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    Would you be insulted?

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    Nurses Call the Governor of Tennessee

    Why not just add on to one of the other similar articles?
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    Nurses Call the Governor of Tennessee

    This is like the third thread about this case from the same OP. What's going on here?
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    Older Doctor doesn't think nurses should be in charge

    I hope she knows that there are people who don't think women should be doctors. She needs to just stay in her lane, shut up and just be a doctor or retire.
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    "My pain is about an eight and a half"

    How about the ones who say their pain level is a 20? I just tell them the scale is from 1-10 like I mentioned. We have no pain meds for a 20 pain level.
  6. Same discussion seen here: https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/did-i-cause-1174414.html
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    mixing pain medications with a flush

    I dilute narcotics and benzos with 5cc's of NS in a 10cc syringe. When the patient asks me why, I tell them because the drug is very potent and they can potentially go into respiratory failure and that death is a lot worse than pain.
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    Old nurse won't retire

    Maybe this job is what keeps Barbara going. Please leave her alone. It's not up to you to decide what she should do with her life tbh. If management feels she's unfit and wants to terminate her or force her into retirement, it's up to them. I've come across quite a few older, retired nurses, who have come back in one capacity or another because nursing is all they've ever known and have no idea what to do with themselves otherwise. :)
  9. Quitting and running away from issues at work is no way to go through your nursing career or any career for that matter.
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    How do you deal with dizziness and syncope?

    Make sure the bed alarm is on. No, seriously.
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    Outrageous Complaints

    - Patient wanting to change rooms because he didn't like the way the blinds were "rustling". Which I found strange considering there wasn't any kind of breeze or wind in his room whatsoever. - Patient wanting me to share her meds with her husband. - Patient requesting exactly 15 pillows on her bed because that's what she uses at home. - Patient reported my coworker for not providing her with a sandwich at one in the morning. Meanwhile, the patient's blood sugar was in the 500s and my coworking was busy getting orders to try to lower her blood sugar.
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    Is it hard finding a job after graduating?

    Yes, it's extremely hard unless you have a good contact that can get you into a hospital setting. I had to go across country to get a job. I said it once and I will say it again, hospitals would rather have a "nursing shortage" and work their experienced staff to death than to take a chance or spend the money training new grads.
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    Epic Charting

    Yes, it's possible to delete charting but it's still trackable by IT.
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    Best thing about being a nurse?

    The best thing is being able to use my critical thinking skills on a regular basis in order to help my patients.
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    Med/Surg nurses - how much psych do you see?

    Regular hospitals units, chiefly, ED, ICU, and Med-surg units are turning into babysitters for the psyche population. Not to mention the time it takes out of my shift caring for a psyche patient. Taking care of one psyche patient is like taking care of five to ten patients. This takes away from the time I need to spend with my other patients and my other responsibilities. Where I work, many times it's nothing physically wrong with the patient, only mentally. I don't mean to be insensitive but I'm getting sick of it. Politicians need to focus on building more psychiatric facilities as opposed to more prisons. They also need to address the broken mental health care system.