Jump to content
ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

Medical/Telemetry. Now ICU
Member
  • Joined:
  • Last Visited:
  • 192

    Content

  • 0

    Articles

  • 7,875

    Visitors

  • 0

    Followers

  • 0

    Points

ICU, RN, BSN, B.S. specializes in Medical/Telemetry. Now ICU.

27 year old identical twin.

ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.'s Latest Activity

  1. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story?

    Went to give a suppository on nightshift....only had the light from the hallway. Had my gloves on, went to open the lube packet...didn't realize I had ripped the tip of the glove on the finger that I inserted into their rectum...put in the suppository...had stool on my glove...took off my glove, and stool all over that finger. NASTY!!! washed over and over for 15 mins....still smelled for a couple hours.:smackingf:down:
  2. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Transferred to SICU, horrible orientation...what to do??

    She obv isn't a good nurse if she is doing sterile procedures unsterile; putting patients in harms way. Her attitude sounds horrible, and she obv seemed to have forgotten what it was like to be new in an ICU! Talk to your manager, and get a new preceptor ....STAT!
  3. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Transferred to SICU, horrible orientation...what to do??

    That is horrible. No one should be thrown into the ICU like that. I just started last week, tonight was day 5. My orientation has been very good so far. My preceptor is really nice, wicked smart/critical thinker, and explains everything, doesn't make me feel stupid. Next week I am going to start to take care of my 1st patient officially by myself. There's a bunch of classes they have me set up for. She explained the vent/vent settings and everything we do with drips and titrating them. Not sure how they can just throw you in there. That is unsafe for the patients, and makes you feel unsafe. Did they tell you this is how it would be done during your interview???
  4. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    It is sooo scary. The good ones do a very good job. Always thanking the good ones, they help you out so much!
  5. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    That makes me so nauseated hearing that. How are these people being hired? and not getting fired? If they were flying a plane, everyone would be dead! I like your last sentence, LOL!!!
  6. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    sorry, wasn't out of disrespect...more just huge frustration with many bad PCAs I've had to deal with. I always thank the good ones...the crappy ones, I wish would get fired. I'm speaking for myself with the PCAs i've had to work with...they are very uneducated, and it's really difficult to try to get the msg across that we are dealing with life and death...they don't seem to get it, nor care about people. They walk around miserable. Not sure how they even got hired. Anyways...I just started in the ICU...and so far, the aides in there are always willing to help. Positive attitudes, happy, and caring.
  7. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    It's def not just your hospital. It annoys me so much. How can these people be taking care of others?? It scares me. I would never want some of the PCAs at the hospital I was at taking care of my family member. They are just so lazy, uncaring, going from task to task until the 8 hour shift is done. It's disgusting!
  8. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    Couldn't agree with you more!
  9. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Labs and vasopressors..new icu nurse needs advice

    I just started in the ICU 3 days ago (MICU/SICU). My preceptor just talked about this. Some of the lab techs will say it's policy to turn off the IV drips for a bit before they draw labs. She said absolutely not in the case of pressors. Keep those running!!
  10. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    New RN Grads in MICU??

    Hi, I'm not a new grad. I am new to the MICU/SICU. Been there 3 days, lol. Have been an RN for almost 3 years--in Aug 3 years. I'm not sure what the ICU nurses think of new grads in the unit!
  11. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    I forgot to mention...many of our CHF patients, with signs up the wazoo about fluid restrictions and they still give the patient more. I also had numerous coversations with my manager about PCAs not reporting abnormal vital signs to the nurse as soon as it happens. I've had BPs as high as 200 systolic that weren't reported to me right away, or 02 sats in the 80s when the pt was normally 97% on RA. The PCAs probably don't know why the pt is decompensating, but I'm sure they know those numbers aren't good. Anything out of the ordinary needs to be reported as soon as it happens.
  12. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    Yea, I think they should have to do CEUs too. we have peoples lives in our hands; even though they aren't hanging blood, or titrating a dopamine drip, doesn't mean things can't happen. Simple things like helping turn patients so they decrease their risk of developing pressure ulcers. Or HOB up 90 degrees for pts that just had a stroke and are just starting to feed again. This stuff can save lives! It isnt all just about meds and stuff like that.
  13. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    OMG! how can you work and not know who to read or write. isn't that illegal!???!
  14. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    Yea I did that a bunch of times, explaining the signifcance that accurate VS have in the plan of care for the patient. It didn't do much obviously. I'm in an ICU now, so we don't really have PCAs- sometimes we will. So far they seem motivated, always asking to help, which is nice.
  15. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Is nursing is not anything but a glorified CNA position?

    Many of the CNAs where I worked were--because they didn't care to now or understand the significance behind what they were actually doing. They walked around and did tasks-VS, Blood sugar, Bathe, Toilet- they didn't realize what they were doing and why, they just came to work and did their time 8 hour and left. It wasn't just me that felt this way, many of the other nurses too. Many were so miserable and just dragged their feet all day, wondering when the next task would arise. I'm not trying to bash CNAs, but a lot of the ones I worked with, were so difficult and just didn't care about their job or the patients. It was sad.
  16. ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.

    Incompetent nursing assistants

    I think it's a combination of both. They don't understand the significance of how important accurate VS are to the plan of care for the patient. They also don't understand basic knowledge of vital signs itself. You are right- many are very unmotivated, and it's really sad, frustrating, annoying to have to work with.
×

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies to learn more.