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annie.rn has 21 years experience.

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  1. annie.rn

    Bisacodyl and C-Diff??

    Sorry for the delayed reply. My phone broke so I haven't been on here in a while. I am just today seeing this. I really appreciate you asking the GI doc you work with. I couldn't figure it out either. Glad to know I'm not the only one :-) Thanks so much!
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    How long is your commute?

    Wow! I'm impressed! It's amazing what we can handle when we have a goal in mind. I did some similar stuff (though no where close to you) when trying to get all my pre-reqs and stay on schedule to start the nursing program after switching into the nsg. program the summer between my sophomore and junior years. Only the potential wrath of my father if I didn't graduate college on time could give me the fuel to do that crazy sh**. Put myself in bodily harm daily along w/ the unfortunates on the road w/ my sleep deprived self. But I digress :-) Now we know who to go to for all things commuting related, Commuter. My commute is 30-50 mins. depending on traffic. I actually like it because it gives me time to pump myself up on the way in and decompress on the way home. The up side to having a (reasonable) commute.
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    Would You Address This? My Hospital Stay Was Horrible

    Sounds pretty subpar. I think you should say something b/c otherwise it will eat you up inside. I'd be surprised if it actually led to any substantiative change, though. I'm sorry to be so cynical. I'm really sorry you had to go through all that and hope you are now on the mend. Easy on the super sets :-)
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    Bedside Reporting

    I am not crazy about it. I much prefer giving report outside the room and then rounding on everyone while doing a quick once over of the big stuff... dressings, drains, lines and IV bags.
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    We have a "lunch partner" that watches our patients while we're gone and everyone is pretty good about not taking their break until all their patients have settled in for the night. We only get 30 mins. for lunch. We technically get two fifteen minute breaks but they are very informal and we cover our own pt.s while taking them. (Grab a quick drink in the break room while standing kind of thing.) I rarely have to do something for my lunch partner's pt.s while they are gone so when I do, I don't mind. If I regularly had to do a bunch for my partner's pt.s I think I'd get annoyed. I'm surprised you guys get an hour and a half break at one time. That seems a bit long to me.
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    Odd interactions

    Your writing is priceless. I can picture this woman so vividly. Probably the funniest description of a patient I've ever read on this forum. If nursing doesn't work out, you could be a comedy writer :-)
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    Nurses turn to pet therapy

    That's awesome! Cat's rule, people drool!
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    Nurses turn to pet therapy

    This picture made me laugh so hard! All that's missing is masking tape to mark off the four quadrants of the bed. "If you step one paw over into my quadrant, you're toast!" Thanks for posting it :-)
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    Nurses turn to pet therapy

    Lily sounds like a character. I've never owned a cat (or been owned by one as they say) but recently kept two stray kittens for a few weeks until I could find a place for them. I was shocked that they would eat just about anything and begged ALL THE TIME. One of them ate some peanuts that were left out on the table. I thought only dogs did stuff like that. It was annoying but made me love cats more. Your cats are scrumpy!
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    How does your facility prevent falls?

    We do all the usual signage/arm band/low bed/bed alarm stuff but the thing that works the best are our video monitors. There is a small camera about the size of a deck of cards mounted to a rolling pole. It is wireless except for the power cord. If you deem a pt. high risk but there's not quite a need for a sitter, the cameras are awesome. There is a central monitoring room with one tech whose only job is to watch the monitors. The video is beamed to the monitor and if there are any issues, the tech uses a walkie talkie to tell us what is going on. Everyone on the floor gets the message over the walkies we carry. The cameras are even better for handsy pt.s to prevent them from pulling at their lines. When our CNO suggested them, I was like, "Yeah, right! That won't work!" But they do. And they are great.
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    Drug seekers

