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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
  8. 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 i...
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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 smile...my 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...
  11. If this has been brought up to management and nothing’s been done, then I think I would report anonymously to the compliance hotline (or whatever it’s called). The HIPAA issue is one they wouldn't take lightly, I should hope. Good luck!
  12. Our interventional program started relatively recently, within the past year. We currently have 2 cath lab teams, and the issue is that cath lab personnel don’t want to be on call as much as they currently are. Our facility decided to try to alleviat...
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    Impella training

    We use IABPs as opposed to Impellas but we got an online course and about a 2-hour deal with a rep. We were told we wouldn’t have any balloon pumps for a long while and we showed up to work one day and guess what? Patient on a balloon pump 🙄 Th...
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    First-time ICU preceptor: any tips?

    I think one of the most important things is making sure your orientee becomes comfortable coming to you with issues/questions but also tempering that with giving them a chance to figure things out without spoon-feeding them everything. The worst prec...
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    Expiration date checks on supplies

    Our facility is pretty anal about expired stuff too...not to the extent of writing dates on individual alcohol pads though 🤔 I try to look through things as I stock and if we’re slow we check through stuff. I didn’t realize how many dang things had ...
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    OG tube securement, or NG?

    We secure to ET tube with clear tape. The trauma docs don’t like it because (as stated above) if the pt pulls the OG they’ll displace/pull the ETT. So far I have never had an intubation patient pull at their OG...if they’re going for a tube you can b...