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  1. anotherone

    Why Do I Care?

    This happens in a lot of facilities even great ones and great units like the ones I have worked in. I have come to accept it as part of the job. Staying for more than 2 years seems to be the rarity and part of me thinks those who stay much longer are looked at with disdain or viewed as less ambitious (?) even by management. stagnant(?) Does anyone else get that feeling?
  2. anotherone

    Mandated overtime. What?

    I am not sure who would stay? In a large facility , they may have MANY 15+ call offs, a supervisor isnt going to be able to fill them nor are they capable of for many units. ( I highky doubt any nursing supervisor in a large hospital can jump in and work in most units. ) as for management, in some facilities they do not so pt care and if it is an off shift or weekend they aren't around. do you work in acute care? what if there were 2 call offs and your unit was already short? peoplr always agree to stay or come in?! I am suprised hospitals and other facilities can manage without mandation. do you just work short taking 1-2 more pts? I guess it is staff nurses responsibility for the same reason everything else is....
  3. anotherone

    Mandated overtime. What?

    You are scheduled 7a to 7p. 7pm comes and due to call offs, or not enough scheduledd nurses there are not enough nurses. No one wants to stay, no one agreed to come, they are short as it is so there isn't anyone for you to give report to. That means you (most places use a list and staff gets rotated) get to stay until 11pm or what ever your facility allows for. ayou did not agree to the OT per se, it was mandated. you have no one to report off to, so you must stay on as the nurse .
  4. anotherone

    Patients that fire everyone/demand everything

    Depends on how my other pts are but for q1 hr demands that are not needed and I am busy , I have and will say something lile "many of my patients need things at 6:00, I can't be in 6 rooms at once." or will tell them why the request isn't needed. people like this are a blessing to be fired from. Some of our drs have no issues "telling them off" wheras almost all the nurses, myself included, mostly give in
  5. anotherone

    No more phlebotomist in the hospital?!

    OP , I think I understand. I have had 6-7pts no aides. Yeah, IV starts, rt stuff, labs are "basic" and nursing but we get pts with q4 labs. sometimes multiple. now it is yet another task. no aides (been there too) so some pts require 2 to turn, change, br etc.... some even more.. have to round up another nurse or 2 or 3 or 4! .. but alll the nurses are busy. it is yet another task piled on nursing. so things get slacked on......
  6. anotherone

    Nursing makes me hate fat people

    wow. back injuries are debilitating. one injury and one's nursing career or any! may be over! wow. some value their ability to provide for themselves and our back. Yeah, complaining won't solve obesity but it may make hospitals have more staff, more lifts, bariatric beds and rooms with bigger bathrooms etc.
  7. anotherone

    Nursing makes me hate fat people

    I don't care how fat of thin they are.... Not high and mighty but don't think all thin people are that way by chance either. Once a pt is in a certain weight range, and unable to care for his/herself that pt requires more staff to care for him and her and more of a physical effort. I don't understand why people get so upset by this. Many to most people in our society are overweight and obese .. They will get cancer, neuro illnesses, traumas, elderly etc...... I think it is reasonable for hospitals to acknowledge this when looking at staffing and facilities. many older and even "newer" hospitals are not equipped right .
  8. there is so much misery . and so many people who seem and are like monsters.... I am often amazed when I encounter kind people after dealing or seeing some of these lunatics. I think these stories and encounters definitely affect health care staff ( not to steal the "limelight") and that isn't acknowledged often. All my nursing friends have tons of stories like this as do I. My non nursing friends seem to think a minor cold is some sort of grand human tragedy. Working nas a nurse does make me feel very thankful for my luck ( that is what most of it is) so far in life and health..... It makes me roll my eyes at the ones who will be fine who go on and on woe is me over next to nothing. I wanna tell them get over yourself!
  9. anotherone

    Nursing makes me hate fat people

    heh. i meant to hit quote buy hit like instead..... i started a thread myself on the obese but with a different tone. my back hurts too sometimes. i am female but in your age group. 250-350. that is a near light weight !!!! body mechanics .... yeah sure. i do not turn people myself and will wait for enough help which does delay care. but only an idiot or someone in the ivory tower thinks 2 125lb nuses or aides is all it takes to do care for these pts. does your facility have special beds for pts like this? super overweight and some type of air bed? one look outside in most areas of the country and this is what i expected from nursing........ many of your pts brought their illnesses on themselves thin or fat. but i guess your issue may be with how it affects you. i see this being a big problem as 1 total care pt who is 400lbs requires more staff to assist than a total care who is 130lbs.
  10. I am not sure what catholic/christian beliefs factor in on the care one can or can not receive in religious affiliated hospitals. Not sure to what extent those beliefs affect modern medicine, procedures that are legal in the U.S . I wonder what discussions would be like if the hospitals were affiliated with a non christian religion (even if in practice things were the same)
  11. anotherone

    Do you have 30 minutes for lunch?

    not all the time. med surg . sometimes you can plan all you want but if we are short and constant bed alarms and frequent vitals etc.. with even other nurses pts , then there isn't anyone to watch yours. some shifts are a huge spiral there is never a break.
  12. op, hope you find peace
  13. anotherone

    You won't believe.....

    wow, i thnk it is rude and presumptuous to expect a greeting from a stranger. exceptions being work related ( with customers, not coworkers). If people make eye contact or stare i say hello, otherwise I leave them alone.
  14. anotherone

    Need a hug

    I never would tell families/pts we are short. Didn't want to worry them and knew it is a no no . Well now on shifts like the ones you describe I refuse to be seen as a bad nurse when we are short 2 nurses and 2 aides. If management doesn't like, well I don't care. Not taking the blame for someone else's bad choices and business practices.
  15. anotherone

    A few questions about bedside manner.

    If I ever cry in front if someone, the worst thing , Ii think,, would be for it to be acknowledged. Patting my shoulder or trying to hold my hand will increase my anxiety or have me thinking you are an inappropriate weirdo. some who say to treat others like you would want to be treated don't realize some of us want to be treated differenly!