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I graduated nursing school in December 2013, took some time off, and then started my first nursing position in sub-acute/rehab in April. I've been there ever since.

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    Assessment question? Is this common?

    When I started out on skilled, I would pick up every now and then on another skilled unit in the facility. I would go around doing my assessments, and the patients would look at me all crazy (even though they weren't crazy). One patient asked me what I was doing, so I told her. "We do one every day." She said that no one else ever did any assessment, and wanted me to go. Very skilled to be able to do 7 assessments a day whilst never leaving the computer desk.
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    She Wants A Cookie, but We Only Have Crackers!!!

    Thanks, everyone. When I wrote the op, I was kind of feeling down on myself. Lately, I've been reading the charts when I don't have to, studying info on my iPad. It really gets me thinking again, and that's the one thing I really felt bad about. I felt like I was not doing anything. Now, I feel involved in the care, staying mentally fresh, and subsequently, I don't feel nearly as bad as I use to.
  3. My spark of energy is very dim right now. I started working LTC a couple months ago, and I was feeling a little down recently. I feel like I don't have the time to dive into a resident's history, their meds, or do much assessments. The other nurses there are lifers, and, being a new nurse, I feel like I need more passion from my mentors. I've got 30 residents, and they're all more-or-less stable. Everything is very stable, requiring no real judgment. I use a lot of time management skills, but that's about it.... Is there anyway to shock the life into my pessimistic outlook, or should I look for another area of nursing? Not to run scared, but find something that I look forward to doing every day. Maybe I just need an SSRI?
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    New nurse to PACU

    Yeah, I've shadowed my preceptor during my final year of nursing school in the PACU where I'm applying. They do mostly routine surgeries, but when I was shadowing, we did get the occasional shock patient/emergency patient.
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    New nurse to PACU

    I have 10 months experience in a sub-acute rehab facility. I like it, but it's starting to feel too predictable. A PACU position opened up. I really want to apply, but I keep psyching myself out before I open the application because I wonder if I can handle it. When I first got out of school, I was going to apply to the PACU, but my instructor gave me a real-talk (she had been in PACU for years, and ER). She talked me out of applying since I had no experience as an RN. I had completed my senior capstone in the PACU and thought that this was experience enough:banghead: While I really like the PACU, and working with people who might be rapidly deteriorating, I'm also a realist. I don't want to get in over my head. My question is, do you think it would be a sound decision to try the PACU, or do you think I should try for a MED-SURG position.
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    Clinical Humor

    Comedy makes my job easier.
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    Bending and Breaking the Rules in Nursing

    It becomes necessary at times to break away from the bureaucratic structure of the nursing facility in which you work in order to fully exercise your duties as a nurse; duties which transcend the the physical workplace, but, reside instead in the shared understanding of nursing ethics, specifically beneficence and autonomy. Cheers.
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    A Word to New Nurses

    I can only wish that all administrators were like you. Thankfully, my higher-ups have been very supportive, as well as most of my coworkers. Anything less would certainly lead to a mass exodus.
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    As if I am not busy enough!

    I'm sorry, but I started laughing after I read your post. I've dealt with similar situations and just have to laugh it off. What you really want to say is, "crocheting, I'm sure, is difficult; but, it's not rocket science. I'm sure you can figure it." Then, walk off.
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    Is this normal?

    I've been in sub-acute for over six months. It's not for everyone, and it seems a common thread for nurses to leave simply because of issues with the facility itself. This is my first nursing position, but I get the feeling that nurses in other fields of nursing don't leave because of staffing issues, or horrible management.... I could be wrong. The issues already discussed on this page do push many nurses away, so don't feel like you're doing something wrong. Just know that if you're having a lot of issues with the facility itself, these problems probably won't get better any time soon.... Kind regards, luck.
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    SNF/LTC new nurse needs advice

    Generally, there is a protocol in place for emergent vs. non-emergent issues. Generally at night, when you are more than likely going to get the on-call doc., you have to ask yourself: what is the doc. Going to do? Ask yourself, is the patient symptomatic or asymptomatic? Would monitoring be a better option rather than calling? Keep in mind, calling a doc. Is not wrong, but eventually you want to come to a point where you can weed out the 'should I call' vs. the 'I should call now' situations. Second, medication administration is important, especially considering the type of med, and the patient'a acuity level. Jantoven is prescribed to thin the blood, keeping in mind the concern is for clots, you can kind of put two-and-two together on its importance. The key that I will stress is that nursing is a learning experience. You will not be perfect, but, with time you will notice a general trend towards trusting your gut and knowing the right decision.
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    I Will Fear No Evil For You Are With Me

    It's during times like this in which the partition which normally separates one person from another is removed, and, for a solemn moment - a brief moment - people come to the realization that we are not that different from one another.
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    What superhero are you?

    I've got my own troubles and worries, just as anybody else. I struggle with anxiety and depression. I'm afraid of making a wrong decision, or not doing a good job. My goals: be of value to my team, and stand up for what is right. I'm not perfect. I'm no hero.
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    Is nursing for me?

    Honestly, after a few months of working as a nurse, being a "male" nurse does not even enter into my mind. It's similar to asking a woman physician, "what's it like being a female Dr.?" Or, a woman firefighter, "what's it like being a fire-woman?" It just doesn't matter. Then again, why would you listen to the opinion of someone who's basing their views on 40 year old stereotypes? As far as what career to choose, choose something that you honestly want, not based off of what someone is saying would be good for you. I myself love nursing, but it is drastically different from being a physician, PA, or NP.
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    Nursing Humor / Share Jokes

    Once I was walking to the side of an older gentleman who was being wheeled down a quiet hallway. The resident was wearing a gown with a blanket spread out over his legs. There were a couple people walking towards us, and several other nurses at the nurses station. It was a nice quiet night. However, the tranquility was shattered in a brief moment when he yelled out with a very feeble and bemoaning cry, "Jesus Christ, I'm indecent!" This of course sent everyone within ear shot into a fright. His lower half was exposed. It turned out, as he was being wheeled along, his blanket became caught in the spokes of the wheelchair essentially flashing anyone in sight. Thankfully there were just staff there at the time.
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    Mens Scrubs

    I though that, too.... Then I saw the bell-bottoms in a full length mirror and realized that it wasn't going for a vintage look.