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  1. erShocker

    Carotid's ER Stats (Unofficial of Course)

    You are correct! Now, all we need is a slurrpy machine and a slim jim rack!
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    OPINION PLEASE-er triage situation-overwhelmed!

    Congrats!! You are todays sacrifce for the 'Customer Service' Diety! (An evil diety that knows nothing nor cares about you, your dedication to thousands of other patients, or how hard you worked to get where you are now.) You will now be tossed aside, as if you were a part worn out. The ironic thing is that the same 'management' priesthood will be confused by the 'nursing shortage' and wonder why they cant hire more nurses? (I mean, after all, there is no problem hiring managers!)
  3. erShocker

    Evil People

    Momma sounds like a real enabler. Best I've seen was a 17 y.o. male. Drunk and fell down the steps sneaking home. Broken are - could have told them that without x-rays. Mom and Dad were riding this kid hard. You could tell they loved this kid, but they would not have brought him in the ER if his arm wasn't broke. Really putting guilt trip on this kid. No comfort for his actions. Family OK with Motin only for pain - in fact would not let us give him any thing IV except NS. Never saw him in er again. The girl from your story - did she every come back? Why not every one was worried about her - positive reinforment - if I remeber my college psych.
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    Medicaid. Is it being abused?

    Is Medicaid being abused? YUP! no news there. In Kentucky, If you have medicaide you get a cab ride from the ER to home or a voucher. If you are retired and old and living with Medicare, you better call a family memeber or walk. A cab ride is not covered. Joke. Its become that. The people who have it will tell you, proudly at triage how they got it and are getting over. They know and will tell anyone who listens. Just nobody listens expect the triage nurse and we cannot say anything. Its the job.
  5. Had a guy come in the ER with cut up arms. Bleeding quite a bit. Took him directly to a room and triaged him there with a doc and another nurse looking on. ME:"What happened?" PT:"Cut them on a friends window." ME:"Oh, were you helping him put them in?" PT:" No, I just wanted to talk to 'em and they locked the door on me." Needless to say I called the police. They were looking for him but thought he would be at the University ER. This guy out smarted them and went to a suburban level 2 trauma center. Unfortunalty for him, we have cops aswell. After suturing him up, he was in a happy mood, thinking he outsmarted everyone. i discahged him and had the police standing by. Police. A small, 5'2" police lady of about 100 pounds for a fellow 5'10" 190 pounds. Of course he ran and scared daylights out of everyone in the ER until myself and afreind of mine (LPN) brought him down (safely of course). The police woman hadn cuffed him and told us to bring him. We aren't cops but we started to take him to here car to get him out of our ER. He started talking smack about the police woman (nasty-personal stuff)and the police woman gave him a shot or two on the nose. He gets violent and the other police show up and take him out. He was wanted for threating his friend who had seen him rob a store and told the police. A real winner. Never know what is going to walk through that door. THAT'S WHY I LOVE THIS JOB!!!
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    Have you ever gone in to find a patient dead? What happened?

    Yes. It happens. Especially when you deal with older people and DNRs. Even in the ED you see them coming in looking fine and minutes later your coding them for a AMI and they dont make it. It happens and you best is not going to stop someone who is intent on dying, no matter how much both of you want them to live. If finding someone dead on you shift is upseting to you talk to you fellow nurses or spiritual leader. i would not worry about it until it happens. When it does, react to your training an follow you algorythmns. you can think about it latter.
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    This article insults nursing as a lower skilled job

    I hope this doesn't come out wrong, BUT... It is from San Francsico, CA. They have recently passed several 'unique' laws. It seems as if they are playing down eduacation and promoting a different view of professional from nursing to police to physician. I did not feel to insulted but I considered the source and dicounted its credibility.
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    What's your story? Why did you take up nursing?

    I worked for a bank as a branch manager. My office was down sized and I was told I had to move to another state. HA! My wife had a great job so I went back to school did 2 more years of general pre-med stuff, took the MCAT and decided I did not want to be a 'medical monk', divorced and a week-end dad. So I went to nursing school. Became a 'nursing student monk(EY)' , somehow stayed married and was a everyother weekend dad due to the hospitals staffing of working everyother week-end and everyother holiday. Did I make the right choice or what!?!?
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    What's your story? Why did you take up nursing?

    Randy they stopped by here and want their probe back. You know which one!
  10. "Do I have to wait here with all these sick people?" Nurse: "If your not in pain and you dont have any symptoms, why are you here tonight?" Patient:"I havent been seen by a medical professional in a while and I want to be seen tonight." Nurse: " Well, I've seen you. You seem fine to me." Patient (excited):" So I can go Now?" Patient: " I was seen here 6 months ago and given a work note. My boss said he thought I quite and hired some one else. I need a new note." Nurse: " How long were you given off?" Patient: " Well, the PAPER said 2 days, but I know the doctor (whose name or any physical description eludes the patient) told me not to go back until I felt better. I still dont feel like going back to work, but I need a new note so I dont get fired." Needless to say the patient did not get a new note. A patient arrives to my triage stations to say that after having a BM he felt something 'still up there'. After digitally checking himself, he had his wife and grown daughter check him, visually and digitally. When these results were negative he stated that he went to his long time neighbor who also checked him in the same way. Negative again he asked his new neighbor who calld the police, who brought him to the ER. (He was seen and was still negative).
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    Scheduling lunch breaks in the ED

    I worked in ED 8 years and I think that my lunch was schedualled one bite at a time. Isn't it the ways, it slows down and you say the words " I going for a bite" when the doors crash open with someone dragging a smurf into you ED. Or you have someone bring you something and take the first bite when an aide tells you he cant wake up the patient you thought you were about to discharge! I think better staffing would help, but hey, is that likely to happen? Good luck with that!
  12. erShocker

    Can you believe this?

    Bring back the labotomy! for your super and the patient! Sheesh! What a marooon! I wonder if the patient ever smoked before if she thought it was a good idea to start now? Smoking, as we all know, makes you look cool.
  13. We used team nursing in Louisville about 6 years ago and it was a failure. BUt like a good failure that promises to save money, management stuck with it for a long time. Even getting rid of CNA and house cleaning staff( Hold the code while I clean the commode!). Failed miserably when managment was left to care for patients as most nurses RN and LPN left. If you stayed and showed loyalty, you were abused. Team nursing is nonsence, staff reductions by any other name.
  14. erShocker

    Trying to Bust a Strike

    Not ife the RN's go on strike. I cant see how a patients are supposed to fend for them selves while the nurses go on strike, are they supposed to go to another facility? If so what makes them think they will come back again?
  15. erShocker

    Canadians seek ban on U.S. drug shopping

    I know of people who bought meds in mexico. Went there to buy the meds. Doctor visit - $50, Meds from phamacy $250 (1100 in the states), value of meds tested $0. Blood pressure meds were flour and sugar pressed andHCTZ not only did not reduce fluids but caused constipation! (see blood pressure meds failure -a-oh). More dangerouse as there is no controls
  16. erShocker

    Canadians seek ban on U.S. drug shopping

    I know of people who bought meds in mexico. Went there to buy the meds. Doctor visit - $50, Meds from phamacy $250 (1100 in the states), value of meds tested $0. Blood pressure meds were flour and sugar pressed andHCTZ not only did not reduce fluids but caused constipation! (see blood pressure meds failure -a-oh). More dangerouse as there is no controls