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    Spiritual Competence, Religion and the Deep South

    You continue to make assumptions about Christians and the south. In the past, people have attempted to tell you that some of your beliefs are not accurate but you continue with your anti-Christian attitude. I am a pagan. I don't hide that fact (I just don't run around telling everyone that I am). As a patient, it is in my chart that I am pagan. The only person I have ever had issues with wasn't a health care worker. My nurses (most of whom are Christian, a couple I know personally who are very devout) and guess what, the care they have provided for me is top notch. Thy have never prosyletized to me, they have never given me substandard care, even though their religious beliefs differ from mine. As a matter of fact, most of the Christian I know are live and let live kind of people. Yes, there are some jerks. But there are also non-Christians who are a bit jerky. There are non-Christians who stereotype all Christians. Both sides are wrong if they are doing this.
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    Senior practicum in oncology unit

    I did my practicum on the bone marrow transplant unit (BMT) and at the hospital that I was at it was considered a critical care unit. Technically, I was not allowed to assess patients, but I did. I just couldn't document the assessment. I passed meds (non-chemo), started IV, pushed IV meds (including Narcan), hung TPN, and learned a lot more than some of my fellow classmates. It's going to about what YOU put into it. Find out what you are allowed to do on the unit and go for it! YOu can learn a lot. Best of luck
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    How many times have you been exposed to TB this year?

    Back in 2013, I worked for a facility for a year. We had 5 or 6 cases of TB. I was lucky, they were known to have TB before my shifts started but several of my co-workers were exposed. All because the patients (who were coughing up blood int he ED and were high risk for TB) weren't screened adequately. I have not been exposed or even risked exposure since then.
  4. You're right, in the real world, things happen. I had an asthma attack on my way to work once and had to go to the ED. My husband had to call in for me because I couldn't breathe. I still got an occurrence. My husband had a heart attack and I had to call out of work, I still got that occurrence. Nursing school prepares you to work as a professional in the real world. And in the real world, there are consequences. If a student is late for clinical and misses report, NO way am I going to take time out of my busy schedule to give them report. And if they haven't gotten report, how do you propose they give safe care? As a student, I had to be there for report. The first 30min were important.
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    Whiskey peg tube flush?

    I've seen orders for beer and wine, never whiskey though. Sometimes t's just better for the patient to get a controlled amount of ETOH. Pharmacy would send up the beer, and we kept it in the fridge (where other "high risk" or expensive meds that needed to be in a fridge were kept). A friend of mine works at an assisted living facility that has a bar and bar tender who works every evening for the residents. They have a cocktail hour. I'll have to ask her if she's ever run across a patient getting whiskey via peg tube. Lord I hope they aren't wasting an 18yo whiskey for this!
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    Losing my religion

    That's a might big chip you have on your shoulder. You claim to know about Christianity, but you know what, you don't know jack. Perhaps you should open your ears and mind and close your mouth. And FTR: I am a pagan. A Goddess worshipping, tarot reading, spell casting, Pagan. And I have been on the receiving end of crappy Christians telling me I am hell bound, threatening my life and offering (most magnanimously) to pray for my soul. And not a one has been a nurse. I've been critically ill, and not a single nurse talked to me about God or Christ. Not a single nurse prayed over me. If they prayed for me, it did me know harm. I got excellent care, even though they knew I am a Pagan. They provided me me with excellent care because they were good nurses. Not a single one told me how awesome Jesus is. And I live in the bible belt. You are just as judgmental as you are claiming they are. You need to take off YOUR blinders. The attitude of yours is only going to hurt you in the long run.
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    Can I Get A Priest? Running Out Of Time!

    We have had to do that in the past. I had a co-worker call her own priest one time because she couldn't find another priest. He lived an hour away! He came though.
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    Throwing the Rubik's Cube at Nurse Burnout

    Thank you for sharing. Very well written.
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    Why Do Nurses Eat Their Own?

    Um, no, I am not saying that. And as a rape survivor, I find your comment to be cold and calloused. How did you even come up with that? I thought my point was pretty clear: I do believe that bullying occurs but sometimes the bully deflects by yelling bully. Did I not also say that another co-worker was being bullied? Did I not say that yes, it happens? And did I not say that SOMETIMES the bully deflects? Seriously, are you deliberately being obtuse?
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    Why Do Nurses Eat Their Own?

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    What Makes a Great Nurse

    My facility doesn't put VIP on pt chart thank the Goddess. And we have had some VIP's. The head of the division I work for has been our patient multiple times. He is most definitely a VIP. There have been others. I am thankful they don't do that! We are expected to treat all our patients the same. The only moniker we put on a chart is Alias. And this is for those who are being protected for one reason or another.
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    Who are the lucky ones not working the holidays???

    My secret is working Per Diem. I only have to work 1 winter holiday and 1 summer holiday. And I pretty much get to choose which one I work. This year, I am working New Years. I typically work whatever holiday my husband works. I also don't have to work a specified number of weekends, or hours per week. Per Diem rocks!