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Overland1 has 22 years experience as a RN.

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    Lost A Great RN This Week

    There seem to be a lot of house (and other structure) fires in this area (central NY) lately... not sure why, as there have been recent years in which the number of such fires had diminished markedly.
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    Lost A Great RN This Week

    RN Died in House Fire Sondra had been a RN since long before I met her. She worked the ER for most of her career and then Radiology, as well as per diem at a local internal medicine practice. Working well into her 70's, she could run rings around many of those who were 1/2 (or even 1/3) her age. She handled situations the right way, using seriousness and/or her sense of humor, and always with her vast knowledge. During her "off hours", she managed the books for her late husband's plumbing/HVAC business, operated by her son following the passing of her husband. A lot of nurses, aides, (and physicians, too) learned a great deal from her. I include myself as one of them and am grateful having known her as a friend and colleague. Countless among us will dearly miss her.
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    One thing i dont understand(at the nurses' station)

    Like that which is displayed in the "Terms of Service" here about posting in English. :) The problem with common courtesy (much like common sense) is that is it is not common anymore. I have come to believe that the basic tenets of courtesy that many of us "older" folks were taught as children and presently adhere to have become outdated. When I worked in the business world, courtesy was first and foremost. Nowadays, at least in the hospital setting, the opposite is too often a way of life. People interrupt an ongoing conversation - this goes both ways, as some folks need to be interrupted because of a critical problem that requires their prompt attention and ignore the person who must interrupt, but is usually polite. It often depends upon the situation.
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    This is not why I became a nurse

    Being a "zipper flipper" is probably better than being a "stretcher fetcher". Seriously, sometimes we need a break from the routine, and what you did was probably more appreciated by the "patient".
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    Too Old to Enter Critical Care Nursing?

    Good for you and her... age is just a number, but I plan to retire at 64 or 65, so the MS degree is not in my plans. I work with a woman in her 50's and is a NP, now working on her PhD... I guess she will be called "Dr. Nurse _______".
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    Staffing ratios

    Doesn't matter, because "signing" petitions for bills with excruciatingly long names feels good. Both those who sign and those who dream up and sponsor such bills will feel good about them (the latter getting some political longevity from them). Maybe those bills need longer names so they can gain even more political traction.
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    Frugality thead:work less, spend less

    For each person, there is probably a reasonable balance that can be achieved... each of us can (and likely should) figure that out for ourselves. Sure, most of us like nice stuff (cars, houses, motorcycles , geek stuff, clothing, etc.), but there is most likely a point at which it goes beyond reasonable. As we become older (wiser?), we realize that having as much stuff as we used to have is probably not very important, so we "downsize" to some extent. I recall having to clear out my mother's house a while back. She was truly a product of 'depression era thinking', having grown up during that time. "Never throw away items that you may need someday," she would say as she lived a financially moderate lifestyle. I enjoy a nice vehicle and a nice motorcycle - I won't even get into the geek stuff I am into - but there are those who show a bit of sneering resentment when they see either. Comments such as, "must be nice!" are answered with a simple, "yes" and a smile. Someday, I will "downsize" a bit more.
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    Nurse Retention ideas

    I wonder how many people, during an "exit interview" actually provide clear and honest answers about why they are leaving (as opposed to being "nice and concise"). How many interviews ask the questions that would result in helpful answers.
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    The Real Brian Short - Words from a Friend

    Because the media has forced such division and envy upon us. The media likely did not originate the division and envy, but perpetuates it just the same. Factor in that so many people have become followers who believe everything they see and hear in the media, and the recipe is one of certain moral decay, the likes of which we may not (yet) have seen the worst.
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    Nurse, policeman, or both

    I work in an area where "weed" is more common than many other pastimes; if we find this stuff in the hospital, Security is notified and the drugs are bagged up and taken to the hospital pharmacy to be locked away. I never asked what specifically happens to the stuff after that, although I assume that, if the patient requests their return upon discharge, they would be returned in the condition in which they were received by the pharmacy. If the stuff is not found on the person, but is rather found in a public area, then it is disposed of in a different manner.
  11. It has been said that even bad publicity is good publicity; I will bet their numbers rise as people flock to watch the show, looking for an apology, more comments/"jokes", etc. Ad revenue may also climb for the next week. Even if there is a "boycott" of the show by those who were offended, such will likely not last for long because these women are better known and recognizing "views" shared by many nurses and other folks. I recall when Joy Behar did some funny stuff (schticks) on radio. Then she (like Colmes, Franken, et al) let other stuff take over her soul and is not even funny anymore.
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    Thank you, Joy Behar!

    Well... that honeymoon didn't last for long.
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    Diabetic Alert Dog at work in Hospital

    I recall the "Peanuts" comic strips in which Lucy refers to "dog germs". :) The sad truth is that, while some dogs, may be an asset in some inpatient settings (i.e., pet therapy, etc.), I am not sure I would want my dog exposed to all the "bugs" that so many hospitals contain. In most cases, it would be no worse than any other public places, but why take the chance? On the other hand, my GSD would make a great addition in the ER, watching the malefactors (aka, certain patients prone to misbehavior). Imagine them awakening from a drunk or drugged sleep to see a German Shepherd calmly sitting there, staring at them.
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    ANA: 'Zero Tolerance' for Workplace Violence, Bullying

    Much of the problem is perpetuated when a person is arrested for a violent crime in a hospital (per the law) and is released by the judge upon arraignment. This is something that goes beyond the "AMA" and "position statements". It is not just an issue, it is a problem in the greater community, as many judges find excuses to release violent offenders almost immediately. Those offenders then continue doing what they did before, as well as pass the word that such misbehavior is OK (the word on the street is a powerful thing). We can file all the charges we want, but if the courts do not support us, we are in trouble. As on old guy, I still recall when a hospital was a sort of sacred place (even if there were no nuns ) and bad behavior was not tolerated... heck, bad behavior almost never happened in hospitals. Now, hospital staff needs to learn and practice situational awareness at all times. Keep your head on a swivel, and watch your six!
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    Bad idea to take MA position even though i am a RN??

    This thread needs more Yoon-Yun. Don't let them get away with that.
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    Second guessing myself....

    Aside from possible loss of job or other adverse reactions, my cynicism would keep me from giving a patient meds or (money to buy meds). I guess I have worked the ER's for too long.
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