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VictoriaGayle has 1 years experience.

I am currently enrolled in a practical nursing program, after graduating and working for a while I plan to take a bridge class to get my RN, and eventually become either a nursing practitioner or a physicians assistant.

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    Most shocking thing you've seen another nurse do?

    There are lots of superstitions regarding cauls. Sometimes they are red which supposedly means the baby is going to be a vampire.
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    How do you talk to patients with weight issues?

    When discussing weight with someone who is underweight, especially if you suspect an eating disorder, the "you could die" approach really isn't helpful. Obviously confrontational tones are going to make someone defensive. There's also an issue it may be hard for a mentally healthy person to understand: maybe they want to die. If so your comment becomes encouragement. Some people romanticize the idea of starving to death. Some people are trying to commit suicide via ED. Im not saying that is always the case but it is important to know before you make potentially harmful comments.
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    Pain Dilemma Customer Service?

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    "Baby Friendly"

    I support breast feeding, but I wish it didn't seem like your options are one extreme or the other. Every mother baby pairing is unique and deserves care (and a feeding method) that takes that in mind, not crazy strict policies. WIC promotes breast feeding. They usually have three "package options" for once baby is born. Exclusively breast feeding: mom gets food and gets to borrow an electric breast pump. Supplementing with formula: less food vouchers for mom (no tuna) but vouchers for formula. Formula feeding only: no food vouchers but you get plenty of formula. In addition to this they also offer lactation consultants and check babies weight, help set mothers up with any services they need, etc. It's not just for formula feeding.
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    Praying in the work place

    There is a difference in publicly praying and institutionalized prayer. A staff meeting isn't the same as praying with a willing patient. It infringes on the religious rights of employees who may not share the same belief system. Some said that you should say something, or refuse to pray, but there is a possible risk of negative consequences. You shouldn't have to worry about being ostracized for your beliefs or lack there of in the work place. Furthermore, many people belong to dominations that forbid prayer with other denominations, or prayer led by a lay person, or have strict rules regarding where/how/when one should pray. It really isn't fair to them to be put in that awkward position of having to ask to come in late. Then they are the "weird" one for not sharing a belief system with their coworkers. There is just so much risk for discrimination.
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    street drugs vs. prescribed drugs

    I would love to see that. Seriously though, is Ativan a depressant? Because "speedballing" (is there a medical term for that?) would explain the craziness.
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    Peer Evaluations- Venting

    Maybe optional means up to the supervisor? That does sound like a bad idea.
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    I love you boss ... BUT!!...

    That is actually a huge pet peeve of mine (also probably the only pet peeve I have that is somewhat understandable). If company policy states you have to take "turns" then take turns! I understand sometimes you might not be sure who's turn it is but if you never stay over don't try to demand that the person who stayed yesterday stays! Sometimes I've volunteered to stay when it wasn't my turn to help out a coworker. It's great if coworkers can agree on who will stay over so no one is mandated, but unless you are sure they have come to an agreement, managers, please mandate someone so that it's fair. One time both of the other aids clocked out before anyone was officially mandated, leaving me to cover next shift, even though it should have been one of their turns as neither had stayed over for some time and I had stayed over the day before.
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    We have a long way to go as health care providers

    I agree. I can see denying someone with past drug use, or someone who has been previously involuntarily institutionalized, but the idea that any form of mental health problem warrants such a reaction is worrisome.
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    I love you boss ... BUT!!...

    I've always tried to be accomadating when it came to coming in or staying over, but some people just do not need to be making schedules! When our administrator decided to take over making schedules, everything went crazy. Schedules were constantly being remade due to mistakes (such as scheduling someone for consecutive double shifts, meaning they would be there for 32 hours in a row) and people were often mandated to stay over not because of call offs but because she had scheduled us to be short staffed. When I went to activities I was constantly covering RA shifts because she didn't schedule enough people, which often meant working extra hours. But hey over time right? Nope! I would come in the next day to work activities and be told I can only work for 4 hours because they cant pay me over time, even though state regs require memory units to have organized activities all day long. Then guess ho would get chewed out because they weren't in compliance?
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    We have a long way to go as health care providers

    *hugs* I am so sorry, that is horrible and scarey (it scares me that people can get away with doing that)and I hope they realize how unfair it was for them to do that and give you your liscense (along with a huge appology).
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    No dnr

    This is a really interesting thread. I guess if I ever get to be a hospice nurse I should remember to double check state laws and the programs standards as it seems to vary incase I'm in a situation like OP.
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    How scary does this sound to you? Or am I the only one -

    Key word nurse. Some LTC's use AMAPs. Don't their actions fall bck on the nurse they work under?
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    How scary does this sound to you? Or am I the only one -

    The assisted living facility I worked at was about the same size, and had one RN on the payroll, and that was the DON. So some shifts didn't have an RN at all. There were two seperate units with a locked door between them. Night shift there would sometimes only be one LPN for the entire building with a few aids (not CNA's, its cheaper to hire someone with out certification). It wasn't SNF so I guess it isn't as bad? I always worried about the residents on night shift. I meen the door in between the units could be a pain in the butt, and what if something happened and the nurse was on the other side? Not to mention how over worked the nurse was, trying to taake care of so many residents and not allowed to go outside for a smoke break or anything. I liked LTC as an aid but I would be afraid to work with those ratios as a nurse.
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    The youngest new mother's you've seen

    I'm in a similar situation, I'm 19 and always wanted kids, though not this soon, but I am in a stable relationship with an amazing man, we both have jobs and our own place, which is honestly better than someone the 20 and 30 somethings I know having babies! Its a blessing I got pregnant now, with my health problems and reproductive issues I might not have been physically capable of concieving and carrying a baby to term safely later in life. I do hate the idea that anyone under 25 is an unfit mother, but the nurses on this board all sound like angels, non judgemental and stuff. The pregnant children break my heart I can't bring myself to judge a pregnant twelve year old. At that age he idea of consent is just...I wonder how they got to that place? Rape? I know not all young girls who get pregnant are pregnant because of rape, but at the same time I know many girls who were "willing" but the reason they were willing (and knew about sex) at such a young age were heart breaking, they were often victims of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect. Some where along the line these girls were broken, and its sad. This thread does make me happy though: its great to see so many nurses who see things like this and help their patients through it instead of making a scared child feel worse. Thank you guys for being amazing, this is a heart breaking yet inspirational thread. I hope someday I can be like you guys!
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    No dnr

    So does hospice not require its patients to be DNR? Someone at work told me that, and it sounded crazy to me. This person wasn't a nurse and had never worked for hospice so I don't know why they would claim to be an authority on the matter, but I wonder if anyone else has heard that? Is it a prevalent rumor?