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twinmommy+2 ADN, BSN

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God Bless our Veterans!

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    Depression + Anxiety as a Nurse

    I have PTSD, generalized anxiety, and major depression. It wasn't until I found my current job that I really felt at home and don't suffer from it mostly at work. If you find your niche, you'll find your confidence to beat back the anxiety.
  2. We don't hold off when the patient is calm and non-threatening, and we do strip the ones with tattoos and leather jackets if they are threatening self harm, harming others, or are wanting detox. Its standard practice because anything and everything can be brought in without us knowing about it. We routinely find knives under our psych bed after an unsuspecting nurse allows them to have some belongings.
  3. Just finishing up a MSN in Nursing Administration. Wondering if there is any benefit to also having a Masters in Healthcare Administration vs a DNP? I would like to make myself more marketable.
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    Nurse bringing child to work

    My idea of compassion is when my husband's hip was surgically glued back together, leaving me to beg for friends to babysit my four children. They all came through and I was able to get my shifts done. I would do the same for a coworker...away from work. That...is...compassion. I also LOVE the idea of 24/7 daycare at healthcare facilities. It would create a much better working environment when you don't have to worry about where your child will be, less call outs.
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    Nurse bringing child to work

    I am compassionate towards my coworkers. That being said...the child should not be at work. If something happens like a fire, she is going to be going to her child instead of her patients who need her. Infectious disease? I remember when one of the floors was infected with norovirus it was disgusting. Would have been easily picked up and traveled about by a child. Then think about a violent patient finding them. Not all of our patients are without criminal records. We care for more sexual offenders than we realize. Just not a safe place at all for a child.
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    Nursing Smells You Love?

    I like the smell of tape
  7. https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2019/08/30/clarksburg-va-homicides-rankle-veterans-west-virginia-community/2161324001/
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    Spouse of nurse

    What was unrealistic was when my husband did not work more than occasional part-time, we were struggling, had no ambition for education, and was not actively pursuing full-time work. That happened for many years but I told myself that he did have a severe auto accident where they had to rebuild his hip and he was in pain doing what he was used to doing. Thankfully now, he is working full time and pulls overtime when it is available. But he still does not make near what I make. Do I fault him for this ... no. He is making a huge effort toward the family finances compared to what he did in the past. Not everyone is ready for a college education. Give him praise for what he is able to contribute. There are some people who go into a marriage and tell their future spouse that they have expectations for them to be the breadwinner. I give them credit for being honest in the beginning even though I don't think this will set up a couple for a long-lasting relationship especially when hard times hit. I don't think this is an expectation one should have after being married though if it was not an expectation before now.
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    Cleaning patients after bowel movements.

    300lbs isn't bad. When you get one that is pushing 450lbs, and can't help you turn it becomes a problem
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    I hope he is okay.

    I was on my way to work when I was about to turn into the campus I came upon a pedestrian laying in the road surrounded by people and one car with damage on the hood. So I stopped and assessed the man. Unconscious but still had a strong pulse and was breathing adequately so I decided not to move him until more help arrived. The woman near me on the phone with 911 told me to back off that the operator told her not to move him, told me twice. So I just told her to back off and stay on the phone, since that was what she was good at. Our paramedics came out quickly and handed me a pair of gloves so we could control his c-spine and get him loaded up. Apparently some time between that time and when I drove into work he coded and they life flighted him out. I never did hear how he did but trauma codes don't generally end well. I always wished to find out.
  11. Unless you have a LVN or CNA certification/license you can't put that beside your name.
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    I don't want to do it

    Can you retire earlier than that?
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    Wise One Liners

    Asystole is a stable rhythm. Anything else is apt for change. "Thats a DSP" day shift problem. "Aww bless his heart". Said by muah when about to intubate the nether region of a man, and the wife said don't laugh but he's small. Indeed, he was and said the above. Didn't laugh though.
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    Should I divorce my husband

    Wow! Way more shocked about what the hospital did. Divorce the hospital not the husband.
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    Losing job due to injury

    Missed that part
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    Losing job due to injury

    If I were in your situation, I would apply for FMLA and for short term disability (if you have that in your insurance package). The FMLA will allow you to keep your job for 12 weeks of unpaid leave after your sick time is used up which may help as long as you have enough time all together. The short term disability I think usually lasts for 6 months to keep the bills paid. I hope this helps!
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    Code Blue

    Wow a Medsurg floor without code buttons. Do you wear Voceras or anything, that could be used to call the rest of the staff into a room. But anyway, I agree that if it is not known start compressions while hollering for help would be the right answer.
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    Investigating Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

    Not long ago I had two patients on the same night with this condition. They are very insistent that marijuana doesn't cause their symptoms and no matter how we try and educate them they insist on continued use of it. This caused our provider to research it further, and found that Haldol actually relieves the symptoms which it did for the most part in both cases. It is frustrating because as a nurse in a VA hospital, many vets choose this form of anxiety/depression relief and it works for them. I'm on board for a release of federal restrictions on this drug. But the few that have CHS it is very debilitating. The patients can be hard on the staff and their family.
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    Did this patient overreact?!

    I have experienced Military Sexual Trauma, and if I were in her position, in a hospital and on medications alone, and a male were to come in and turn the camera and expose me like that I would react like she did. It makes not one iota of difference that she had childbirth experience and the nurses on this unit need to be more cognizant of how a person in the patient's position would feel. PS, I've had childbirth as well. This post just makes me angry for her.
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    What is the longest time you have spent in one position?

    ER nursing in this same position for 10 years on the 8th this month.
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    Lovenox injection

    This is as much about knowing the quantity of the drug as it is knowing the drug itself and how it comes. Lovenox injections are in prefilled syringes, with the largest dose being 120mg per my experience. 80mg syringe is common so you wouldn't have to remove any of the drug from the syringe before giving it. Here is a good site regarding the information for Lovenox Bad Request As a side note, I didn't know there was a vial for Lovenox that holds 300mg. Interesting.
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    How do you stay warm at work?

    Ha I also am an owner of the illegal space heater
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    Which job would you take

    No idea what I would choose. I used to like working with Peds in the ER but the parents drive me insane. I guess neither for me. Give me my little old veterans lol.
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    I want to be a nurse but im not good at math

    I agree totally. I had a math teacher that told me to give up. It just makes me fight harder.
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    I want to be a nurse but im not good at math

    I was so bad at math when I entered college I had to take remedial math. The class took us all the way back to the basics and I was embarrassed. Then I realized as I went through that it takes a certain type of professor to make it make sense to me. Believe me, if I can do nursing math then anyone can. The kind of math we do can be complicated but if you work at it its understandable. I think the hard part was the math required for statistics or college algebra. Just keep studying.
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