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Kitiger RN

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Kitiger has 42 years experience as a RN and specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics.

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  1. Kitiger

    Anyone here who loves bedside nursing?

    I worked midnights Med/Surg float for my first year as an RN (1979). I was a diploma grad from that hospital, so I already knew the various floors. Around 2 or 3 in the morning was my favorite time. That's when the patients who couldn't sleep just wanted to talk. Often, they were trying to get their arms around a new diagnosis, or their worsening health. I usually had time to sit with them. This was back when people came in the night before surgery, and stayed 4 or 5 days after surgery. Open heart surgery was at least a 2 week stay. We had one patient in almost 6 weeks for IV antibiotics Q6hrs. The cardiac stepdown unit was for patients who needed to be on a heart monitor, or someone with "Chest pain, rule out MI". (OK, it's "AMI" now.) Our cardiologists were just starting to do a brand new procedure, "Balloon Angioplasty". Before that, we kept patients with an MI on bedrest/bathroom privileges, kept them quiet, gave them oxygen, medicated with Nitropaste (measured out on its crinkly plastic that we stuck to their skin), and meds like Quinidine, Isuprel, Indural, and Lidocaine. Vitals Q4 hrs, IV at keep open. Now, they go straight to the cath lab. With angioplasty, they can go home without any damage to the heart muscle! Some things truly are better. 🙂
  2. Kitiger

    Waiting Around to Die

    I remember, as a teenager, watching my Mom's cousin jog around the block. At 40! I was most impressed!
  3. Kitiger

    Waiting Around to Die

    Me? I'm not waiting around to die. I'm active, learning, working, playing, and growing. Davey, does not this describe you, too? I think it does. 🙂
  4. Kitiger

    Nurses, invent what you want.

    I know people who put beer, wine, or vodka in the Ensure bottles. 😉
  5. You might be better off looking for friends - both male & female - instead of looking for a "boyfriend".
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    Nurses, invent what you want.

    What good is a monitor that you can't read? Wouldn't the information go to a centralized location?
  7. This is interesting. Should 12 to 15 year olds get both doses of an mRNA vaccine? Read in entirety: CDC's All-or-Nothing Approach to Teen COVID Vaccination Is All Wrong
  8. Kitiger

    I just lost it!

  9. Some days are like that. 😞 Tomorrow is a new day. 🙂
  10. Read in its entirety: Article from NEWSWEEK: Main Delta COVID Variant Symptoms May Be Different From Original Virus
  11. Kitiger

    What’s a Crusty Old Bat?

    Thank you 😊
  12. Kitiger

    What’s a Crusty Old Bat?

    Tell me again? How do I get to the Blue Side?
  13. Kitiger

    Nurse Personality Change

    There is no conflict here. Matthew 5: 38-42 (Jesus speaking) “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you." And, no, I haven't changed my perspective. I John 2: 15-17 (John speaking) "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever."
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    Nurse Personality Change

    We're supposed to change and grow. One of the reasons that you can't go back is because you are not entirely the same person that you were back when. I wouldn't want to go back to the person I was 40 years ago. I've grown, I understand more because I've experienced more. My thought processes are more subtle, not so black & white. Would you call this a personality change?
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    Dealing with patient death

    If the funeral announcement is public, I.e. in the newspaper - and it doesn't say that anything is private - I have often written a memory on the funeral home's website and/or gone to the visitation. I have also gone to many of the funerals. If there is a meal or gathering afterwards, I don't stay unless I am specifically invited. I'm not trying to push myself in with the family, I'm just saying goodbye. It helps me, and it shows the family that their loved one was special to the nurses, too.
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    Maxim Healthcare- competency/skills assessment?

    The competency assessment I had was going from station to station showing that I knew how to insert and suction a trach, access and/or replace a MicKey GT Button, change an O2 tank, and use a Kangaroo feeding pump, pulse oximeter, apnea monitor, suction machine, nebulizer. LTV or Trilogy vent, things like that. I don't think they had a jiggle vest, cough assist machine, O2 concentrator, or liquid oxygen., but these are also machines you should know how to use. If you don't know how, ask.