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Mom of 2 wonderful young boys with a baby on the way and wife of a very loving husband!!!

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    Why Nursing Journal

    i couldn't have put it better myself :)
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    Need Help For Student Liability Insurance

    I am a nursing student getting ready to start my first semester of clinical. I need to get professional Liability Insurance for Students. My shcool gave us an application for MARSH Affinity Group Services. The quote I received is $1,000,000 each incident / $3,000,000 aggragate for $33 a year. It sounds reasonable but someone had suggested NSO which gives $1,000,000 each incident / $6,000,000 aggragate for $29 a year. I need help on deciding who to go with. I have any idea on what to look for. I do not even know what aggragate means. Please help!!! I need to sumit this information within the next 2 days and I still do not know what to do.
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    Need Help Picking Liability Insurance???

    Thank you so much!! After looking into this insurance NSO looks to be the cheapest way to go with what seems to be the most coverage. Now, my problem is, how do I know if it actually is the best coverage? The insurance company my school gave us the application for is MARSH Affinity Group Services. It is $33.00 for the 1,000,000 each incident and 3,000,000 for aggragate. That leads to my next question. What is aggragate?? I have to get this in within the next 2 days. I still am lost on what to do.
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    Why Nursing Journal

    I am getting ready to start my 1st semester of clinical on Aug 22nd. The excitment and nervousness has been overwhelming. Yesterday, I wrote in my journal about how I was feeling and someone had mentioned to start a thread with what I had posted. This gave me an idea to start a thread of why we want to be nurses. Journal entry 8/15/05 "It's funny b/c I haven't felt this way since I was a small child. I know I have mentioned this before, but it is the best example I can give of how I feel.You know that feeling you feel as a child on x-mas eve, waiting for santa to come so that in the morning you can open your gifts and stocking? Am I nuts for feeling this way?? I mean, does everyone feel like this before they start clinical??" "I don't know what it is about nursing that I love so much. I can sit here and say all the same stuff everyone says, but it is more than that. It goes beyond helping people. Don't get me wrong, I know I will have bad days and bad weeks. I know there will be times when I will want to find something else to do, but regardless, I still love it!" Why did/do you want to be a nurse??
  5. Today I had my clinical orientation and we received a form for professional liability insurnance. I know I should have asked while there, but it was one of those things that you don't think of until your home :) . I have sent an e-mail to the nursing program coordinator with my questions. I have to sign up for either: $2,000,000 each incident/$4,000,000 aggregate or $1,000,000 each incident/$3,000,000 aggregate Which one do I sign up for? Money is definitly a factor considering I am barely working due to clinical and all of the other expenses there are with this coming semester. I want to be sure I am covered as much as possible, but also, not spending money needlessly. Please Help!! I am so confused!!!
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    Poll: "Do Not Use List" of abbreviations

    I agree. Computer entry would help a lot, but lately, there has been a problem with the computers, as well. I know a big concern is the medication info on computers is causing many med errors. From what I read in the AJN (June 05 issue), many times patients will have screen after screen of meds and the patients name is only available on the first screen, so, of course this is causing nurses to give meds to the wrong patients. Another issue was that when a patient is moved to another room, the computer still has that pt in the previous room and again, the wrong pt recieving the medication and the correct pt missing a dose. As I said, this article was in the American Journal of Nursing June 05 issue. It expained many other problems that are occuring due to computers. Check it out if you get a chance. It was pretty interesting and disturbing at the same time.
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    "Do Not Use List" of abbreviations

    I did set up a poll and with the first post I was able to give a website for the "do not use list" of abbreviations. This site I think is the same as another poster gave. I will post on the thread to bring it back to the begining.
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    Poll: "Do Not Use List" of abbreviations

    I am I guess what you would call a Med Aid or Med Tech until I become an RN. Just this weekend, when I was assisting a clt with their med, I noticed on the MAR that this past week, everyone has been using cc instead of ml, even our nurses. And we have a sheet by the med carts that says what abbreviations to use and not use. So, I can see where it is really easy to use one of the prohibited abbreviations until we get the hang of it. I made sure to put ml and then let the Head nurse know, so that se could do whatever it is that she needed to do about it. I know there is someone that comes out, I think once a week, to check over our MARs and any other med documentation. What happens from that point, I don't know.
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    Poll: "Do Not Use List" of abbreviations

    I agree with you completely. The one thing I have learned is that anything used for documentation can be used in the court of law, so, it is considered a legal document. My question for you is, have you ever had a court case b/c a doctor or nurse used an abbreviation that was on the "Do not use list"? I am just curious, b/c I have heard from others that if someone has been in the field for a long time it is difficult to remember or get in the habit of not using these prohibited abbreviations. Thanks for the advice!! :)
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    Why so many quit during first year?

    I have to agree. :) Clinical is suposed to teach and prepare us for real life. If they sugar-coat everything all the way through clinical, then it is no wonder that the new nurse will feel overwelmed and lost. Not to mention the lack of camaraderie in this field can be very disappointing at times .
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    Why so many quit during first year?

