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  1. VizslaMom

    The Circumcision Discussion

    Wow. I've never seen such a one-sided thread on a chat board in all my time reading boards.. years. You guys really know how to 'try' to beat up a person, eh? I hope you feel bigger and better than everyone else... being that you try to belittle everyone who disagrees with you. Toodles!
  2. VizslaMom

    The Circumcision Discussion

    Oh, good grief... a little dramatic aren't we?
  3. VizslaMom

    The Circumcision Discussion

    How is the foreskin functionally necessary? IMO, if people could easily and reasonably have their tonsils & adenoids, gall bladder, and appendix removed at birth I'd opt for that too... saving potential issues in the longrun.
  4. VizslaMom

    The Circumcision Discussion

    Aren't you a bit bold? It's my son. It's my decision. Until it's termed 'illegal'... which I highly doubt it ever will be... it's no one else's business but mine and my family's. You can't stand hearing that little boys aren't traumatized by this, as you would love to believe. My son is a perfectly happy little 'Circ'd' boy. His brother will be too. :)
  5. VizslaMom

    The Circumcision Discussion

    I am so tired of people getting on their soapboxes and preaching to us parents that choose to circ. So tired of it. My 3 year old son was circ'd with a plasti bell, didn't cry, and has had no ill effects from it whatsoever. Everything is fine. I did not 'mutiliate' my son as some on their high horses have stated that's what they consider circ'ing a child to be. I am currently 27 weeks pregnant with son #2. You betcha I'm getting him circ'd when he's born too. Personal decision. End of story.
  6. VizslaMom

    Neuro ICU - Do you talk to brain-dead patients?

    I work in a Level II Trauma ICU. We get the occasional brain dead patient on a vent secondary to an accidental trauma, heart attack, or some other event leading to that person's brain death. In determining brain death there are very, very specific criteria that have to be met. Most often at my facility we do a brain flow study. That is a quick and accurate verification of what the neurologist already suspects from signs on assessment of the patient. Like many others with Neuro ICU experience have said, brain dead IS dead. Period. There is no possible way for that patient to have conscious thought processes. There is no possible way for that patient to 'wake up' ever again. At the point in time when their injury or whatever disease process they have caused a cessation of blood flow to the brain - that person was no more. They died right then and there. They will never be the person they were before that event happened. It is SO hard to explain that to families. Just look at how much disinformation is out there, even among us nurses! As for talking to the brain dead patient. I do not. It is my belief that the person, the 'soul' of that body, has already left this Earth and is not 'hanging around' in the hospital room. It is my belief that the concsious person has 'left the building' and is long gone. At that point in time, I am working on constant resucitation of a body and nothing more. I am trying to keep organs alive in the case that we have gotten consent from the family in order to harvest. I do remain professional and respectful while doing that job, but I do not speak with the dead as though they are still alive.
  7. Hello there, fellow ICU nurses. I have the opportunity to sit in on New Grad interviews with our unit's management. I've not ever interviewed before and am curious what you all would ask a New Grad who is interested in starting in the ICU immediately after graduation. I work in a Level II Trauma Center, 20-bed ICU. We take anything and everything. The only thing we don't do is open heart. Thanks in advance for any input you all have for me. :nuke:
  8. 1st try - ADN program.
  9. What year did you graduate? 2001 What was your first job out of nursing school? Circulating RN in Surgery How long did you stay there? 1 year in surgery- ***but I've stayed at the same facility for the entire 6 years.**** Why did you leave? I haven't left the hospital, but left surgery because I became interested in ICU. Did you have adequate orientation to your new job? Yes. Was there a nursing residency program available? No. If there was a nursing residency program, how long was it? N/A *I have stayed at the same hospital since graduation because they are very encouraging of RN staff transfers between units. I think this helps a lot with retention of nursing staff.
  10. VizslaMom

    Nurse's Aid acting as a Nurse

    IMO she is way out of line. I don't care how long she's worked at that facility, the simple fact is - she's NOT a nurse. I suggest you write up the incident and speak with your unit manager about it. Good Luck.
  11. VizslaMom

    Blood transfusions-how fast do you go?

    I work in ICU, so we do things a little out of the ordinary during critical situations sometimes. A couple weeks ago I had a patient with GI bleed transferred to me from the floor with a HGB of 4. Yep... it was rechecked and the HGB was indeed 4. She was barely responsive and pale as a ghost. B/P was 60-70's systolic. NG placed with immediate return of 1000cc blood and coffee grounds. I asked the GI physician if I could 'slam in' two units at once. He said SURE. So that's what I did. I hooked up TWO bags of PRBC's and ran them both in at 500cc/hr. They were both infused (per #20 peripheral IV's) within 45 minutes... After those two bags had been rapidly infused, patient's b/p stabilized with SBP 120's-130's, color pink, awake + alert and calling family members on the phone. It was a dramatic difference from an hour before. Anyhoo, I ran in the patient's next two units separately and at approx 250cc/hr. The GI docs were wanting to do an EGD when she was stabilized and after FOUR units of blood had infused... so, for this patients sake, the faster, the better. Most of the time, I'll run blood in at 125-150cc/hr. :)
  12. *sigh* Those of you that think my comments are callous and/or don't understand how quickly decisions need to be made in a situation like this OBVIOUSLY have spent no time in an Intensive Care Unit. PLEASE research DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation) and educate yourself in this horrible, yet very common, complication. Yes, this woman lost her limbs. It's tragic and sad. I agree with everyone. Would she have been better off dead??? Her brain functions: she will be able to see her child grow up, graduate, get married, have grandbabies....... she would miss that if the medical team had not done everything in their power to keep her alive. Like I said before... the MEDIA doesn't know squat.
  13. VizslaMom

    stinking of cigarette smoke

    It's not even remotely comprable to slavery as you have a CHOICE in working for that hospital/company or not. If you don't want to abide by the company policies, then go elsewhere.
  14. We all know the media doesn't always get the story straight. It's highly possible this woman HAS been told the story but just doesn't have the capacity to understand it.
  15. We actually had a woman in our ICU that gave birth less than a week before arriving in our unit SEPTIC with the same bacteria. Within hours of her arrival, she was rushed to surgery for an emergent hysterectomy. She ended up a double amputee herself (secondary to complications of DIC) and was in the ICU for approx 3 months. Just so you know, DIC resulting from the infection is the reason this patient needed her limbs amputated. The media doesn't know the entire story. This woman should be glad she survived at all. Time was definately of the essence with her treatment.
  16. VizslaMom

    stinking of cigarette smoke

    When it comes to the rising cost of group health insurance plans provided to employees, smoking at home is also the business of your employer. Your employer pays for those benefits. Insurance companies give discounts for non-smokers.