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  1. CharlieRN

    RN with past psych probs as psych nurse?

    If you are aware of your areas of weakness then you will most likely be OK. The trouble comes when a patient's situation "hits you where you ain't". I have seem this happen to a nurse and it nearly destroyed her. We were working on a women's specialty program and she apparently had childhood sexual abuse she had not dealt with.
  2. On a psych unit the nurse is often the person watching and managing the patient's physical health. There is a whole team of folks focused on the psychosocial aspects of the case. You may be the only one who is aware the patient's low grade fever and chronic cough. If you miss its significance, it gets missed.
  3. CharlieRN

    Face to Face Locked Orders

    My facility is working toward having the nursing supervisor do the face to face on the night shift. The Doc on Call used to have to come in for it. They seem to think that it will be legal. This is important to me because the night supervisor is ME. I don't have issues with my competence, particularly if there are clear guidelines, but I do have questions about the legality.
  4. CharlieRN

    Use of RN on business cards

    I would only use it if the product you are selling has a health related aspect. ie. I used to purchase a service regularly from an RN, but I only found out she was an RN by accident. She was my barber. Plenty of RN's are making their living doing unrelated things. For them to put "RN" on their cards is silly and pretentious. On the other hand sometimes you need all the clout you can generate in order to get noticed. I don't use business cards but I sometimes write over an "RN" letter head.
  5. CharlieRN

    All nurses are NOT holistic, sorry.

    Oddly enough I actually think the nurses at my facility do practice pretty holistic nursing. Not that they are involved in much of what I would term "woo-woo" interventions, but they see the whole person more than the MDs do. In our case, because ours is a psych facility, being holistic involves keeping an eye of the patient's medical status. Since that is not the focus of the attending physician's treatment he/she can miss things. I once had to be very firm with a psychiatrist who wanted to order a medical consult to have a patient seen at the clinic, in a couple days, this for a patient who was having black tarry diarrhea NOW.
  6. CharlieRN

    Does anyone here have...

    Playing devils advocate but I would love to have people smell things that are actually very good for them but have sharp or offensive smells. Garlic, onioin, B vits, Penicillin for example and then some pleasant smelling but poisonous items. It seems that ought to invalidate the whole premise of aroma therapy.
  7. CharlieRN

    Disturbed Energy Field? Yes or No?

    What a hoot! As it happens my immediate boss (VP for Admissions), and I are in the process of modifying the admissions paperwork at our facility to include nursing diagnosis as required by Joint commission. Between us we probably have over 50 years of experience as RN's. We are in complete agreement that the whole concept is a crock. Neither one of us has used them since nursing school or has ever found it useful in our practice.
  8. CharlieRN

    magnet therapy

    Anecdotal evidence written in a book is still anecdotal evidence. What double blind studies were done and which major, peer reviewed, medical journals were they published in? If you need to be a "believer" then we are still talking "woo-woo". No one needs to "believe" in antibiotics for systemic infection or surgery for appendicitis. We have solid proof these treatments work. Don't waste our time with pretty theories. Do the rigorous, double blind, studies. Publish the results. After the results clearly prove effectiveness then we can worry about why it works. I'd also like some proof of the idea that the north pole of a magnet necessarily carries a negative charge. Static electricity is not the same as magnetism.
  9. CharlieRN

    Ionized sea salt soak?

    Sounds like snake oil to me.
  10. CharlieRN

    Need assistance Please

    I'm not familiar with the LVN licensure but I think it is similar to LPN(lic practical nurse). My institution has phased out all its LPN positions. My understanding is that it was felt that their training did not prepare them adequately for accessment of psychiatric symptoms or for accessment of medication side effects. Even if individual LPN's had aquired the necessary skills, their licensure did not say they had. The few we had were allowed to work only as medication nurses until they retired or sought work elsewhere. It was not seen as appropriate for them to function in a unit charge role. I think that case management is more appropriately an RN role.
  11. CharlieRN

    How to earn highest pay in Psych Nursing?

    For highest potential nursing income ... enter another field. Advance practice RN's ie: nurse paractitioners, are hopefully paid more than the rest of us. They certainly have more responsiblity. Psychiatry is the "red headed step child" of medicine so we just don't get the funds that other fields do. I have heard that anesthesia nurses pull down serious money. But that's just hear say.
  12. CharlieRN

    Would appreciate some opinions on pain management

    Just to offer a little balance. Pain meds are addictive. It is perfectly possible to have real chonic pain and be addicted to pain medication. While by no means does everyone who is put on pain meds become addicted, many do. I work with addicts all the time. Addicts lie. So saying that the patient must be the sole judge of their pain sounds a bit simplistic to me. This is a major issue treatment issue which should be addressed by the treatment team, not left up to the individual judgement of nurses. It is possible, even likely, for nurses to become cynical, particularly in high stress situations. Patients sometimes inadvertently trigger that cynisism. I recall once when I worked in the er, we had a woman who came in with a c/o vague but intense abdominal pain, but with a affect that seemed too controled and calm. She kept asking for, "something for pain". The ER staff, from the Doc on down, interperted this as learned "hospital jargon" and evidence of drug seeking. They treated her appropriately, drawing lab work etc. but with no sense of urgency and no pain meds. Until, that is, her her CBC came back low! Turned out she had a preforated gastric ulcer. She had a hole in her stomach the size of a quarter.
  13. CharlieRN

    EMT in place of Critical Care

    This old news, many years old, but I got my emt before my RN. I thought I would be able to earn more as an emt than as an orderly. In fact my emt and $1.50 would get me a cup of coffee. Police and fiefighters with EMTs earn a good wage, because they are police or firefighteers. The fact is the EMT was a great course that has been a resource through years of nursing. Nursing school teaches poor emergency care.
  14. CharlieRN

    dryer sheets inbetween dressings?????

    I'm pretty sure that the mint oil is used as a room deodorizer noyt applied to the wound or dressing.
  15. CharlieRN

    Holistic nursing evidence based

    Good luck. If you do find any sound, double blind, scientific studies that support these therapies having curative, as opposed to plative, validity please share them.
  16. CharlieRN

    What is ur fave area in Psych

    Yeah they are a real party crowd who know how to have a good time.