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doodlebuttRN has 13 years experience.

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  1. doodlebuttRN

    When you thought it was patients you needed to watch...

    Wait, who had alarm fatigue? The quote from the anesthesiologist in the article made it sound like he was turning off the monitors because the nurses had alarm fatigue? I'm not saying this guy was behaving logically, but I really don't understand his reasoning here. Although I am just off a long night shift and may be a bit "fatigued" myself.
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    Sexual harrassment or just an old creep?

    That's awful. I'm sorry that happened to you.
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    "You made a mistake."

    How about the dream where I am giving report at the end of my shift and I suddenly discover that I was assigned a patient but didn't realize until now, and have not even laid eyes on them? Or the hallway I am working that doesn't have an end, just door after door going into infinity.......
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    "My pain is about an eight and a half"

    Oh man Brian Regan makes me laugh so hard, he is ridiculously funny. Something about his delivery just tickles the hell outta me. Edit: I was replying to clebak, somehow it didn't show up on this post. Sorry
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    They paid for you to get your RN, and expect reimbursement, but expect you to continue working as a secretary (since they do not seem to be interested in hiring you as an RN) for however long it would take to pay them back as your newly minted RN skills rot away? That is ridiculous.
  6. In my area (northern Illinois), there is a huge nursing surplus due in part to an increase in small for profit schools, and I keep hearing about this "nursing shortage". When I graduated in 2003, when there actually was a shortage, I had my pick of jobs, each with competitive offers for salary, benefits, signing bonuses, and tuition reimbursement. Today, in my state, new grads from well established nonprofit schools and community colleges are having to start wherever someone will hire them, including home health and private duty (because our ever so thoughtful governor and his ilk, in their infinite wisdom, have eliminated the requirement for any experience to work with high acuity home bound Medicare/aid patients, but that is a different thread, I guess.) Anywho, I keep hearing this talk of a nursing shortage, but hospitals, LTACH, LtC, and other facilites have such a huge pool of applicants to choose from that they can easily hire whoever they want, and as such can ask for whatever experience level they want to. In my humble opinion, it is definitely not in the best interest of any new grad to work in home health or private duty right out of school with no experience. And I have seen many, many of these new nurses have no choice but to take the only job available. My friend had to move out of state to find a competitive job market as a new grad, and she is glad she did. I can't speak for anywhere else, but it seems this trend is more and more common, and it I is very unfortunate for those who have worked so hard to obtain their LPN or RN and to pass NCLEX. Just my 2cents
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    Horrifying medical quack info on the Internet

    Sorta off topic, but I just finished the book Meg that the movie was based on. It had a lot of interesting evolutionary science stuff (don't know how accurate it was, but it sure sounded interesting), and was a really good read. I hate to see movies based on books I enjoy enough to reread, because it pollutes my mental image of the story. Now there's another good reason not to see it.
  8. doodlebuttRN

    There's A Hole In The MAR!

    Oh. My. God. Davey Do I freakin love you man
  9. doodlebuttRN

    Support Planned Parenthood Today!

    If all of a sudden men could get pregnant, the pro-life politicians and right wing hypocrites would change their tune so fast, your head would spin. Can you imagine how quickly things would change?
  10. doodlebuttRN

    Termination for a Medication Error

    I have made an error in the exact same scenario. You reported it right away, followed up with the MD, followed correct procedures. If you get terminated for that error under those circumstances (especially when you had a coworker precepting or shadowing you), I wouldn't want to work for that place. I could absolutely understand them giving you some further education, a corrective plan maybe, but that's it. You sound very conscientious, and I seriously doubt you'll be making that error again. Best of luck to you
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    Is it jealousy ??

  12. Uhhh.. just when I thought I couldn't love my Khaleesi any more.
  13. doodlebuttRN

    Nursing Instructor Anger Management

    My mother used to say... the cemetery is full of people who had the right of way.
  14. doodlebuttRN

    When residents get attached

    It can be difficult, and it was for me. I had very similar interactions with patients when I as a CNA and early in my nursing career. You have to set boundaries and stick with them. It is about a million times easier to set boundaries initially than it is to try and explain to a resident why you can no longer (insert activity here) even though you did yesterday/last week/last month. I know that it feels good to get that type of response and appreciation from your residents, especially certain ones. But if you are not facilitating independence for them, you are not doing them, you, or your colleagues any favors. You have to stick to your guns, in your words and your actions though. "Mrs. Needy, you are on the toilet now, and I will be back to check on you in (reasonable time frame)." And follow through with it. Be clear, concise, and do not over-explain. If you offer too many details, it gives an opportunity for her to argue the point. There are also some very manipulative residents who will run you ragged if you let them. But i think you will find that if you maintain the same boundaries for all of your patients, it will be a lot less physically and emotionally trying for you. For me, it took time, practice, and a bit of confidence. Good luck
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    Board Complaint

    I don't have much to add, I just wanted to say that I am so sorry this is happening to you. It sounds like you are accepting responsibility for your errors, and are a conscientious nurse working in a difficult environment. I hope this all gets sorted out quickly in your favor, and you go on to find a much more rewarding position in the nursing field.
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    Is it abandonment or taking a moment to collect myself?

    Then WHY in the world (if, as your next comment says, you don't believe it isn't abandonment- I can't figure how to quote both posts) would you tell her not to contact her BON (which can be done anonymously) or contact her malpractice insurer (who are paid for this exact situation)!? I was falsely accused once to the BON (not by my employer but a patient) and I cannot FATHOM why you would tell a fellow nurse not to get legal advice from someone who is paid to protect her license. This isnt just against TOS, it defies common sense. OP, from your post I don't think you are in the wrong. HOWEVER, anyone can make a complaint to the BON, no matter how false that compliant is. The BON does not exist to protect nurses. That is why you should get legal advice from someone who does. I wish you the very best of luck, and I am sorry you are in this situation. Please protect yourself and your license. And please don't give too many details on a public forum. ((Hugs))