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WhereIsMyCallBell has 6 years experience.

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  1. WhereIsMyCallBell

    What to do if you disagree with the care of another nurse's pt?

    The primary nurse very well may have had a plan in place to stabilize this pt. with MD VO's. Wouldn't hurt to ask the other nurse at a later date what their rationale was for not calling a RR. Again soooo many things to take into consideration. Might learn from it =)
  2. WhereIsMyCallBell

    What to do if you disagree with the care of another nurse's pt?

    We all have our own nursing styles for sure. Did you have all the info the primary nurse had? Vitals stable? Primary dx? secondary to? DNR? full code??? So many factors. Some nurses go into calm mode and have good judgement and instinct. Others are alarmists. Lots to consider without ALL the facts.
  3. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Charge nurse asking me to lie

    You were upset and posting from your phone. Good gosh all. Give your fellow nurse a break here. She is looking for guidance and advice not an english lesson, or to be made to feel even worse. Julz, it never ever hurts to CYA! Use your good judgement, but remember to always think it through 1st. Good luck!
  4. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Anxiety Disorders: More Than Just Butterflies

    *sighs* us nurses are only human, and those of us nurses who have been through more than our share of trauma, drama or what-have-you. Well, we need a little help (in whatever form) just as much as our patients. Love my Cymbalta!! Keeps me "even"
  5. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Nurses working on day off...

    LOL @ the cartoon. When my body and mind say no... I have learned not to listen to my heart. Because I WANT to help them out.. I really do! But not at my mental and physical health's expense.
  6. WhereIsMyCallBell

    My heartache and hiatus...

    CP my heart goes out to you and your family. My sincere sorrow for your loss is felt deeply although I do not know you personally. Your grief is palpable. You are so right.. It is NOT good bye ~
  7. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Does nursing change you into an angry person?

    My feeling is this (and I have worked LTC as an RN almost 7 yrs). Your job can not turn you into anything. We all cope and deal with interpersonal, environmental and situational stress in different ways. Seems nursing somehow brings out either the best, or the worst in those of us who have chosen this path. CHOSE being the key word. Just as we have chosen this profession. We also make daily, hourly decisions and choices regarding how we deal with and react to our co-workers, mgmt, patients, families, MD's etc. I go into work each day making a very conscious choice to be pleasant, respectful and positive. Nothing, or no one can MAKE me be anything other than what I chose to be. Sure, circumstances arise that can challenge my outlook/attitude on any number of things. But allowing myself to become negative and nasty is completely counterproductive. The patient's pick up on the negativity, be sure of that. Think about it. Sometimes you, the professional nurse (and staff) might be the only human interaction our patient's have on a consistent basis. Especially those poor older folks who don't have loving families that come to visit. WE are all they have. It is SO NOT FAIR to the very prople who count on us to have to be exposed to our negativity. Plenty of nurses are hateful and negative with one another and then put on the phoney sweet smile for the matter of minutes they spend with a patient. Well maybe if the nurse wasn't so caught up in her/his own negative (bs). They just might spend an extra minute or two to be genuinely interested and concerned for the patient. Not just slap on a smile and get in and out of their room asap. Although compassion is not "cost effective", and even though we nurses are only human who can so easily let low staffing ratios, sub par mgmt, certain co-workers who may rub us the wrong way and so on... get under our skin so much so that it effects our professionalism, not to mention our productivity and what we project outwardly to others. Subconsciously those NURSES who DON'T strive everyday to make the right CHOICE to make the best out of resources (however limeted), to truly try and give our co-workers and our patients the benefit of the doubt, to make lemonade when lemons are being thrown at us from all directions. After so long it becomes increasing difficult to remain positive and it seems the stressors of just being a nurse in this day and age does effect some nurses who choose not to make a concerted, conscious effort EVERYDAY to stay positive, remain calm and not to start, or buy into the backstabbing and gossip that is running rampent in this profession. I don't know about others. I can only speak for myself. But in the grand scheme of things; I have found being pleasant and positive certainly makes my day better as well as those around me. I would rather go find another profession if I were really so unhappy and hateful in my position as a nurse whether RN, or LPN. My day, my attitude and what I project to others are a direct reflection of my desire and true essence of the nurse that I am. The nurse that I AM makes choices to remain consistently positive. When challenging situations are presented to me during my daily routine. I stop, take a deep breath. Remember the oath I took 7 years ago, which in turn inspires me to dig deep if I must and take a negative, then somehow, someway extract the positive and use it constructively if at all possible. If not, then learn valuable lessons from it in order to react to similar circumstances differently when they arise in the future. Bottom line is... and as I have stated all along. NOTHING and NO ONE can MAKE me be hateful and unhappy as much as it is how I decide to deal with and process things. Heck no! It is not always the easiest path at the time. In the long run though. It helps me keep my sanity and lets the patients who are entrusted to my care know that I am interested, invested and easy to approach with any concerns they may have. For most of these patient's, this is the roughest thing they have had to deal with in their lifves. I owe it to myself, to my patient's and to my employer to make good choices. I chose positive, compassionate care and am darn proud of it!!!
  8. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Aggressive staffing person at LTC

