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    Did I break the isolation code??

    I'm a nursing assistant in the float pool. I got floated today to a med-surg floor. All was going well until I went into a patient's room who was in isolation without a gown. I usually wear a gown and gloves when I'm going to be doing something in contact, otherwise I just went in to pick up the patient's lunch tray. I put it towards the edge of the door, and I was washing my hands. Then, the case manager, not the floor manager, walks into the room and tells me that it's an isolation room and that I need to gown up. I told her I was just picking up the tray and she said I'm breaking the isolation code because I didn't gown up, yet alone, wear gloves. I told her okay. I finished washing my hands. But what she didn't know was, I was going to wear new gloves to bring the tray out. The patient in the room and his wife told me that no one gowned up the entire week he was there. I was putting in the intake for the patient and that lady comes to me again and tells me, I need to follow the protocol at all times. I told her okay. But I see nurses not wearing gowns and only wearing gloves when going into the patient's room to give meds. Or OTHER CASE MANAGERS, DOCTORS, AND SOCIAL WORKERS not following the protocol, yet I"M the one being yelled at???????
  2. crunchytaco

    Did I break the isolation code??

    I'm a nursing assistant in the float pool. I got floated today to a med-surg floor. All was going well until I went into a patient's room who was in isolation without a gown. I usually wear a gown and gloves when I'm going to be doing something in contact, otherwise I just went in to pick up the patient's lunch tray. I put it towards the edge of the door, and I was washing my hands. Then, the case manager, not the floor manager, walks into the room and tells me that it's an isolation room and that I need to gown up. I told her I was just picking up the tray and she said I'm breaking the isolation code because I didn't gown up, yet alone, wear gloves. I told her okay. I finished washing my hands. But what she didn't know was, I was going to wear new gloves to bring the tray out. The patient in the room and his wife told me that no one gowned up the entire week he was there. I was putting in the intake for the patient and that lady comes to me again and tells me, I need to follow the protocol at all times. I told her okay. But I see nurses not wearing gowns and only wearing gloves when going into the patient's room to give meds. Or OTHER CASE MANAGERS, DOCTORS, AND SOCIAL WORKERS not following the protocol, yet I"M the one being yelled at???????
  3. crunchytaco

    Cried during pinning ceremony

    I graduated yesterday from a 2 year program. Some may say it's only 2 years, but it was very hard. I attended college, but switched majors because I didn't want to continue on where I was unhappy. I didn't graduate from that college. I took time off. I disappointed my parents because of that. I went into nursing and loved every minute of it. I will enroll into a rn-bsn program to get my bsn, but for now i am very proud of myself. I cried so much at pinning ceremony and felt like a dork. all the memories where i struggled came to my mind during pinning ceremony. has anyone else cried?
  4. I searched online and I know medicare covers hospice. however, it says only 47 states cover hospice under medicaid. I searched, but it doesn't say which states are not covered. does anyone know which states are not covered under medicaid for hospice??
  5. I am a shy individual. I'm almost graduating soon and you would think I would feel better during post conference. However, I dread it so much. Everyone is well spoken, and yet I stutter and it makes me look like I'm not a good student. When I'm put on the spot, I freeze up and sometimes I feel like I make no sense when I speak. Throughout clinical, I try to write every single thing down on my paper and try to practice in the bathroom because I am so scared of post conference when I have to speak in front of others. Please give me some advice. Thank you.
  6. I am graduating in a few months from nursing school. The clinical I am in right now is my last one. I never had problems with my clinicals and clinical professors. They always said I would make a great nurse. However, the clinical professor for this clinical is different. When I'm put on the spot all of a sudden, I tend to stutter. I think she took my stuttering as a language barrier. I do not have a language barrier. I am Asian with an Asian name, however, I came to America when I was 2 years old. I speak and understand English fluently. During clinicals today, we were going over assignments she wanted us to do. One particular assignment was something half of my clinical group members never heard of. The other half had already done it once with another professor. She asks one of the members to explain it to the members who did not know what it was. After it was explained, she turns straight at me, and asks me if I understood. I told her yes. I felt very offended because she thought I did not understand. I am also in the quiet side, but I am very attentive. I can't just suddenly change my personality. I've accepted that I am quiet, but this does not mean I am a awful nurse. I just felt terrible and embarrased.
  7. I will be graduating soon with a ADN. I wanted to go straight into a school that offered the RN to BSN programs. I can't get any financial aid. What are some affordable RN to BSN colleges in NJ??
  8. I have clinicals starting tomorrow on an orthopedic floor. We will be there from 9 am to 7pm. I am quite nervous because I've never been on an orthopedic floor and worried if I will make a mistake about moving a patient in the wrong position. What is expected during the whole day shift on that floor?
  9. I had a question for the nurses. I am a nursing assistant in the float pool. All floors are different in how things are done, but I wanted to know if you expected the CNA to wash all the patients during the day shift. I understand day shift (7am-3pm), this is when the patients are waking up and become oriented. However, I feel like everyone looks down you when they hear one of their patient was not washed. I am running around everywhere trying to do vitals every 4 hours, blood sugars before breakfast and lunch, answering call bells, new admits, etc. I try to get to as many patients, and I get so overwhelmed. There are 3 shifts, can't I leave the patients to other shifts when I can't get them washed?? I sometimes do not go on my breakfast break or cut down on my lunch so that I can finish what I can..
  10. I have to give a 50 minute presentation along with 4 hour people in my class regarding the topic death and dying. It's mostly factual based so we will each explain different aspects. However, we need to include the class in some way. some people did a case study, role playing, but what are some things we can do to include the group regarding the topic, death and dying??
  11. What happens start to finish when a patient codes? I know there are several nurses who help out and they have different roles. What are the different roles?
  12. I'm almost done with getting my ADN in nursing. I plan on getting my BSN, but I would first like to work while going back to school. I am a shy/quiet person. I do speak up regarding patients. I know there are many different fields in nursing. What are great fields for a shy/quiet person like me in nursing?
  13. I am a nursing assistant in the float pool. I got floated to a med-surg floor. It was going okay, and then it got very busy when there were 3 new admits. I was in the room with the new admit and the nurse for that new patient. I was changing sheets, getting the patient situated, and getting vitals. When I come out, I check on each patient. One patient tells me he's in pain. I tell his nurse. Then that nurse asks me in a attitude in front of other nurses, if I heard the call bell going off for 1 patient for like 10 minutes. That patient needed a bed pan but ended up pooping on the sheets etc. I told her I didn't know because I was in the room with the new admit. Then she gives me an attitude in front of others saying that she cleaned him up. I was so embarrassed. I didn't know the patient had his call bell going off. I was in the room with another patient. Was I so at fault that she embarrassed me????
  14. I'll be floating to work on a orthopedics floor as a NA. I suffer from social anxiety and no one knows this. new places and new people make me very anxious. can someone tell me what is expected on the orthopedics floor?
  15. What does that mean? I was looking through a chart and it said, the patient came into the hospital for SOB and severe cough. Past history is 2007 left lung cancer status post 3 cycles treatment. Does this mean the patient still has lung cancer and the cancer is causing SOB and cough? what does status post 3 cycles treatment mean?
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