    While I get your point that organs crashing will cause death much more quickly than acute pain will, I disagree that people don't die of acute pain. The summer between my junior and senior years of nursing school I worked at a VA hospital on a med/surg unit. We had about 5 long term patients that were on our unit waiting for a bed in the on campus VA nursing home. One such man was a very sweet, easy going patient. Never took pain meds (I shadowed the nurses when they passed meds as well as asked the nurses about it ). He woke up one day w/ excruciating back pain. Long story short, the sadistic doc would not give him anything for pain b/c the few tests he ran came back negative. This doctor ordered normal saline injections as a placebo. When they did not work he still thought the pt.'s pain was psychosomatic. All the pt. did was cry. He got very little sleep. He had previously been quite active but stopped getting out of bed. He wouldn't eat. He stopped painting (his favorite thing to do). I was so astonished by the rapid decline of this patient. He would regularly scream and beg, "please kill me! I can't take this pain anymore." He died within a week of the onset of the pain. I have never forgotten him. Like I said, I know what you are referring to is different but I wanted to illustrate that uncontrolled pain can kill. Maybe not directly but by the torturing someone so much that they lose their will to live.
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    Nurses turn to pet therapy

    Maybe that's why I do it, too. I'm glad I'm not the only one :-)
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    Air Force FY2016

    I'm not sure. I got to Turkey b/c at the time it was (and probably still is) considered a remote assignment. At that time, if you volunteered for a remote assignment, you generally got it b/c they didn't have enough volunteers to fill all the slots. I was burnt out after three years working Med-Surg/Onc. at Keesler and wanted out of there. Anywhere overseas was ok w/ me. I just wanted an adventure. (Young, w/ no commitments.) Volunteered for Korea and Turkey. Got the better deal w/ Turkey though some may disagree :-) The day I flew in, I knew nothing about the country except what I read in a guide book. Was so, so pleasantly surprised! I imagine that once you meet your minimum time at your first assignment rules, you will be eligible for a remote. Your recruiter should know. Good luck to you :-)!
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    Air Force FY2016

    I was commissioned right out of college in the early 90's. Did the Med/Surg NTP. Got deployed to Cuba (Guantanamo Bay) to take care of Haitian and Cuban migrants in 1994. Great experience working w/ a Joint Task Force. Also got to experience a field hospital in action. After that, went to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Loved it! In addition to getting tax free and hazardous duty pay, we had a lot of four day weekends to travel. Got to go all over the beautiful country of Turkey and took 3 trips to Europe as well. Clinically, it was great because it was a true multi-service unit. Took care of all age groups and even did some labor and delivery and post-partum. Got tons of education: ABLS (Advanced Burn Life Support), TNCC, PALS, NRC and ACLS training while there. Had a few M*A*S*H type situations where we had trauma pts. that had to be stabalized but we had no ICU, no blood bank. We all pitched in and did a great job for those two patients. Had to get O neg. volunteers to donate blood and gave the patients whole blood transfusions. Next assignment was ICU at Andrews AFB. Pretty quiet ICU but got good experience transporting patients to Bethesda and Walter Reed on a regular basis (mostly via ground but one or two by helicopter). Did some staffing relief at Walter Reed. A much more intense ICU experience. Was on the medical team that had to be on standby when Air Force One landed. Once we had to hang out w/ all of our mobility gear in the Aerovac staging area b/c there was a terrorist threat on the president during one of his State of the Union addresses. While at Incirlik, I met my A.D. husband and we got married while I was at Andrews and he was at Bolling AFB. I later separated b/c we wished to have a family and the A.F. was not cooperating w/ giving us a joint assignment. I've been lucky to work in the past as a civilian contract nurse at Wliford Hall. Like being in the Air Force w/o all the mandatory stuff. I say those were my "glory days" b/c compared to civilian life, it was when I learned the most (all my assignments except Incirlik were teaching hospitals), had the most opportunities, had the most challenging patients and worked with the best damn group of people I ever have worked with since. Not to mention the world travel, ha, ha! There certainly are annoyances that come w/ being property of the U.S. Government. I won't deny that. Also, I know things have changed since I separated in 1997. However, the quality of the people you come into contact with (co-workers, patients, neighbors) does not come close to what I've experienced in the civilian sector. Perhaps I've just had bad luck w/ the civilian hospitals I've worked at though. Sorry for the thread-jack.
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    Air Force FY2016

    From a prior Air Force nurse who likes to lurk on this forum in order to relive my "glory days" (ha, ha!): ********************************************** CONGRATULATIONS SELECTEES!!! ********************************************** I wish you all the best and hope you enjoy the Air Force as much as I did.
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    Nurses turn to pet therapy

    Oh my goodness!!!! Hyperventilating over the cuteness. That tummy! Kill me now.

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