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P_RN has 30 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89.

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    Meaning of your username?

    P_RN is my screen name. It's sort of complicated, but my first name is Pat and I am an RN. Ergo....
  2. P_RN

    C'Mon Now!

    A pinch of sugar on the tongue not to be swallowed. It should stop the hiccoughs. Of course, when the kid tells Mommie she will accuse you of giving precious diabetes.
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    Do They Think I'm Old?

    I once told my 34 year old mom that she was too old to still be wearing shorts. I'm more than twice that now.
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    'Right to Die', what's your take on it?

    Nor I
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    Words You Hate

    As we all know it is Mammy-gran
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    I harmed my first patient today.

    I once had a client in rehab who had a "lifetime long" foley catheter. It seems it was like a 30 or 32 HUGE one. Her mom changed it maybe 4x a year! Even though it had a large bulb, MOM would overinflate the bulb with about 30cc of air to keep it from pulling out. I'm happy I never had to be subjected to doing a removal on her.
  7. P_RN

    WHY do so many people hate nursing? Sigh.

    EXACTLY!!
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    WHY do so many people hate nursing? Sigh.

    PERFECT!!
  9. P_RN

    Hospital hoarders and pack rats

    Worst was a woman who was having daily debridements leach therapy (many years back they did that). She'd sneak out to the diet cart and scrape the left over food into a bag, hid it under her bed in a suitcase). Every couple of days her significant other came with "Fresh clothes" in another bag and take the old bag home. They had about a dozen dogs and that was what they fed them. Worst hoarder of mine.
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    Termed...After the Fact?

    I've been in both situations. Left my hospital job to go to day shift public health. I was an experienced RN but not in public health. I was given 1 day of watching aa film (I had to load the projector) 1 day to show I knew CPR. Then I was given peds shot clinics and WIC clinics. (Never worked peds before) Well I didnt' do something right and got called in and told to resign or get fired. OK I did. I didn't like them any more than they liked me. I went back to the hospital and stayed over 20 more years. THEN: I ruptured 2 discs and long story short they gave me FEMLA, and forgot about me after about 6 weeks. About year late someone from personnel called and said what was your last day.....I told them the date the FMLA ended and I thought all was OK. Money was getting tight and I went to the state to see about getting disability retirement...I filled the forms, got an estimate of what my income would be. It finally came to me that I was ending my career because I literally could do no NUrsing, I was nearing 60. Guess what. I was then DENIED and told I was FIRED. Long, long story short I had to sue the hospital, I had to apply for workers compensation (that too was a mess) . The hospital (what can I say.) Someone checked the wrong box or something. 3 years later Attorney fees alone were nearly 80k for that and 30 k for the Retirement disability. The hospital coughed up approximately a million-not for me-for their legals. You might just want to get an attorney's OPINION, they might just back off and let you keep the resignation.
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    Termed...After the Fact?

    I've been in both situations. Left my hospital job to go to day shift public health. I was an experienced RN but not in public health. I was given 1 day of watching aa film (I had to load the projector) 1 day to show I knew CPR. Then I was given peds shot clinics and WIC clinics. (Never worked peds before) Well I didnt' do something right and got called in and told to resign or get fired. OK I did. I didn't like them any more than they liked me. I went back to the hospital and stayed over 20 more years. THEN: I ruptured 2 discs and long story short they gave me FEMLA, and forgot about me after about 6 weeks. About year late someone from personnel called and said what was your last day.....I told them the date the FMLA ended and I thought all was OK. Money was getting tight and I went to the state to see about getting disability retirement...I filled the forms, got an estimate of what my income would be. It finally came to me that I was ending my career because I literally could do no NUrsing, I was nearing 60. Guess what. I was then DENIED and told I was FIRED. Long, long story short I had to sue the hospital, I had to apply for workers compensation (that too was a mess) . The hospital (what can I say.) Someone checked the wrong box or something. 3 years later Attorney fees alone were nearly 80k for that and 30 k for the Retirement disability. The hospital coughed up approximately a million-not for me-for their legals. You might just want to get an attorney's OPINION, they might just back off and let you keep the resignation.
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    I Passed Ortho Nurse Cert Exam!

    I'm a terribly old ortho nurse, but I took the ONC in 1989, again in 93, again in 95 and again in 99. It cost me approximately $1000 each time. (Oh I passed every time with honors). I'm a good test taker but to me it was the hardest dang test I'd ever taken. Back then you had to drive to where it was offered it wasn't computer based. I admire anyone who gets that ONC, so congrats! What helped me most was remembering what the doctors discussed on their rounds. I did the book study but to me the one on one was irreplaceable.
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    Celebrating Nurses: What Happened to the Cap?

    I blame it on the 70s. When I left Nursing school in '65,to get married, have 2 kids...Caps were IN. When I returned to University to finish school (1973) skirts were up to yonder, no slips heck no bra required. Only had to buy one wash and wear uniform, instead of the 6 starch and iron ones from before... and the director actually said... if you want a cap go to XXXX uniform shop and pick out one you like. No school cap, no ribbon, just pick. So I got a catalog from Kay's Caps and picked one I liked (more to choose from). I put it in a display case with my pin, my original license and the ticket for my family to see me graduate in a sea of black gowns and mortarboards. No white dress,no cap.
  14. I will be beating a dead horse here. The first thing *I* would do is contact my Malpractice Insurance Service. And yes, I said MY not the hospital's. Any facility that supports a system that allows what happened is not to be trusted to look out for the person compromised. That $99+ a year is well worth having as they have YOUR reputation/license et. al. to protect./
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    Peer Evaluations- Venting

    At your annual eval...do you have to sign it? I just put "I do not agree with this eval/line/comment and will not sign." I have always gotten the option of a revised paper without that comment. Just because someone hands you a paper to sign DOESN'T mean you must sign it.
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    Comic relief...

    I understand your embarrassment. But you missed a teaching moment. "Mr Jones, I see you need care/position change etc." Then quietly move him within sight for safety and snugly put a sheet over his lap. When you get back to the desk you probably will only have to give a look to each staff member. They know what they did was wrong, and they know what you did was right.
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