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NurseOnAMotorcycle ASN, RN

Med-Surg, Emergency, CEN
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NurseOnAMotorcycle has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Emergency, CEN.

My favorite members: GrnTea, Esme12, VivalasViejas, RubyVee, netglow, altra, chare I love the ER. I like to mentor students and new grads. I'm in my 40s. I have teens. I teach martial arts, like to knit in the winter and ride my VStar during the summer. I'm into cooperation and communication. I agree to disagree. I am good at some stuff, and don't know much about others and am not afraid to admit it. But... I won't tolerate entitlement or rudeness. I will not be kind to bullies. I'm not immune to being pissed off and responding accordingly. If you have to start by saying "I'm not trying to be ___, but..." then just don't write it.

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  1. NurseOnAMotorcycle

    How to learn this stuff

    It'll come. It comes with experience and sooner than you realize, you'll be one of the nurses grabbing and hanging critical care medications. It takes a while to get to that point, at least a year, and then sometimes two more before you feel so smooth that you are helping the new ones with their patients. The problem is that we live in an instant gratification world and this level of care doesn't come the second you get hired. You can do this. Be patient and when a doctor says "start an epi drip" you can say "getting it!" and then do it with some guidance.
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    How do you feel about having other nurses as patients?

    Same here, but it was my nurse managers HUSBAND!! I have to admit that when I was newer I was a little more nervous about being judged for my skills. But now I am settled and confident, and I actually feel relieved when someone tells me they are a medical professional because then I can talk to them in "medical speak" and not have to explain everything. If they are a concerned family member, it even makes my life a little easier because I put them to work with smaller things. I acknowledge and respect their knowledge, and it helps me out at the same time.
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    Overweight Healthcare Workers

    But why does it have to be "Too fat or not"? It it feels like we went straight to Cosmo instead of Scientific American. Whats next? "12 ways to please your doctor?"
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    Overweight Healthcare Workers

    Instead of judging and making each other feel less, why don't we lift each other up and educate and encourage? How to decompress after a traumatic experience. Finding the impossible to find vein. Handling escalating situations/ de-escalating techniques. How to talk to other caregivers when they snap at you. How to talk to patients who have just been told devastating diagnoses. Understanding type A personalities/understanding introverts. Orientation and what to expect. A day in the life of X specialty, understanding the other specialties. NCLEX. What to expect if you make a med error/if a patient falls/IV line infiltrates? Why does it have to be "are you too fat to be a nurse"
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    Overweight Healthcare Workers

    How about cool tips and hacks? For example, using a BVM on a guy with a thick beard in a code is hard. Use tegaderm to cover it to get a great seal for bagging. Beard problems can be eliminated for BVM... - High Performance EMS | Facebook
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    Overweight Healthcare Workers

    The problem isn't the video, it's the resurrection of the old argument that opens the door for all the same old crap.
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    Overweight Healthcare Workers

    Another dose of body shaming.
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    Double Briefing

    Detecting and Reporting Abuse
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    Double Briefing

    Oh Heaven help those patients. I can't even count the number of things wrong with this whole statement. If you are doing this, please stop. Turn q2 hours, leave total care patients' briefs open to air. You are in the healthcare business, not the "trying to get out of doing anything" business. If you feel that it's ok to NOT move a stiff patient or to leave them in a brief until "if you can change them if you aren't too busy" because you feel that "it's not illegal" then PLEASE quit your job immediately!!!
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    Double Briefing

    Why? It's cruel and unhealthy. It causes skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, promotes UTI, yeast growth, staph infections, abrasions in the groin where the edges are rubbing against the skin. It encourages laziness among caregivers which increases the likelihood of the aforementioned complications. I hope your coworkers do not do this! I never even attach briefs unless they are being transported out. I just leave them open under the patient. It's not illegal, it's Basic Nursing Care. skin breakdown briefs diapers - Google Search
  11. NurseOnAMotorcycle

    Best specialty for a new nurse interested in ED?

    You need one year, usually, and anywhere that you use telemetry is usually a bonus. We take people from all specialties because we get patients from all specialties that need help.
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    last week of orientation, should i ask for more time?

    Being off of orientation does not mean that you were not allowed to ask for help. Get your LPNs and HCT's involved. Let them know that you are new and sometimes need help catching up. The good ones will help you. Hang in there, find another RN who you can talk to for help if you are getting bogged down. Like any new job, time management will come as you get more settled in.
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    You won't know this because you're new here, but RubyVee and Esme are two of The Most willing to give students help. RubyVee will stop to help anybody. There've been times over the years when I disagreed with her opinions but she has never lashed out in a hateful way without being truly provoked. So I have to laugh when you criticize her comments when she just gave you FOUR ways of organizing your brain sheet, and you told her she was being snide.
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    ER Nurse Advice Needed

    Seriously, just apply. The worst they can say is "not until you have more experience". Just do it.
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    Did you choose nursing because it was your "calling"?

    It was absolutely a calling for me, and I love my coworkers even if they came to it differently. We are all here doing the same job regardless of the reason it began. As as far as burning out, I'm about to start my 7th year. Except for my first, it's all been emergency department. I feel like I'm just getting started.
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    Am I ill-suited to the ED?

    This. A thousand times this. Stabilize and send. People who are well go home, sick ones go to med-surg, very sick ones go to OR or ICU. Stabilize, sort and send. If you spend 4 loving Nightengale hours on a patient who can't decide to be observed for a while or to go home, then the MI, stab wound, DKA patient in the waiting room dies. It truly is a scenario of "Ain't got time for that." In a perfect world all of our patients would come in only when there were a bed ready to give them, be truly sick and be grateful for your attention to their illness. In real life, "patients" are bored and come in 4 times a day for "tooth ache" and ask for lunch boxes, socks, some of those heated blankets, and a prescription for narcotics to sell to their friends.