Karou

Karou

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Karou has 1 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg.

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  1. Be honest, what pt behaviors do you find annoying?

    I've got a few pet peeves I recently identified by forgot all except this one right now- Patients who act as if they are the only patient. Even if across the hallway someone is dying, and they know it. This exact situation has happened more than once...
  2. Has nursing made you negative?

    In some ways it has. I am not so naive to people and their intentions. It's hardened me in that way. I am frustrated by watching people destroy themselves and feeling like my role as a nurse is not helpful in meaningful long term change for most of ...
  3. Insight on Dilaudid?

    When I was hospitalized years ago, I received morphine (no idea on dosage) and instantly threw up everywhere and it did nothing for the pain, but it made me very foggy and confused. Then they gave me a small dose of dilaudid, followed by phenerghan f...
  4. Contraindicated?

    Did anyone ask the physician about the Imodium? Was it something the doctor intentionally ordered, or was it part of a standard order set and perhaps overlooked? If I had a patient admitted with constipation who then developed diarrhea (still taking ...
  5. Nurses smoking weed?

    No, that's asinine. 1. I would never risk my job for that. What fool would? 2. I abstain from any mind/mood altering recreational drugs (including alcohol, which is far more dangerous in my opinion than weed). It's a very personal choice that I hav...
  6. Am I being a baby?

    I would find a new job. There should be a CNA to help with so many of these tasks. You can't turn and clean a total care patient yourself... You shouldn't! This requires 2 people. It's ridiculous that nurses are now expected to do real at housekeepin...
  7. Night Shift Survival

    Blackout blinds + blackout curtains make your bedroom a dark den of delicious night. Blackout blinds are expensive but worth it! Eye mask, earplugs, fans for white noise as appropriate. Shower before bed to relax you (unless that makes you energetic,...
  8. No pain meds in ER??

    Oh yes! They come to the unit and we hear about it non stop, even once they've gotten their dilaudid here. I'm not sure if the change will last or if it's made any difference down in the ER. For the rare patient there truly allergic to morphine and ...
  9. Nurse takes pic of patient's...

    What's interesting to me is that if this had been a male nurse taking pictures of his female patients genitals, he would probably have to register as a sex offender. There is more than a HIPAA or ethical violation here! She got probation and surrende...
  10. No pain meds in ER??

    Interesting. Our ER stopped stocking dilaudid as a way to be less appealing to drug seekers. Not sure how effective that has been. They will still do morphine and other drugs but dilaudid has to be sent from pharmacy (which it never is on time).
  11. RN to Teacher

    There are a few different ways to get into teaching. Since you already have a college degree (BSN or ASN) it's not as difficult as starting from scratch. Start looking into your local colleges (maybe even online ones) and do some research into what i...
  12. Thrown From the Tower!!

    I haven't read your other posts OP, I don't really care to. I am pretty full of your entitled attitude from this one alone. The part that tipped me over was your bragging about your husband and speculating that your supervisor is jealous of you, when...
  13. A seriously good question (for your DON) is how long would all those other "in house" interventions have taken? Call for x-ray, waiting for x-ray to actually come, get stat antibiotics delivered from a pharmacy, insert IV and administer those antibio...
  14. Haldol, Pneumonia, PD

    Am I the only one getting the vibe that the OP possibly has a family member with PD who was given Haldol? This seems personal. Safety is priority #1. When a patient is delirious and becoming a danger to themselves or others, something must be done, ...
  15. My Patients vs Our Patients

    Ugh, I have worked with people like that. If it's a bed alarm I will always respond no matter who the patient belongs to. Beeping IV's are like nails on a chalkboard so if I hear one, I'll hunt it down. I say something in these situations. You have t...