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  1. TeflonNurse

    Leaving the bedside

    I left for Poison Control and I love it! Find your local center's website and look into it. I'll never go back to the floor.
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    BEDSIDE...run, don't walk!

    RIGHT ON! Agree with you 100% don't listen to any idiots who tell you bedside is the only "one true form of nursing". Self care is far more paramount than anything else. You can't help others if you are personally suffering. I'm actually ticked off they don't talk about the lesser known jobs in Nursing like poison control, call centers, insurance jobs where you follow back on patients after discharge, etc. I left the ICU for Poison Control (you need a Critical Care/ ER background to qualify) and will NEVER (x 1000) look back. You don't have to be: body broken down, driving-in-for-a-shift-hoping-you-crash-into-a-tree levels of stressed out before you make a change.
  3. TeflonNurse

    Quit While in Orientation (New grad)

    Some are ready some aren't. I went straight into ICU as a new grad and did fine. It was other things that got me burned out and lead to my leaving (I had already been a CNA for several years prior and during nsg school, also lateral violence, pressure from the hospital to do and chart the impossible, etc.) I'm 0% religious but THANK GOD I didn't fall into the trap of thinking a new nurse has to "serve their time" in med/surg before working on the type of unit you actually want to work on. It would have quite possibly made me leave nursing altogether due to the BS and kept me from landing my dream nursing job. I love going to work everyday now.
  4. TeflonNurse

    Those Who Have Left Nursing

    When I got completely burnt out after years as a CNA then as an RN I went PRN and was seriously looking for something either outside of nursing or super chill and away from people like a job with animals, etc. What ended up happening was I stumbled on a listing for a Poison Control nurse, looked into it, applied, fell in love, and the rest is history. I've never been happier and I will NEVER go back to the dog-eat-dog world of the floor ever, ever again!! ! I LOVE toxicology: it doesn't stress my body, (so no 3rd knee replacement at 40yo), I always get my lunch and bathroom breaks, the subject matter is fun, my doctors are the nicest/ humblest people you'll ever meet and they respect me, no direct (physical) patient contact (all done over the phone) yet I still get to utilize my ICU nursing knowledge and I tell doctors how to treat their patients. Yes you can have bad days like any job but the bad days at Poison Control are still 1000x better than the bad days I had on the floor. I work in an office setting and pretty much get to hang out all day with my friends, taking calls and following up to make sure the hospitals are doing what we've recommended. The patients who call us from home are much more polite than the ones on the floor and I don't have to deal with their rude family members. Also, they send us to Toxicology conferences (on the poison center's dime!) to learn more about poisons and you get to meet other CSPIs (Certified Specialists in Poison Information) and talk to each other about your centers. I'd never flown on a commercial flight before this job and now I've been to 2 cities I never dreamed I'd get to visit. Super fun! I love poison. All that to say: If you're tired of nursing give the poison world a try and you might like it.
  5. Not me but my friend had booked a trip to Hong Kong or Tokyo or somewhere similar a year in advance and when the time came for the trip we had a staff meeting scheduled during the time she was away. Our Nurse Manager tried to write her up for not being at the meeting... (Edited to fix it, I don't think she was actually written up)
  6. TeflonNurse

    January 2015 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    "Wow... It's like standing inside a Rorschach inkblot test." *World famous art critic happens to be strolling by* "The colors, the shapes, the intricate fluidity of the medium as it slides down the wall...THIS IS ART! "
  7. TeflonNurse

    How to not make patients nervous as an orientee

    You know I realized this when I was going through orientation (only a few months ago.) In school they make a big stink about "never tell the pt this is your first time doing anything!" This all goes out the window when you walk into the room with your preceptor in tow. When a pt has had 1 nurse every previous shift and then they suddenly have TWO, gee do you think they'll notice? We would just joke about it saying they were so important they get to have two nurses that day. I expected people to give me the scared look once they realized I was new but I think a few things helped so I never really experienced it: lots of orientees on the floor at the same time so pts were used to new nurses asking questions and all that. My preceptor was old school and wore the white cap and I noticed this gave us immediate "street cred":D People were often so fascinated by it they focused on asking her stuff and I was free to concentrate on what I was doing. It really helps to watch your phrasing. Speak with confidence and if you explain what your doing as your doing it people feel you must really be knowledgeable.
  8. TeflonNurse

    Why do you think nurses leave the profession?

