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    Doesn't everyone have that 'one patient'?

    I'm an oncology nurse. Yes, I know we are taught throughout our schooling and into professional practice to not form bonds with our patients. I think that is a joke! As an onc nurse, if I didn't have those close bonds the patient or their family may not be willing to share some intimate detail that is important to know during their treatment. I honestly think it is a disservice to nursing students to educate them on keeping their distance emotionally when taking care of patients. We all know that nurse who doesn't connect with their patients and feel sorry for them. Nurses need to be allowed to express emotion, caring and empathy with our patients- other wise the patient is the one who suffers. Who wants to be taken care of by some RN who is emotionless and uncaring? No one wants that.
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    Doctors Say the Darnedest Things

    A neurologist was speaking to me in the nurses station when he loudly stated, "I am the most intelligent physician in this hospital!" as he stood up and crossed his arms against his chest. The nurse standing behind me stated just as loudly, "HA!". It was everything I could do to keep from laughing in his face.
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    Patients Say the Darnedest Things

    While working on a Med/Surg unit, one of my patients was confused and spend the entire shift yelling out, "Help Me, Help Me, Help Me". After about 2 hours of his yelling "Help Me", another confused patient across the hall starting yelling, "Shut Up". We finished the day laughing because every time he would yell, "help me, help me,help" it was followed by "shut up".
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    What was it like to be a nurse in the 1980s

    Nursing in the 80's... totally different from today that's for sure. Patient's came in the night before surgery for pre-op education. They actually learned how to use an IS prior to surgery! All preps were done on the floor. CABG preps started at 2am and God forbid that you nicked their skin with that razor or there would be hell to pay. There was no such thing as acuity, much less staffing by it. You started night shift (11-7) with anywhere from 12-17 patients each. Just you and 1 nurses aide for the entire team on a surgical unit- with all fresh post-ops. No analgesics were given IV. Everything was IM. You were constantly giving Demerol with Vistaril, Im's every 4 hours to all of your patients. All antibiotics were mixed by the nurse prior to administration. When your antibiotic was completed you disconnected it from the primary tubing and placed a clean needle & cap on the end of the tubing. No such thing as a luer lock connection! If your IV fluids have K+ ordered in them- you mixed it your self. All IV drip rates were measured by counting drops. No IV pumps. You would put little strips of paper down the side of the tube and write the hours on it that it was to infuse by. Constantly adjusting the rates all shift long until you got the timing down. You never sat down. It's amazing that no one died! There was no such thing as outpatient surgery or laparoscopic surgeries. Everything was done by opening you up, no matter how minor the procedure. Pt's were in the hospital longer. No post op ever went home without first having a BM-lol! For chest tubes they had this mid evil contraption called an Emerson pump. It contained 2 or 3 evacuated bottles (I can't remember it has been that long) and a nightmare to hook your pt up. I always ended up calling someone from ICU to help because I could never quite get the hang of it. All abd. surgeries had NG tubes. I never minded those, kinda liked them. All TURP's had a 3-way irrigation PRN. No continuous irrigation like they do now. Which meant you were irrigating that poor guy every 15-30 minutes depending on how many clots. Again, if his catheter clogged up there was hell to pay and totally seen as you weren't doing your job. Never find the fact that your 12-17 other pts needed pain meds or walked or any number of other tasks you were supposed to do. No excuses. Every pt received a full bath every day with clean sheets. All patients had their meals in a chair. Eating in bed was heavily frowned upon and seen as "you weren't doing your job". You were expected to walk with your patients in the hallways each shift, that's all 12-17 pts you were assigned. We got to do fun procedures like insert Cantor Tubes for bowel obstructions. If you've never done this (and I don't think they even place these things any more), it requires slipping a small catheter with a 2.5cc mercury weighted balloon nasally and then rotating the pt into different positions to facilitate passage of the catheter. They seldom worked, which is probably why they aren't used any more. I remember one time, a new nurse who wasn't that familiar with the procedure actually tried and was successful of inserting a cantor tube, but instead of putting in the 2.5cc of mercury (which had to be done by the nurse), she placed all 5cc's of mercury in the balloon and inserted it. This was all fine and good until it came time to remove the tube and it got stuck! Couldn't dc it if our lives depended on it! The surgeon was called and he couldn't get it out either. Pt was sent for emergency surgery to have the tube cut out. Oh I remember this well and I can guarantee that nurse never did that again. That surgeon was pissed and rightfully so. A good example of read your P & P book first before you do the procedure or ask for help!! Still all in all, I love being a nurse. Always have and always will. No better job in the world as far as I'm concerned.
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    You just can't make "This Stuff" up.....

    NURSE ON! I love that!!!! I am stealing it to use- thank you
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    My Oncology Patients are ROCKSTARS

    I was one of those lucky people who knew from an early age what I wanted to be. As long as I can remember I've always wanted to be a nurse. I had no family members who were nurses, no personal experiences with being in a hospital - it was just something I always knew. So here I am, 30 years of being a nurse and I still get a big thrill going to work each day. I've been in Oncology Nursing for over 20 years and truly have found my passion. I love my patients! I get to share in their joy when they receive good news and I also get to share in their sorrow when they hear the sad news. My clinic day is full of the most extreme roller coaster of emotions that you can imagine and I wouldn't want it any other way. As an Oncology Nurse, being a cheerleader is part of my job description. When someone has gotten bad news or they are feeling like crap (sorry but that's how they feel), it's my responsibility to help them see how amazing they are and what a great job they are doing- fighting their battle with cancer. I always tell my patients they are ROCKSTARS. I know of no other area of nursing where patients have so many people cheering for them on a daily basis. In my clinic when a patient has completed their last chemotherapy treatment, we hand them a huge Captain's Bell to ring out in victory while the staff, their family members and other patients applaud. It gets me all teary-eyed for them every time I get to share in the ringing of the bell. The sense of accomplishment they experience when completing their last treatment and the look in their eyes is priceless. They have fought a long and overwhelming battle against their cancer and have won. Each one of them deserves to be celebrated with people cheering and clapping with the occasional WOOP WOOP being yelled out! Currently, I am involved in an event where they will be having a Survivor's Slideshow. So I have set about gathering photos of my ROCKSTAR patients to be included in the presentation. I was actually quite surprised how enthusiastic they were over the slideshow. Several of them went out and had their pictures professionally taken for the event. Some took their pictures with their hair and some without it - they were all beautiful. While gathering up the pictures I would remind them that they were ROCKSTARS, but this time their pictures would be up on a diamond vision screen, just like Van Halen, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, etc... I would stand next to them and put my arms in the air with my hands making the sign language sign for I love you, my mouth open sticking out my tongue, like a rockstar. They would laugh and copy what I was doing. Their giggles sounding like beautiful music to my ears. One particular day in clinic, I was again in my cheerleader role because someone needed cheering up. I had 5 ladies all of different ages and ethnic backgrounds, in chairs. I told them we needed to practice our ROCKSTAR face and they just laughed knowing what was coming next. So imagine if you can 5 ladies all hooked up to their IV's, with their arms in the air, hands making the I love you sign language sign, mouths open, tongues sticking out and belly laughing as they looked around the room at each other and this crazy nurse standing in front of them. I will never forget this moment as long as I live. And I know in my heart that my patients truly are ROCKSTARS! God I love my job. ❤️