    I agree with you. I am a nursing student and when I ask my peers why they decided to be a nurse, 9 out of 10 times I will hear, "It pays great". This bothers me b/c we are to be there for our pts not just for the money. When I started the process to be a nurse(4 years ago), I did not know how well nursing pays (in some areas). I decided to be a nurse b/c I love to help and work with people. Also, b/c I am the type of person that I need to be constantly moving and doing something. Plus, I do well in chaotic or stressful situations. Most of all, I have always wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little girl. Where most children would pretend to be doctors, I pretended to be a nurse. Now, I am aware that there are going to be times when I will feel like pulling my hair out. Not to mention the fact that I, too, can get out spoken when it comes to things I do not agree with. I guess the best thing to do is to keep an open mind and always remember why you decided to become a nurse in the first place.
  12. Pennsylvania is a very big state, with a huge population. For me it doesn't seem out of the norm, however, my issue is with the hospitals not reporting these incidents. I agree with MOLS, I'm curious to know the accepted percentage.
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    83 y.o. woman w/ lung cancer

    Carladybelle, thank you for the information. I never realized that there was so many varying side effects from lung cancer. At this point, I am spending as much time as possible with her and just trying to make her comfortable and happy. Tomorrow, I am going over to wash her hair, and going to give her a hair cut, paint her nails, and stuff like that. Because of losing her hair, she has felt very selfconcious lately. She wants me to do her hair b/c she doesn't want to go to a salon. Whenever she became ill in the past, I would fix her up and make her feel better. She wants me to cut her hair and try and get it even. She laughs about it and says she is going to shave whats left off. When her hair started falling out, she bought a few hats, but she doesn't like to wear them that much, unless she is going out. Mainly b/c her scalp is dry and flaky. Well, anyway, thank you again!! :) Everyone who has posted has made me feel a lot better. Just knowing answers to my questions is a relief in itself.
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    83 y.o. woman w/ lung cancer

    Could this be what's causing her to have heart problems now? Her heart rate keeps going very very high, however, her BP is o.k. Does that make sense?
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    83 y.o. woman w/ lung cancer

    Thank you all for your warms thoughts. I have really thought about the smoking issue and considered everything that was said. It now makes more sense to me why her oncologist was not requesting for her to quit. As far as the progress of the cancer, about half way through the tx, her doctors reassessed her condition and from what my grandmother told me, they determined that the tumor was down 40% or something like that. What ever it was she and the doctors were happy. She is suposed to have another evaluation done next month to see what is going on with the cancer. The Oncologist wanted to wait and let her feel better before they did anything else. When my grandmother was first diagnosed with the caner, she updated her will, and got everything inorder, including advaced directives. It seemed easier for her to talk about death then it was for any of us. She even asked me what of hers I would like to have. At first I did not answer, I couldn't answer. Then she and I sat down and had a very long talk about everything. I do not want her to suffer, but as I said before, I am not ready to lose her, yet. Anyway, thank you all again!!
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    83 y.o. woman w/ lung cancer

    The 83 y.o. woman is my grandmother. She was diagnosed w/ lung cancer about 6 months ago after she fell and hurt one of her ribs. Needless to say, after all of the PET Scans and CT Scans, the oncologist determined that she had Grade 3 lung cancer in her lower Rt. lobe and a small tumor in one of her brochioles. Other than that, the cancer had not metastasized. Because of her age, and the fact that she has Reumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, they decided not to put her through surgery. For several months she was recieving chemotherapy once a week and radiation every day for 15 minutes at a time. About a month ago she finished the treatments. During the tx my grandmother was not experiancing any of the side-effects associated with the chemo and radiation. Honestly, we were all hoping that maybe she wouldn't have any side effects at all. Then suddenly, about 3 weeks ago she started feeling very ill. Everything from nausea and vomitting, to anxiety and extremely high heart rate, she has. Her weight has decreased from about 97lbs to 74lbs in that little bit of time. My grandmother says that it is because of her heart problems she was having. Well, the oncologist has her on many different meds for all sorts of symptoms. They even started her on that one med that has the same ingrediant as marijuana. Sorry, I can't remember the name. Basically, I wanted to know if it is normal for her to be going through all of this. Also, how long will it last? What can I do to make her feel better? and my big question is, what are her chances of surviving lung cancer? Please be honest. If I couldn't handle the truth I would not ask. Yes, my grandmother is a smoker. And I say is, b/c she still has not stopped smoking. Everytime I talk to her about it she tells me that she isn't ready but that she has cut down a lot. As much as I pray that my grandmother will quit, I do understand why she hasn't. After smoking ever since she was 14y.o. and suddnely being asked to stop, would be hard for anyone, let alone someone going through what she is going through. The part that makes me pset is that I am the only one asking her to even think about quitting. Her bestfriend, who is also her roommate, tells her she doesn't have to do anything that she doesn't want to, and the oncologist asked once and then, suposedly, nev mentioned it again. Is it hopeless? Should I not mention it either? I know my grandmother is not going to live forever and I don't want her to suffer, but I am just not ready to say goodbye, yet.