    Won't quote the whole thing for space but: I 'Liked' this comment so hard I almost broke my touch screen. What you said.... ALL of it!
  9. TeflonNurse

    My patient dropped her baby!

    maybe he said he just wanted to give the baby a tour of the hallway or get an early start on drivers ed but when he didn't come back within minutes the mom panicked....I mean I don't know that's all I got.
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    Nursing home as a new grad

    From what I've seen and heard yes its normal and yes it sounds crazy to me to! It seems to be purely based on which piece of paper you came out of school with. Where I worked (unless a rare agency RN came in) the only RNs I saw were in Admin. LPNs dominated the floor positions including Unit manager and the House Supervisor. That was just one of the many reasons I looked at my coworkers and Admin crazy when they kept asking if I planned to stay at that nursing home after graduating I knew Id be given way to much responsibility too soon based on whether I came out with 2 or 3 letters to put behind my name. Now OP that's certainly not to say that you shouldn't go for the position. I'm not one to go on hearsay but Ive heard several stories of "a friend of a friend" who was a new grad going into a higher position at a nsg home and loving it!
  11. TeflonNurse

    Nursing home as a new grad

    I'm sorry but I don't understand what you mean about not being comfortable with giving BP/heart meds without vitals.It appears to be my post that you are quoting and I said that that was one of the few situations where we DID get BP. So we are in agreement :) Also this was years ago when I was still a CNA and this was NIGHTS. I technically shouldn't have been getting those particular BPs anyway . We got them manually and according to our policy the NURSES were supposed to get the VS right before giving those kind of meds but there were always some slick agency nurses or lazy nurses from other floors who would write those in on the VS board and give the med based on what I got hours earlier in the shift. Not good! Even after I and several other CNAs told our House Sup. nothing was done. Going through school they gave me great examples of what NOT to be as a nurse. Forgot to add : the residents didn't often need to tell us when they weren't feeling well. Work with people long enough and you get to know them like family and it's usually the aides (who work with them most intimately each day) who notice the change first.
  12. TeflonNurse

    We're supposed to be perfect everday?

    *Everyday (thanks for messing that up autocorrect) I mean, that's it right? No mistakes, no foul ups, customer knows best, CYA x1000, smile (always smile, even though you feel like crying), *sigh* I promise I'm not always this cynical but these new grad blues are seriously getting to me. Been off orientation for a few weeks now and it seems like every shift my Charge nurse walks up to me with something for me to sign saying we talked about it or mentioning some small (but of course important) box I didn't checkmark in my charting the last shift I worked. I'm developing a Pavlovian response, every time I see a Charge nurse I start sweating. Hear my Unit mgr's voice and my stomach suddenly climbs several inches north of its usual position and threatens to dump everything I ate before I came in. I know I'm incredibly lucky. I work with the most supportive team you've ever seen. Even my manager (who has assured me I'm doing fine) is awesome. I critically think well and have had several nurses tell me after report that they never would have guessed I'm a new grad but I'm human and when I make a mistake I beat myself up so bad. I cry on the way home. Some days I feel so lucky. I can't believe i get to do this and I feel certain that I will eventually get it. But most days I walk around with a knot in my stomach knowing im only one small mistake away from hurting/killing someone and losing the ability to be the only thing Ive ever wanted to be. So how do you deal?
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    Do I take too long to learn new skills?

    You are not alone in feeling this way. I too have to have hands-on experience to truly 'get' things. Oddly enough it's not the hands-on stuff holding me back and causing problems right now, it's the stupid freaking computer system we use. There are so many little ways you can get written up if you don't enter something just right. So many steps just to do one little thing. Like others said, volunteer for doing procedures and keep doing your checklists. Eventually you probably won't need them anymore and in the meantime you can be sure that you're doing everything per protocol.
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    Nursing home as a new grad

    As someone who has worked in a nursing home (NEVER AGAIN!!!), I agree with the above poster. During my years as an aide there I worked nights and we only got BPs or temps when they were acutely ill, were taking a BP med, or when they were on comfort care and about to die. I don't recall what dayshift did but they were always more concerned with who's shower day it was when they came in so it was probably a weekly vital sign set up like the previous poster mentioned. Also at night they couldn't have been doing assessments because on two of our floors there was only 1 Certified Med Tech supervising two aides. They wouldn't be allowed to do assessments. In general I'd say if the place was anything like a normal nursing home of course the aides were complaining. What were the nurses saying? I would definitely shadow if you can .
  15. Exactly! The same folks who are in here nonchalantly saying " its easy to be a CNA! All they do is wipe butts and change beds!" are probably the same folks who will accidently spill a puddle of tube feed or leak blood in the bed, cover it up, and leave it for the aide to find and clean. The same type who will spend 10 min searching for the aide on the unit to tell them that the pt in the room they JUST walked out of needs water. These are the same upstanding citizens who love to say that "WE" need to make sure Mrs XYZ eats well today yet when her tray comes they won't even attempt to start feeding Mrs XYZ. No they'll come find the aide who's struggling to feed 5 other pts; all the while Mrs XYZs food is getting cold.
  16. TeflonNurse

    Studer Group "Bedside Shift Report SM"

    You lucky dog! i was so looking forward to working in ICU and having set visiting hours with only 2 visitors allowed at a time. Of course I managed to get hired into an icu that doesn't believe in visiting hours. It actually hasn't been that bad except for 1 or 2 yahoos who insist on making trouble.