    Deja.. dejaa Vuu ! I feel your pain and your frustration. Boy, oh boy sounds so familiar... I left that job, I was so over it after being "bullied" into covering other peoples shifts constantly. Now I am working at a facility that understands and tries to give us our time off to get the R & R we need to be the kind of nurses they WANT working for them. It's refreshing. Really, look around and see if there are any other LTC facilities in your area that may have a more positive mgmt. team. Change is hard sometimes, but alot of the time it is SO worth it! And btw... caller ID is a wonderful thing! :) Keep your chin up.
  9. Having a disability (or two) does not necessarily render one unintelligent, non-compassionate, irresponsible or a host of other "stigmas" that may come along with the word disabled. This is when you really put your critical thinking skills to the test and figure it all out. We have to sometimes over compensate in some areas it's true. But those of us who own our shortcomings and or limitations and can still be very productive, efficient, positive and all around great nurses , or Nurse leaders inspite of it all, I applaud you! Things may not always run as smoothly, or come as easily as they would to other Nurses. As long as we maintain our ethics, never forget the pledge we took and do some checking and double checking if need be. That just means we have to work a little harder and rest a little more if need be. It all evens out. "Never judge someone unless you have walked a mile in their shoes"
  10. Amen Corpsman!!! Thank you
  11. Viva, thank you so much for your inspring and sincere post! I am an RN with more than just one disability. I was on unemployment for a full year before finding a great job with the flexible hours I desperately needed in order to be at my functional best along with a manager who is fully aware of my diagnosis'. I fully agree with every word about being honest about who you are so you can give your best... I searched high and low for a job and was consistently turned down for positions I was more than qualified for. I was told someone with "more" experience etc. got the job. I was SO distraught and discouraged. I was not going to settle for just any job to only be set up for failure. God works in mysterious ways. 2 weeks before unemplyment ran out. This wonderful job I now have came along just in the nick of time. I think the hardest part of it all was being honest with myself about my limitations and really finding things I AM good at and being grateful for them. My diasability is not something I've had all my life. Coming to terms with my new self and finding a good fit for me has been a very humbling journey. Again Viva, thank you for your post
  12. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Thank you Lord that I failed my first nclex

    WOWEEEE!! U GO GIRL! Your patients will be lucky to have you as their nurse. SO dedicated. Wishing you the best of luck with whatever job you pursue. **rubs eyes and kinda seeing double after all that reading** =)
  13. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Why do they give so much ridiculous, insignificant homework?????

    Your mind is being converted from thinking as a resposible citizen to thinking like a nurse. It is not just facts you have to learn. Nursing is a mindset in of itself. You may feel as if it's just busywork. But truly there is a method to the madness of nursing school and the endless homework that comes with it.
  14. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Leave you family for nursing??

    Med school, residency etc. is WAY different than nursing school. At least in my world it is. Can't comprehend comparing the two.
  15. WhereIsMyCallBell

    Can this nurse be saved?

    Deja VU!! Saw the same thing happen where i used to work. Mgmt filling in "holes" at the end of the month. tsk tsk... I used to get talked to about my "time management skills". Only because I would pull meds per MAR, actually give, or watch patient take their meds, (even if one by one) and then initial. Sorry, just my way of doing my job properly and per policy. I work as a nurse to take care of my patients and make sure they are getting what they need. Not to please mgmt. by doing a half a** job! I didn't care I was considered "slow" with my med pass by mgmt. or anyone else. Those that cut corners to get done quickly only to go sit at the nurses station and gossip, text etc. They got an " atta girl!" Then after the praises they'd have to fill those same nurses blanks at month's end. What's wrong with that picture?? I apologize for going on a bit of a tangent here. But MY license and lively hood comes above all else. Good thing you learned early on and just as everyone else says. Be up front, but bite your tongue and don't bash the employer when a potential job comes along and you're being interviewed. Good luck to you. .
  16. WhereIsMyCallBell

    What to do when a doctor won't let you read back an order

    If I recall correctly," CYA 101" was covered through each semester of Nursing School. As you go along you will know better what to do in these situations.