now more things to be done, the patients have high expctations of the service we provide, and we have to live up to that, as professionals it is our job to provide excellent care. How care we do that when we are understaffed. If we were more fairly paid, then more people would join the nursing profession, then there would be someone to care for us when we grow old. I am fed up of not being able to provide proper care because there is too much to do in the time allowed. I try to do the best I can, but sometimes I dont take a break so I can get things done. Am I wrong to think that we work hard, that we deserve a pay rise, and that maybe sometimes it would be nice to not be short staffed. One good thing that is coming from the strike, is that people are trying to pick up extra shifts, so we arnt as short staffed as we usually are. The management say that if all the nurses worked full time, then there wouldnt be a shortage. Well I was so fed up sleeping during my day off, when I worked day/nights full time, because I had the work a day shift the following day, that I changed to 0.8. I now make more money working 4 days a week and picking up double shifts. Maybe the management should give some incentive to working full time, instead of sleeping. I hope we strike, I know that I am going a 5.30Am to picket, If they dont listen to the nurses, why dont they listen to the patients,
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    Telemetry Transport

    I work on a 45 bedded Tele unit, and we have a lifepak policy. Which states, for any tests the following patients need lifepak monitoring with a RN escort when going off the unit and thus having there telemetry off. V Tach more than 6 beats in 24hrs, cardiac drips such as Diltizaem. PPM placed prior to interogation. Out of hospital cardiac arrest. Pause greater than 3 sec I think. You need an order for a shower on all patients, and an order for telemtry on or off. Everyone on tele needs an IV. The lifepak policy is pretty good, although is defficuly at times. For example our post op PPM patients always have a CXR at 6am the following morning, thus a night RN leaving at 6am to take a pt to radiology is most difficult, there is usually a circulating nurse during the day, who can help. Many of the patients on cardiac drips usually need some kind of test, and as you know these tests can take time. The policy provides safe care for the patient, but difficult when staffing is short.
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    Minnesota Nurses Voted!

    I voted to Strike, but I am not sure how I am going to pay the bills. I hope this is settled before June 1st.
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    IV Amiodarone

    I work in Telemetry and we use IV Amiodarone gtt. I would imagine that if the patient was unstable then we would transfer to the CCU. :) :)
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    What freaks you out?

    Not much freaks me out, except cardiac arrests.
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    How much do you make?

    RN: Telemetry, 3 years experience 20.54 an hour
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    BSN minimum requirement

    It appears that you think you are a professional, just because you have a degree. I have met many nurses with diplomas and 2 year degree, who are far better than those with 4 year degrees. I have met incredibly bad nurses with masters degrees. Your education does not define what kind of nurse you are, or how good you are at your job, it simply allows you to gain quicker promotions. [This message has been edited by egmillard (edited March 09, 2001).]
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    BSN minimum requirement

    It appears that you think you are a professional, just because you have a degree. I have met many nurses with diplomas and 2 year degree, who are far better than those with 4 year degrees. I have met incredibly bad nurses with masters degrees. Your education does not define what kind of nurse you are, or how good you are at your job, it simply allows you to gain quicker promotions. [This message has been edited by egmillard (edited March 09, 2001).]
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    Pet Peeves about new hires

    Nursing school does'nt prepare you for the real world, which is a shame, and a failed system, but then on our unit (Telemtry), student leave at 11am, and get to look after one patient. When I trained, we looked after 6 patients, with an RN, and you learnt real quick. We probably should'nt baby nursing students, it does'tn really help.
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    Pet Peeves about new hires

    Nursing school does'nt prepare you for the real world, which is a shame, and a failed system, but then on our unit (Telemtry), student leave at 11am, and get to look after one patient. When I trained, we looked after 6 patients, with an RN, and you learnt real quick. We probably should'nt baby nursing students, it does'tn really help.