LibraNurse27

LibraNurse27 BSN, RN

Community Health, Med/Surg, ICU Stepdown
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  1. Reporting a Patient to Police?

    Hi all, has anyone made a police report against an assaultive patient? Yesterday my coworker was assaulted by an alert and oriented male patient, punched in the face and thrown on the ground. One of our male coworkers helped her up and then the patie...
  2. Hi all, curious about how many times most nurses have switched jobs over their careers. I know millennials are considered to be "job hoppers" who switch jobs about every 1-3 years, looking to try new things or for opportunities to move up, better pay...
  3. Med Error

    Have others given IV insulin on a Med/Surg floor? When I worked Med/Surg we had to transfer pts to Stepdown or ICU for IV insulin or insulin drip. I was very familiar with giving sub q insulin on Med/Surg but I needed further training when I transfer...
  4. Lack of acute care experience

    Do you want to try acute care again because you enjoyed it, or because you feel like you should? If it's the former, keep trying! Covid is still an issue, so some hospitals may not have the capacity to train new grads now, but maybe when things get b...
  5. Can we talk about the Travel Nurse Cap?!

    Yes, and since I am not a talented athlete or entertainer, living in Silicon Valley has taught me that second best would have been becoming a software engineer, or better yet a venture capitalist! Unfortunately I also don't know how to do coding and ...
  6. Can we talk about the Travel Nurse Cap?!

    I guess the country doesn't believe nurses will keep quitting, although the evidence seems clear. I am afraid it will get to the point where people will die because there is no one left to take care of them. For some reason some people are angry abou...
  7. Dear Nurse That wanted to know if pt had a bm... (venting)

    LOL! Exactly. Unless it's in a foot or neck, which I will be sure to let you know!
  8. U/s IV same arm as PICC

    I've had patients with a PICC line in the upper arm and a peripheral IV in the same arm in forearm/AC/hand. It wouldn't be in the way unless it's in the same vein they are going to use for PICC (usually basilic vein) or somewhere else in the upper ar...
  9. If you have a license that says RN, you're a real nurse!
  10. Burned Out?

    Surprisingly useful skill, I've found!
  11. Burned Out?

    I wish I had been given that exam! I definitely would have failed ?
  12. Burned Out?

    Exactly! I wish I knew this when I took my NCLEX. I answered 70 questions in 25 minutes and passed, yet I am currently on leave from work because I can't handle being a nurse. What would you suggest as a better way to determine if people are ready to...
  13. The Gap Between East Coast & West Coast Nursing

    CA is seen as the golden state for nurses (our state nickname is Golden State!), and is known as a beautiful, liberal place. I agree that it's the best state to be a nurse, and the natural beauty and architecture in parts of the state are amazing. Ho...
  14. The Gap Between East Coast & West Coast Nursing

    That's my experience too = ( No unit clerk, no CNAs, no transport, sometimes no lab techs. The ratios are great but when you're answering the phones, filing all paperwork, spending an hour at MRI with an unstable pt, doing total care for all your pat...
  15. Struggling With New Job

    It seems unreasonable to have you quickly orient to both adults and Peds and then be expected to work both independently. Peds is its own specialty with entirely different skills and med doses, diagnoses, dealing with parents, etc. I would NOT feel c...
  16. The Gap Between East Coast & West Coast Nursing

    I wish I could but I have only worked at one CA hospital and heard about a few others from friends. I think it depends on the unit, manager, and hospital. All CA hospitals are obligated to follow the ratios, except those that applied for emergency ex...
  17. Has anyone ever failed to meet the expectations for 2 jobs?

    Once on psych meds it can be hard to get off, due to dependence and withdrawal. I tried to taper down on my own when I was running out and when I felt my high dose of lamictal was affecting my memory/concentration. Doing it alone while working was st...
  18. Do you ever wonder...

    I know how I got through school and aced the NCLEX: I am book smart. I know exactly what to do in theoretical case scenarios and have an in depth knowledge of pathophysiology, but once I'm under pressure and trying to multi-task, everything leaves my...
  19. Has anyone ever failed to meet the expectations for 2 jobs?

    I had a full time and a per diem and only lasted 5 months working 6 days a week. I felt guilty quitting the per diem after only 5 months, but I felt my performance at both jobs was starting to suffer due to fatigue. If you don't absolutely need the m...
  20. What to expect as a Primary Care RN?

    I also did a lot of phone and in person triage, point of care testing (flu, strep, blood sugar, hemoglobin, UA dips, pregnancy, etc), some wound care, IV fluids, IM injections, vaccines, neb treatments, and a lot of listening!
  21. What have been your favorite gifts from families?

    I have all the card I have received from patients over the years, and they are more valuable to me than any gift (although I greatly appreciate those too!) I read them once a year when I clean out my file cabinet, and I also pull them out when I'm no...
  22. Has anyone ever taken PTO to go on job interviews?

    I had to go on leave at the end of August and at first I didn't know what to do with my time either, but by the second week I loved volunteering at the food bank and going for walks in Golden Gate Park near my apartment. I have lived near the park fo...
  23. Anyone taken a pay cut for sanity?

    Hi all, I’m back to bother you again! I posted a few weeks ago about taking a break from work due to issues with bipolar disorder. I spoke to my manager and charge nurse and they want me to come back, even after learning of my diagnosis. They’re awar...
  24. Anyone taken a pay cut for sanity?

    OMG people watching me put gloves on makes me so nervous! I think being in a new setting definitely makes a difference. When you gain experience and confidence I hope your anxiety will improve = ) True! In some countries the 40 hour workweek ...
  25. RN With Contamination OCD - Please Help!

    I think logically there isn't much to be concerned about with your scrubs; most diseases don't last on clothing and dirty clothes are not a common mode of disease transmission. Especially if you're following all precautions at work I think you're goo...