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    Sterilize and Reuse Mask

    Same here. I have also asked how they are planning on doing this (**insert cricket chirps here**)
  2. We used to have a few people do this, look up their patient info prior to clocking in. Legal put the kabosh on that saying it was technically a HIPAA violation as you are not in the chart clocked in as those patients’ assigned nurse.
  3. We had a 90+-year-old come in for knee pain. Labs came back with hgb in low 4. No symptoms, she only came in for the knee pain because she couldn’t walk out to get her mail or something, which was very off for her as she was incredibly active!
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    Thoughts on a new grad RN going straight to ICU?

    It really depends on the facility. Where I work, a new grad has zero place being in the ICU for a number of reasons: orientation is way too short (maybe 6 weeks), the support staff can be literally non-existent on shifts as we have many supervisors a...
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    Stressed out about overnight urine output

    I’m sorry but that nurse was out of line chastising you in front of the patient, groggy or not. Issues should be taken up outside of the patient’s room. It’s completely unprofessional. That being said, sounds like your patient was *maybe* a bit dry. ...
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    We have a protocol in place and it works great for us. There are of course, times when there is deviation from the protocol but ours is pretty thorough in addressing most situations (like potassium variances and quick drops in glucose levels). We ha...
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    Contract at Full Time Place of Employment

    When we have contract we are paid overtime for anything over 40hrs/week. A lot of people space out their contract days, but I always butt mine together so I can get the most bang for my buck ?
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    Pulse Checks and Epi

    Same here.
  9. Were antibiotics started?
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    I feel like I’m not taken seriously?

    Aren’t people fun ? We recently had this happen with a nurse during a code situation. Literally the patient’s family asking how someone got to be in their position...during the code ? The family stated how much better they felt after one of the older...
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    Nursing Smells You Love?

    Liquid potassium, bleach wipes, and we have this awesome-smelling no rinse wash that we use. Housekeeping also uses some vinegar-smelling concoction on some of the rooms and I love the smell of vinegar LOL.
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    Question regarding minimum staffing

    Apparently this is coming from above our manager and she doesn’t agree with it. But they’re going to do what administration forces/tells them to do. Our unit is set up weird so even our supply room is outside of the unit. Technically, we can’t go gr...
  13. Hey all! I am hoping someone can guide me in the right direction regarding safety policies. I work in a 10-bed ICU. Administration is trying to implement a 1 RN in the unit unless there are more than 2 patients. What I mean is 1 RN and that’s it. No...
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    Charge nurse with patients?

    Our facility has a 10-bed ICU and around 60 (?) med surg beds. We have one charge nurse to cover for all of that. Not to mention that we have no pharmacy to profile meds after 10 during the week and 3pm on weekends (don’t get me started ?) so the cha...
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    LOL Davey ? This post made me daughter has high-functioning autism and had severe echolalia as a child. It made it challenging when we were trying to figure out if she knew how to read because she could recite a kid’s-sized book from memor...