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  1. emsboss

    Anyone got any good nurse/doc/hospital/enema jokes?

    How do you make a surgeon taller... Give him Viagra...
  2. When I told my Dad I wanted to be a Nurse, he asked "What!!! Are you GAY!!!" No... Just want to help folks a little...
  3. emsboss

    Minor's right to refuse

    I agree with this statement... This seems the best way to remain diplomatic:idea:
  4. Absolutely NOT!!!!... I am a male Nurse, but as has already been said, we ALL need to stand up for ourselves. If we make a mistake, own up to it, if the physician still wants to yell, have him/her go someplace private and do it. My worst experience was with a female physician; she told me she "would have my job" and I told her "you couldn't do my job." Disciplinary action followed shortly thereafter(for my response), BUT... I still work here and she and I get along fairly well now.
  5. emsboss

    From here to there...

    Thanx for your reply... I worked at St. Joes before they sold to HCA and left before Signature, so, am not sure of staffing ratios or anything like that, but, thanx again for the feedback.
  6. emsboss

    Plane Tree Model

    I have to agree with caroladybelle... I will not say more as I am known by administration to be on this board...
  7. Where does your lab place the decimal point? Ours start as .03 as normal and go up, with a .06 as "low positive" and I have seen a 72 once, pt died.
  8. emsboss

    my co-worker set me up

  9. emsboss

    Is nursing your second career?

    2nd career... Started as an EMT in 1980 in H.S, Paramedic immediately after, 10 years as an Army medic, keeping current as civilian Paramedic also. Moved up the ladder to Director of EMS in a Hospital based squad. Got into a "discussion"(read- Argument) one night with an E.D. RN about patient care. She said "you are too dumb to be a Nurse, you are just a Paramedic and always will be one.":angryfire Was in school at the time for a degree in Paramedic Science, my advisor said that all the pre-reqs were the same, also stated she had "one opening for Nursing this Fall Semester, do you want it?" Long story short(to late, I know), two and a half years later I graduate. Been a Registered Nurse 6 years, let my Paramedic license go at the 25 year mark:o. I REALLY miss EMS at times:crying2:
  10. emsboss

    Sexually abusive doctor

    Hang him...
  11. emsboss

    Snow and your supervisors

    Snow like arrived on the East coast really messed you guys up... That is a normal thing up here... Seldom does anyone miss a shift due to weather. 'Course, 99% of us drive 4X4 vehicles... Or dog teams, hehehe.
  12. emsboss

    What are clinicals like??

    Clinicals... In a word... SUX... Not sure if I can use that word here, but, that was my opinion of them. Two of my instructors made them interesting, but, overall, they sucked badly. Did NOT prepare me for the real world.
  13. emsboss

    Keep patient alive for the family? thoughts?

    Reading these posts... KUDOS to the family!!!... They brought their father home at great expense to them, not the old... "He died there, bury him there." Or letting him die alone 2,000 miles from home. I know that dying is the one thing we truely do alone, but still. And the flight crew, KUDOS to the flight crews, for doing the best that they could. Yes, CPR and intubation were requested by the family, but, as I read it, were not required enroute. We as medical people, R.N.,L.P.N., C.N.A., Student Nurses, etc, have we became heartless/crass in our profession? We have no idea what the man and his wife of 42 years discussed before he went to Alaska. The wife spent the majority of the savings to be able to say "Good-Bye" to her mate of many years, what kind of comfort will that bring her in the years to come? It is something that we cannot measure! It is easy to "armchair quarterback" this and say "shame on the family" and "that poor man suffered so badly"... Did he? Sounds like the flight crew kept him comfortable the whole trip and gave him 5 more hours with the wife, children and grandchildren... Put a price on THAT!!!!!! OK... Let the flames begin...
  14. emsboss

    RNs Aren't Built To Break

    Brought tears to my eyes... Thank You for sharing
  15. emsboss

    Having a PDA at work.

    I carried a PalmPilot for years, used Epocrates on it(the $149 version). I now have it(Epocrates) on my iPhone and still use it daily, drug lookup, compatibility, infectios disease, labs, math formulas, etc. Could I do my job without it? Yup. Does it make my job easier? YUP! Just make sure you keep the battery charged...
  16. emsboss

    inserting a foley in arthritic elderly

    Probably the side lying position for severe arthritis in the hips(my experience), but if you have trouble visualizing the meatus, try this... Have them cough(watch out for "gaseous explosions") the meatus will often "wink" at you and you may actually get a little bit of urine to help your "aim."
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    YOU come first

    Thank You!!!!! For this awesome reminder. Some of us need to be reminded more often (turned in 38.5 hrs of O/T over 2 weeks:imbar). Slept for 17 hours my first day off. My body was worn down, immune system weakened... Gotta put "NO!" back in my vocabulary... THANX for this reminder, mamamerlee.:heartbeat
  18. W2BANU... It all comes down to (and this may sound mean, but...) "how bad do you want it?" This was my Dads favorite thing to say when I started a difficult project or life choice. "How bad do you want it?" The pain/discomfort that is caused by a procedure is sometimes difficult for us to bear as Nurses, and especially if it is our loved one lying there. It takes a while to, for the lack of a better phrase, "get used to" the patient discomfort. But we as Nurses are able to put it aside and deal with it later. In the ED we start many IVs on children, sutures, removal of foreign objects, etc. and believe me, it can be difficult to bear. (BTW, we keep earplugs on our suture cart for a reason). There are times however, that I go home and cry:cry: in the shower because of what has happened in the ED, or ICU, or wherever I happen to be that night. But, when you see that child or older person, later, out and about, you can tell yourself "I did a good thing.":p Not proper English, I know... But you see my point. W2BANU, it sounds like you have the right "heart" to be a Nurse, so, I say "GO FOR IT!!!" Keep us posted and we will help you all that we can, because... That is what Nurses do...
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    Nursing in Alaska

    There are a few oppurtunities for R.N.'s, however, there is only one LPN working for us and she was "grandfathered" from a good while ago. As of right now, we rent, the housing market is still very expensive up here, as for fast food, well, McD, Subway, Arby's and a few pizza places.
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    Nursing in Alaska

    I have never regreted moving up here, yes, it gets cold, ya just gotta deal with it... The next town is only about 5 miles away. I have not panned for gold, I am usually fishing or hunting... Caught a 52lb King Salmon this year... Last year caught one 45lbs, so, no, I don't pan for gold.
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    Nursing in Alaska

    When the "dark days happen" and they will, we stay busy. Go to movies, bowling, visit friends, go play in the snow, stuff like that. I have been here about 4 years and to be honest it can get a little difficult in the winter, but, we get out as much as we can and enjoy the short days. Yes there is a Home Depot in the next town...
  22. emsboss

    Nursing in Alaska

    I live and work in Soldotna... It is a wonderful community hospital, a union shop, not a bad place to work for. In the winter it can get to -30, but is usually not quite that cold, around 0 or so. Hospital has days of high and low census, as do every one else. Any other questions, feel free to PM me or e-mail.
  23. I can tell you.... Out of pockets, yours and mine. Big ol' *SIGH* I am so TIRED of being taxed to death, it is almost not even worth going to work any more:banghead:. Almost 25% of my pay goes to taxes just to be wasted (let the flaming begin) in some government program.
  24. This is a message that needs to get out... I agree, if it is such a good plan, why do there need to be amendments?
  25. emsboss

    Believing your patient

    I work in ED and ICU and we have a saying... Rule #1, The patient always lies... The answer to your question, however, is that we as nurses(most of us) have a caring spirit about us. I will continue to care...
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