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    Remember when. . .

    I can tell you it's definitely present in our hospital. We are a very customer service organization, so whatever the patient or the family wants, they get. We are a no smoking facility, but all the patient has to do is complain, and there is a MD order to accompany the patient down while he smokes! I really feel like the families are worse though- they feel entitled to free meals, expect us to bring them snacks and coffee, complain about the size of a semi private room then call patient relations to be moved to a private room "like the doctor promised us in ER!"
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    Lazy nurses

    Lazy nurses are in every age group!! I can't tell you how many "new" nurses I see on their IPhone, texting, while their patients are calling!
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    How good is your food?

    Everything at our facility is "heart healthy"- low sodium, low cholesterol, dark chocolate candy only, baked chips, etc. Nothing against that, but IMHO, you should be able to follow what diet you choose , not have one forced on you!
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    Katrina Five Years Later

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    What is the maximum number of patients per nurse?

    I work on an acute med/surg tele floor: 7-8 on days and nights- no PCT's.
  6. We routinely have 7-8 patients on days and nights on a busy med surg floor with telemetry. Each RN works with an LPN. The RN is responsible for am vitals, accuchecks and assessments and of course, RN interventions. The LPN's do the noon and pm vital signs and all the meds and IVPB. It's very hectic and the supervisors walk the halls asking for discharged patients so new patients can be promptly admitted. It's just crazy!!!!!
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    Praying, once again, for all the people affected by yet another tornado in such a short period of time!
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    Charge nurse asking me to lie

    Don't worry about your thread - it was perfectly readable. Good luck with everything!!
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    Katrina Five Years Later

    We are still asking patients how they made out in the storm, as some are still rebuilding . We now start off everyday conversations with " Before Katrina" or " this started after Katrina, so it's been about 7 years.." Everything here has been affected by this hurricane. The worse thing , to me, is the loss of mental Heath centers and hospitals, so we have seen a SIGNIFICANT increase in mentally ill patients on the med- surg units. It's continues to be a long road home and most nurses don't rehash their experiences anymore- too painful. Just waiting for the next hurricanes!
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    Kudos to floor nurses

    Thanks! Nice to be appreciated!
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    question nurses at the bedside

    I like EPIC now. You can check your work list that will tell you when tasks and meds are due and alert you to orders that are new and need to be acknowledged. I really like the note section- you can actually read a progress note and make out the the MD's name!!!
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    What is the maximum number of patients per nurse?

    We use the RN/LPN model of nursing - the LPN's do meds/IVPB and the RN's do all of the assessments, pushes and RN interventions for 7-8 patients - no nursing assistants.
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    We use EPIC at our hospital. In the beginning, it's intimidating, but you will get comfortable with all the clicking required! Good luck!