plumrn BSN, RN

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  1. bossynurse101 has my vote. That is the major difference I have seen in my years of nursing. When I was a new nurse, all I worried about was taking good care of my patients, and in turn, they were so appreciative and there was such a gratifying nurse/...
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    So angry right now. Warning: Extremely long

    Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your families experience. I think you are on the right track with your plan. Hope your father gets the care he deserves and answers to all your questions. My Mom was in the ER recently and then admitted due t...
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    I hate direct admits

    This is so maddening! They come directly from the doc's office. You would think that you would have all the orders you need either with the pt or being faxed to you shortly, including all home medications that the doc may want them on. Instead, the s...
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    Ever have a blood bag explode?

    I was squeezing the blood bag trying to get it to go thru the leukocyte filter a little faster (? I think that's what it was called-it was several years ago), and the filter and the bag separated spraying the room with blood. What a mess! Blood every...
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    How many hours do you work?

    I went to class/clinicals Mon-Thur, and worked 0645-2315 on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday was my only day off and I used it to do all the papers and studying for school. It worked for me. I was really tired when I got home at midnight on Saturday nig...
  6. Was that the Nurses Book Society? I used to have a subscription to this one years ago. I loved it! I bought so many wonderful books. I then realized how much I was actually spending over time and cancelled, but I had the subscription for years. They ...
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    Big Brother - Hypoglycemia Seizure

    I thought if in doubt, & no way to check quickly, you treat it as hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia comes on fast. Hyperglycemia is slower and you have more time to react and realize what is going on.
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    "Weekends aren't a shift!"

    If they pay you for your lunch, they can keep you from leaving your unit. Our policy says, employees are strongly encouraged to take their assigned lunchbreaks IF the unit workload allows. Our facility takes out a 30 minute lunch deduction automatic...
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    staffing model/grid

    To begin with, your pt load is too high. Surgeries with peds mixed in is too high acuity, especially combined with such a high turnover of pts. Your staff turnover will never get better with all that going on. It sounds like a disaster waiting to hap...
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    more than nursing professionals wearing scrubs

    There are several companies that sell uniforms out there. Look at the uniforms they wear in hotels, fast-food restaurants, grocery stores, etc. They are usually no-iron & wrinkle free, and some are very sharp. They don't look anything like scrubs...
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    more than nursing professionals wearing scrubs

    Sometime back our hospital was going to make nurses start wearing all white again, because patients/visitors couldn't tell us from housekeeping/dietary/pharmacy staff, etc.. We argued that nurses have worn scrubs longer than anyone- that is why ev...
  12. I agree you have a right to ask for a licensed nurse. I think you just went a little far, or overboard in your explanation to her. It seemed a little accusatory?
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    Verbal orders...what about them?

    I thought verbal orders were a no-no with Jcaho now anyway? We are only allowed to take 'Read back telephone orders'; no verbal orders allowed. It it different elsewhere?
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    Gastric Bypass: trading one set of problems for another?

    Scary to me. A friend of mine had the surgery and he has been in ICU several times with complications from GI bleeding to renal failure. Wonder if the Lap Band procedure has many complications? Anyone know?
  15. I agree with you. LTC nurses do tend to get attitude from some in the healthcare field, and I don't understand it. They have such an overwhelming job with few resources to support them. We have pts that are very hard to care for, but were at the nurs...